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New York City ice cream: Where to find the best

Spring, glorious spring. It's the time of year when the sandals come out (maybe too soon), the jackets get put away and New Yorkers start dreaming about sidewalk dining and weekends spent in the park.
Yeah yeah that all sounds great but what spring means for us is sweet, delicious icy desserts. So without further ado, here are our picks for the best ice cream parlors in the city. Both old school and new school are represented here.

With Georgia Kral

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, Carroll Gardens

Once the home of a 1920s pharmacy, Brooklyn
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Once the home of a 1920s pharmacy, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain prides itself on keeping up with tradition. Menu items include authentic egg creams, brownie sundaes and floats. (513 Henry St., brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com)

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, multiple locations

Whether you're a fan of its brick-and-mortar shops
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Whether you're a fan of its brick-and-mortar shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan, or you've seen one of its six yellow trucks around the city, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream has become a staple for New Yorkers looking for gourmet scoops. In addition to the regular dairy options, it also offers coconut cream-based flavors like caramelized banana nut and matcha tea. (81 Bergen St., Boerum Hill; 620 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint; 48 ½ E. 7th St.; 204 Wythe Ave., WIlliamsburg; 152 W. 10th St., Greenwich Village vanleeuwenicecream.com)

Sundaes and Cones, East Village

For anyone who frequents the East Village, Sundaes
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For anyone who frequents the East Village, Sundaes and Cones is a dessert staple, especially in the summertime. The shop offers handmade ice cream in flavors like corn, lavender and green tea, as well as cakes and espresso. (95 E. 10th St., sundaescones.com)

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, DUMBO and Greenpoint

This ice cream joint keeps it simple but
Photo Credit: @thebrooklynicecreamfactory via Instagram

This ice cream joint keeps it simple but delicious. Highlights from its menu are the peaches & cream and butter pecan flavors. And simple as they may be, they've been called the best ice cream in Brooklyn by many locals. (1 Water St., 97 Commercial St., brooklynicecreamfactory.com)

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

An unofficial Chinatown landmark, this ice cream shop
Photo Credit: The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

An unofficial Chinatown landmark, this ice cream shop has been serving up the good stuff for nearly 30 years. The family-run business has made a name for itself by churning the classics -- rocky road, mint chip, coffee and strawberry -- with the more original: red bean, lychee, green tea and durian. At the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, classic American flavors are labeled "exotic" while the others are referred to as "regular." (65 Bayard St., chinatownicecreamfactory.com)

Blue Marble Ice Cream, Prospect Heights and Industry City

Blue Marble ice cream does everything organic, from
Photo Credit: Blue Marble Ice Cream via Facebook

Blue Marble ice cream does everything organic, from the milk to the ingredients used to flavor it. Varieties include midnight mint cookie, Mexican chocolate and green tea. If you can't make it down to one of the Brooklyn shops, Blue Marble is also available at local Bareburger eateries, as well as retailers like Whole Foods. (186 Underhill Ave., 220 36th St., bluemarbleicecream.com)

OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Williamsburg and East Village

Chef Sam Mason and his partners Mohan and
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Chef Sam Mason and his partners Mohan and Holiday Kumar whip up small batches of ice cream daily so no visit to OddFellows is the same. Expect some oddball flavors like miso cherry, Thai iced tea and lime tarragon. (175 Kent Ave., Williamsburg and 75 E. 4th St., East Village, oddfellowsnyc.com

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Big Gay Ice Cream

Starting with a Big Gay Ice Cream truck
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Starting with a Big Gay Ice Cream truck in June 2009, founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff have since become a New York favorite and have expanded to two locations in the city and one in Philadelphia. With treats ranging from the famous "salty pimp" cone to a "Mermaid" cup and the whipped cream-topped "Monday Sundae," Big Gay Ice Cream has changed the soft serve game in NYC.

61 Grove St., 125 E. 7th St., biggayicecream.com

Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor, Staten Island

A rare ice cream parlor that's frozen in
Photo Credit: Egger's Ice Cream Parlor via Facebook

A rare ice cream parlor that's frozen in time, Egger's has been around since 1932. Timeless flavors like cookies and cream and vanilla peanut butter swirl are favorites, and they serve up egg creams and malts, too. (1194 Forest Ave., Westerleigh eggersicecream.com)

Ample Hills Creamery, Multiple locations

Try Ample Hills Creamery's Munchies variety made with
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Try Ample Hills Creamery's Munchies variety made with pretzel-flavored ice cream, Ritz cracker pieces, potato chips and mini M&Ms. There's also the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake with vanilla ice cream and generous chunks of butter cake. Besides its shop locations, Ample Hills can be spotted seasonally at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Riis Park Beach Bazaar in Queens. (623 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights; 305 Nevins St., Gowanus; 600 11th Ave., Hells Kitchen; and 73 Gansevoort St., West Village amplehills.com)

Eddie's Sweet Shop, Forest Hills

This family-run parlor has been a Queens staple
Photo Credit: Eddie's Sweet Shop via Facebook

This family-run parlor has been a Queens staple for....well, ever. Famous for ice cream served up in old-school aluminum dishes, egg creams and malts, walking into Eddie's is like stepping back in time. (105-29 Metropolitan Ave., facebook.com)

Lickety Split

A welcome respite on a hot City Island
Photo Credit: Flickr/ Joe Shlabotnik

A welcome respite on a hot City Island day, Lickety Split is as fun as its name. The ice cream is Breyer's, but what this spot lacks in homemade treats it makes up for in charm. Pull a heart-shaped chair into the shade and enjoy soft-serve, gelato, ice, or a wide variety of flavors with tons of toppings, and enjoy the beachy vibe.
295 City Island Ave., Bronx; 718-885-9654

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