Bad-weather survival guide: How to get through a humid, rainy summer in New York
Sorry, folks: It looks like we’re in for a summer of terrible weather. Here’s how to enjoy yourself indoors this year if necessary.
Tue Apr 15 2014
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Hey, New Yorker! Did you have a fun winter? Wasn't it great when all that snow came down for, like, three straight months and the freezing wind whipped around corners like a dagger made of ice designed specifically to find every possible gap in your clothing? Didn't you laugh and frolic as the slush puddles deepened and the streets got so slick with ice you performed an impromptu triple lutz every time you left your apartment? No? Then you must be looking forward to a glorious summer of perfect, warm, dry weather! Uh, about that…
Yeah. Sorry to bust your (possibly still frozen) bubble, but according to the Farmers' Almanac, we're not in for the nicest of summers. Very high temperatures, unbearable humidity and relentless thunderstorms are on the menu, with higher-than-average rainfall and—according to this piece in the Post—"a severe hurricane" making landfall in mid-September. Since the Almanac claims an 80 percent success rate with its predictions, it's time to prepare yourself for the possibility that sunbathing in the Sheep Meadow every weekend might not be on the cards this year.
But fear not! You can still have a nice summer in New York during a torrential downpour—you just have to do it indoors. That could mean just finding a place to mooch air-conditioning, or possibly cooling your mouth with New York's most delicious ice-cream sundaes. Here are a few suggestions for places to go to make it feel like you're still getting your sunny time in.
Missing the sensation of sitting by the sea, eating the catch of the day? Try this super-cool Caribbean eatery on the LES, and imagine the sunset warming your face as you eat red-snapper ceviche and coconut shrimp while ignoring the fact that the street outside looks like an outtake from Noah.
- 74 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts
- Price band: 2/4
Celebrate all things kitsch at this Times Square bar. Sure, you’ll have to actually—gulp—go to Times Square in the middle of summer to get there, but once inside, you can let the surf music drown out the tourist crowds while you sample their impressive rum collection and pretend you’re in Hawaii (and not Times Square—never Times Square).
- 357 W 44th St at Ninth Ave
If you feel like eating something appropriate to the humidity, head to Ridgewood, Queens, and try some of Bunker’s awesome Vietnamese food. The joint’s party atmosphere will make you feel like you’re on vacation, and the food—including the porkcentric Saigon Special—will make you feel like you’re in heaven.
- 46-63 Metropolitan Ave between Onderdonk and Woodward Aves, Ridgewood, Queens
Get the sensation of taking a cruise by seeking out this pastel-shaded Gowanus playground, indulging in some classic Floridian cocktails while honing your shuffleboard game. For that true cruise experience, follow this up by locking yourself in your bedroom for a week with the norovirus.
- 514 Union St between Nevins St and Third Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn
This Greek food truck–turned-restaurant on the LES has an adorable indoor space designed to make you feel like you’re sitting outside a café somewhere on a Lindos hillside. It’s hard to grouch about the weather when you’re following up oregano-dusted fries with some honey-drizzled loukoumades.
- 116 Stanton St between Essex and Ludlow Sts
This sort of tiki-by-way-of-Texas bar has enough cafeteria staples on the menu—sloppy joes, double wide burgers, etc.—to keep you full while you admire the delightfully overdone decor inside. If this doesn’t make you feel like you stumbled into a hilarious attempt at creating an American-style bar in some humid, far-flung foreign country, nothing will.
- 271 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Okay, forget it. Just get the hell out of town and find somewhere sunny.
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