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Play Week

Play Week

All things urban recreation, from reinventing the sidewalk to innovations in children's playground design.

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Mollicone Park is reactivated in Indian Village

A group of neighbors worked with the city and surrounding community to reactivate this green space on the east side.

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Open thread: What changes do you want to see at the public parks in the Hamptons?

Our beaches are public parks too, so feel free to voice any concerns you have relating to the beaches in the comments as well

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How do you really feel about Detroit’s new bike lanes?

Now that the bike lanes are completed, how do you feel about them? Has the city communicated its plans effectively?

Architect’s tiny studio doubles as a hangout for his daughter

Replacing an old tool shed, the 80-square-foot space is set down a wooded path away from the main house.

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Big reveal: A Roxbury three-bedroom adjacent to a playground

Only 22 percent of Curbed Boston readers guessed the correct asking price for this 1,388-square-foot condo. More results this way ...

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Midnight Circus brings world-class acts to Chicago parks for a decade

Some performers have come from Cirque du Soleil

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Boston’s 10 friendliest parks for strollers, mapped

It’s one of the more laborious rituals for Boston parents and other caregivers: Maneuvering the dang stroller out and about. These 10 swards—naturally beautiful, a cinch to navigate, and easy on the wheels—reward them for the struggle.

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Across Atlanta, 10 surprising facets of outdoor recreation

The ITP landscape is dotted with recreational wonders and options not everyone is privy to—until now.

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Take a look at HOPE Outdoor Gallery’s new home

Plans for graffiti park’s move updated

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Where to host a picnic or outdoor event in Detroit

From Belle Isle to Palmer Park to Historic Fort Wayne, here’s where to host an outdoor event in the city.

The 16 most Instagrammable places in U.S. cities

From colorful murals to picturesque bridges, these are our favorite outdoorsy Instagram spots.

How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds

"A child must feel he has an effect on his environment. If they cannot create, they must destroy."

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5 Boston-area hikes that end in great beer

Fancy a pint? Fancy a brisk constitutional through one of the world’s most interesting regions? Here you go.

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Mapping LA’s most overlooked and underrated public parks

These under-the-radar parks are perfect for picnics, birthday parties, and peaceful walks.

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10 Atlanta parks to host an outdoor event on the cheap, mapped

Bringing together family and friends in the great ITP outdoors doesn’t have to include a massive budget.

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7 best NYC parks for hosting a picnic this summer

Whether you’re looking to fire up the grill or simply chill, these parks have plenty to offer.

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Where to host an outdoor event in the Hamptons for cheap

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good party this summer

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Central Park’s Lasker Pool will get a $150M renovation

The three-year renovation is expected to get underway sometime in 2020.

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4 relatively inexpensive options for hosting your next Boston event outside

Boston is resplendent in choice outdoor public spaces. Which ones can you partially make your own, if only for a little while? Try these.

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With or without Amazon, massive Suffolk Downs redevelopment due to include park that connects to bike paths

The developer behind the 163-acre project—and possible Amazon HQ—intends for the Waldemar Avenue park to better connect the entire affair to the rest of East Boston.

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Roslindale substation hosting popup art space and public gallery

Spaceus, group that M.I.T. grad students started, is behind the effort, which includes workshops. The popup runs through September.

Play it forward

With marble runs, ball pits, and white paint, New York-based Snarkitecture designs environments primed for fun.

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Pioneer Square is getting a playground

The play space is designed to blend with the Occidental Park’s natural materials.

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The most Instagrammable places in LA

You might have to elbow through tourists or get sweaty hiking a steep trail to get the shot, but the geotag will make your followers jealous.

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Where to find San Francisco’s best arcades

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Ode to Piedmont Park’s Noguchi ‘Playscapes’

One of the 20th Century’s most prominent sculptors designed playgrounds across the U.S., but he saw only Atlanta’s built.

Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?

Advocates and planners wrestle with the challenge of pairing new urban amenities with equitable development.

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Four terrifying SF ‘hill bombs’ popular with skaters

Please don’t do this.

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The magical world of Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Pinball machines, animatronics, and a wild world of wonder await.

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The most Instagrammable spots in the city

The most frequently Instagrammed spots in the city are also tourist meccas. Where do you go for a good shot that isn’t saturated with people?

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Where do New Yorkers play?

In basketball courts, on beaches, and more

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Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room, wndr museum tickets on sale

The West Loop art and science museum pop-up opens in August

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The rise of NYC’s piers-to-parks

In the past few decades, New York’s working waterfront has become a space for recreation.

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Seattle’s classic street skateboarding spots

Modern skateboarding was founded on a radical rethinking of urban architecture.

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Boston’s 7 must-visit sports venues, mapped

They don’t call Boston the City of Champions for nothing. It is the home base for some of the most successful professional franchises in history; and, unsurprisingly, within its limits rest some of the most sacred sites in sports.

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Detroit’s most Instagram-worthy spots

Murals, architectural beauties, and spots for sweeping skyline views make our list for Detroit’s best Instagram locales.

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The 20 most Instagrammable locations in Boston

Acorn Street, the Gardner, Fort Point Channel, Fenway Park, and City Hall are among the selections. City Hall? Yes, City Hall.

World’s most Instagrammable art exhibition just opened in Tokyo

The museum is exhibiting 50 hyper-colored digital works, which immerse visitors in wild and whimsical worlds that respond to touch, sound, and movement.

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Atlanta’s 10 best outdoor Instagram hotspots

Yeah, the Jackson Street Bridge made the cut; get over it.