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Editor's Itinerary: Alfresco, All Day, All Over NYC

Spending time indoors in the summer is almost impossible. Make up for it by going outside!

Once the oh-so-precious summer months descend in New York, I find working indoors with a bad climate-control system almost impossible. So I make up for it by getting out as much as I can. I even switch up my go-to, midday lunch haunt, walking an extra two blocks to another deli so that I can luxuriate in the strong sun and the fact that I don’t have to wear pantyhose. Follow my New York itinerary below for three other places to stroll, eat, drink or just be, without walls. It’s summertime, and the living is outdoorsy.

» Walk With a View

I have a friend who lives in a building on the Lower East Side off the FDR Drive, and in the summer I like to walk the East River Esplanade for a visit. If I am feeling ambitious, I start at around 30th St., angling in between the joggers and cyclists: As I get closer, this view of the Brooklyn Bridge is awfully sweet. Benches provide places to sit and gaze, and on weekends, this promenade can get as packed as Times Square.

» Lunch ‘n’ Art

Not only can you enjoy a burger at the just-reopened Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (right near the Where offices!), but this month (and through this coming winter) you can also view "Fata Morgana" by Teresita Fernández, a 500-foot-long golden metal sculpture that creates canopies above the park’s pathways. And if you haven't had one of Shake Shack's world-famous juicy burgers (the owner is Danny Meyer, whose stellar restaurant portfolio includes Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, and the recently-opened Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art), then you really do not know what you are missing.

» Happy Hour Vista

This past spring, SixtyFive, the cocktail lounge adjacent to the Rainbow Room opened, and with it came outdoor drinking and nibbling from arguably the city’s most romantic outdoor bar. I was lucky enough to go to the opening party, where the martinis were ice-cold and the potato chips with truffles were crazy good. Other yummy munchables include spicy tuna tacos, oysters and caramel popcorn, redefined with ancho chili, black pepper and maldon salt.