It's officially Summer - meaning it's time to get in some water to cool off! Here are a few of my favorite places to hang out with friends (and bring some shade) . Outdoor spaces are easy to DIY a gathering or party. If you'd like an extra hand Good the Gather offers services to make any pool day turn into a party!
If you're looking for some pool time with stunning city views, the Roosevelt Island 60' pool with swim club and pool deck might be it. Individuals can reserve weekday and weekend time slots that start at $30 and $50 , respectively, for non-residents of Roosevelt Island. The sundeck and pool can be reserved for private events, as well.
If you're idea of pool time, is party time, and you're want a refuge from children at poolside, then Profundo Day Club is for you. The 21+ LIC Day Club, located in the Ravel hotel, offers daily passes start at $65 with access to premium pool-side cocktails and food. The 50' pool and deck has lounge chairs, guest DJs and beautiful Manhattan views.
This Lower East Side Public Park has an Olympic-sized and large wading pool for the whole family to cool off in. New York City pools like this one are free, just be sure to bring a sturdy lock and leave the poolside snacks at home. Hamilton Fish Park is the perfect place to cool off and then grab a nearby bite.
One of my personal favorite beach spots in the city, Jacob Riis - aka "The People's Beach - is the perfect setting to catch some sun rays and people watch the lovely characters that inevitably visit the area. The beach is accessible via public transit, and the bus drops you off in front of the parks massive Bathhouse, from there you can enjoy the Riis Bazaar and visit food vendors before hitting the beach.
If you're looking for a longer day trip I recommend Fire Island's State Park, which is the only direct access point vehicles have to the island. The beach is clean, offers private showers, concessions and fishing off the piers on the norther side of the island. The Fire Island Lighthouse offers spectacular views and gives you an idea of the island's history.