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Sink your teeth into some ultra-savory brisket at Delaney Barbecue’s SmokeLine food cart on the High Line, a unique urban park located atop a raised rail bed on Manhattan’s west side. Finish off the meal with an ice cream sandwich at the Melt stand.

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Brooklyn’s largest public park is a great place for picnics and softball games, but it’s also the site of one of the city’s best free music and dance festivals, Celebrate Brooklyn! This year’s lineup includes the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra on August 3 and They Might Be Giants on August 10.

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After facing massive destruction after Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island is open for the summer. Ride the wooden roller coaster at Luna Park, stroll the boardwalk, and savor a hot dog with all the fixings at Nathan’s Famous. (Or check out Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. It’s been fascinating/horrifying crowds since 1916!)

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Every Monday throughout the summer, the expansive lawn at Bryant Park is transformed into the city’s most picturesque cinema, as the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presents classic and recently released movies to the assembled crowd. Bring your picnic blanket!

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Sure, you’ll have to wait in a long line for your (free) tickets, but is there any event more iconic to summer in New York City than the famous, star-studded Shakespeare in the Park performances? This year’s programs include a new musical version of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

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Celebrate one of the city’s most remarkable neighborhoods during Harlem Week, a more-than-weeklong festival of music and performing arts that runs from July 28 through early August. The lineup includes art exhibits, gospel ensembles, sporting events, and more.