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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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NYC’s most Instagrammable spots, mapped

From the vibrant murals of Bushwick to Central Park’s iconic Bow Bridge.

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Boston’s 15 best dog parks, mapped

Each scores points not only for its relaxed attitude toward leashes but for such accouterments as obstacles and fountains.

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Top-performing Airbnb properties near Atlanta’s most popular parks

When it comes to successful, temporary intown rentals, proximity to top-tier green spaces is a serious boon.

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38 remarkable places to encounter public art in Los Angeles

From Santa Monica to the Valley, we’ve picked 39 of our favorite pieces—some well-known and some under the radar.

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Peach Fuzz, an LGBTQ-inclusive, kid-friendly shop, opens in Humboldt Park

You can’t miss the rainbow-colored shop on California Avenue

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Taking it outside: How Austin’s Forklift Danceworks taps into a well of creativity in the unseen city

From firefighters to public-pool swimmers, the group’s free public performances put communities front and center

18 must-play video games for architecture and design nerds

From a skyscraper-hopping action game to a castle designing adventure, here are some of the best games for those obsessed with the built environment.

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Best bets in Atlanta for remarkable art in public spaces

From West End to Buckhead, the city’s loaded with inspiring works, and enjoying them doesn’t cost a thing.

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The Bay Area’s best carousels, mapped

Go for a spin on these historical gems.

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Where to play in the water in Detroit this summer

Looking for a place to cool off in the city? From splash pads to swimming pools, here are a few choices for kids and adults.

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NYC libraries’ new Culture Pass makes New York museums accessible to all

Dozens of museums are accessible if you have a library card

Beyond the High Line: 9 linear parks that have transformed cities

Longer than they are wide, linear parks take people on a journey through urban space.

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The 2018 Goatalympics bring humans and their goats together

It’s opportunity for city people and country folk to come together, share some bleachers, and be who you are: a friend of goats.

VR water slides are here. Are you ready?

More place-based virtual reality experiences are popping up, even on water.

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Curbed’s first Play Week celebrates all things urban recreation

Come one, come all!

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LA’s strange and wonderful lost amusement parks

Once upon a time, Los Angeles was home to dozens of freewheeling amusement parks, including an alligator farm.

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Boston-area library cards act as passes for dozens of museums and other cultural spaces

Such privileges have been in place for a while, but they should gain new prominence as New York City’s various library systems debut a new so-called Culture Pass this summer that provides free admission to 33 institutions.

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Party at the moontower with ‘Dazed & Confused’

Alamo Drafthouse and the Austin Film Society are throwing the classic film a big party in Zilker Park for its 25th birthday

It’s Play Week on Curbed

Come one come all to Curbed’s first ever Play Week, a celebration of all things urban recreation.

This floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic

The waste was recycled into 28 floating hexagonal blocks that are bolted together to create little floating islands.

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Downtown Boston’s 6 best places for public art

The city brims with public art in so many mediums. Where best to find it? These six downtown spots host an array of works—and the locations are not too far from one another.

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8 best beginner bike rides in NYC

Whether you’re new to biking, new to city biking, or just looking for a stress-free ride.

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Would you live in this planned co-living tower in the South End?

The 14-story, 250-unit building slated for Herald and Albany streets will include small dwellings and big amenities, including coordinated social activities. It’s been called a "millennial resort," in fact.

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12 quaint Boston-area towns to visit this summer, mapped

These exceptionally charming towns and small cities with fantastic eateries, museums, and outdoor activities are each within a three-hour car or bus ride from Boston.

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How much for a Roxbury three-bedroom adjacent to a playground?

This top-floor unit includes all the major bells and whistles appliance- and lighting-wise as well as a private back deck. The listing for it also points out that it’s adjacent to a major playground. Does that sweeten the pot?

Studio Ghibli, maker of ‘Spirited Away’, reveals plans for amusement park

Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio best known for films like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, just released renderings of its new theme park slated to open in 2022.