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Founded by the New Museum and now in its third edition of the biennial, Ideas City open its doors today, May 28th, with this years theme “The Invisible City.” Through May 30th, the Ideas City Festival will host conferences, debates, workshops, performances and architectural and artistic interventions.  In keeping with the theme, they will be exploring questions of transparency, surveillance, and citizenship in a quest for visibility in the city. The event launched this morning with a livestream of the festival, broadcasting the discussions from The Great Hall at Cooper Union.

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Belmont Park-First Air Mail Service-NYC-Washington D.C.-Queens-NYCThe first airmail flight in history, preparing to depart from Belmont Park in Queens. Image via newsday.com

Two crowds gathered together on an especially foggy May morning in 1918 — one on the Washington, D.C. Polo Field, and the other on the historic Belmont Park racetrack in just outside Queens. Both crowds, which included the likes of President Woodrow Wilson and then-Postmaster General Albert Burleson, were there to witness history; May 15th would be the day of the inaugural air mail service between New York City and Washington, D.C., with a stop in Philadelphia along the way.

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Bryant Park Musical Chairs

This upcoming week in New York City seems to truly mark the beginning of summer, with the return of Governors Ball, Figment art festival, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, Belmont Stakes, and Discovery Day at Staten Island.

Monday, June 1st

Fata Morgana, the controversial 500-foot canopy of mirrored disks, will open at Madison Square Park. It’s been in construction for a few months–check out our preview here.

Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste beneficiaries.

Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste of the Upper West Side beneficiaries.

How good are Upper West Side restaurants? Good, abundant, and public-spirited enough to support a three-evening annual food festival, New Taste of the Upper West Side, which opened with a soirée Wednesday night at the Museum of Natural History.

Run by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, New Taste is also a fundraiser—the soirée donates its proceeds to Theodore Roosevelt Park and the three evenings support the BID’s sustainable landscaping of West Side streets, as well as Wellness in the Schools, Greenhouse Classroom, and CityMeals-on-Wheels. Participating restaurants and chefs donate their time, food, wine, cocktails, and beverages.

Here, we’ve highlighted of a few of our local favorites participating in New Taste of the Upper West Side, starting at the BID’s southern boundary, Columbus Circle.

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Chisel and Mouse Fun Maps Plaster City-NYC-Untapped Cities-01Plaster-cast buildings that double as bookends, by Chisel & Mouse. Image via chiselandmouse.com

Hopefully some millennials out there still remember those rainy grade school afternoons spent building pillow forts and Lego sets. There was a simple joy in putting things together and playing make-believe. Thankfully, one can never be too old to make castles in the sand. Or plaster.

Robert and Gavin Paisley were once software developers. Now, the British-based duo run a company that designs plaster architectural models. The brothers call it Chisel & Mouse in reference to their mixing of traditional methods with 3-D printing and computer aided design (CAD) technology.

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