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By Jasmin Guleria

It’s a lazy July afternoon, the mid-day summer heat makes shopping in the city an actual health hazard, and your apartment is equally unbearable since the landlord still hasn’t fixed the air-conditioning. What’s a girl to do? Sure, we could strip down to our undies and stick our head into the freezer to get a bit of comfort from the summer heat – but would the savvy writers at BeautyNews seriously recommend an option so blasé? Of course not!

This summer, beat the biting city heat by indulging in a pool-side rendezvous at one of the following chique Manhattan pools.

Manhattan Plaza Health Club (MPHC)
482 West 43rd Street at 10th Ave.
212-563-7001
www.mphc.com/facilities/fac-pool.html
Day Pass: $25

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With a 75 foot rooftop pool with a retractable glass roof overlooking lovely Midtown New York, MPHC is the perfect 1-day getaway for any heat-induced New Yorker. Surrounded by tropical plants and sundeck attendants ready to deliver lunch orders straight to your pool chair, this spot prides itself on making its guests feel as if they’re a part of island royalty.

Gravity Fitness Center at Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th Street near 6th Ave.
212-708-7340
www.parkermeridien.com/gravity/
Day Pass: $50

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This glass-roofed pool includes an outdoor sun deck with gorgeous views of Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline. Swim some laps, order a drink, and lounge pool-side while smugly looking out at those poor sweltering park-runners – ah what a life! Read more

Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and the Hudson River
212-336-6000
www.chelseapiers.com
Day Pass: $50

Overlooking the Hudson River, this indoor pool with floor-to ceiling windows and an outdoor sundeck gives its loungers a cruise ship-like feel. A day pass gives you access to the pool, sundecks, and the entire health club, consisting of basketball courts, a jogging track, a rock climbing wall, and enough gym equipment to keep even the greatest gym buff satisfied.

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Hotel Gansevoort
18 9th Ave (at 13th Street)
Day Pass: $250
www.hotelgansevoort.com

Sip on a complimentary cosmopolitan while lounging poolside at the fabulous Hotel Gansevoort rooftop pool. The Renewal Day Package also includes the coveted Hotel Gansevoort Pool Bag, consisting of an Evian spritzer, copies of Life & Style and In Touch magazine, one large bottle of Fiji water, and a Korres Suncare Kit! On top of that a 30-minute massage or facial comes with the package, and poolside popsicles are served throughout the day! With all the extras, Gansevoort is truly la crème de la crème of Manhattan pool lounging!

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With all these sexy New York City R&R options only a subway ride away, who needs a far away, uber- expensive tropical island getaway? So what are you waiting for? Throw on a bathing suit and dip in!

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Originally published July 2007
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