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31 Photos Of New York City In The Summer Of '69

In 1969, Life magazine captured both the energy and the misery of a hot summer day in the city.

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A couple take in each other and not the view on the Staten Island Ferry,

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Young woman on her way to work?

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Aww... I wonder if they're still friends.

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Commuters getting a brief moment of relief as they exit a hot subway station.

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A fashionable woman suffers through the heat to look good.

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The look on the right is not worth suffering through the heat for.

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Lunchtime on the steps of the New York Public Library.

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Woman getting some attention on the steps of the New York Public Library.

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The midday sun making it miserable for the crowd in midtown Manhattan.

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Kids cool off with the spray of a fire hydrant.

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People sunbathe at the Hudson River.

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Belly art in Central Park.

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A young woman appropriately dressed for a hot day in Central Park.

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Sunbathers in Central Park.

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Elderly people relax on benches in Central Park.

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I bet they smell like sweat and patchouli.

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People take a walk around Bethesda Fountain.

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A crowd cools off in Bethesda Fountain, the Loeb Boathouse in the background.

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Members of the Hare Krishna chanting in the park.

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Impromptu concert on Bethesda Terrace.

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A couple checks out the band in Bethesda Terrace.

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People cool off in Bethesda Fountain. This is just gross.

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Central Park Lake with Bethesda Terrace in the background.

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People in the background enjoying a stroll on Bow Bridge.

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This couple has the right idea, although the matching outfits are a bit creepy.

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Best way to keep cool: a miniskirt.

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Was the photographer trying to go for a creep shot?

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You know the couple who lives in this apartment were always hosting summer parties.

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A couple enjoy a barbecue on their rooftop terrace.

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Nothing says summer like dancing the night away in a hot club (literally it looks disgustingly muggy in there!).

Via: Life

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