by nycgo.com staff, 03/18/2014
"Don Quixote" at Lincoln Center Festival photo by Damir Yusupov/Bolshoi Theatre • The Cyclone at Coney Island photo by Julienne Schaer
Every summer—as the days get longer and the mercury rises—New Yorkers free themselves from their glass-and-steel office towers and take to the streets, the plazas, the parks and the beaches. There they find free outdoor theater (Shakespeare in the Park), free outdoor music (SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn!), free movies (Central Park Conservancy Film Festival), free fireworks (Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks) and plenty of extraordinary parades (like the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Pride Week parade and the West Indian American Day Carnival—all free, of course). And speaking of free summer fun in the City, it doesn't cost a dime to soak in the sun, sand and surf at Coney Island. Sure, a hot dog at Nathan's Famous will run you four bucks and change, but it's worth every penny.
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