In addition to gloriously long days, soaring temperatures and endless outdoor pursuits, for many, the sunshine season also signals an end to slow Friday afternoons in the office. A cherished unofficial tradition in New York City, for many of the capital's workers, when the clock strikes 12pm it's time to begin the weekend. To make sure that you don't take your summer Fridays for granted, we've used our local know-how and put together a list New York's very best spots to visit.


What: No matter that downtown New York - technically - lacks a beach, those working in the district need only to head to Dream Downtown hotel to experience The Beach. Boasting a glass-bottom pool, a bar, a pool deck, a sand beach, two private cabanas and over 50 chaise longues - it's the perfect non-coastal sand spot. When racking up lengths in the pool gets tiresome, head for The Beach's on-site cafe which offers a seasonal food and cocktail menu.

Why: Nothing says summer like gallons of sand, and despite its landlocked location, The Beach is the fastest way a New Yorker can get to a beach on a summer Friday.

Where: 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, Chelsea 


What: Perched way up on the top of the Standard Hotel, Le Bain is a a rooftop bar, disco and so much more. Start your afternoon on the venue's turf-covered rooftop crêperie, mingle with the distinctly bohemian crowd for late afternoon/early evening drinks, then as the sun sets bring your swimming costume and make a beeline for the dancefloor's plunge pool. Why: With a state-of-the-art sound system and some of the city's best views of the Hudson River, Le Bain offers a different way to see the city, while an exuberant approach to nightlife makes for one epic party up high. Where: 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, The Meatpacking District


What: Don't be fooled by its name, Hotel Chantelle (named after a World War II French safe house) is a rooftop restaurant with a distinctly Parisian feel - think lamp post lighting, park benches and Gallic-inspired topiary. Thanks to a focus on ambience and relaxation, the venue is the perfect place for whiling an afternoon away, dining from the Gallic-inflected menu while perusing a champagne and cocktail heavy drinks offering. Why: With its European quirks, Hotel Chantelle feels a world away from its Lower East Side neighbourhood. A creative approach to both cuisine and its roster of drinks render it a must-visit for those looking for a modern way to eat in the heart of New York's shopping and dining district. Where: 92 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002, United States, Lower East Side


What: Yes, Gallow Green  rooftop bar may sit at the summit of the McKittrick Hotel, but as rooftops go, it's about as far from a concrete jungle as your can get. True to to its name, Gallow Green is a cornucopia of plant life, a mock British garden party suspended in New York's skyline. Assuming the character of a disused railway station overgrown with wildlife, Gallow Green's ambience may be that of artful disrepair, but the food and drink on offer are executed with steely precision.

Why: Gallow Green's old world theme feels charmingly retro and offers a refreshing (though no less hip) alternative to more contemporary rooftop bars. Surrounded by flourishing greenery, on entering the bar on a summer Friday, the office's four walls will feel like a distant memory.

Where: 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, Chelsea