SONY DSCJanelle Monae at the 2012 Afro Punk Festival. Image via ourstage.com

Ring in the end of summer with the return of Afro Punk Fest, city-wide deals on National Thrift Shop Day, yoga at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Battery Dance Festival, and  Time Out New York’s 2015 Battle Of The Burger.

Monday, August 17th

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 23rd and registration opens August 17th.

The Museum of the City of New York presents Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation of New York, part of Garbage and the City: Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris, and Disposal.

It’s National Thrift Shop Day! Go out and find a deal using our guide of the 43 best vintage, consignment, and thrift shops in Manhattan.


Where Exactly is your NYC Neighborhood-Fun Maps-Borders.26 AMOur interpretation of the Upper West Side (in red)

New Yorkers are having a field day with this data visualization tool from DNA Info, drawing where they believe are the boundaries of their New York City neighborhoods. Urban planners will know well the struggle with the shifting delimitation of boundaries, having to line up data sets between information from the Census, Community Districts and more. And none of this takes into account resident’s psychological understanding of neighborhood edges, or real estate creativity in concocting new neighborhoods.


POPS_Privately-Owned-Public-Space_New-York-City_Untapped-Cities-005Paley Park on 53rd Street and 5th Avenue

New York City is full of marvels. We have ferris wheels, battleships, and roller coasters. We even have waterfalls, though like every other ‘natural’ occurrence in the city save for parks, they are man-made, even the ones in Central Park and Prospect Park. Often, however, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes throughout the city provide a brief respite from the urban chaos. New York has a handful, some built to look natural in parks, others installed into the walls and lobbies of buildings. In any case, each is a special find among the concrete and iron. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites:


Most Americans have long forgotten the importance of “our daily bread,” but up in Fort Washington Park in New York City, there are rumored remnants of ovens soldiers used to bake during the American Revolution. When we originally wrote about these ovens in The Secrets of Fort Washington Park, we knew that the ovens had been used by Girl Scouts in the 1950s. There were suggestions that it may have been built by either the Civilian Conservation Corps or the workers who built the George Washington Bridge. But a reader recently told us, based on a book he had read that they date to much earlier. He believed “George Washington had the ovens built there so soldiers could break bread (they carried flour for this purpose.”


IMG_5029-thumbA Stuio Dror concept. Image via ny.curbed

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Renowned French conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe created ‘Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)‘ back in 2012, and the sculpture has not been seen for quite some time since it was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. This summer, however, it was shown in the museum’s sculpture garden, and has about four days left until it is put back into storage.