Thousands of New Yorkers on Sunday ignored cool, damp weather to enjoy a day at a makeshift “Tel Aviv beach” in Central Park.

The event was set up by the Israeli consulate in New York to mark Tel Aviv’s centennial. The consulate spent about $150,000 to import tons of sand from Tel Aviv and create a beach atmosphere in the middle of Manhattan.

Guests were treated to live Israeli entertainment, typical ice treats sold on Tel Aviv beaches and popular Israeli beach games.

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