Hang Time: Where the Barneys Team Spends Summer in the City

With last week’s opening of the new shoe floor, those so-called lazy days of summer have been few and far between for the Barneys team. But that’s not to say it’s been all work and no play. Below, we quiz the crew on their preferred spots around town for catching up on Vitamin D.

I take Liberace (our Norwich Terrier) down to Washington Square and soak up the hippie vibe. It hasn’t changed since the ’60s.

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Gigino at Wagner Park at the end of the island has the most incredible views of the Statue of Liberty. The burger joint off the West Side bike path near 55th Street is also one of my favorite summer spots—they season their french fries with Old Bay. And they’re only open from April to mid-October!

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I’m very excited to see the terrace doors open at genes@CO-OP Café. I plan to enjoy a juice each time I am up at Madison Avenue.

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Some of my favorite places include Kiki Smith’s magical stained glass installation at the Last Lot near Times Square at 46th Street and Eight Avenue; the outdoor bar at Roberta’s in Bushwick; the little park under the 59th Street Bridge off Sutton Square; and the brilliant grass roof designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro on top of the Lincoln Restaurant at Lincoln Center.

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Nothing like having a picnic with the kids and my dog in Central Park…and then dropping off the crew at home and heading to Salinas for amazing sangria and tapas! I also can’t forget about the outdoor area at genes@CO-OP Café for some delicious green juice!

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Brooklyn Bridge Park—I never get bored running here, especially at sunset. Jean Nouvel’s glass pavilion encasing the carousel against the East River is breathtaking. Also, Alma is my go-to Mexican joint in Red Hook. I love going here early Sunday evenings when it’s a little more quiet and you can really take in the beautiful panoramic view of Manhattan’s skyline. And of course the experience is only complete with delicious margaritas and tacos.

Nothing beats a walk on the High Line when the weather turns warm and the sky stays brighter longer. Top it off with a casual dinner in an outdoor cafe and a stop off at the CO-OP on 18th Street to pick up some summer essentials. On my last visit to the CO-OP, I stocked up on the new ATM tees and my Kiehl’s basics like the Facial Fuel sunscreen.

(photo of Washington Square courtesy of Flickr user Bonito ClubGigino’s courtesy of Flickr user tizzie; genes@CO-OP café courtesy of Barneys New York; Roberta’s courtesy of Flickr user Adam Kuban; Central Park courtesy of Flickr user juanjolostium; Brooklyn Bridge courtesy of Jane’s Carousel and kinerific (main image); the High Line courtesy of Flickr user specialKRB)