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Summertime in New York is filled to the brim with tons of activities: but what about events for movie lovers? Instead of staying cooped up in the nearest theater chain, perhaps it would be better to enjoy some fresh air, cool people, great food and an amazing film. Here are ten fantastic outdoor movie venues, ranging from the well-known to the most obscure. And when you’re done, check out the schedule for the summer.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2016. New York City Landmark the Stonewall Inn on a Spring afternoon. 05112016. Photo by Jarrett Lyons/NYCity News Service

June marks one year since the Stonewall Inn was designated an individual New York City landmark within the historic district of Greenwich Village. While the Stonewall Riots were a dramatic historical moment for the LGBT community, the movement did not start or end there. There were many smaller events and locations that gave exposure to the LGBT community in spaces used to socialize, make art, and mobilize.

Each of the buildings included in this list is a designated individual landmark and are protected as historic spaces by virtue of being located in an historic district. Historic designation reports do note an area’s distinction in LGBT history, particularly if the district was designated after the LGBT movement became prominent. The designation of the Stonewall Inn was particularly notable from a social and historical perspective, since it was generally acknowledged that the site was not architecturally or aesthetically distinguished – a clear gesture to landmark the history behind the building. 

In honor of Pride Month, we highlight ten notable LGBT landmarks and sites in New York City:

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In honor of the warm weather (hopefully) dawning on the city soon, we thought we’d share a list of New York’s most notable swimming pools–from historically significant ones in ruins, a floating public pool in the works, to ones crowning five star hotels. What follows is a list of notable pools around the city.

1. Woolworth Building Pool

Woolworth Building-Pool-Pompeii-Wurts Brothers-Vintage Photo-NYCThe Woolworth Building‘s Pompeii inspired pool (photo via New-York Historical Society)

In the depths of the the Woolworth Building, one of New York’s most iconic landmarks, rests the remnants of a Pompeii-inspired pool. Covered extensively in our The New York City That Never Was column, the pool was designed by Woolworth Building architect Cass Gilbert and used until 1999 as part of the Jack Lalane health club. Today, it is undergoing renovation as part of the partial conversion of the Woolworth Building into luxury condominiums.

Check out our photos of the pool in its abandoned state, pre-renovation. Note our upcoming tour of the building, led by Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter

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William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City. Below, we explore some of those many places where you can find references to the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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The Hallett Nature Sanctuary was once one of the best kept secrets of the immensely popular landmark, Central Park. Located on the southeast corner of the park, close to the Plaza Hotel and other notable destinations, the 4-acre Hallett Sanctuary has been closed off for 69 years, the result of an experiment by the NYC Parks Department and Robert Moses to see what would happen to the biodiversity and landscape of an area of Central Park was left to its own devices. Moses, in particular, hoped it would become a bird sanctuary.

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Warm weather has (almost) come to New York, and with it comes a full array of fun outdoor activities. So grab your picnic baskets, blankets, and friends for a summer of movie screenings. Here is the 2016 schedule for the city’s rooftop and outdoor film screenings from across all five boroughs, presented to you by month for easy planning. Since most of these screenings are free, be sure to get there early so you can get a good view! Many outdoor screenings for this summer have yet to be announced, so be sure to check back with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Bryant Park, the Central Park Film Festival and more for their movie days and times.  (more…)