Time Out New York: Ways to stay cool this weekend

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The weekend will be muggy and hot, so check out these events around the city from Time Out New York's sections editor Jillian Anthony.

City of Water Day
Saturday July 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., hubs at Governors Island and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, other various locations throughout the five boroughs, free

City of Water Day takes over all five boroughs with free water activities, from sailing to kayaking to paddle boarding.
Head to the main hubs on Governors Island and Hoboken’s Maxwell Place Park to do some serious splashing. At both locations, boathouses from around the city will be on hand to get paddlers of all skill levels out in a kayak or a canoe. Grab a seaworthy bite from the on-site food vendors like Waffle de Lys and Green Radish while you check out the waterfront activity fairs, where you can learn how to get involved with organizations such as the NYC Audubon, Gowanus Dredgers and the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy. At Governors Island, landlubbers can cheer on the cardboard kayak race at Kayak Hill at noon to see whether each team’s self-made boat (all created with tape and cardboard during one hour of design and construction time) sinks or swims; kiddos can join in on the fun with face painting, fishing and more. And if you’d like to hub-hop, take a free ferry between Governors Island and Hoboken.
If Jersey and the island are a bit out of reach, there are activities going on near your neighborhood, too. Catch a boat tour of the harbor (register online) from piers around the city on a schooner, fireboat or a yacht, or go to waterfrontalliance.org to see the full list of locations and activities in every borough.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown
Sunday July 17, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Brooklyn, noon, $20

Matt Timms, the brains behind the Brooklyn Chili Takedown, is back with this frosty spin-off smackdown, where amateur ice-cream makers will duke it out to impress judges from Ample Hills and Cool Haus with their delicious churned creations. A portion of proceeds will benefit Women’s Education Project.

Rubin Museum of Art Block Party
Sunday July 17, The Rubin Museum of Art, 1 p.m., free

The Rubin throws itself a true stormer of a party based on its exhibit “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual.” This celebration of meteorological proportions lauds the art, culture, nature and ideas of Nepal through music, dance, Himalayan street food, family yoga, Nepali-dress demonstrations and good old-fashioned henna tattoos. Other highlights include a photo booth and art activities like DIY bird rattles. BYO prayer flags.

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