1). Sweat miserably, hate everyone and wish you were rich enough to afford a beach house.
2). Sweat miserably, commiserate with everyone doing the same, and realize you're pretty freaking lucky to have a city full of awesome stuff to do at your fingertips.
I try my best to fall into that second camp. When I don't, I give myself an attitude check and go hide until I'm ready to be civil again (Happened yesterday. Over it now. Trashy tv & rosé helped).
Here's my personal city-themed summer bucket list for the remainder of Summer 2014:
Attend Yoga & Broadway lunch in Bryant Park (free!);
Visit Smorgasburg & the Brooklyn Flea (free entry);
Go kayaking on the East River via the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (free!);
Stroll the Highline and lick a popsicle to beat the heat (free!);
Have drinks at a rooftop bar;
Take the train out to Coney Island for a day at the boardwalk;
Shakespeare in the Park--King Lear runs July 22-August 17th--(free!);
Sunset sail on the Hudson;
Visit the MET and go for cocktails at the Roof Garden Café;
Check out the colorful Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney;
Sample craft beer on a Brooklyn Brewery tour (free tours on Saturdays!);
Catch an outdoor nighttime movie at one of the many screening locations around the city (free!);
Attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island;
Eat pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds & drink iced coffee at Bluebird or Crosby Coffee;
Be a glutton at The Chocolate Room;
Take a trapeze class.
New York, I love you.
P.S. 21 Newly Opened Outdoor Dining Spots (Would love to check out Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park City) and Recommendations for Summer 2014 from the NY Times.