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Jun 22, 2015

Where to Go in Astoria to Cool Down in the Summer (When You Don’t Have an AC)

Summer is officially here, and so is the heat. Whether or not you’re blessed with an AC unit, there are moments where you just need to escape your stuffy apartment and head (…)

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Summer is officially here, and so is the heat. Whether or not you’re blessed with an AC unit, there are moments where you just need to escape your stuffy apartment and head for cooler temperatures.

We’ve done the dirty work and rounded up our favorite places to hang to cool off (share places we missed in the comments!).

The qualifiers? These are all places you can spend more than an hour or two and have a good amount of seating. Most of them are also pretty cool places in general, and have things to do, eat, or see as you enjoy a few sweat-free hours of air-conditioned joy.

So grab that book you’ve been meaning to read, the materials for that paper you need write, or get to work on that side hustle. Here’s where you can head to stay cool:

Vanilla Sky

What you can do/get: FroYo, sandwiches, coffee; relax, chat, read, work.
Address: 33-18 Broadway,  Astoria, NY 11106
WiFi? Yes
Tons of seating hidden in the back.
Hours:
Monday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Red Mango

What you can do/get: Yogurt and smoothies; relax, chat, read, work.
Address: 30-58 Steinway St,  Queens, NY 11103
WiFi? Yes
Plenty of seating.
Hours:
Monday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm Thursday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm Friday 11:00 am – 11:30 pm Saturday 11:00 am – 11:30 pm Sunday 11:00 am – 10:30 pm

Astoria Coffee

What you can do/get: Read, work, relax; Food and beverages
Address/cross streets: 30-04 30th St,  Queens, NY 11102

WiFi? Yes

Good amount of seating, but gets crowded on the weekends.
Hours:
Monday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Thursday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
 

Brooklyn Bagel on 30th Ave

What you can do/get: Read, work, relax; Food and beverages
Address/cross streets: 3614 30th Ave,  Queens, NY 11103
WiFi? Yes
Good amount of seating, gets busy during peak hours.
Hours:
Hours: Monday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm Tuesday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm Wednesday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm Thursday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm Friday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm Saturday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm Sunday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm.

NY Bagel and Coffee House

What you can do/get: Read, work, relax; Food and beverages
Address/cross streets: 29-08 23rd Ave,  Astoria, NY 11105

WiFi? Yes

Good amount of seating, but fills up during peak hours.
Hours:
Monday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm Wednesday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm Thursday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Starbucks on Broadway, Steinway, or Astoria Blvd

What you can do/get: work, read, relax, drink, and eat.
Address:  31-01 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106,31-44 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103, 30-18 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11102,
WiFi? Yes

The new Astoria Blvd location has the most seating, then Broadway, then Steinway.
Hours: 5:30 am – 11:00 pm/6:00 am – 10:00 pm

Queens Library on Broadway & Steinway

What you can do/get: Read, work, relax
Address/cross streets: 21-45 31st St,  Queens, NY 11105
WiFi? Yes
Plenty of seating.
Hours:
Monday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Tuesday 1:00 – 6:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Thursday 12:00 – 8:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Sunday Closed

Glo-Brite Laundromat

What you can do/get: Read, relax, laundry.
Address/cross streets:  2803 23rd Ave,  Astoria, NY 11105

WiFi? No

Good amount of seating. Really, we just picked a random laundry mat, but there’s sure to be one by you with AC!
Hours during week/weekend: 24 hours somewhere!

Museum of the Moving Image cafe

What you can do/get: Read, relax, view exhibits, watch movies.
Address/cross streets:  3601 35th Ave,  Astoria, NY 11106
WiFi? Yes (up to 5 hours)
Plenty of seating.
Hours:
Wed – Thurs 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, Fri 10:30 am – 8:00 pm, Sat – Sun 11:30 am –  7:00 pm

The Kaufman Astoria Movie Theater

What you can do/get: Watch movies, relax, nap (depending on the movie), snacks
Address/cross streets:  35-30 38th St,  Astoria, NY 11101
WiFi? No
Plenty of seating.
Hours during week/weekend: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

QNS Collective for working

What you can do/get: Work
Address/cross streets:  36-27 36th St,  2nd Fl,  Queens, NY 11106

WiFi? Yes

Plenty of seating.
Hours during week/weekend: Closed Sun, Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 

Gossip Coffee

What you can do/get: Read, work, relax; Food and beverages
Address/cross streets: 37-04 30th Ave,  Astoria, NY 11103
WiFi? Yes
Plenty of seating.
Hours: 7am-10pm
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So where do you go to cool down when it’s hot? Share your favorite spots on the comments, and we’ll continue to update this post!

3 Comments

Colin Pearce

I’m pretty sure I took that photo of NYC Bagel. Did you get it off their website?

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Adam Lienhardt

Hey, this has nothing do do with this article but have you heard any rumors of a bar opening at the corner of 45th street and 23rd ave? Its real industrial looking but I’ve walked by several times on the weekend when the bay door is open and there is a bar with tap handles being built and it appears to being converted to a bar.

I’ve tried to snap a photo but every time they’re working on it my hands are full.

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