May cooler heads prevail: New York needs to open as many beaches, pools and playgrounds as possible this summer

For more than 80 years, Memorial Day weekend in New York City has been synonymous with the start of summer, particularly with the opening of the city’s public beaches. The summer season is also by far the busiest time in the 30,000 acres of city parks (and more than 15,000 more acres of national and state parks). As the weather heats up, the city’s painstakingly-developed “outdoor cooling infrastructure”—mostly in its parks — is pressed into service to help millions of overheated New Yorkers cool down.

Spacing and water can mix.(Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News) For more than 80 years, Memorial Day weekend in New York City has been synonymous with the start of summer, particularly with the opening of the city’s public beaches. The summer season is also by far the busiest time […]

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