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Summer Fun in New York: Dumpster Pools & Rooftop Bars

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By sarahpruitt on August 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

There are still a few more weeks left of summer, and the weather is steamy here in New York City. Around this time of year, a lot of New Yorkers tend to flee the sweltering city for the beach or some other more relaxing vacation spot. For those who remain, however, and for those out-of-town visitors that make the city their preferred hot-weather destination, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had.

For the next two Saturdays (August 14th and 21st), from 7am-1pm, Summer Streets will be taking over a stretch of Park Avenue in Midtown. During the event, the street will be closed to traffic, and visitors will be able to ride their bikes, walk, watch live performances and even SWIM, right in the shadow of Grand Central. Last Saturday marked the kickoff of the event, and some 420 swimmers took a dip in one of three repurposed garbage dumpster swimming pools, each of which fits 10 people or so at a time.

Summer Streets, by Alan Miles NYC via flickr

But that’s during the day…summer nights are for enjoying a cocktail or two while enjoying the cooler night air and (with luck) a fabulous skyline view. Back in the spring, we talked about some of the city’s best rooftops for drinking and dining. More recently, a New York Times article ran down some of the city’s top rooftop bars, including the Hotel on Rivington, the Gramercy Park Hotel, Salon de Ning at the Peninsula Hotel, Top of the Strand 33, Plunge Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Gansevoort, Hudson Terrace, Press at Ink48 and 230 Fifth.

Day or night, be sure to get your fill of summertime fun in the city…fall is on the way!

(Image courtesy of Alan Miles NYC)

Tags: bars, grand central, manhattan, midtown, outdoors, rooftop, summer

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