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The temps are high, and the sun is out. You work all week, and you’re oh-so-ready to enjoy all of the free time you can between Friday night and Monday morning. Summer weekends fill up quickly in New York City with short jaunts out to Long Island or the Jersey Shore where you can indulge in soaking up the sun and blasting your favorite tunes. But as every real New Yorker knows, the best part of summertime is having spontaneous get-togethers right here in the city with great friends — preferably outside and preferably with views of the river. Residents of the One Manhattan Square condos on the Lower East Side can make that happen without even leaving home. In fact, these new luxury residences offer countless options for impromptu al fresco fun with more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. Wander the verdant gardens, cook a meal in the outdoor kitchen — it’s prime barbecue weather, after all — or relax in the tea pavilion.

And thanks to One Manhattan Square’s enviable location, you can easily access the best of NYC’s most exciting neighborhood, where warm-weather merriment awaits and memorable evenings in well-appointed rooftop bars beckon at South Street Seaport, which is just a 15-minute walk along the water from the building.

Once a school-group tourist destination, South Street Seaport is now a locale for well-heeled, fun-seeking New Yorkers to dine and drink in chic restaurants, like Babalu and Industry Kitchen, and still others helmed by culinary luminaries Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Chang.

There’s no better way to enjoy this of-the-moment district than to sip at a cocktail with the sun shining as you watch the boats and ferries glide across the river. And there’s no better spot to enjoy this scene than perched atop Pier 17. This newly restored multilevel event-restaurant-performance-shopping space has drawn big names and big crowds this season. Its rooftop entertainment venue is set to host Sheryl Crow, Stray Cats, and Ringo Starr this summer. Aside from the star wattage and stunning views of the harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge, the best part about Pier 17 is that you can enjoy it year-round thanks to the restaurant and rooftop bar R17. The Seaport’s newest stylish spot was designed by Rockwell Group, the team behind some of the world’s chicest and most iconic spaces, including TAO Downtown and Nobu — and the clientele is just as glam.

R17’s list of expertly crafted cocktails is extensive, but it’s their tapas-style menu — created by Cassidy Hallman of Morimoto — that is a real highlight for those who fancy a bite to eat while they imbibe. These mouthwatering snacks range from traditional American fare and burgers (served on a toasted English muffin, adding the perfect amount of crisp to a succulent bar-food standby) to “ocean-to-table” oysters that will make you think: “Who needs the beach!”