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The Brooklyn Historical Society is in the midst of its summer programs occurring every week until late August. On June 28, they welcomed Lloyd Handwerker, who presented his documentary about a noteworthy New York City site: Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island.

Lloyd Handwerker is the grandson of Nathan Handwerker, who was the man behind what many consider the country’s best hot dog. While his documentary Famous Nathan premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, the Brooklyn Historical Society’s screening was to promote his new book, Famous Nathan: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog.

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Queen Andrea Mural-Aczenzi Plaza-Williamsburg-Brooklyn-Jarrett LyonsQueen Andrea Mural at Ascenzi Square. Image via Summer Streets

This month was the unveiling of a new QUEEN ANDREA (a.k.a. Andrea von Bujdoss) mural at Ascenzi Square, located in the triangle formed by North Fourth Street, Roebling Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. In vividly colored lettering, it greets passerby “GOOD DAY” and “HEY YOU” as they approach the intersection, which is adorned in lights.

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1-Mika Tajima Meridian Gold Untapped Cities copyA new art installation in Long Island City. Image via SculptureCenter

July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.

We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.

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Fun Maps-NeighborhoodX-Renaming Neighborhoods-NYCPhoto via NeighborhoodX

If you ask an average New Yorker, they probably won’t know the origins of the names city streets like King Street and Prince Street in Manhattan. Neighborhood X has created a fun, interactive map of renamed New York City locations based on the premise that “no one seems to know history anymore.” The map is chock full of cultural references, from famous people to television shows. Some of the witty pop-culture references include (Kobe) Bryant Park, (King Henry the) 8th Avenue, (Brian) Wilson Avenue, (Kate) Middleton Street and (Downton) Abbey Ct. Locations in all of the New York City boroughs, minus Staten Island, are included on the map.

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13-Golden Gate Fruit Market-Marine Park-Brooklyn-NYC-Untapped Cities_9Inside Golden Gate Fancy Fruits and Vegetables

“You’ve just stepped into 1939,” says John Cortese, the 92-year-old proprietor of Golden Gate Fancy Fruits and Vegetables, on Flatbush Avenue in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Indeed, the old-school grocery is far more authentic than any Hollywood set designer can create and it’s located way off the beaten path. It’s a true neighborhood establishment, in operation at this same spot since 1939, when John’s grandfather opened it. John would do the deliveries after school and recalls getting surrounded by stray dogs who would surround the produce upon hearing the squeaking of his cart.

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Photo via Flickr/Adrian Owen

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) was founded in 1845 with 900 men on the force to protect the city’s 400,000 residents. Since its inception, the NYPD has grown to nearly 35,000 members strong, and continues to grow with each batch of Academy graduates. The officers are part of 76 precincts in the five boroughs. Here are the top ten secrets of the NYPD, ranging from the origins of its nickname “New York’s Finest,” to the color of the day system used for undercover police officers and the role of women in the history of the police department.

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