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Since HBO first started showing films in Bryant Park in 1992, free movie screenings have become a summertime tradition in the City. All kinds of films—Hollywood classics, current blockbusters and indie gems—are screened at outdoor venues throughout the five boroughs, with stunning backdrops like the Manhattan skyline (Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies with a View) and the Coney Island Cyclone (Coney Island Flicks on the Beach).

This season’s offerings include recent hits like Green Book and Crazy Rich Asians, ’80s classics When Harry Met Sally and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and family-friendly flicks such as Mary Poppins Returns and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Below is a schedule of free film screenings throughout New York City, organized by day of the week. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings start at dusk, typically around 8:30pm. Check the listings for details and then grab a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy cinema alfresco, NYC style. Continue Reading ›

Your Library Card Now Gets You Free Access To More Than 30 NYC Museums


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NYC’s library card just got a Moviepass-sized upgrade. NYC library members can now access 33 cultural bastions throughout the city thanks to the new Culture Pass initiative, which seeks to give equal admission to the city’s finest attractions to all New Yorkers, regardless of economic circumstances.

And may we just say: It’s a pretty sweet deal, regardless of which borough you reside in. I can’t count the number of times I was too broke to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens when I had to return a book at the Central Library next door. And the Whitney? Am I about to become, dare I say, fancy? Though rent is unmanageable and the MTA is devolving into a Mad Max-levels of chaos, it is nice to know that the city wants us to explore what it has to offer.    Continue Reading ›

The Six Best “Secret Gardens” Of NYC


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That New Yorkers need to escape this maddening city full of machines is undeniable. But where? Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Botanical Garden, Central Park Conservatory Garden are often crowded; throngs of people seeking refuge create the very same convergence of humanity that we wish to escape. Here are six “secret gardens” in which you can find the quiet and natural beauty you’ve been seeking. 

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The 9 Most Beautiful Streets in New York City


Guys, we know living in the center of the universe can be tough sometimes. Especially in Times Square. During rush hour. On trash day.

But when you’ve had it up to here with the lines at Trader Joe’s and the off brand Elmo’s, take a second to gaze at the tree-lined streets, breathtaking views and hidden private paths this beautiful city has to offer.

Here are the nine most gorgeous streets in NYC. New York, je t’aime.

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