Summer in New York begins the moment the first fire hydrant gets cracked open. Soon, neighborhood pools will be packed with kids playing hooky on the last few days of school, and even the most homebodyish New Yorkers will venture out for a little sunbathing in the park. Pull out your brightest prints, dust off your boombox, and head to Sal’s for a slice. It’s summertime and the livin’ is, indeed, easy.   

Images clockwise from top left: “Design for Cretonne #8,” Loïs Mailou Jones (1928); Gerard Malanga (1971); unknown; Nina Leen (1948); "Design for Cretonne #10," Loïs Mailou Jones (1928); unknown (circa 1970); Gordon Parks (1952); Tony Dapalito Recreation Center Mural, Keith Haring (1990); Ricky Flores (1984).