summer temperatures toppling 100 degrees and the humidity feeling
thick against your skin, keeping cool is the key to enjoying a
carefree summer in Queens.
are some places you can go for some summer fun with no sweat.
the best advice is to stay out of the sun and avoid extreme
temperature changes, an itch to leave the cool quarters of
air-conditioned spaces can be compelling.
going to some of Queens’ parks so that you can enjoy being outdoors,
and simultaneously remain active and cool.
those looking to venture out of air conditioning this summer,
check out Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City where
there’s plenty of shade and even more interesting art.
Photo by Michael Fischthal
instance, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, where
trees will provide good shade. The
Park is also next to the East River, and although you can’t dive in,
the breeze may feel next to heavenly.
P.S. 1 Museum also in Long Island City offers a variety of ways to
remain outdoors and beat
William E. Massie’s work in the museum’s courtyard, “Playa
Urbana/Urban Beach” consists of tubing that provides for shade and
shelter, pools, showers, and a hot tub—all in one place for visitors
houses three outdoor pools and one indoor pool for the public to use
residents can hop into Astoria Pool to cool off during those
lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
Photo by Michael Fischthal
Pool located on 19th Street and 23rd Drive in Astoria, Fisher Pool
99th Street and 32nd Avenue in East Elmhurst, and Liberty Pool on
173rd Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica, are open from July to Labor
Day with hours from 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
indoor pool, Roy Wilkins Park Recreation Center, is located on 119th
Street and Merrick Boulevard.
stretch of seven miles and a half of beaches on the Rockaway Peninsula
offers an alternative to the pools.
The Boardwalk runs from Beach 9th Street on the eastern end of
the peninsula to Beach 126th Street. The beach continues west to 149th
is also home to a handful of wading pools and mini-pools:
99th Street and 32nd Avenue, call 779-8356
173rd Street and 106th Ave, call 657-4995
• Marie Curie Park
211th Street and 46th Avenue. Call 423-0762
Street and 30th Road
Department officials told the Tribune that Queens residents can
visit their local firehouses to obtain a fire hydrant adaptor for use
on street hydrants.
Center Mall in Elmhurst has 70 stores all air-conditioned to the
delight of consumers looking for summer gear.
shopping, keep in mind that lightweight, light-color clothing will
reflect some of the sun’s energy, keeping you cool.
Cotton is the fabric of choice in the summer months.
supermarket where air conditioning is on full blast is another great
place to shop.
the produce section or the freezer items will make consumers feel as
good, because they’ll keep cool and don’t have to buy anything! As
no one said you had to buy anything!
while you’re at the supermarket, you can stock up on foods and
liquids for the summer.
hydrate, hydrate, even when you don’t feel thirsty.
is the key liquid in the summer months, instead of beverages
containing caffeine or alcohol, which dehydrate your body.
on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult
with their doctor.)
small and frequent meals are recommended. Perhaps try the new Vitamin Water that is produced in
Whitestone and available in most stores in the City.
you long for adventure and hear the call of the wild in your native
Queens, here are a few suggestions for ways that a real Queensite
faces the dog days of summer:
Lemon Ice King of Corona offers 29 different flavors of his
famous ices to keep every Queens resident cool, no matter what
their tastes are.
Photo by Michael Fischthal
Frolic in the Fountain of the Planets near the Unisphere in Flushing
may be given a ticket for your reverie, but you’ll be too refreshed
Walk back and forth past the large, air-conditioned stores on Main
Street in Flushing.
to go when it’s busy so the doors will continually be opening and
thus cooling you off. It’s a fine way to combine window-shopping and
staying comfortable in the heat.
Hop on any public bus and ride it from one end of the line to the
other and wallow in the air conditioning.
the AC be broken, sit by a window, throw it open, and stick your head
outside the window. After all, they aren’t called
the “dog days of summer” for nothing. (Sticking your
tongue out is optional.)
Venture to Bayside (or any especially leafy neighborhood) and seek
shelter and shade beneath the large maple, oak, and cherry blossom
addition, seek out grassy areas because you never know when you’ll
stumble upon a working sprinkler.
Take a brisk walk or stroll along the nature path next to the Cross
Island Parkway in Bayside.
breeze from Little Neck Bay (and the oncoming traffic) will soothe
you, and a stop at the Bayside Marina for a refreshing beverage will
further diminish any discomfort.
Find yourself a bridge . . . any bridge, and sit under it!
hobby made famous by trolls is a favorite in this multi-cultural
borough and a wonderful way to waste away the afternoon in the shade
of the City spans.
Catch a flick at the newly opened Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas in Jamaica
or any other Queens theater.
seating, cushy seats, Dolby Surround Sound, and air conditioning makes
theaters a favorite pastime in the summer.
Standing on line for a homemade ice with 29 different flavors to
choose from at the Lemon Ice King in Corona is well worth the wait.
Visit the Queens Borough Public Library’s branches and peruse the
newspaper racks, books, and internet.
Daniel Bloch contributed to this story