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The Freemasons have long been a mysterious force in both American and European history. The group in New York City however has become more open to inquisitive eyes in the last decade, reaching out for new members and becoming more active in community service. If you are looking for a little bit of Freemasonry in your explorations, there are some interesting locations you can visit in the city.

1. Grand Lodge of Masons

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On Friday, The New York Times published an article on New York City’s one-block streets–contending that they carry something antithetical to the city in some ways, proclaiming that bigger is not always better. But smaller can mean more expensive. While the article focuses much on the real estate nature of these wonderful enclaves, we’d thought we’d provide some historical tidbits and some of our own adds to the list.

1. Gay Street, Greenwich Village

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Noodles are good at all times of the year, but there is something about truly getting in from the cold and warming up by having some hot, that just fills makes dealing with the cold of New York City worth it. NYC has become a hotbed for ramen and noodle soups in the last couple of years. With so many options, how can anyone choose? Well, we did it for ya, because we like you so much. Here are 10 of our favorite noodle shops in NYC.

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As Halloween approaches, we’d like to invite you to look up at the eerie creatures that live year round on the buildings of New York City. Here is our roundup of the creepiest grotesques. Many of these are featured on the website Gargoyles of New York, though it should be noted that gargoyles are technically water spouts while grotesques purely are decorative.

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Lately, social media has been teeming with posts of tipsy brunchers since the bottomless brunch trend has hit New York hard (and with its fare share of detractors, with The Guardian calling brunch life in the city “unbearable,” and a hoax about the illegality of bottomless brunches earlier this year. And while Yelp now has a page devoted to “drunch,” the New York Hospitality Alliance is trying to Prohibit Unlimited Drink Specials. Where else we can get the most bang for our buck? This question reveals the glutton (and freeloader) in all of us. And when you opt out of TGI Friday’s unlimited appetizers deal, you find other unlimited deals on some great food and drink in NYC.

1. Raymi: Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar

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Every New Yorker should experience the standard Halloween parades in Greenwich Village and Central Park at least once (we supposed), but for those looking for something a little different this October, here are our top picks. And while we’re still awaiting news on whether our favorite event, the Cobble Hill pumpkin impalement by artist Jane Greengold is happening this year, there’s still a lot of alternative, off-the-beaten path activities to choose from.

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