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Who Needs the Beach?

New local scenes bring the heat—in a good way.


La Marina
348 Dyckman St., nr. Staff St.; 212-567-6300
Dyckman Marina, once a docking spot for yachts, has been rebuilt as a resortlike bar and restaurant with views of the Hudson and the George Washington Bridge. This 75,000-square-foot, 500-seat complex includes a casual lounge, a swankier indoor bar, a full restaurant (expect oysters, chicken lollipops, and everything in between), and at least one sandy beach bar. Next summer, La Marina will add a 22-slip dock to the premises, as well as fishing, sailing, and kayaking.

Brooklyn Crab
24 Reed St., nr. Conover St., Red Hook; 718-643-2722
This tri-level crab shack/playland attracts huge crowds of mingling singles and families for sunset-spying, raw and fried seafood, and beers on the sprawling roof deck. While you wait (and you will have to wait), play eighteen holes on the just-opened mini-golf course with a piña colada in hand or get competitive over on the cornhole court.

Gallow Green
542 W. 27th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; ­
The new rooftop bar atop the McKittrick Hotel, home of the long-running interactive-theater hit Sleep No More, is set-designed to the nines with greenery and twinkling lights. The staff ladle alcoholic punches from copper bowls ($50 for two to four people) and sling cocktails ($15) inspired by the show, such as the dessert-y, vodka-based Blonde in Peril. Reservations are recommended, and the speakeasy requires an advance purchase of $20 per guest, which is applied to your final bill.


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