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These Historical Photos Show New Yorkers Basking In The Springtime Sun

Spring in New York lasts approximately three hours, so you need to take advantage of it. We looked at past New Yorkers as they shed their winter jackets, peeled off their wool socks, and stopped to smell the roses.

Posted on March 8, 2021, at 4:50 p.m. ET


People basking in the sun in Central Park
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People relax in Central Park on a sunny day near the Pilgrim Fathers monument, April 1978.

A woman in a floral hat outside a church and men in black
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Participants in the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue wear various creative hats. In the foreground, a woman wears a flowery Easter bonnet.

Two side-by-side images show a woman sunning herself leaning against a tree and a man in a cowboy hat in front of a building
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Left: A woman suns herself. Right: A man wears a cowboy outfit in downtown Manhattan.

Two children play with novelty oversize flowers outside on a warm day
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The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden

Four older women talking to each other on a bench in front of a beach
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Older women sit on the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach, Queens, on April 24, 1982.

A group of people roller-skate down an empty street in 1970
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New Yorkers roller-skate to work during the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

A young girl jumps off a structure and is photographed mid-air by the waterfront
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Michela Reina, 9, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, playfully leaps off a ledge outside of South Street Seaport in Manhattan.

A person wearing a shawl holds up a flower to their face in front of a crowd
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An unidentified person poses with a flower, circa 1980s or 1990s.

A group of adults and children swinging
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Kids and adults on swings in Central Park

Two people sunning themselves in front of boats in New York
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Warm weather at South Street Seaport

Two side-by-side images show a man sitting on the ground in a park, leaning back, with his face to the sun, and a group of people sitting on benches outside a tall skyscraper
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Left: A man suns himself in Liberty Plaza Park. Right: People take their lunch breaks at the McGraw-Hill Building in Manhattan.

A woman knits on a park bench while a man naps next to her
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Two people knit and nap in warm weather on March 11, 1977.

A group of children running down an NYC sidewalk
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Children play on a sidewalk in Chinatown, circa 1978.

A woman in a fur coat waves to the camera, one arm holding a purse and the other hand a pair of sunglasses, outside an airport
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Leyla Gencer basks in the sunshine outside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport on April 11, 1973.

A couple walking down the street on a sunny day
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A man and woman walk north on the sidewalk past the New York Jewelers Exchange in Manhattan in April 1979.

People watching a ball game outside
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Spectators watch a baseball game in Flushing Meadows Park in the Corona neighborhood of Queens.

Three women in dressed on a bench in front of a mural depicting Poseidon
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Three women on a bench at Coney Island

A man kneels down to pet two sheep in a crowd
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A man crouches down to pet a sheep on a sunny spring day during the first annual Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

People sitting outside in a park with ivy and a path running leading toward them
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People relax along a footpath in Bryant Park in Manhattan on May 10, 1979.

A woman sits and paints in a sketchbook near a bush and a plot of flowers
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A woman paints on a beautiful day at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

A woman wearing a foam Statue of Liberty novelty visor and a pearl necklace waves to the camera
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