Hot Town, Summer in the City
When New York City is sizzling in summer, there’s no better place to be than at The Shops at Columbus Circle, one of the most-visited locations in Manhattan. Millions of visitors pass through those gorgeous glass doors every year — and with good reason. The temperature is always cool and inviting, and the views of Central Park can’t be beat. Plus, you’ll find some exciting ways to make the most of the season.
Mix up a Cocktail
The luxury candy maker, Sugarfina, is offering a different kind of sweet treat this summer with the new Candy Cocktail Kits ($20). With cocktail-inspired gummies, cocktail syrup, and a recipe card to create sweet sips at home, you are guaranteed good summer vibes. Choose from three intoxicatingly delicious flavors: Strawberry Daiquiri, Italian Spritz, and Lychee Mojito.
Send the Kids to Camp
Starting July 8, Williams-Sonoma is running four weeks of Junior Chef Cooking Camps for kids. Weekly themes include “Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner,” “Around the World,” “Everyday Meals,” and “Destination Italy.” Each four-day-long session costs $125 per child and takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Kids can get an appreciation of world cuisines and learn essential cooking skills.
Have a Picnic
Nothing says “summer” like a picnic in Central Park, which is right by The Shops at Columbus Circle. Head to Whole Foods Market, where you’ll find all the fixings you need for the ultimate summer spread, from a vegan chicken salad sandwich ($6.99) to Cajun potato salad ($5.99). Wash it all down with Harmless Coconut Water ($4.99), the perfect way to stay cool on the hottest New York day.
Swim and Stay Trim
Who needs the beach when you’ve got Equinox? This fitness center is like an urban resort, thanks to its junior Olympic-sized pool — perfect for cooling off — as well as its spa, juice bar, kids club, and fitness programming. And check out the new group fitness class, Band Burn, a Pilates Reformer-like experience that will make sure you’re bikini ready in no time.
The Shops at Columbus Circle wants you to feel as good as you look. That’s the concept behind the second annual 360 Wellness series, which kicks off on July 10 with a fitness class led by Megan Roup. The free program continues through September and will focus on three areas of wellness: Movement Matters (July), Clean Beauty (August), and Conscious Fashion (September). RSVPs required in advance. Visit theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com for details.