This maze-like urban park is designed to keep everyone 6 feet apart

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One person can enter each path at a time for a walk. As city dwellers have flocked outside during the pandemic, some cities have shut down urban parks because of fears of overcrowding—at a time when people could most use the mental and physical health benefits of green space. A new design, proposed for a vacant lot in the city of Vienna, shows how a park could allow for social distancing. Read Full Story

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How to watch ‘The King of Staten Island’ on demand, and why it’s not on Netflix

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The Pete Davidson comedy ‘King of Staten Island’ is available to stream online, but it won’t show up on subscription-based services such as Netflix right away. The 2020 summer movie-going season was supposed to be in full swing right now, but the coronavirus pandemic and resulting closure of movie theaters around the world left Hollywood executives with an unenviable choice: Postpone the release of would-be summer blockbusters or forgo traditional theatrical distribution and put the damn things online. Read Full Story

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How to watch the ’30 Rock’ reunion special live on NBC and elsewhere without cable

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Some NBC stations will reportedly not air the ’30 Rock’ reunion special over the air, but there are still ways to stream it, including on Peacock. NBCUniversal’s 2020 check-in with the cast of 30 Rock has a very 2020 problem. The reunion special, which features characters from the popular comedy as they cope with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, will be a little trickier to watch than the NBC comedy was in its heyday. Read Full Story

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Great parks don’t just have rec space. They create jobs

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A new study by the Knight Foundation shows what makes a good park great—an important insight as cities consider how to spend federal relief money. In normal times, public spaces and parks meet an important need in cities, where many residents have little room for recreation and limited access to nature. During the pandemic, when most people were largely confined to their homes, and lockdowns limited the number of other places they could go, parks became even more essential as spaces of escape. Read Full Story

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Parks are a key space during lockdown, but many Americans don’t live anywhere close to one

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The latest ranking from the Trust for Public Land shows which cities have the most park land that is accessible to the most people. Parks may have never been quite as important in the U.S. as they are right now. In cities that are still under lockdown, they’re among the few places that are open. In places that are starting to reopen, they’re a potentially safer and more-spaced place to meet friends, from a distance, than a restaurant or an apartment. Studies show that spending time in parks reduces stress and boosts health. But where you live matters: for many people, it’s far harder to reach a park than others. Read Full Story

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You’re going to want to talk about HBO’s ‘I May Destroy You’—here’s a constructive way to do it

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Michaela Coel’s dark comedy ‘I May Destroy You’ raises complex issues like trauma and consent. So HBO and agency Verb created a platform to help you unpack it all. Create a buzzy show and you can guarantee social media will be awash with memes and pithy hot takes during each episode. However, some shows warrant a more structured arena to unpack topics with guided conversations. Read Full Story

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How John Mulaney uses his relentless creativity to figure out what to do next

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The popular comedian put his mind to reinventing the children’s variety show—finding something new in a format whose moment came before he was born. Instead of following up his Emmy-winning 2018 Netflix special, Kid Gorgeous: Live at Radio City , with more stand-up, John Mulaney—the first person ever to have gone from Saturday Night Live writer to three-time host of the show in under a decade—returned last winter with a gonzo kids’ variety special called John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch . The Netflix event, which aired on Christmas Eve, combined self-aware comedy with moments of real poignancy and coaxed an unforgettable musical performance from a delightfully unhinged Jake Gyllenhaal, earning Mulaney a deal with Comedy Central for more specials. Read Full Story

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