7 Ways to Keep Cool in Gowanus and Clinton Hill This Summer

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Summer is in full swing here in Brooklyn, and boy is it hot! Thankfully, there are plenty of places to visit around Gowanus and Clinton Hill (our soon-to-be new coworking location!) that will help you stay cool in this concrete jungle.

Check out these 7 local favorites for cooling off after work or on the weekends.

Favorite Summer Spots in Gowanus

Ample Hills Creamery: 305 Nevins Street


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Only two blocks away from our Gowanus location, Ample Hills Creamery loves the community it serves and gives back in many different ways. Stop by to chill out and taste the history they’ve made as the first-ever on-site pasteurized ice cream shop in the city, fittingly giving them the nickname “Brooklyn’s Freshest.” Come in after work and relax on their roof deck or sidewalk seating.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club: 514 Union Street

Feeling a little more competitive? New players and seasoned pros alike are welcome at this vibrant and unique shuffleboard club! Come in with friends or colleagues and partake in the many different games they offer, enjoy some of their specialty tropical drinks, grab a bite to eat from a variety of food trucks, and have a great time all while staying cool! Looking to avoid the big crowds? Stop by after work on weekdays. (It’s also right next to Ample Hills Creamery!)

Douglass and DeGraw Pool: Third Avenue and Nevins Street


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There’s nothing but the big, open sky of Gowanus overhead at this locals-only hang-out spot. At the pool, discover an escape from city life, and a chance to unwind and have some fun in the sun. The pool is open 11am to 7pm every day and only a 7 minute walk from our Gowanus location.


Escape the Heat in Clinton Hill

Commodore Barry Pool: Flushing and Park Avenues, Navy and North Elliot Streets

Located in the oldest park in Brooklyn, this Clinton Hill outdoor pool has been decorated in bright colors and is often full of happy visitors. Its central location and spacious pool is a perfect activity on a summer day: great for both physical activity or quality time, keeping cool with friends and family. Open 11am to 7pm every day and only a 12 minute walk from our Clinton Hill location.

The Good Batch: 936 Fulton Street


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Not your typical ice cream parlor, the Good Batch combines the sweetness of fresh baked goods and the satisfaction of ice cream on a hot summer day! Can’t decide what to get? An ice cream cookie sandwich at The Good Batch is definitely the way to go. Plus they offer a variety of ice cream and cookie flavors to choose from, including gluten-free and vegan options.

Alamo Drafthouse: 445 Albee Street


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As movie theaters reopen their doors (after nearly a year of being closed), they beckon visitors to return and enjoy the combination of A/C and the latest flick. Alamo Drafthouse rises above the rest when it comes to the engaging and relaxing movie-going experience it has to offer, with delicious foods, exceptional drinks, and craft beers! Looking for a movie night after work? This is the place to go.

Kosciuszko Pool: Marcy Avenue between DeKalb Avenue & Kosciuszko Street

With the words “Stay cool, the waters always fine” beautifully painted on the outside wall and tons of bleachers for seating, Kosciuszko Pool is another cheerful facility for adults and families. Be sure to add this Olympic-size pool to your roster of places to go in the neighborhood.


Where do you plan on going to keep cool this summer? Share with us in the comments!