In the final installment of our fun things to do in New York over the Summer series, we’re going to explore all the special “hidden” places that can contribute to an exciting summer.
When I was younger, I read a book series about an all girls private school that trained young women to be spies. The girls lived together in a giant house that stood on acres that also housed other buildings that were used for not only their regular schooling but also spy activities. Nearby neighbors and civilians were told and believed that it was a boarding school. In the first book of the series, the narrator, a girl named Cammie and a student of the spy school herself, spoke about how she had long ago found all the secret entry ways in the mansion and knew where they went. Some of them were known about by her whole group friends, and others were known only to her. I also thought it was funny that in a spy school where there were a plethora of other spies (not to mention numerous teachers who knew how to spy better than any of the students) no one knew about these secret passageways or at least knew that Cammie knew about them. Cammie used these passageways to think, heal, and hide and New York City has “hidden” areas that can do the same. Now if I’m being honest, this is New York, and with 8 million people living here secret spots are hard to come by, but lesser known spots are a dime a dozen.
Get a better view of New York City on a terrace
Two areas that are hidden from people’s prying eyes are terraces and rooftops. We all know terraces exist and love to chill on them, but people walking down the street don’t actively look high and low for terraces. They’re exclusive. You have to either have one yourself or know somebody. The exclusivity is what makes this “hidden” place a great area to spend your summer. Watching fireworks and holding a barbecue from a rooftop, or hanging with friends on a terrace is always a good time.
Basements are New York treasures
Basements are underrated. With a proper pool table, an mini fridge, and central air, a basement can be the perfect place to hold your summer parties and chill sessions. You don’t even have to leave the house which is a dream come true for a lot of folks who are still recovering from their last semester.
Of course, the right people, the right place, and the right time all contribute to finding the perfect spots this summer. They don’t have to be out of sight, out of mind, but sometimes the less people and more secluded, the better it is.
View from the terrace at the Westhouse hotel in Manhattan