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Beating the Heat – Five Cool Places to Visit this Summer

This week, we’re highlighting perfect places for summertime visits, nominated by your fellow New Yorkers. The first, Eddie’s Sweet Shop at 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, Qns., offers chilled relief from summer heat. “Old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain — still looks like the original, with great ice cream, too,” said one nominator. Bruce Rosen agrees: “It’s one of those places that makes its own, as an ice cream parlor is supposed to do!”

Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Qns., at 47 acres, this is the city’s largest remaining farm (family owned from 1697-1926), and today is part-farm, part-museum. Its “Jacob Adriance Farmhouse” is also a NYC landmark. The farm is open to the public and it’s open spaces and leafy woods provide a welcoming cool oasis from the hot city streets.

And speaking of leafy oases, visit the Andrew Haswell Green Memorial Bench and Trees in Central Park: “Andrew Haswell Green was a 19th century urban planner, reformer and preservationist who, in a fifty-year civic career that is often compared to that of Robert Moses, transformed Gotham into a world-class city,” wrote Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione when he nominated this place.

If you’re looking for some shade, check out the Camperdown Elm Tree in Prospect Park. On your next visit to the park, enter at Lincoln Rd., and near the boat house, look for this prized tree. It’s a “picturesque weatherbeaten specimen,” that looks like an “oversized bonsai,” said its nominator. This elm was planted in 1872, and like every other Camperdown Elm in the world, is from the original cutting made in about 1835 from a mutant branch in Scotland.

A trip out to the beach at Coney Island wouldn’t be complete without a drink in Ruby’s Bar at 1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Coney Island, Brooklyn, according to nominator Pat De Angelis, who writes that, “stepping into Ruby’s from the Boardwalk is a bit like stepping into a cave where you can meet the past and present life of Coney Island. The walls are full of photos of days gone by, and offer a view of history while you sit with a drink or a Coney Island meal (hot dog, corn, fries). The bar, the tables, the old sofa in the back by the juke box, are worn with wear by many, many folks.”