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True, it's hot AF. But we wouldn't call
Photo Credit: Instagram / OddFellows

True, it's been hot AF. But we wouldn't call your attention to a problem without offering a solid solution. Let us present what could just be the antidote to summer heat: boozy ice cream.

Since OG Tipsy Scoop opened the city's first ice cream "barlor" in 2017, others have followed, with an array of results generated by the seemingly simple formula of cold adult beverages plus frozen treats. We offer seven options to beat the blistering heat blues.

Tackling the robust menu at Tipsy Scoop's Manhattan and Brooklyn outposts is manageable thanks to the create-your-own flights. Because, really, no one of legal age should have to choose between strawberry-rhubarb bourbon, chocolate stout and pretzel, and mango margarita.

Then there's local stalwart Morgenstern's, which, at the flagship location, offers cocktails inspired by its popular ice creams. And, yes, it also offers alcohol-infused ice creams, including bourbon vanilla and a (real) rum raisin.

OddFellows is a bit more punk rock about it, sidestepping infusions and pouring the alcohol right over the top. And if sorbet doused in sparkling wine or a banana split washed in a bath of Champagne doesn't cure the summer sweats, we're kind of not sure what might.

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Newsflash -- urban explorers and grounded travelers, you
Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

Newsflash: Urban explorers and grounded travelers, you don't have to leave the city to be immersed in a different culture.  

Once you step out of the subway station at Brighton Beach, you enter another world. Many shop signs are in Cyrillic, and the locals often assume you speak Russian until you say something in English. This is "Little Odessa," a Russian enclave by the ocean.

From seaside restaurants like Tatiana or Cafe Volna to stores with handpainted tchotchkes and homemade dessert bread, Brighton Beach offers a taste of Slavic culture in your backyard. And if you have never tried Uyghur food, there's Cafe Kashkar. The Central Asian ethnic group's cuisine has found a following here, too. Want more? We have a full roster of suggestions on how to spend a day in Brighton Beach.

Certainly the neighborhood has a great beach, but go inland and be a tourist, да?

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Manhattan-born Bryce Vine comes to Webster Hall Saturday.
Photo Credit: Getty Images for iHeartRadio/Bryan Bedder

Manhattan-born Bryce Vine comes to Webster Hall Saturday. And while it's not his first time performing at the storied venue, it's still a milestone of sorts for the "Drew Barrymore" singer. 

No longer an opener, Vine, 31, steps into the role of headliner. "It's amazing," he says ahead of the show date. "I've played here throughout my career like four or five times, opening for different people, but never had this room."

Fresh off the release of his latest album, "Carnival," Vine is set for the venue's newly renovated Grand Ballroom -- and it's still an exciting first for the humble artist who's one of few able to say they've performed atop Radio City Music Hall.

Through eight new lyrical tracks, and two bonus additions (a voicemail recording and an outro), Vine is set to welcome New York fans into the "Carnival" inside his mind. He says his upbeat new music, which he will perform at Webster, is a form of his own therapy. 

"'Carnival' is kind of perfect because, how my mind works, it's all over the place."

Tickets to his show are still available, and start at $37. 

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Mother Nature can be such a diva. Between
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Mother Nature can be such a diva. Between heat waves and rainstorms, she's been giving some rather uninvited assistance to the Public Theater's production of "Coriolanus" at Shakespeare in the Park.

It's not entirely unwelcome, though. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is currently being transported to the year 2080 in this version of the Bard's "Coriolanus." It's set in a war-torn future maimed by climate change, so temps near the 90s only add to the dramatic effect. 

This weekend, the production has two evening shows (Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.) and tickets are free. Though actor Jonathan Cake, who stars as Roman general Caius Marcius Coriolanus (pictured), says the "heat gives [the show] this great sense of tension," the forecast calls for highs in the 80s -- a slight relief. 

For tickets, line up at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park starting at noon on show dates. 

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is taking its fight
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is taking its fight to the greenhouse.

The Kings County staple opened an exhibit this week called "Fight for Sunlight," which aims to bring attention to a developer's proposal to build two towers that Garden officials say would have "catastrophic effects" on the plants.

The Continuum Company plans to build a residential complex with two towers reaching 39 stories that would have about 789 affordable units for various income levels and the same number of market-rate units.

Inside the Garden's Steinhardt Conservatory, guests will learn about the history of its buildings and the rare plants that rely on direct sunlight. Garden officials say the Desert Pavillion would be in shadow for four hours if the proposed towers are built.

"New shadows caused by these proposed towers could eradicate many of the rare and endangered plants in our collection," says Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 

The developer's spokesman disagrees, however, saying preliminary findings show there would be no significant adverse impacts.

Get more of the story this weekend.


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