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We’ve made it a habit to wander the city looking both up and down. But we can also find the unexpected by looking straight ahead. On the corner of Madison Avenue and East 25th Street is a discreet yet stark and deeply affecting Holocaust memorial. The piece’s smaller scale makes it an easy miss but placed at eye-level, it is an evocative memorial worth examining up close on the annex facade of the Appellate Division Courthouse.

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There’s been a lot of hype around the new Fulton Center Transit Hub that opened this morning at 5 A.M. Senator Charles E. Schumer proclaimed that it was a “a metaphor for a revitalized downtown.” MTA Capital Construction President Dr. Michael Horodniceanu effused “Magical wouldn’t be too strong a word” for what officials are calling New York City’s “next great public space.” For years, the MTA had on its website that the Fulton Center hub would “immediately take its place among New York City’s great public spaces” when opened, akin to “a downtown Grand Central.” At the opening, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said “Forget the Grand Central clock. They’re going to come here.”

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Our line-up of events this week includes story-telling marathons, walking tours of Gowanus wildlife, and a funeral party for Brooklyn.

Monday, November 10th

Ever wonder if the plot of the tv series Mad Men matches how the  advertising world really was in the 1960s? The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a discussion called Sex, Sexism, and Three-Martini Lunches: A Mad Man and Mad Woman Tell All with Kenneth Roman, an account executive and Jane Maas, a copywriter, who worked together in the 1960s. The event starts at 6:30 pm, get your tickets here.

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We took a visit inside the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) again last week, one of our favorite city agencies because it looks just like NASA inside. On the agenda for this visit included a look at the city’s Temporary Disaster Housing Unit which is currently being tested by OEM employees, who live inside one week at a time. It’s actually the nation’s first urban post-disaster housing prototype, a direct response to the challenges faced after Hurricane Sandy.

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Beer is as American as apple pie and baseball, and definitely more New York City than Taylor Swift. Here at Untapped Cities, we’ve been known to enjoy light beers, dark beers, weird beers, local beers and even Jewish Beers. For the fall, we’ve rounded up 10 beer halls you have to check out in NYC.

1. Radegast Hall and Biergarten, Williamsburg

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This is the spot that everyone knows about but still loves.  Radegast is a Williamsburg institution that stays packed and thankfully does not take reservations. To experience the 22 beers they have on tap and over 50 different bottled beers from around the world, it’s first come, first served. When the summer months disappear making way for the fall and winter, the beer garden (with retractable roof) is not as packed. The beer hall features a beautiful red-oak bar (along with a bartender in full German garb) that keeps the hipsters coming for a large mug with a large pretzel and bratwurst on the side.

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