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18 Photos of Summer in the Seventies in New York City

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Ah, summer in New York City: concerts in the park, lazy days in the Rockaways, BBQ block parties, sweltering subways. In honor of the unofficial start of summer this weekend (and to beat the blues on this rainy day), we're kicking off a new time-traveling feature where we look back at the season of sun during a different era. What better place to start than the sunny seventies? Here now are 18 photos spanning 1969-79, showing that summer in the city 35 years ago wasn't really that different than summer today.