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At the 2015 New York City Dîner en Blanc this year, 5000 guests in white took over Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Despite the fact that the location was geographically close to that of last year, in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, there’s one very unique fact, as pointed out by Aymeric Pasquier, founder of Dîner en Blanc International: this was the very last event held on the empty Pier 26, before it’s converted into a mixed-use recreational facility.

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Some works of art take a few looks to truly understand. Other works of art take a few looks to simply believe. The latter is the case for most pieces by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, whose illusory installation projects are baffling even when they’re right in front of you. Take a former project of his, Bâtiment: a building drawn to scale right on the ground, allowing visitors to stage photos of themselves walking up its walls and dangling from its windows.

Bâtiment drew crowds to its location in the Cent Quatre cultural center of Paris. Given the former’s worldwide coverage, Erlich’s latest piece, a full-scale house hanging from the arm of an industrial crane in Karlsruhe, Germany, is sure to do the same. It is called Pulled by the Roots. You can probably see why.

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Every month, we take two groups of intrepid readers to spend an afternoon tracking down the Remnants of Penn Station, of which there are numerous if you know where to look. As such, we see the small changes that take place over time in the much maligned station, as retail institutions like Penn Books close due to rising rents, as the strip of pizza joints, TGIF and Häagen-Dazs shut down as the operators of the station push for an upgrade of retail, to mirror Grand Central Terminal‘s shopping revolution. But of note recently is a non business-related change that has happened. A Maya Lin sculpture that even frequent visitors to Penn Station never notice has gotten an upgrade, and it’s an essential one.

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Tucked into a small industrial park on the western side of the McGraw-Hill Building is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, a waterfall doubling as a pathway due to the plate-glass tube running through it that allows the water to fall around passersby. It was added to the park sometime after the park was built in 1970.

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Summer is coming to the streets. Expect free slides, zip lines, food, music, and unbelievable traffic jams. For three Saturdays throughout the month of August, seven miles of New York City’s streets from Central Park down Park Avenue and Lafayette Street will become Summer Streets, an annual day festival where jay walking is not only allowed but encouraged. With almost 80 blocks of the city closed from 7 am to 1 pm on August 1st, 8th, and 15th, you’ll be free to walk around, explore the streets, and take part in a pretty unconventional New York summer. There are five rest stops along the way, complete with activities, games, and attractions. Here’s what to expect:

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Two years ago, New York City took a fair step forward into the Green Age with these trashcans that today, are probably no less common than a taxi or a street lamp. While a few conventional trashcans (as in, ones that don’t run on solar power and automatically compact their trash as the day goes on) remain scattered around the city, these Bigbelly solar trashcans are everywhere. To date, the company has placed hundreds in New York and plenty more in cities nationwide. Able to hold five times the capacity of any run-of-the-mill trashcan, they’ve helped clear thousands of pounds of trash produced by the city each day.

As if that weren’t enough, some of these Bigbelly trash cans are functioning as free wi-fi hotspots. Announced only a few days ago, Bigbelly Solar, the company behind the trashcans, has teamed up with NYC’s Downtown Alliance to repurpose the trashcan’s existing wireless link to include wi-fi capabilities.

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