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Parks Photos of the Year: 2013

All year round our photographers explore NYC’s parklands and document them, from our nature preserves to our playgrounds and public pools. In 2013, the photographers documented new and reopened parks and playgrounds, the continued efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, and the ways New Yorkers are using the parks.

Here are our favorite photos from the past year. To see our photographers' work all year long, visit our Instagram account

January 30


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

A section of Rockaway Beach's boardwalk is towed during the rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

February 14


Photo by Daniel Avila

Workers rebuild the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach after Hurricane Sandy.

March 8


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Late season snow blankets Central Park in March during a surprise snowstorm.

March 18


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, NYC Parks hosts a free day of sports and fitness activities for girls.

April 29


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Stan's Pepper Steppers demonstrate championship-level double dutch at the sixth annual Street Games.

May 1


Photo by Daniel Avila

Orly Genger's temporary art installation, Red Yellow and Blue, divides Madison Square Park into colorful sections using colorful wavy walls made of painted rope.

May 13


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Canoeists compete in a race down the Bronx River at the Bronx River Alliance's annual Bronx River Flotilla.

May 16


Photo by Daniel Avila

"Life Is Good At The Beach" as 200 new Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps members begin months of rebuilding work.

May 29


Photo by Daniel Avila

Originally created for the 1963 World's Fair using parts of two early 20th century carousels, the Flushing Meadows Carousel reopens as part of the park's new "Fantasy Forest" amusement area.

May 31


Photo by Daniel Avila

On the first weekend after beaches open, bathers flocked to Rockaway Beach and the city's other beaches.

June 27


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Kids jump into Thomas Jefferson Pool on the first day of the year that the free outdoor pools are open.

July 13


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Fireworks go off over Central Park at the end of Mariah Carey's performance with the New York Philharmonic. The free concert raised money for the city's Sandy recovery efforts.

July 17


Photo by Daniel Avila

A volunteer paints a mural designed by John Garcia onto the barriers around Rockaway Beach. The design was one of three selected through a contest aimed at beautifying the beach's safety barriers.

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