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Our line-up of events this week includes story-telling marathons, walking tours of Gowanus wildlife, and a funeral party for Brooklyn.

Monday, November 10th

Ever wonder if the plot of the tv series Mad Men matches how the  advertising world really was in the 1960s? The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a discussion called Sex, Sexism, and Three-Martini Lunches: A Mad Man and Mad Woman Tell All with Kenneth Roman, an account executive and Jane Maas, a copywriter, who worked together in the 1960s. The event starts at 6:30 pm, get your tickets here.

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To celebrate the opening of its new location at East 82nd Street and Lexington Avenue, the eyewear company Warby Parker has released an Upper East Side Literary Map and Tour that pairs classic New York authors, stories, and places to their physical locations.

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Inside Rough Trade in Williamsburg

Whether you’re trying to amass the greatest vinyl library in NYC, looking for a specific gem that your mother used to play for you, or trying to find your favorite artist’s newest record, we’ve got you covered. We’ve sorted through NYC’s most talked about record stores and selected our favorites based on originality and why they stand out.

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Arts Brookfield is once again hosting Canstruction for the 22nd Annual NYC Competition in the Winter Garden and in the lobby of 250 Vesey Street, what they call “the world’s most imaginative food charity.” Large sculptures entirely of canned foods made for the competition will be on display from November 6 – November 20, 2014 at Brookfield Place. Ranging from witty to endearing, each entry has been thought out and planned by designers who truly care about the food donations that the event supports.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art-Death Becomes Her-A Century of Mourning Attire-Dress-2An evening dress from around 1861 in black moiré silk, black jet and black lace

A widow is a dangerous thing–or so the Victorians thought–and a new exhibition of historic mourning clothes shows just how publicly women were expected to mourn. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the reasons why women in particular had such strict social conditions placed on their grief, as well as exhibiting the actual garments they wore.

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One time we wrote about all the manholes inside Westminster Abbey, London (amazingly, there are over 50). New York City also has an amazing array of manholes and after our recent discovery of a Flickr group dedicated to the city’s manholes, we thought we’d highlight some of the most unique ones. Manhole covers were once a part of a town’s civic pride, with foundries and local authorities placing their stamp on the cast-iron covers. Covers were a reflection of the progress made through the industrial revolution and the new provision of services that accompanied increasing urbanization. Many of the manholes specify Con Edison or Bell, a reflection of the move to put the city’s electrical wires underground after the great blizzard of 1888.

Oldest Manhole Cover in NYC

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