It’s not that cold outside. Actually, it’s kind of warm. What should we do? Can anyone even remember what it’s like to go outside without a scrunched face and parka? Fear not, we’ve rounded out a list of our favorite warm weather hangouts in NYC to help thaw your memory.
Located a short, ten-minute walk from the Duane Street Hotel, Battery Park is one of the city’s most scenic outdoor hangouts. Located on the very bottom of the island, it features a sprawling greenway, bike paths and easy access to other favorite attractions. While there, take a walk over to the Museum of Jewish Heritage or the Freedom Tower. Those feeling extra adventurous can take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry.
South Street Seaport
This elevated enclave of restaurants and shops on the East River is a Duane Street favorite. Head over for a walk along the water, and possibly across the Brooklyn Bridge. After an afternoon in the warm sun, stop off at Ambrose Beer & Lobster for a classic seafood dinner.
Washington Square Park
We had to pay homage to Washington Square Park, with its iconic archway, massive fountain and perpetual flow of New York City’s most colorful pedestrians. Spend some time here on any warm day and take in the fleeting street performers, pop-up markets and quintessential chess champions on foldout chairs.
East and West Villages
A short subway ride, or scenic two-mile walk from the Duane Street Hotel, the East Village is an excellent warm weather neighborhood with tons of outdoor cafes, kitschy shops on St.Marks and excellent people watching in Tompkins Square Park. For a great meal in the middle of the day, stop off at Cafe Orlin and be sure to order some hummus.
The Hudson and East Rivers
Once the weather begins to heat up in New York City, folks with boats take off the covers and start pushing them out onto the water. Whether you want to take a sunset sail, a ferry ride to Brooklyn or Staten Island, or even a kayak ride on the Hudson, there’s plenty of opportunity near the Duane Street Hotel.