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The 7 best beaches for surfing near NYC

By Dana Schulz, Wed, July 14, 2021

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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Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash

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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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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How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Mon, June 28, 2021

Photo by Traci Lawson via Flickr cc

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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The 18 best places to visit in Washington Heights

By Devin Gannon, Mon, June 21, 2021

A hilly neighborhood with stunning public parks, incredible food, and community pride, Washington Heights is special. Not only is this area full of natural beauty (it has the highest natural point in Manhattan and boasts incredible Hudson River views) and historically important (it served as a strategic defense point during the Revolutionary War), Washington Heights has long been an immigrant enclave.

As development hit the largely rural neighborhood in the early 20th century, Irish, Jewish, African American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican communities have all called Washington Heights home. Today, a strong Latin American and Caribbean presence remains, with Washington Heights and nearby Inwood considered the most populous Dominican neighborhoods in the U.S. With this month’s release of the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In The Heights, we’ve put together a guide of must-visit places in Washington Heights, from Manhattan’s oldest home to the city’s only underground street, with stops for roasted chicken and chicharrón along the way.

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Where to watch movies outside in NYC this summer

By Devin Gannon, Thu, June 3, 2021

Photo by Julienne Schaer for Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

One of the best summer activities is returning to New York City: outdoor movies. While New Yorkers have long enjoyed the seasonal events, the pandemic has made outdoor cinemas (and drive-ins!) even more popular. 6sqft has put together a preliminary list of places to watch outdoor movies across the city, including the Queens Botanical Garden for family-friendly flicks and “Pix on the Plaza,” at The Standard High Line for cult-classic films. As more movie lineups get released this summer, the list will be updated accordingly.

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The best beach day trips from NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Wed, June 2, 2021

Asbury Park beach, photo via Wikimedia

New York City has some great local beaches, like the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Brighton and Orchard Beaches. But when you need a short break from all the spots you can hit via the subway, it’s worth remembering that there are some great beaches just a quick drive, NJ Transit, or Long Island Railroad ride away. Here are some of our favorite day beach trips from the city, from up-and-comer Asbury Park and Long Branch in NJ to long-time favorites like Fire and Shelter Islands.

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The 7 best beaches in NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Thu, May 27, 2021

With Memorial Day just around the corner, most New Yorkers have two options–sit in endless hours of traffic trying to get to the beaches on the Hamptons or down the Jersey Shore, or have a staycation in the city. And while the latter may sound boring (and hot!) there are plenty of beaches to hit up within the boroughs. From the Rockaways to Fort Tilden, we’ve rounded up the seven best sandy spots in New York City.

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The 15 best parks in NYC for outdoor grilling

By Devin Gannon, Wed, May 26, 2021

Photo via Pexels

While our tiny apartments and fire escapes may not always be the greatest spots to host a barbecue, the city’s parks provide some of the best places to dine on hamburgers and hot dogs this holiday. Ahead, 6sqft rounded up 15 of the best NYC parks to host outdoor barbecues, from old standby Prospect Park to less-known locales like Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park.

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13 places to go hiking in New York City

By Devin Gannon, Wed, May 19, 2021

Photo by TheTurducken on Flickr

Forget the rental car or Metro-North trip, all you need to go hiking is a MetroCard. Home to over 30,000 acres of parkland, New York City offers hundreds of nature trails to explore in parks across the five boroughs. New Yorkers do not have to travel very far to connect with the great outdoors, from the Staten Island Greenbelt, which is three times the size of Central Park, to ecologically diverse forests in Van Cortlandt Park, to the salt marshes of Marine Park Preserve. Ahead, discover some of the best trails to take a hike in every borough.

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