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We are more than halfway done with 2014, sounds insane doesn’t it?  Seems like only yesterday we were dealing with polar vortexes, cat cafes and disappointing Knicks basketball. We still mourn the demise of 5 Pointz, which is set for complete demolition by October. While we may have lost our graffiti and street art monument, other parts of the city have stepped their game up and have given the NYC street art community walls to make their mark. After countless hours looking through photos, and praying that street artists will not go after us for making last minute cuts to the list, we present the 10 best NYC street art murals of the year so far.

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Here is your weekly curated events guide.

Monday, July 21st

Join Hella Bitter for a night of DIY Mixology at Story on 10th Avenue! From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., enjoy handcrafted cocktails from the Hella Bitter’s master mixologist and learn how to upgrade your gin and tonics with quality bitters at the same time. Click here for more information and to RSVP to this event.

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Let’s face it: Manhattan is loud. Get in touch with your inner zen for a second and avoid the screeching noise of the subway at these five spots on the quieter side. Check out a bar opened by monks, a room filled with dirt, the smallest park in NYC, and more! (more…)

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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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Once upon a time the independent city of Brooklyn considered its own fate as it faced both bankruptcy and drought as its quest to supply its own citizens with water was failing, and money was running out to provide vital services and keep roads paved.  Ultimately Brooklyn chose to be annexed by the City of New York, at the time just Manhattan, to avert disaster. Water was a key turning point in this negotiation and, according to Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione, certainly one of the main reasons Brooklyn–then the 3rd most populous city in the United States–chose to join what would become the uncontested largest city in America.

Although it was a failure, the Brooklyn’s attempt to supply its own citizens with water has left an interesting mark on the urban landscape of Brooklyn and Queens.  We joined Matthew Malina of NYC H2O, a non-profit that focuses on environmental education, and Michael Miscione on a bike tour of the remnants of this system and received an in-depth history of how it was built and why it failed.

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In addition to it being Friday the 13th, it’ll be a full moon above the clouds (a combination that won’t happen again until 2098!). We’ve pulled together some of the creepiest in New York City in honor of the occasion. From mass burial grounds to abandoned psychiatric hospitals to haunted townhouses, this is an “architectural” version of a most haunted list. And if you want more, join our tour, Murder, Scandal & Vice: Crime & Corruption in 19th Century NYC, with Boroughs of the Dead this Saturday evening.

1. Hart Island

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Rikers Island inmates performing adult burials on Hart Island. Photograph by Joel Sternfeld via The Hart Island Project

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