No matter what the weather, New York City is the "hottest" place on earth. Here are some of our favorite things to do and summer date ideas in NYC for when it's hot (or if your air conditioner's still in storage):
Ice Cream Tasting Marathon
Tour all the best ice cream shops in Manhattan in one night, from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck to more refined favorites like Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Emack and Bolio's, and Mario Batali's new GelOtto cart. Ice cream flavor says a lot about someone, you know.
Baseball Game at Citi Field
Baseball games are slow enough that you can get to know someone even if you're an avid fan. Plus, Citi Field has surprisingly delicious dinner options. With upscale choices like Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Daruma Sushi, El Verano Taqueria, and World's Fare Market, there's something for everyone.
Picnic in Central Park
A classic that never goes out of style. Pack up some easy finger foods and relax in the park all afternoon as you get to know each other. Just be prepared for any wayward Frisbees, because a disc in the mouth is a sure way to end a date on a sour note.
Helicopter Tour of NYC
For the daring and adventurous, try booking a helicopter tour of New York City! You may live in the city, but you've probably never seen it like you will from the skies in a helicopter. If you're afraid of heights, don't worry - just hold each other's hands.
Staten Island Ferry Ride
One of the most romantic free dates, taking the Staten Island ferry to and from Manhattan in the summertime is one of the most scenic 2 hours you can find in the city. See the Statue of Liberty as you pass her by, and be sure to get a spot on the front viewing deck for the way back - the view of the city is breathtaking.
Movies with a View in DUMBO
Brooklyn Bridge Movies with a View start in July, with a showing every Thursday night at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Rest your heads on each other's shoulders and watch classics once the sun sets with the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop.
One of the greatest things about summer in New York City is that standing in lines isn't quite so miserable. If you're into action movies, take the opportunity to line up for a midnight showing on opening weekend of one of this summer's blockbusters.
Though New York City has somewhat strict rules about grilling on fire escapes and balconies, there are certain parks with designated barbequing areas. Bring along some supplies and cook outdoors with your date for a change!