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These Iconic Pictures Show What Summer In New York City Is Really Like

If you can make it through summer here, you can make it through summer anywhere!

Posted on July 10, 2018, at 5:20 p.m. ET

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A man dives into the Hudson River from a Jersey City pier in August 1980.

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People look through the premiere issue of Sports Illustrated magazine on a Manhattan sidewalk on Aug. 16, 1954.

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Times Square in July 1961.

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Crowds attend a Jewish Festival on Essex Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side on July 18, 1986.

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A young boy climbs into an ice cream wagon during a hot day in Columbus Circle on June 12, 1956.

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First lady Nancy Reagan and schoolchildren wave from the crown of the Statue of Liberty during the monument's centennial celebration on July 4, 1986.

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Left: Two people embrace on the beach at Jacob Riis Park on July 2, 1974. Right: A gigantic pride flag is unfurled down a Manhattan street on June 26, 1994.

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A group of men relax on the street during the pride parade in June 1982.

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Two construction workers on the Pan Am Building take a break on girders 59 stories above the New York streets on June 16, 1962.

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A group of young people listen to a portable radio on the beach at Coney Island in July 1947.

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Children play on the shore at Riis Park in July 1974.

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A man has his shoes shined outside St. Paul's Chapel in August 1979.

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A group of people launch sailboats in Central Park in June 1951.

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Crowds pack the Sheep Meadow area of Central Park to listen to a free concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on July 19, 1967.

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A woman is surrounded by beachgoers at Coney Island beach on July 4, 1968.

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People ride the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island in 1981.

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A group of kids play in Brooklyn's Lynch Park in June 1974.

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A smiling teenager plays a boombox outside a youth center in Harlem on July 7, 1984.

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View from the upper decks of a crowded Shea Stadium during a New York Mets game on July 1, 1965.

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Children cool off in a fountain in Chinatown's Columbus Park on June 20, 1953.

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A couple cozy up in Central Park on July 23, 1951.

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Left: Children dance under the spray from a fire hydrant sprinkler in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood on July 20, 1977. Right: As the city is hit by a sudden summer storm, a jagged streak of lightning crackles down to the tip of the Empire State Building on July 9, 1945.

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A man sleeps outdoors on the fire escape of his tenement building on New York's Lower East Side in June 1943.

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