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Buy a new swimsuit and stock up on sunblock—you’re going to need ‘em when the time comes to start checking off our sensational list of things to do in summer in NYC. The city gains a boundless energy once the heat cranks up. And some of the most popular New York attractions provide an endless list of things to do outside. From rooftop movies and free dance parties in Gotham’s best parks to can’t-miss music festivals and more, here’s how to make the absolute most of these steamy summer nights. Tip: You may want to request off for a few staycation days too so you can spend some time relaxing at a few rooftop pools during the week when they’re less crowded.