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Canoe-view of North Brother Island

This past Saturday, Urban Park Rangers from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation led a group of New Yorkers on an Advanced Canoe trip in the waters around Randall’s Island with a surprise visit onto abandoned North Brother Island.

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In 2009, we remember late professor Mojdeh Baratloo sharing about her work mapping solar potential of rooftops in New York City. The work was conceptual then and open-source data was in the early stages. But last week, Mapdwell, a collective of academics and researchers from M.I.T., launched the site Solar System, which maps solar rooftop potential in eight American cities, including New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, as well as two cities in Chile. The interactive map allows you to select specific buildings and will calculate the cost of installing a solar system (including tax credits), the number of years it will take to pay back the investment, the revenue per year, and the carbon offset.

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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Photo by Bobby Das via Flickr

It’s day one of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, held at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. For urban explorers, the park has long held a special lore, with its layered history and abandoned structures. As you’ll see in this collection of secrets, its past and proposed future continue to reflect the push and pull of New York City development and most spectacularly its hidden spots may reveal themselves in centuries to come, or never again.

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The (temporary) closing of Prosperity Dumpling on Eldridge street has thrown the world of bottom dollar dining into chaos. On the one hand, the aerial photograph of workers making those tasty dumplings in a Chinatown alley aside rats and trash is pretty gross. On the other hand, there is the lurching thought: “Where else can we get 50 frozen dumplings for $9 or 4 perfectly fried/steamed dumplings for $1???” We don’t want to know what goes on in a dollar dumpling kitchen, so we’ve never asked. And so here we are.

But have no fear. You may recall that in previous years, we sent intrepid columnist Luke Kingma to Chinatown several times a week for his column Sunday in ChinatownHe’s provided us here with a guide to 7 alternative dollar dumplings to tide you over until Prosperity Dumpling reopens.

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The photography exhibit Only One at a pop-up gallery at 345 Broom Street opens September 4th, exhibiting the work of Michael Tischler, with part of the proceeds going to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. If you’re a fan of HDR (the real technique, not the iPhone filter), on display are twenty large-scale photographs of iconic New York City scenes. Each photo is actually a compilation of three photos of the same scene at different shutter speeds, creating a bright, a medium, and a dark photo that are combined to form a layered, and detailed image. Each are printed on archival aluminum, and there is only one print of each sold–hence the exhibition title Only One.

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Though the week before Labor Day is always a little quieter in terms of events, we’ve discovered there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Here are our top picks for the week:

Monday, August 31st

On this last day of August, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship kicks off. Use it as an opportunity to also explore the World’s Fair site and the latest renovations taking place on the New York State Pavilion.

Tuesday, September 1st

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is hosting the Death Cafe produced by London-based funeral planner Louise de Winter. Discuss all matters of death, dying, life and living in a safe and relaxed environment over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. VICE will be on hand to document for an HBO documentary.

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