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The pandemic brought a renewed interest in outdoor, drive-in movie theaters. And though indoor movie theaters are now open again, it seems like this fun, vintage activity is here to stay. From spots right here in Greenpoint and Astoria to those nearby in North Jersey to some cool retro locales a couple hours’ away, we’ve rounded up 18 spots to drive-in, snack on popcorn, and enjoy a good old-fashioned movie night this spring and summer.
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It’s been over a year since the city first shut down due to COVID-19. It’s been long and painful, but we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that most state-mandated capacity restrictions would be lifted on May 19, with some exceptions. Nearly all aspects of city living– including sports stadiums and arenas, restaurants, events, museums, weddings, amusement parks, movie theaters, and travel–are gradually returning to a new normal. Ahead, we’ve put together a list of all the reopening dates and details in New York City. We’ll be updating this list as more information becomes available.
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With New York City starting to fully reopen, rooftop season could not come at a better time. Fall back in love with the city that never sleeps by sipping an iced cold beverage and taking in some magical views. Plus, with COVID restrictions still in place, most of these bars require a reservation, an upside at those notoriously hard-to-book places. Ahead, find a rooftop watering hole that checks all of the boxes, whether you’re looking for a swanky terrace to impress out-of-towners or a more relaxed seaside bar with views of the Atlantic.
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Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 9th, and not only is it our annual date to celebrate all the moms in our lives, but this year, it’s timed with the city’s gradual reopening and lots of good news surrounding Covid and vaccine numbers. Since the holiday tends to be one for an early meal, we’ve rounded up some great New York City restaurants with brunch specials for Mother’s Day. Keep in mind that local restaurants are still operating at 50 percent capacity for indoor dining, and many places are requiring reservations.
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There are few spring and summer pleasures more sublime than drinking aboard a boat, though, in New York City, those are hard to come by unless you’re buddies with a yacht owner. The good news is, there are a handful of bars actually located onboard barges and boats, where you can sip wine and watch the sunset as the waves bob below. Here are our favorites; and do note the Staten Island Ferry is an unofficial boat bar, too.
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As climate change and environmental issues continue to be hot topics on a global scale, more and more people are trying to do their small part at home. To get some easy lifestyle tips on how to “green” your apartment right here in New York City, we spoke to an NYC-based zero-waste expert and an eco-conscious interior designer who filled us in on things like eliminating single-use items, saving energy, and composting.
13 easy ways to go green
Tulips in the spring, wildflowers in the summer, sunflowers in the fall–whatever you fancy, there’s a farm nearby where you can pick your own flowers. Whether it’s upstate, on Long Island, or down in Jersey, we’ve rounded up the eight best you-pick flower farms within driving distance to NYC. Most of them also offer beautiful photo opportunities, pick-your-own produce, or farm shops.
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Buying a mattress is no longer like buying a car, requiring showroom visits that put us at the mercy of unctuous sales agents and an SUV-sized investment. The advent of “bed-in-a-box” disruptors changed the game, but this new era has brought so many options that it’s almost impossible to comparison shop. There’s no perfect formula, and it really comes down to personal preference, so while we can’t tell you which mattress is perfect for you, below is a roundup of the current important entries in the mattress field, and why they’re so popular.
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In any season, we spend a significant portion–and probably not as much as we’d like–between the sheets. And if this past year has taught us anything, it’s that having a calming and comfortable place to rest can not be underestimated. But assembling a dream-worthy bed can be confusing, not to mention expensive. As with all things home-related, much of it comes down to personal preferences, trends, and pricing. Below is a guide to the best bedding available online, what’s new, and where to score fabulous sheets, duvet covers, and more, for less.
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While visiting the major, most popular attractions of New York City can be fun, it can also be stressful, overwhelming and full of selfie-taking tourists. However, the great thing about the Big Apple is that plenty of other attractions exist that are far less known or even hidden in plain sight. To go beyond the tourist-filled sites and tour the city like you’re seeing it for the very first time, check out 6sqft’s list ahead of the 20 best underground, secret spots in New York City.
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