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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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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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It’s summertime which means it’s time to make maximum use of your bike or your Citibike membership. Here, we’ve put together four bike routes for cyclists who are looking to discover some history along with their ride. Included in this article are a leisurely ride from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach, jumping across the East River between Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, a jam-packed historical route through downtown Manhattan, and a cultural jaunt through Upper Manhattan.

1. The Leisure Lover

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Where to: Northern Prospect Park along the Ocean Parkway to Brighton Beach

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Los Angeles may have a sunken graffiti Atlantis and a storybook witch’s house, but nearby San Diego has its fair share of fun and quirky attractions too. After strolling around the historic Gaslamp district or seeing the animals at SeaWorld and the world- renowned San Diego Zoo, go beyond the typical tourist attractions of “America’s Finest City.” With a newly revitalized downtown and the weather as beautiful as ever, now is the time to travel off the beaten path and visit these ten lesser known spots, including a mountain with stunning views of the skyline and an underwater park full of wildlife.

1. Centennial Park

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Located on Coronado Island, Centennial Park offers an unbeatable view of San Diego’s skyline. Originally home to the San Diego ferry, which transported residents between Coronado Island and San Diego until the construction of the Coronado Bridge in 1969, this park has two gazebos and a rose garden plus many benches for additional seating.  (more…)

Once you have seen the Colosseum, visited the Vatican Museums and wandered around the historic center, you should venture off the beaten track to get a true taste of the Eternal city. From industrial archeology to contemporary and street art, here are 10 lesser-known spots that you won’t find in your pocket guide.

1. MURo, the urban museum of Rome, Quadraro

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Rome is not exactly full of street art, but there are still a few areas worth a graffiti hunt, such as the open air urban museum at the old Quadraro neighborhood. Since 2010 the organizers of this street art project have invited several international artists (such as Jim Avignon and Ron English) as well as Italian artists to re-paint this hood, which is worth a visit anyway, if only for the charm of its decadent villas and the quaint atmosphere.  (more…)

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