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A Trip To Baker's Row - Untapped CitiesBelmont, a neighborhood in The Bronx, is home to a number of Italian-owned family business including a number of bakeries located on East 187th Street.

If you’re in The Bronx, take a trip to the neighborhood of Belmont. Known to many residents as “The Little Italy of The Bronx,”the neighborhood is teeming with thriving Italian family owned businesses that date back to the early years of the 20th century. Some of the businesses located in Little Italy include delis, butchers, pizzerias, restaurants, and a retail market.

If you take a walk down East 187th Street, you will find a myriad of bakeries detailed in our guide below. In some regards, East 187th Street could be considered as the neighborhood’s “Baker’s Row.”

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One of our favorite things are the odds and ends you can get in a New York City subway station entrance–from shoe shines to haircuts, flowers and library books. Luxury is becoming no stranger to this mix, and the latest addition is a macaron shop. Located down the subway entrance of the Rockefeller Center B/D/F/M on Avenue of the Americas and 47th Street in front of the 47th Street Diamond Exchange, you will find Beny’s Delice.

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Following the tragic explosion on Second Avenue in the East Village, destroyed fries-only restaurant Pommes Frites, seeks to reopen with your help. At first, they resisted requests for donations, stating that the victims should come first. But fans insisted, and Pommes Frites acknowledged that with individual sales that don’t usually go above $7, the shop lacks a large cash surplus to begin again. They hope to reopen in the East Village, and they’re crowdsourcing funds using Square Cash. On Thursday, they announced on their website and Facebook page quite simply:

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In addition to our guide for the 8 best macaron shops in New York City, you can use this handy map from Gothamist that shows where they are free on Macaron Day, tomorrow March 20th. Participating shops will donate a portion of the proceeds to City Harvest in this annual festival started by Francois Payard in 2010. A few of our favorites from our guide will be offering free macarons today including Payard, Macaron Parlor, Bisous Chiao, Macaron Cafe, and Bouchon Bakery.

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When you Google Cafe Tibet, you may see that it seems to be located literally at the Cortelyou subway stop in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn  That’s because it is, and it perches off a building atop the exposed platform and tracks below. The whole restaurant seats just 14 people inside, but in warmer months an awning retracts and 8 guests can sit outside with a view to the Q train below.

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We’re bringing our international (read: non-New York City) coverage back into the mix. Our off-the-beaten path guides have included Rome and San Diego. Next up: Prague.

When you first land in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, you may be momentarily disconcerted by the flurry of above ground trams or the beer being the same price as water, but there are amazing secret places just waiting to be found all throughout the city.

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