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It’s rare that a single flower gets this much media attention but the Corpse Flower, aka the Amorphophallus titanum, only blooms once every four to five years. Native to Sumatra, there’s one at the New York Botanical Garden, which they’ve been tending to with care for a decade, which is how long it takes for the plant to store enough energy to bloom.

The plant, the largest “inflorescence in the Plant Kingdom” gets its corpse flower nickname from the smell it emits when it blooms, similar to that of “rotting flesh,” or a “dead animal” writes the NYBG. Its Latin name is derived from Ancient Greek roots: amorphos, “without form, misshapen,” phallos, “phallus”, and titan, “giant”). So, a misshapen giant penis.

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It’s hard not to love the look of New York City from an airplane. At a certain point, all the buildings and elements become the size of toys. Zooming out also reveals the urban layout of our cities, giving form to city fabric we usually experience at street level. Jeffrey Milstein, an architect turned photographer, has a stunning series of aerial photos on New York City (and Los Angeles) that are so geometrically framed and shot, it’s easy to see what he was trying to say. Through a range of sites, from Coney Island to Midtown (and even some islands), he shows that there’s a beauty to the man-made.

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Ellis Island. Image via Save Ellis Island.

From its start, New York City has been mired in territorial disputes. The Native Americans, the Dutch, the British, New Jerseyans, and even New Yorkers have all fought against one another, and themselves, for control of the land that comprises New York City. In some ways, border disputes are still on-going today, with less bloodshed, over the naming and boundaries of neighborhoods. Going back in time, here are eight territorial disputes that have affected New York City, waged between countries, states, cities, boroughs, and more.

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On Sunday 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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