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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Breathe It All Back in as the City Starts Reopening

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Ben Fractenberg and Hiram Alejandro Durán, THE CITY

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From parks in Brooklyn to museums in Manhattan to a certain stadium in The Bronx, our team captured scenes of people re-embracing a city on the rebound.

A man enjoys a maskless sunny day in Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights, May 27, 2021.
A man enjoyed a sun shower in Brooklyn’s Lincoln Terrace Park as temperatures soared into the 80s on a May day. | Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

New Yorkers are beginning to once again enjoy the cultural and neighborhood joys they’ve been denied for over a year during our long slog through the pandemic. 

From parks in Brooklyn to museums in Manhattan to a certain stadium in The Bronx, our team captured scenes of people re-embracing a city on the rebound.

A couple takes advantage of relaxed mask rules at Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain.


Hundreds of Queens residents packed onto an Astoria Park lawn to enjoy a classic about getting back to a better future.


Life once again imitated art at The Met.


New Yorkers resumed savoring a slice of life indoors. 


A group of teens took part in a water gun fight on a hot day in the South Bronx.


A woman celebrating her birthday serenaded her friends at a Queens bar.


Amateur players enjoyed a game while the Bronx Bombers split a double-header.


A family gazed upon Lady Liberty during a trip back from Staten Island.

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