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It’s summertime in the city and there’s no better time for maxin’ and relaxin’ after a long day of work with a cocktail and some friends! These off-the-beaten-path rooftop bars hidden high above buildings around the boroughs offer the chance for some breathtaking views of the sunset and skyline along with the requisite craft mixed drinks, beers and bites.

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Here is your weekly events guide for the week.

Monday, June 30

Just because NYC Pride is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that the party has to! Come out to the NYC Pride Ultimate Mega Grand Finale event at Club Element. Powered by Lovergirlnyc, Dreamgyrls Ent and many more, enjoy three levels of nonstop music by DJ Mary Mac, DJ Missy B, DJ Poison Ivy, DJ Kidd Swag. Doors open at 8 p.m. so don’t be late for the party. Additional information about the event, venue, and ticket purchases are available here.

Head down to the West Village for the last night of the 4th annual Blue Note Jazz Fest to hear Argentinean jazz tenor saxophonist and composer, Gato Barbier. Not only will he be having one show but another to follow; the first is at 8:00 p.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m.  Click here for more information about Gato Barbier and how to purchase tickets for this event that is bound to bring music to your ears. (more…)

The next harvest in the future of agriculture won’t be found in sweeping fields of the Great Plains, but in intimate rooftop gardens of America’s cities. How we produce, distribute, and consume food has become an issue of social sustainability just as much as it is an ecological one, and Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette hope to spread its importance through their acclaimed documentary, Growing Cities. Untapped Cities is pleased to showcase the teaser for this feature, which has already screened in over 25 festivals worldwide:

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We’ve already seen two of the more unusual themed bars: The Slaughtered Lamb in Greenwich Village and The Way Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Now, let’s look back at those two quirky bars, and we’ll show you two new ones in a roundup of some eccentric places to nerd out with some drinks.

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Here is your weekly curated events guide for this week.

Monday, June 23rd

Make your way to Brooklyn Brewery in Greenpoint for “Big Chill,” an event featuring cold bites and colder beers. Menu items include cold borscht shots, chicken liver terrine, and ice cream sandwiches — all paired with Brooklyn Brewery beers and ales. This event is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and a ticket is required.  (more…)

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The Leopard at des Artistes is a quintessential New York restaurant: the mood is sophisticated and the ambiance is suffused with history. But The Leopard at des Artistes also holds a rich history as the centerpiece of the artists’ district at West 67th between Columbus and Central Park West.

If the glowing murals of naked nymphs that line the walls of The Leopard at des Artistes  could talk, they would describe the Italian dishes featured on the menu by executive chef, Vito Gnazzo, in homage to the small towns that dot the six regions of Southern Italy. They might share bits of conversations they hear murmured above the bossa nova and jazz that accompany each meal. Then they would also do a fair amount of name dropping, for Noel Coward, George Balanchine, Isadora Duncan, Barbara Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern have dined at this famed restaurant.

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