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23 Things That Are Actually Great About Summer In New York

We trade garbage funk for rooftop parties and that's OK.

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1. Walking through Washington Square Park and letting the fountain mist settle over you like magically cold fairy dust.

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2. Or walking through and hearing the sweet, sweet sounds of Grand Piano Guy.

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3. Rooftop parties in Brooklyn that give you a tiny, twinkly view of the Manhattan skyline.

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4. Walking into an ice cream parlor on a hot day and breathing in that sugary, refrigerated air smell.

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5. Walking down the street in hot weather and suddenly getting spritzed with a lovely sunshower.

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6. Hearing the Mr. Softee jingle down your block and watching the neighborhood kids go crazy.

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7. Visiting Governors Island and looking at all the cool forts and pretty mansions.

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8. Accidentally getting tan just by running errands around your neighborhood.

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9. Longer days mean longer happy hours, and it's still kind of light out when you walk home.

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10. Seeing beautiful people walk around SoHo in amazing sundresses, making you want to up your summer fashion game.

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11. Same goes for everyone's flawless funky sunglasses game.

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12. Everybody in the city looks shiny and sweaty after a while so we're all on the same level, aesthetically.

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13. Getting in a subway car that is actually air-conditioned and not that crowded OR smelly.

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14. When a long heat wave breaks with a huge thunderstorm and everything is right with the world.

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15. Street fairs that stop traffic on seemingly random roads and have funnel cake stands by the dozen.

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16. Seeing Central Park wake up in the early morning as you wait in line for Shakespeare in the Park tickets.

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17. Bars with patios or gardens in the back. Especially if they have many plants.

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18. Sneaking wine into a picnic basket and spending a whole Saturday reading books and eating cheese al fresco.

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19. Free movies in Bryant Park, complete with snacks.

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20. Crawling out of people's living room windows to air out on the fire escape when the party gets too hot.

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21. Warm, muggy weather lulling you to sleep in the middle of the day (assuming you don't have any work to do...).

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22. Looking at all the cool costumes at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

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23. And while you're there, sinking your teeth into a perfect Nathan's hot dog with a side of cheesy fries.

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