TimeOut New York’s Top Places in NYC To Escape the Cold

These places let you pretend it’s summer…

  1. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. 514 Union St., Brooklyn

Yeah, cruise ships might not have the most amazing reputation, but this popular deck game, which is best described as billiards meets bocce, is a lot of fun, even when the nearest body of water is Gowanus Canal. Sip summer drinks like mojitos and margaritas, and bring the heat to the friendly competition. No worries if you Floridian grandparents never taught you the rules; each court rental includes a quick lesson.

2. Chelsea Piers. Pier 60, 20th St. and Hudson River Park

Feel the real sand between your toes as you spike the ball at Manhattan’s only indoor court. Reserve it with your pals, or let the Piers pair you up with similarly skilled players. (The facility provides the referee.)

3. Manhattan Plaza Health Club. 482 W. 43rd St.

In the summer, all New Yorkers seem to talk about is cool rooftop spots, but you can hit up one of the city’s most beautiful rooftop pools all year round. Swim laps under the glass-atrium ceiling — the sun hitting the surrounding skyscrapers looks just as bright in wintertime as it does in July — and after you build up an appetite, order a snack while relaxing poolside lounge chair. While you’re there, take advantage of the exercise equipment, or warm up in the whirlpool, sauna or a steam room.

Timeout.com/NewYork January 20-February 2, 2016

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