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DATE IDEA #1: Walk the High Line at night
We absolutely love the High Line here at Inhabitat. One of the best examples of adaptive reuse, this newly minted iconic NYC destination finds itself packed full of tourists during the daylight hours, but is considerably much quieter (and cooler) at night. Take a date here for a romantic stroll at dusk and show off your design chops by pointing out some Tschumi, Nouvel and a few of subtle features that really make the High Line special. If you don’t charm your date, at least the surrounding sparkling night lights of NYC will. (Insider tip: watch our exclusive video here to get the DL straight from landscape architect James Corner).
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DATE IDEA #2: Head to Williamsburg for a ’90s flick in McCarren Park
Let’s be real: movie ticket prices are outrageous these days, and we can’t always afford to drop $30 on tickets and another $15 on popcorn. Instead of heading to the Angelika, enjoy a sweet 90s flick al fresco at McCarren Park in Williamsburg. Bring your own snacks, drinks and a couple lawn chairs or blanket, and enjoy one of the six free films screening now through August. Get there a little early if you want to claim a prime spot. Summerscreen kicks off on July 10th with the Jennifer Love Hewitt “classic” Can’t Hardly Wait.
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DATE IDEA #3: Rock out at one of more than 100 SummerStage shows
What’s summer without seeing at least one of your favorite bands play live? Bring your date to one of the more than 100 free shows being hosted by SummerStage across all five boroughs. From concerts to DJed dance parties to theater, this year’s program is pretty stellar. So far acts like the Zombies and Mos Def have already taken stage, and there are still plenty more talents to come, including soul singer Shuggie Otis and a performance from the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company. Check out the official SummerStage site to see all the acts they have lined up for the summer.