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Your stoop, yard and porch is the new social spot. Here’s how to make the most of it
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Your stoop, yard and porch is the new social spot. Here’s how to make the most of it

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With a few minor tweaks, we can turn our stoops - and our porches and backyards - into outdoor oases. (Alita Xander/Dreamstime/TNS)

Summertime is all about that good old-fashioned stoop livin’.

When I was a kid growing up in Queens, New York, we’d spend every summer afternoon-into-evening on our stoop. We played hopscotch, jacks and catch. Sitting on old cushion we’d cornrow each other’s hair as the boom box blasted Run DMC. After a particularly vigorous round of double dutch, my mom would appear like the frosted-tip fairy godmother she was way back in the 1980, with ice pops for everyone.

Young adulthood brought with it block parties, festivals and summer concerts. Stoops? They were for children and old people.

But this summer, the stoop is where it’s at. It’s where it’s safe. With a few minor tweaks, we can turn our stoops — and our porches and backyards — into outdoor oases. If we are careful, we can even have two or three friends over. Just remember, please maintain a distance of 6-feet-apart from the people who don’t live with you.

Check out these decorating tips for any outdoor space, whether you’ve got a stoop, roof top, fire escape, porch or full backyard.

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