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Where to see them, what to eat and drink, and what to do after.
Islandhopping: Liberty Island
Lady Liberty's crown reopens on July 4—here's when and how to make the climb.
Best outdoor parties
Parks, courtyards, boardwalks ... were all meant for dancing. Party and get a tan.
10 best pools
The ideal dip for every mood: from rooftops to swim-up bars.
10 beaches near NYC
The city's finest shorelines—and where to party afterwards.
10 best beach reads
What good is sun and sand without an irresistable new page-turner?
The best (legal) places to BBQ
In every borough. Plus: expert grilling tips.
Top picnic spots for every occasion
And what to eat when you get there.
Best outdoor dance spots
For seduction to a beat.