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NEWS - NY Newspaper recommends C/O beach to cool off

Postby natman » Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:03 pm

Chill out!
In a splash, find shelter from the swelter when temps go ballistic

Wednesday, August 1st 2007, 4:00 AM


A fire hydrant can bring relief - but only if the FDNY adds a spray cap.

WABC meteorologist Bill Evans testifies: "July 31 to Aug. 4 is traditionally the week when New York gets a heat wave," adding that it's also when he wears flip-flops with his suit during broadcasts. But nothing beats water to cool you off when the heat and humidity rise to intolerable levels. Dunking yourself in H2O immediately lowers the temperature of blood flowing through your veins and arteries. If you don't want to get drenched, opt for a boat or kayak ride instead. Here are five slick ways to get in or on the water.

1. RUN THROUGH THE SPRAY OF A FIRE HYDRANT Pop into your local fire station and ask to sign out a spray cap to serve as a sprinkler fitted onto your neighborhood fire hydrant. They are issued at the discretion of firefighters (not during water shortages), who will fit and remove the cap themselves, usually around 6 p.m. Remember that it is illegal to open a hydrant yourself and that spray caps can be signed out only by those over 18 with valid ID. Cost: Free.

2. TAKE A CRUISE Feel the refreshing spray of the Hudson River against your face on one of Classic Harbor Line's romantic schooners. The luxury yachts Adirondack and Imagine leave from Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, and are available for private charter or ticketed two-hour long cruises. Brunch is served on three-hour voyages on their sister boat, the Manhattan; Champagne and other beverages are included on evening trips on the schooners such as the sunset cruise and city lights cruise. Visit or call 646-336-5270. Cost: Adult tickets are priced between $40 and $75, depending on time of day and length of trip.

3. KAYAK CRAZY Explore the tranquil Hudson from the seat of a kayak. Staff at the Downtown Boathouse at 72nd St. and the river (within Riverside Park) will provide equipment, including life jackets, and take you through the basics before your 20-minute paddle inside the protected bay. All you need to bring is a bathing suit (shorts and T-shirt are fine, too) and swimming skills. The kayaks are available on Saturdays and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Oct. 14. Visit for more information. Cost: Free.

4. TAKE A DIP IN AN OUTSIDE POOL No fewer than 51 outdoor public pools are maintained by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. They include Astoria Pool in Queens (19th St. and 23rd Drive) and Red Hook Pool in Brooklyn (Bay and Henry Sts.). They're usually open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit for more details. Cost: free.

5. TAKE THE FERRY TO SANDY HOOK, N.J. A 7-mile stretch of beach awaits you on the Jersey shore, just an hour's ferry ride on Saturday and Sundays from Manhattan until Sept. 30. A bus takes you from the dock to the shore. Choose clothing-optional Gunnison Beach, family-friendly North Beach or Beaches D and E. Ferries run from E. 34th St. and Pier 11 near Wall St. For more info, visit or call 1-800-262-8743. Cost: round-trip ferry ticket is $32 for adults, $17 for kids aged 5-12.
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