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  • It's Your Birthday: NYC's Hidden Hotspots
    • stuartwhite (Login stuartwhite)
      Posted Sep 24, 2010 10:23 AM

      Let’s face it: Summer is ending, and despite what they say about global warming, winters in New York are cold and unforgiving. That’s why it’s time to take advantage of the hot sun before it’s gone. And, in New York, there is plenty to take advantage of.
      For one, New York is a hot bed of outdoor bars, pool parties and festivals. Simply take a step outside if you have any doubts. Just because it’s August, doesn’t mean the party scene is dead. Witness the new hotspots opening:
      Living Room Bar and Terrace at the new W Downtown. With its hyped up, LED laden interior, wavy Bauhaus on acid ceiling and uber modern fixtures, Living Room brings some much needed life to the financial district, especially for those Wall St. brokers needing a breaking from the highs and lows of that Dow rollercoaster.
      Los Feliz, an innovative taqueria/taquileria, provides the ideal shelter from the sweltering highs outside. Outside appearances give it that quaint little Mexican cantina look, but consider yourself deceived. Step inside, and you’ll stumble upon two more levels of underground caverns filled with candles, chandeliers and loads of tequila. At night, expect to dance – the lowest lair gets busy with a Dj and, well, more tequila.
      Bar d’eau. Sure, it’s another hotel bar, but it’s rooftop with a pool. On a hot day, you can’t really complain – that is if you’re a guest or invite. As part of the Trump Soho Hotel, expect luxury (bocce ball, private cabanas and a waterfall), as well as the prices to match (think $18 cocktails).
      Reunion Surf Bar is the perfect gathering place for world-hopping surfers and wanderlust enthusiasts who have a special affinity for sand. With a retro Hawaiian/Asian theme, Reunion offers a heady mix of worldly beach treats to revive any good globetrotter’s needs. Plus, they actually accept euros.
      If tried and true is more of your thing, check out these summer/NYC faves:
      Union Pool: When someone mentions Billyburg hangout, you think Union Pool. It’s kind of gritty chic, but with highlights like a great big backyard area with its own taco truck and fire pit. The Pool is also de facto hotbed for indie band concerts.
      Blues BBQ Festival. Going on 11 years strong, this Hudson River Park fest brings a little bit of the South up North.
      Harlem Week. Think of it as a month long block party full of everything from jazz to opera and exercise – a good excuse to hit the train and expand your horizons.
      Whatever you do this August, enjoy the scenery, before it’s too late. That’s what summers are for, right?
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