Cabin Fever

The heat is on—and for a limited time only—so get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone

Tired of being wrapped tight and staying in their winter shoe caves, NEW YORKERS' FEET are ready for the sun. Like bird-watching or a horticulturist's interest in emerging flora, summer also signals the blooming season of colorfully painted toenails. Pastel, electric, and fiery shades, some with jeweled or sparkly touches, offer a sidewalk-level vista. Strap-hangers can now focus their averted gazes down to find cute new options—but be aware that nasty-knuckled, pinched feet in dirty Tevas also share the air. Bless the freed New York foot, each and every toe. MOONEY


More Summer In The City:
  • Perfect Picnics Grab some eats, spread a tablecloth, and get lost in the landscape
  • Garden Party Outside is the perfect setting to cure all that ales you
  • Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals
  • Jazz
  • Classical Music
  • Film
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Events
  • Balls roll, limbs flail, and panting runners make their way around the bases every Sunday at McCarren Park, where hipster players and the fans who love them gather for BROOKLYN KICKBALL games. Slow reflexes, ball pegging (a/k/a "Indian Rubber"), and clever trash-talking are officially OK at these fourth-grade-style, five-inning affairs. Anyone is welcome to play: Just show up on time and throw in a buck for the field fee and the regular post-game barbecue. Chuck Taylors and PBR sold separately. Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m., McCarren Park, Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street, Brooklyn, WEINSTEIN

    The best club that's not a club, and the closest New Yorkers will get to the Miami party experience without having to board a plane, the annual P.S.1 WARM UP series features an eclectic roundup of DJs, both local and from afar, set on its urban beach. Past years have featured artists like Doc Martin, Swayzak, and Danny Krivit. Each year the beach installation is designed by a new artist, so every time your feet hit the sand, it feels fresh. Plus, if you get bored you can always go look at some modern art. Saturdays from 3 to 9, P.S.1, 22–25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 718.784.2084 ROMANO

    If you feel the need for speed this summer, look no further than THE BEAST, Manhattan's answer to Coney Island's Cyclone. At 45 miles per hour, the 70-foot longboat with ferocious teeth and twin 2,600-horsepower engines, roars over the waves of New York Harbor while men in muscle shirts lead passengers in games. Set to blaring rock music, the 30-minute ride pauses for a photo op at the Statue of Liberty. It's so ridiculous—in that extreme-sports kind of way—your friends will actually think it's cool. Children must be over 40 inches to ride. Daily through September, Pier 83, West 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue, 212.563.3200, ASHMAN

    Bet you didn't know there's a group dedicated to walking along the shorelines in and around New York City. But in a city surrounded by water and flooded with millions of variously devoted individuals, why wouldn't there be one? SHOREWALKERS focus not only on walking along water but on preserving waterfront areas and reclaiming them for general public use. They host events every weekend; upcoming are, for example, treks through Orchard Beach and City Island, Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton, and Morningside Heights and Riverside Park. (Their recent "Three Lakes, Three Parks" jaunt in Queens dipped past the Botanical Garden and a Chinese vegetable farm.) Basically, if it's near a local shoreline, they're on it, and you can be too. Check them out to learn about the Batt to Bear Trail (Battery Park to Bear Mountain) and lots more you didn't know you needed to know. GROSS

    Most people go to FORT TRYON PARK to visit the Cloisters, but we have all been cloistered enough, so go to the 62-acre park and get lost on its rocky trails. Like the ridge at the northern edge of Central Park, these rock formations are an artifact of the glacial push, some ancient history you can enjoy with your vigorous climbing. You won't mind retracing your steps up and down either, because the view at the top is the best in the city. Lewis Mumford wrote that it "freezes the heart, rips out the gizzard, and curdles the backbone." Fort Tryon Park, Broadway and Dyckman Street, 212.333.2552, KING

    People won't dare mess with you when they find out you've been running, scrumming, jumping, and tackling with the tough-ass ladies of the nationally ranked NEW YORK RUGBY CLUB out on Randalls Island. There the NYRC women play rugby sevens—a short, fast-paced, high-scoring version of traditional rugby in which there are only seven players on the field instead of 15—from June till August. Aspiring ruggers of all experience levels are welcome to come learn and play. And after practice, go out with the team and put away some pitchers while you compare bruises. Dude, you're vicious. New York Rugby Club, 212.332.9911, WEINSTEIN

    New York City's big, bad industrial bullies have royally fucked up our surrounding waterways. Yet, amazingly, it is still possible to catch three-foot American eels in the Harlem River, or spot migrating egrets perched in Coney Island Creek. These are two of the hidden estuaries visited each summer by the URBAN DIVERS organization, which runs free eco-tours aboard scientific-monitoring boats in New York Harbor. The nonprofit group, made up of biologists, professors, environmental filmmakers, and the like, takes curious landlubbers on educational pleasure cruises Sundays through September. Register in advance on the Urban Divers website. Various sites along NYC's waterfront, 718.583.5711, STEINBERG

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