07/31/14 9:00am

IMG_1308Mike’s Coffee Shop. Image via Flickr: JSsocal

There are few things as characteristic of New York City as the luncheonette. These small, informal dining spaces used to dot the urban landscape as much as Starbucks does today.  Although their cheap meals and neighborhood-friendly atmosphere are now far and few between, we’ve compiled this list of the best luncheonettes still in operation. So, in no particular order, here are our picks of the eight best luncheonettes in NYC that are still serving up great grub at good prices.

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07/28/14 2:00pm

Car accident on Park Avenue viaduct 1940s Round Up of Architectural Accidents Vintage NYC Photography Untapped Cities Sabrina RomanoCar Accident on Park Avenue viaduct, 1940s. Image via Facebook by Hiromi Bruni.

Technology has a bad habit of developing faster than humans do. When people aren’t up to speed about construction, some crazy accidents tend to occur… Who knew it was possible for a car to awkwardly balance itself on the edge of a viaduct while avoiding crashing into the ground below? Can you believe that the Empire State Building is still standing even after a bomber rammed into it creating a 20 foot hole in the middle of the building? Check out the vintage photos which reveal sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

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06/30/14 2:00pm

Main Shot-RooftopsImage via Flickr; Patrick Shyu

It’s summertime in the city and there’s no better time for maxin’ and relaxin’ after a long day of work with a cocktail and some friends! These off-the-beaten-path rooftop bars hidden high above buildings around the boroughs offer the chance for some breathtaking views of the sunset and skyline along with the requisite craft mixed drinks, beers and bites.

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06/30/14 12:00pm

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Here is your weekly events guide for the week.

Monday, June 30

Just because NYC Pride is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that the party has to! Come out to the NYC Pride Ultimate Mega Grand Finale event at Club Element. Powered by Lovergirlnyc, Dreamgyrls Ent and many more, enjoy three levels of nonstop music by DJ Mary Mac, DJ Missy B, DJ Poison Ivy, DJ Kidd Swag. Doors open at 8 p.m. so don’t be late for the party. Additional information about the event, venue, and ticket purchases are available here.

Head down to the West Village for the last night of the 4th annual Blue Note Jazz Fest to hear Argentinean jazz tenor saxophonist and composer, Gato Barbier. Not only will he be having one show but another to follow; the first is at 8:00 p.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m.  Click here for more information about Gato Barbier and how to purchase tickets for this event that is bound to bring music to your ears. (more…)

06/16/14 2:00pm

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This past Saturday AD HOC Art and the Welling Court, Queens community brought us the 5th Annual Welling Court Mural Festival. For the fifth time in as many years, artists from different generations came together in Welling Court, to provide the surrounding area with beautiful artistic murals that can be enjoyed for the next 365 days.

This year brought over fifty artists, including  NYC favorites like SeeOne, NDA, Never, Queen Andrea, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Icy & Sot, Cern, Toofly, Fumero, Roycer, Russell King, Col Wallnuts, Billy Mode, Cake, Joe Iurato, Rubin, Veng RWK, Alice Mizrachi, Vera Times, Zed 1, and many more. We spent the entire day enjoying the art, watching the World Cup with members of  the community and dancing to a variety of music until dark. Here are some of the best murals we captured last Saturday.  (more…)

06/16/14 10:00am

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Hallets Point, Queens rendering by James Corner Field Associations

All you need is a Metrocard and a pair of eyes to realize that things in NYC are changing, fast. And even though it may seem like these changes have been mostly in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Queens has also been a prime target for development. Some new urban development plans may change Queens in more ways than you can imagine. We’ve made a list of major redevelopment plans to help you gain a general understanding of how the borough may transform over the coming years.

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