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In the 1,000th issue of Time Out New York, we take a walk down memory lane

By Dana Varinsky

Since the first Time Out New York magazine was published in 1995, a lot has changed—back then, the Mets played at Shea Stadium, subway rides were paid for in tokens, and the average monthly rent in Manhattan was $619 (sigh). This week, to celebrate our 1,000th issue—that’s right, we’ve now published a thousand of these puppies—we're taking a look back. We reread our first issue (in which we wrote about 90's star Mira Sorvino, comedian Marc Maron and how affordable Stuy Town was), look at our hits and misses over time, and show you some of our best covers.

Plus, in honor of this warm weather (finally!), we round up the very best things to do on NYC’s rooftops—everything from pools and drinking to movie screenings and greenery. And what better way to showcase what the city has going on up on the roof than to fly over it ourselves? This week’s cover image was shot from a helicopter—to see how it was captured, check out this video.

Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find interviews with cabbies all over the city, delicious new sandwiches to bring on your summer picnics, and the Indian cinema no movie buff should miss. Plus, we talk to the man you crowned New York City’s best bartender, meet a few of the locals you’ll find at this year’s Boylesque Festival, and map out your ideal Bike the Branches route in Brooklyn.

You can pick up your FREE copies tomorrow between 6:30–10am and 3–7pm at any point on this map, or anytime during the week from racks at these locations.

Get outside, New York! Here’s to 1000 more weeks of fun in the city.


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