06/08/2011 10:30 am ET Updated Aug 08, 2011

Best Sunbathing Spots In The City

Summer's here and it's time to catch some rays. You need to show off your newest bikini (or scope out hotties in their new bikinis), and that streaky orange self tanner look has not caught on. Get your tan on (safely!) at these following places.

Central Park
The Great Lawn, located at the center of the park between 80th and 84th Streets, is an obvious and very popular choice for sunbathers, but there are other (perhaps greener) pastures. The East Green at 72nd street and the East Meadow at 100th Street are both great locations for tanning and sometimes offer a bit more privacy and breathing room. The Sheep Meadow on the west side of the park between 67th and 71st streets is a popular spot for getting tan while working on your laptop, since WiFi is available.

Bryant Park
The park serves as the backyard of the New York Public Library. Book lovers can often be spotted on the lawn, enjoying Anna Karenina or faking it in order to impress the scantily clad female sunbathers. The library and the park are located between 5th and 6th Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets. Free WiFi access is available within the park.

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