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Meres One-5Pointz-Robin Williams-Untapped Cities-Brooklyn-Tribute-Mural-RIPTribute to Robin Williams (Meres One via Instagram)

Graffiti artists and former curator of the now gone Queens graffiti landmark 5 Pointz Meres One, collaborated with fellow graffiti artist SeeTF to paint this tribute to Robin Williams in Brooklyn. The actor, famous for his roles in Aladdin, Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Good Morning Vietnam and more, passed away early Monday. The outpouring was immediate on social media, as fellow actors and fans expressed remorse over the passing of a comedian who made us laugh on television, and on film, for over thirty years.

The quote on the street art piece comes from Williams’ character on Dead Poet’s Society: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

We expect more tributes to start popping up around the city and around the world. We will update them as they go up.

To see how far along his Robin Williams viewing marathon is going, contact the author @TatteredFedora

Epic Timelapse Video of Paris Shows Contrast Between Old and New

J’adore Paris from Paul Richardson on Vimeo.

Who doesn’t love a timelapse film? And of Paris, no less! Following up our previous features on Paris timelapse videos from the great Luke Shepard, we present Paul Richardson’s pretty epic video of Paris. Based in Manchester, England, this was Paul’s first visit to Paris and it’s clear it made an inspiring impact on him. Over the course of three weeks, Canon 6D  camera and home built dolly in hand, he traversed the city. He writes, “My aim was to capture the classic sights; ornate buildings and typical Parisian activities, and contrast that to the modern business side, towering glass clad skyscrapers and fast paced life.”

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Blossom's New Restaurant on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village

Blossom’s New Restaurant on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village

Vegan-friendly restaurants are quietly expanding through New York City, on top of long-standing luncheonettes and temple canteens. Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, these great joints will hit the spot.

1. Cafe Blossom

We were excited to hear that Cafe Blossom, a Chelsea staple since 2005, not only opened a restaurant on Carmine Street in the West Village, but they are also about to reopen a restaurant on the Upper West Side next month, which will give them a total of five vegan restaurants in the city. Not all the locations are the same though, with the flagship Chelsea location serving a more intimate experience, Blossom on Carmine for small plates, V-Note on the Upper East for bistro style and Cafe Blossom for “stylish and casual dining.”

2. Sacred Chow

Sacred Cow located at 227 Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village

Sacred Cow located at 227 Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village

Sacred Chow began life in 1995 by a Legal Aid Lawyer turned restauranteur. Originally opening as a take-out deli in the West Village, great reviews right from the very beginning and a loyal fan base propelled them to this small but comfortable space on Sullivan Street with room for seating. Their logo: a meditating cow.  This tiny restaurant is said to be “serious vegan.”

3. Beyond Sushi

Beyond Sushi located at 229 East 14th Street

Beyond Sushi located at 229 East 14th Street

Yes, there is even vegan sushi!  Husband and wife team Guy and Tali Vaknin own and operate Beyond Sushi at two locations – Union Square and an outpost in the Chelsea Market called The Green Roll.  They are well known for combining unconventional pairing of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, adorned with their original sauces.

4. Pure Food and Wine

Pure Food and Wine 54 Irving Place

Pure Food and Wine 54 Irving Place

Pure Food and Wine opened its doors in 2004, a block away from Union Square on Irving Place. It was founded by Sarma Melngailis of the well known brand One Lucky Duck chain of juice bars and online vegan products.  There are no ovens in their kitchen.  All dishes are prepared in blenders and dehydrators and beautifully presented.

5. Candle 79

Candle 79 located at 154 East 79th Street

Candle 79 located at 154 East 79th Street

An interesting history is attached to the upscale vegan restaurant Candle 79. It began in the summer of 1984 when Bart Potenza purchased Sunny’s health food store.  The previous owner had a custom of lighting candles every night to bless his establishment and so that shop on Third Avenue was renamed the Candle Cafe by Bart and his partner Joy Pierson. Their wish to expand was answered by the winning of a take-five lottery, giving them $53,000, and in 2003 the upscale restaurant Candle 79 on East 79th Street was born.

6. Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen in the East Village Source:  Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen in the East Village
Source: Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen is an old East Village favorite, having opened their doors in 1976 at 300 East 12th Street.  The menu is split between American and Asian inspired with many luscious recipes in their cookbook The Angelica Home Kitchen. Thanks to Gothamist, here is their vegan cornbread recipe – with surprising ingredients.  No reservations and cash only here.

7. Blossom du Jour

We’re big fans of these tiny vegan counters, of which there are three locations in Manhattan. Blossom du Jour is afraid to brand itself as “Shrewd Fast Food,” there are always fun slogans in the locations. For example, “Find your mind and your ass will follow,” and “What time is it? It’s time for Kale.” We swear by the Un-Chicken Avocado Griller. So good, we might order one right now. Here’s a peek at their menu.

We’re quite sure there are many more out there waiting to be explored. We’d love to hear about your favorites.  Many of these are also gluten-free and certified kosher.

Get in touch with the author @AFineLyne

aviation high school-lic-queens-nyc-untappedA glimpse of the aircraft parked in clear view behind the Aviation High School in Queens. Image via Flickr: Matt Green

Anybody who has ventured through western Queens can attest to having a “What the heck!?” moment when they first witness the array of airliners and World War II-era bombers parked behind Long Island City’s Aviation High School. Not surprisingly, the activities that go on behind the walls of this unusual institution are just as remarkable as its eye-catching exterior. From steel welding to arithmetic, we’ve got the lowdown on the Aviation Career & Technical Education High School in Queens.

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Marilyn-Monroe-Tom-Ewell-The-Seven-Year-Itch-1955-Billy Wilder-Untapped Cities-NYCMarilyn Monroe & Thomas Ewell on The Seven Year Itch (Photo via Art-Stew)

A breeze, a pair of famous legs, and a couple thousand horny onlookers all drove director Billy Wilder insane. Almost 60 years ago, on September 15, 1964, Billy Wilder was shooting a scene that would push the boundaries of Hollywood in the 1960s and would be the most iconic moment in the career of superstar and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. What most do not know however, is that because of the raucous Marilyn Monroe’s legs (and other parts of her body) did to young men surrounding the set, a bit of movie magic had to be done so the scene could play as it did on screen. As a result, not all of it was filmed in New York City as it seems.

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Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum-Artifacts-Arts for Transit-Subway Station-6

When you enter into the subway at the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop, perhaps after seeing the monumental Swoon sculpture in the Brooklyn Museum,  you may notice something a bit out of the ordinary for a subway station. There are artifacts embedded into the walls, many with faces peering out at you.

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