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If you didn’t know there was a Food Hall inside Industry City, the sprawling warehouse turned creative and small manufacturing space in Sunset Park, this is your chance to go and check out the latest iteration of Vertical Urban Factory. The exhibition, curated by Nina Rappaport, first launched at The Skyscarper Museum in 2011. Since then it has traveled around the world, to the Architecture Museum in London’s Kings Cross, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Toronto, Switzerland, and back to New York City. Until August 1st, it was at the Falchi Building in Long Island City after which it moved to Industry City. In that time, the exhibit has expanded to address both local conditions in the places it traveled to, as well as include new developments in manufacturing in the last four years.


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Summer, and therefore “roof season” has blasted past, and although the weather remains great long past Labor Day weekend, just when it cools off enough to really enjoy the evenings, many of the rooftop bars close. But many don’t! So while you may not have exhausted our list of best off-the-beaten path rooftops for summer yet, we recently asked Leslie Adatto, author of the book Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftopsthe first-ever guide to public access rooftops, to share with us her top 10 for fall.

1. Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook

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Brooklyn Crab has great views and great food, and when it’s a bit cooler out, they just roll down the clear plastic “windows.” You can take the Ikea ferry over there so it’s a fabulous day out.

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In an ever-evolving city like New York, it is often dangerous to get too attached to the history around you. The struggling century old pub that still serves $3 bottles will inevitably become your neighborhood’s third Dunkin Donuts. The pre-war walkup that just priced its residents out will be razed and replaced by some sky scraping architectural marvel. Even the brand new salad spot down the street will be swapped for a brand newer salad spot in a matter of months. That’s just New York.
Occasionally, however, something else happens. Defying all odds, small bits of our city’s history get preserved. Rarer still, they get preserved in such a way that the public can still experience them. Ever since we first caught wind of The Knitting Factory’s plans to restore and convert a 20th century carriage house on Metropolitan into a restaurant extension of the venue, we’ve been waiting anxiously for the reveal. Last week, we finally got the chance to stop by and drink in the space. Brooklyn, meet The Federal Bar.

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New York City’s Coney Island, the waterside land of color, roller coasters, and ice cream, got a brand new attraction this summer. That attraction is Coney Art Walls, an exhibition of street art featuring the work of 34 artists. Among the featured players are legends like Lady Pink, Crash, Daze, Futura, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk and How and Nosm, and newcomers like Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Lauren Halsey. Their work is displayed on the attraction’s namesake walls set up in an area of the park and is open seven days a week throughout the summer.


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Starting at noon, visitors to the Metrotech Commons just off Brooklyn‘s Jay Street were treated to an unexpected sight: a twenty-foot balloon tent in the shape of a speech bubble with a single word, “Truth” written on it. Signs placed all around the park in the shape of speech and thought bubbles displayed phrases like “The Truth Is I See You,” “The Truth Is I Love You,” “The Truth Is I Remember You,” and more, sometimes in different languages.

Behold, The Truth Booth, part of In Search of the Truth, a years-long project by Brooklyn artist Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with the Cause Collective and presented by Public Art Fund. Inside it, guests are invited to record a video message that begins with “The truth is…” The messages can be personal, vague, funny- whatever the recorder sees fit, and have a maximum duration of two minutes. At promptly 8 pm, the tent was gone.


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In 1976, cartoonist Saul Steinberg gave us “A View of the World from 9th Avenue,” a humorous take on the way New Yorkers can sometimes be thought to see the rest of the world across the Hudson River. His drawing became one of The New Yorker‘s best known covers, eliciting chuckles and eye rolls alike.

Earlier this week, CityLab shared a similar map via Reddit, larger in scale and about a thousand times more detailed. The David Rumsey Map Collection lists the author as unknown, and dates it to somewhere around the 1970s, but other than that, the story of how this particular map came to be is shrouded in mystery. The map itself, however, packs every New York City neighborhood, building, attraction, and landmark into an intricate “New Yorker’s Map of the World,” pushing the rest of America, even the rest of the world (which includes just a few countries in Europe and Asia), off to the very edges. The result is nothing short of hilarious.