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August in the City Has Its Upside

Friday, August 22, 2014

The French game Petanque can be played in Bryant Park, one of the summer treats in the city. The French game Petanque, one of the city's summer treats, can be played in Bryant Park. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Summer in the city can often be miserable, but the weather this year has made it downright pleasant — and with school still out and many people away on vacation, there are a few unexpected perks to being stuck in New York.

Chris French Cleaners in East Village is much less busy in August than other times of the year.
Chris French Cleaners in East Village is much less busy in August than at other times of the year. While wedding dress alterations can take six weeks other times of the year, the shop can alter a wedding dress in less than two weeks in August.

There are no lunch lines at the East Village ramen joint Ippudo in August. A real boon for New Yorkers stuck in the city.
There are no lunch lines at the East Village ramen joint Ippudo in August, which is a real boon for New Yorkers stuck in the city. On a recent afternoon, the lunch rush was little more than a trickle. Ippudo staff said dinner can still be crowded, but there are no wait times at lunch this month.

A West Village post office is unusually quiet in August.
A West Village post office is unusually quiet. Robbie Busch, who sells vinyl records online, is accustomed to waiting up to 45 minutes at other times of year, but said In August, "It's just in and out."

Petanque players in Bryant Park take advantage of the lazy afternoons to work on their game in late August.
The French game Petanque can be played in Bryant Park for free. There are metal balls available to use Monday through Friday — on the weekends, it's BYOB, bring your own boules.

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Comments [5]

Bill from NYC West

The annual Go TOPLESS parade is this Sunday, August 24, '14; 1` to 4PM. It starts at Columbus Circle, goes through TIMES SQ. and ends at Bryant Park... http://www.gotopless.org

Aug. 22 2014 06:23 PM
Lisa from East Village

New York in August is what New York used to be like all the time in the 1970s-1990s. Lots less people living here meant weekend and non-rush-hour subways were not crowded, you could get where you wanted to go in a taxi in under an hour, the sidewalks had room, there were no lines. It was dirty, dangerous, forbidding, but it was a far more interesting and individualistic city than what has come about in its place.

Aug. 22 2014 02:23 PM
didier Woodside from Bryant Parc

The petanque court are open year round, weather permitting, and Francois is an excellent teacher of the game. I enjoy my afternoons spent there in the shade.

Aug. 22 2014 12:10 PM
Enrique Cubillo from chelsea

NYC Summer..? Next stop..? VeloPaddling! Equal parts cycling as well as Stand Up Paddle. Warm on water, warm on the bike. So many bike ways, so many water ways. NYC is VeloPaddling heaven on earth.

Aug. 22 2014 08:38 AM
Debbie Galant from Glen Ridge

The same advantages are true in NJ. In post-Rapture August, you can get a pedicure at Glen Ridge Nails without waiting and cross suburban thoroughfares by foot as if they were country lanes.

Aug. 22 2014 08:38 AM

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