Photo by myself in Washington Square Park, in the Village.
The giant outdoor fountain in Washington Square Park is hard to resist on hot summer days.
It gets extra hot here in New York during the summer. The asphalt and hard surfaces soak up all the sun's rays, and radiate the heat back well into the night.
Some New Yorkers rent or own summer places in Long Island, New Jersey, upstate New York and even Connecticut. There are also 'house shares' available where you split a rental with other families, to reduce cost.
Not everyone has the extra cash to lay out for a summer house. Fortunately, you can go hiking, sit on the beach and enjoy various day trips. And they're just a short drive or train ride away.
Related posts: Making a Splash, in Lincoln Center, At the Base of Merchant's Gate, Central Park South and Summering in the City.