Friday, June 29, 2012

Keeping cool in Central Park

I had forgotten how hot it gets in NYC over the summer and it seems that the heat waves are starting early this year.  New York doesn't have the best air conditioning and many apartment buildings end up like saunas at this time of year.

I am lucky enough to live near Central Park, so I often pop over there to cool off in one of the many shady areas.  The park gets even busier at this time of year, especially at the weekends, but there are still quiet spots to be found.  The park tends to be quieter the further north you go, there are also fewer tourists and you avoid the horse and carriage tours.

I haven't been yet, but there is a free public swimming pool located mid park between 106th and 108th Street.  The Lasker pool is open from now until Labour Day.  For more information visit

For those of you who don't want to actually get wet, or go to a communal pool, Central Park offers row boating on a 22-acre lake.  Boats can be hired from the Loeb Boathouse from 10am-5.30pm.  Rental starts at $12 an hour and then $3 for every 15 minutes after that.  Although it sounds idyllic, it is a very popular attraction so you may have to wait a while before you get on the water.

Central Park is a wonderful facility to have in such a big, crowded city and although the park has a lot to offer, I enjoy escaping into a quiet corner to read a book and look up at the trees!

For more information about Central Park and upcoming events, visit

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