New York City Summer Solstice 2012: How Glorious NYC Summers Can Be (VIDEOS)

06/20/2012 01:43 pm ET | Updated Jun 21, 2012

Summer solstice is upon us New York. It is, by a fraction of a second, the longest day of the year when at 7:09 PM Wednesday evening, the sun climbs to its farthest point north of the equator.

It's fitting then that today and tomorrow will be HOT. Like, "Can't Stand The Heat" hot. Bake-cookies-in-your-car hot. Please-seriously-check-on-your-elderly-neighbors hot. The heat index Wednesday and Thursday could climb as high as 105 degrees.

Go to the beach (the pools aren't open yet), drink on rooftop bars, bust open a fire hydrant, drink nutcrackers on the train, or take one of these day trips out of the sticky city to somewhere cooler.

Is it your first New York City summer? Here are a few, random primers on how glorious it can be.

(Know any other great, summer-y New York City videos, photo series? Send them and we'll add!)

Glorious NYC Summer

And here are pictures of people playing in the open fire hydrants:

Cooling Off In NYC Fire Hydrants
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