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After a year without live music, it’s finally time to move and groove again. As part of the recovery of New York City’s arts and culture scene, outdoor concerts are back. From rooftops and islands to city parks across the five boroughs, there are lots of places hosting outdoor shows this summer. Take in the sounds of summer, whether it be DJ sets on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library, jazz and classical tunes under the Manhattan Bridge, or silent discos at Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza.
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Summer is here! Whether you’re soaking up the sun at a local beach, taking a dip in the city’s pools, or staying inside with air conditioning on full blast, you deserve ice cream. With so many great places in the city, it’s almost impossible to actually pick one. But we’re here to help. Ahead, find some of our favorite scoop shops in New York City, from the iconic (The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Big Gay Ice Cream) to the inventive (Malai, La Newyorkina).
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Affordable housing has long been a topic at the forefront of NYC politics, but it gained even more attention with Mayor de Blasio’s plan to preserve or build 300,000 affordable units by 2026, which has resulted in a slew of new lotteries, a new more user-friendly web portal, and an update to ease the process for immigrants and low-income New Yorkers. But the topic is not without its issues, especially with the city reeling in the wake of the pandemic. Many still wonder if the city is doing enough for affordability and if some of the available units are really affordable. Ahead, we break down the different types of affordable housing programs, how you can qualify and apply, and what happens if and when you get in.
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Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or are looking to learn the sport, you don’t have to go far from New York City to ride some waves. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the seven best beaches in the area for surfing, from the Rockaways, NYC’s only legal surfing beach, to spots on Long Island and the Hamptons to the greatest of the Jersey Shore. We’ll also fill you in on other things to do in these towns and where to rent boards or take lessons.
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Nearly 150 years ago, something quite momentous happened in New York history: the first subway line was opened to the public. The system was the invention of Alfred Ely Beach and his company Beach Pneumatic Transit Company. Beach put up $350,000 of his own money to build the first prototype and tunnel and his company managed to put it together, somewhat covertly, in just 58 days. The tunnel measured about 312 feet long, eight feet in diameter, and was completed in 1870.
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France’s Independence Day is coming up on Wednesday, July 14, and you don’t have to be in Paris to join the festivities. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 11 ways to celebrate Bastille Day in New York City, from a special Central Park SummerStage event to a block party in the newly dubbed “Little Paris” to several restaurant specials.
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After finally finding that perfect New York City apartment, it’s time to prove you can actually pay for it. Many NYC newbies and even natives can’t meet landlords’ strict criteria, like having a high credit score or a salary that equals 40 to 45 times the monthly rent, for example. This is where guarantors come in. A guarantor is a co-signer who guarantees payment on the lease if it otherwise can’t be made. But this is an entirely additional process, from finding someone who fits the bill to gathering all of the necessary paperwork. Ahead, find out everything you need to know about using a guarantor, as well as some tricks of the trade.
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Revelers will once again gather in Williamsburg this week for a festival full of food, dancing, and live music. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola Feast is based on a tradition that got its start in Italy over 1,000 years ago, with its centerpiece a four-ton 72-foot tower. As part of the neighborhood’s nearly two-week feast, the tall, ornately decorated structure, known as the “Giglio,” is carried through the streets by over 100 men. The Giglio Feast–which officially returns Wednesday after last year’s event was canceled–has been held in Williamsburg every July since 1903, nearly two decades before the better-known Feast of San Gennaro was celebrated in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Ahead, learn about the roots of the unique festival, how it’s evolved over the last 118 years, and what to expect this year.
Whether you’re going down the shore for the weekend or taking off the month of August, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a plan in place for your plant babies. Ahead, we break down the four most important tips for keeping your houseplants happy and healthy while you’re away and share the best products to make the prep-work simple. And if you’re looking ahead, we’re also rounding up some of the most low-maintenance plants.
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While a summer spent in the city is typically an exciting time for New Yorkers, it can also be quite miserable for those whose apartments don’t have central air conditioning. For renters, though, a window AC unit makes the most sense since it’s a much cheaper alternative to installing central air and can be taken to your next apartment. Although installing your own air conditioning unit can be intimidating, 6sqft has put together a comprehensive list of AC installation tips to help you chill out and enjoy the short and sweet summer months ahead.
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