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It’s the week before Memorial Day, and an eclectic mix of events from supper clubs to new exhibits, to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim lead up to the re-opening of NYC’s public beaches.

Monday, May 18th

Award-winning community shared agriculture program, Local Roots NYC will be hosting its bi-monthly farm to table supper club. Monday’s dinner features the owner of Boerum Apparel, a sustainable clothing line that emphasizes on creating a transparent supply chain. The farm-to-table menu will feature a 3-course meal inspired by seasonal items, only $20. Two seatings, 6:30 and 8:30pm. Tickets here.

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I Quant NY has a new map, as quirky as always, looking at the distribution of parking tickets in New York City by state. Using the city’s Open Data, he uncovered that parking tickets are charged to residents in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico and eleven out of thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Not surprisingly, New York state ranks #1 in terms of total fines, but you might not know that it accounts for over half a billion dollars. Following New York is New Jersey, Pennsylvania and then Connecticut. Ben Wellington, of I Quant NY, also notes that Canada contributes a little under a million dollars year.

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SoHo native Yukie Ohta and founder of The SoHo Memory Project is hoping to create a mobile historical society to chronicle the evolution of the neighborhood from rural farmland to the high-end retail hub it is today. As she writes, “SoHo currently has no neighborhood society dedicated to preserving its history, and I think it deserves one.” She’s working with the Uni Project, and fundraising on Kickstarter, to create a pop-up learning experience using non-traditional media, like Viewmaster finders, 3D printed miniatures, and a smell station, along with vintage ephemera. The end goal is to place current day SoHo in the context of New York City’s history, something Ohta feels is obscured in its landscape today.

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An art show opening Saturday inside the elusive 190 Bowery building brings together what New Yorkers love best: abandoned/inaccessible buildings, street art (on the exterior), and art. The group exhibition, entitled , is presented by Vito Schnabel and Aby Rosen, the latter who bought the building last year. As Schabel writes in his invite (as seen on Lo Down NY), “I grew up in New York City, walking by the former Germania Bank countless times. I always wanted to go inside, thinking it might be a perfect place for an exhibition. This is the first time this 1899 landmark building will be open to the public since the bank closed in 1966 and it became a private residence.”

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The S.S. Hangover sits alongside the Harlem Meer's Discovery Center

The S.S. Hangover sitting alongside the Harlem Meer’s Discovery Center

If you need another reason to visit Harlem this weekend besides the Eat Up FestivalCreative Time and Central Park Conservancy will be unveiling Drifting in Daylight aboard the aptly named S.S. Hangover on Friday, May 15th. The location of the six-week installation is meant to draw people to the northern end of Central Park, with a starting point at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street. It is also at the centerpiece of the Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary and to, as Creative Time writes, “tempt visitors to transcend their busy lives, losing themselves along a playful trail of sensory experiences.”

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Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-4St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Last August, The New York Times shed light on an often-ignored piece of temporary infrastructure–the scaffolding–via a photographic seriesBiLLY BoY, the blog of Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, William Green Architecture, got inspired and did their own series, with photographs by Anderson Moran. The website, which just recently came to our attention, has been exploring what they deem “matters that are rarely, if ever explored.” Can scaffolding be beautiful? You be the judge:

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