Keep Your Cool


Dying from the heat? Us too. Find some solace in these seven cool spots and treats in (and around) Brooklyn. And if you’ve got a great way to beat the dog days of August, don’t hold out on us. Add it to the list!

We’ve yet to try these gourmet cream ices and sorbets, but when we recently asked how folks were staying cool (via twitter and facebook), NYC ICY (347-789-1849; 905 Church Ave. at Coney Island Ave.) was one reader’s response. With flavors like mango basil, creamsicle, and cucumber, how can you go wrong?

Right now at the classiest cinema in Brooklyn — kept at a cool 70 degrees — you can catch the Paul Giamatti dark comedy Cold Souls and the last few films in a Cary Grant retrospective, Mr. Cool as a Cucumber himself.

Tops on the Waterfront
On a 90-degree day, nothing feels better than browsing for yogurt or Bucheron at Tops on the Waterfront (89 N. 6th St., btwn Berry and Wythe), an unexpected place to cool off. If it’s too chilly in the fully refrigerated room for their dairy, meats, drinks, and fresh pasta, move on to the produce. There’s a small organic section, even.

Water Taxi Beach
With its new Water Taxi Beach, Governors Island (just on the other side of Buttermilk Channel from Brooklyn) is really the place to go this summer, especially since it’s now accessible by free ferry from Fulton Ferry Landing in Dumbo all weekend long, in addition to Fri-Sun service from the Battery Maritime Building, next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal. You can bring your bikes on board, too! On weeknights, ferries only depart from the Battery Maritime Building, and water taxis drop you off at Pier 11 near Wall Street — but those prices are included in all Water Taxi Beach events. The B-52s play tonight, Rooftop Films screens a documentary about the state of the oceans on Saturday night, Mos Def and N*E*R*D play in September, and the Brazilian Girls, Phenomenal Handclap Band and Man Man have a show on October 2. They have DJ parties and kids’ programming, along with other random acts — we recently saw an 80s metal hair band and Bee Gees cover band, seriously.

Peter Pan Bakery
Whoever came up with the donut ice-cream sandwiches at this Greenpiont classic is a genius. After trying one ourselves — an old fashioned donut with pistachio, thank you! — we have one piece of advice: Eat it inside — it’ll last longer.

Aviator Sports
If you can bike out to Floyd Bennett Field in this heat, the reward is a chilly, 55-degree ice skating rink. Sessions every day including afternoon and evening ones on Friday and Saturday.

Brooklyn Pools
Another reader, Dave Mandi, takes the fam to pools all over town to cool down. “NYC public pools are very underrated,” he says. “Contrary to what people might assume, they’re clean, safe, and well-maintained. And they’re usually not too crowded.” His favorites in Brooklyn are the Douglas & DeGraw (“Double D”) pools in Gowanus and the Olympic-sized Sunset Park pool.

Sent by Nicole and Chrysanthe. Photos from top by Dave Cook/Eating In Translation, Alicia Kachmar, and Chauncey Mellows via Flickr.

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