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“If you find the current state of the world intolerable … if you yearn for a better future
. . . Revolution Books is the place for you.” – Revolution Books

Revolution Books is a little-known Manhattan bookstore on W. 26th Street that carries books on revolutionary thought ranging from science, to culture, to political morality and beyond. The store is beautifully curated and feels really welcoming. Assuming that people are looking for books on strong controversial ideas, the space feels safe and the staff is careful to let their customers know that it’s a “no judgement zone.” Revolution Books is a space for minds to gather and discuss ways to change what is wrong with the world.

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One year ago today, New Yorkers woke up to the news that Long Island City street art haven 5Pointz had been whitewashed, following a long effort by 5Pointz organizers to save the building and get it landmarked. Since then, we’ve gone in to document the demolition this fall and reported on a video of the iconic sign that came tumbling down. Last night, 5pointz held a memorial event to mark the first anniversary of the whitewash. About 150 people attended in the cold, while Meres and Danielle Mastrion repainted the “rest in paint” gate. Here are some photographs by Untapped Cities writer Rachel Fawn Alban.

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Usually in winter, the rides of Luna Park (the amusement park in Coney Island) are closed to the public. This past weekend thanks to Mashable and Street Dreams Magazine, the best photographers from all over NYC came together in their second ever “Instameet.” Their first “#Mashmeet” as they call it, had instagrammers from all over the city converging on Central Park, while this second installment brought the Instagram community together to take pictures of an empty Luna Park, and the surrounding Coney Island are.

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Last week we presented the first part of our interview with Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design, where we talked about the incredible rebirth of the New York’s subway system over the past three decades and how the introduction of permanent art has transformed the transit experience in New York. From mesmerizing art cards and poetry in the trains, to captivating music in the stations, Arts & Design continues to touch our lives and ignite our imagination, as New York chugs along every day. In this second part of our four part series, we discuss how Arts & Design has influenced the aesthetics and design philosophy in NYC public transit as well as the different programs within Arts & Design, including the new ones that will soon be rolling down the tracks! This interview was conducted by Catherine Mondkar and Bhushan Mondkar.

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Here’s our roundup of the top NYC events for this week, including a speakeasy dedicated to local cheese, a talk on the Verrazano Bridge at 50 years old, and a discussion on the evolution of Times Square.

Monday, November 17th

Learn about what Bushwick was like in the 1970s, before the trendy cafes and yoga studios came in. The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting a discussion called Brooklyn’s On Fire: Bushwick is Burning, with photographer Meryl Meisler, a tenant lawyer, an FDNY fire marshal, a Community Board manager, and a displaced resident.

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I don’t know very much about the finer points of aging gracefully, but am pretty sure it involves limited color palettes and houndstooth. At least, that’s what the chic older ladies of New York have led me to believe. The Upper East Side isn’t one of my usual haunts, but any self-respecting people-watcher knows that every once in a while you have to visit unfamiliar places to refresh your eyes and see what life looks like with a view of the East River. Also, a lot of museums are up there, which was the reason for my sojourn into that part of town. (There’s an Egon Schiele exhibit at the Neue Galerie right now.)

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