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On Saturday August 21st at 12pm, join James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New YorkNew York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishments. Discover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process.

On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukranian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukranian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.

Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed.

Below are a few more photos from James and Karla Murray of places we will discover on this tour:


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Kick off the last month of summer the right way, with a list of fun activities curated for you by Untapped Cities. Here are the top 10 New York City events happening from August 1st to August 7th from a summer movie series at the Intrepid Museum to the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. And don’t forget, this weekend we’ll be hosting our tours of the Secrets of the Gowanus Canal and of Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable vineyard located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Monday, August 1st

Come to Books Beneath the Bridge at the Granite Prospect Steps before the summer is over. This annual six-week book festival celebrates authors representing local, independent bookstores in Brooklyn, who read excerpts from their works and participate in a Q&A and book signing. This week’s installment of Books Beneath the Bridge features authors representing Community Bookstore in Park Slope. At 7 pm, author Idra Novey will present her novel, Ways to Disappear and Rebecca Schiff will read from her debut book of stories, The Bed Moved. This event is free and open to the public. For a full list of authors participating in this series, visit brooklynbridgepark.org/event-series/books-beneath-the-bridge. 


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New York City summers can be brutal, and for some, the extreme heat in certain neighborhoods poses health risks and even death. Harlem is a neighborhood that attracts a great amount of heat due to the high concentration of brick, concrete and asphalt, which trap heat during the day and keep temperatures high at night. The WNYC data team along with the AdaptNY news team and the ISeeChange weather journal have launched new initiative called the Harlem Heat Project, which will measure and record the heat and humidity levels inside un-airconditioned homes from July to September using 60 sensors built by WNYC. (more…)

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Painting of Peter Stuyvesant, New Amsterdam’s fourth and most notorious Director General. Image via All-Len-All. 

On July 25, 1647, New York City’s first zoning law was put into place. The law came from the iron fist (or wooden peg) of Director General Peter Stuyvesant himself. It was one of the first in a series of decrees meant to transform New Amsterdam from the unruly backwater it had become to a full-fledged city. (Coincidentally, Sunday was also the 100th Anniversary of NYC’s Zoning Resolution of 1916, and the Center for Architecture released a website in celebration, Zoning @ 100).


Everyday, billions of gallons of water are used in New York City for showers, filling up toilet bowls and consumption – and one government agency ensures that the entire system stays intact. The Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for maintaining New York City’s water supply, as well as the city’s air quality and excessive noise caused by everyday occurrences.

Here are 10 Secrets of the Department of Environmental Protection and New York City’s water supply.