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After a nearly $220 million renovation of the south wing, old is new again in the Greek and Roman Art Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St; 212-535-7710,, which houses 7,769 works, including a limestone sarcophagus that likely belonged to a king of Amathus, and a bronze chariot inlaid with ivory.

If you can’t wait until September to see the bilingual Greek Theater of New York ( perform its modern-day reenactment of Socrates’ trial in The Apology of Socrates, pay tribute to the tradition of outdoor amphitheaters with a double dose of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater (Central Park, southwest corner of the Great Lawn; 212-539-8500,; free). This summer’s lineup includes two shows: The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and The Winter’s Tale starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, performed in repertory from Wednesday 9 to August 1.

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For almost 60 years, Fifth Avenue has served as the location of the annual Greek Independence Day Parade, which attracts more than 150,000 attendees each April.

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