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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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Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 10.11.04 AMImage via Luna Park NYC Flickr

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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Yonah Schimmel’s has been at this location on Houston street since 1910. And yes, that sign has a typo.
Image via Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery

It all started with a pushcart in the Lower East Side in the late 1890s. The pushcart did so well that in short order, a Romanian immigrant, along with his cousin Joseph Berger, rented a small store on Houston Street.  A few years later, Schimmel left the business but his cousin Joseph continued on, moving the shop across the street.  That was in 1910, and the family has been running Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery at that location ever since. (more…)

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Some things are better when they’re new but most things just have that irreplaceable charm when they’re old, like these classic New York City butcher shops. NYC was once filled with meat markets on almost every corner, however, today only a handful remain and we’re lucky that they do. With authentic butchery techniques that are more than half a century old, quality meats and shop locations around the boroughs, there is no doubt that New Yorkers are continuing to support family owned businesses.

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