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Tonya Gonzalez helps kids cool down on an open street in Williamsburg during the coronavirus outbreak, July 17, 2020.
Tonya Gonzalez helps kids cool down on an open street in Williamsburg during the coronavirus outbreak, July 17, 2020.
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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Make the Best of a Sizzling Summer Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

People flocked to parks, boardwalks and outdoor dining as the city endured its first heat wave of the pandemic.

Lifelong Williamsburg resident Tonya Gonzalez recalled using cans as a kid to help spray water as her friends ran past the hydrant.

Now the postal worker was lending a hand while the next generation made best of a summer unlike any other.

“We still have to try and have fun,” Gonzalez said.

Here are some photos showing some creative ways New Yorkers are enjoying the summer amid a pandemic:

A group of new skateboarders attempt to land their first trick at Washington Square Park, July 17, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

A group of novice skateboarders attempted to land their first trick at Washington Square Park.


Despite not having spectators at the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, casual hot dog eaters were able to have their own turn on the Coney Island boardwalk on July 19, 2020. Peter Senzamici/THE CITY

Despite a lack of spectators at this year’s July 4 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest due to COVID-19 restrictions, casual frankfurter fans waited for their own turn on the Coney Island Boardwalk.


A visitor on the High Line follows the socially-distanced green dots from Gransevoort Street to 23rd Street, July 17, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

A visitor on the High Line followed the socially distanced green dots.


A couple enjoys socially distanced lounging in Bryant Park, July 15, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Some took advantage of safe lounging during an early evening in Bryant Park.


A blues band entertains people enjoying an open street in Williamsburg during the coronavirus outbreak, July 17, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A blues band entertained people along a car-free stretch on Berry Street in Williamsburg as part of the city’s Open Streets program.


Janice Weaver and Justin Juarbe enjoy drinks in a new Long Island City outdoor dining location, July 15, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Justin Juarbe, left, and Janice Weaver enjoyed drinks and food outside a Long Island City restaurant.


A man tries to entice pigeons to land on his shoulders in Central Park, July 17, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

A man tried to entice pigeons to land on him in Central Park.


A little leaguer heads to practice in Bedford Park, Bronx, July 13, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A future Yankee headed to practice in The Bronx.


Antonia Howard, 39, a child welfare worker, exercises with her 10 and 7-year-old daughters at St. John’s Park in Crown Heights, July 2, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Antonia Howard exercised with her 10- and 7-year-old daughters at St. John’s Park in Crown Heights.


A woman dances along to Alegba and Friends near at the Prospect Park Boathouse, July 19, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

A woman dances along to the band Alegba and Friends in Prospect Park. The group started performing in the park as a way to get out of the house. Plaudits keep them coming back.


People enjoy outdoor dining and drinking at The Gutter in Williamsburg, July 20, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Patrons sipped some outdoor drinks at The Gutter in Williamsburg as the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline.

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