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5 Pointz Demolition-Graffiti-Street Art-Long Island City-Queens-NYCImage via Instagram by notexactlyblue

The day has come for 5 Pointz. Animal New York reports that as of this morning, “a backhoe began tearing into the building that was once the graffiti mecca of New York City. While curators and artists have moved on to other locations in the city, it’s difficult not to see this moment as a symbol of what New York City (its planners and developers at least) aspire for it to be. But in the world of street art in America, a permanent building for aerosol art is probably too much to ask .

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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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Smile of the beyond-vegan restaurant-luncheonette-briarwood-queens-nycImage via VegiBoys

Smile of the Beyond is one of NYC’s best kept culinary secrets. Tucked away deep in eastern Queens, this vegan-friendly eatery has been serving local residents for a whopping 42 years. It has remained largely “untapped” due to its less accessible locale in Briarwood. Yet where else in the city can you be served in a deliberately peaceful atmosphere by the disciples of a legendary spiritual teacher? The answer is nowhere, in NYC at least. We’ll give you scoop on this unique eating spot as well as its unique staff, who also offer a free intro meditation course with your meal.

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Kaufman astoria studios-stage-film production-motion picture nycImage via Flickr: Jason Eppink

New York City has always been a hotbed for high profile Hollywood film shoots, so much so that we’ve devoted a whole series to detailing the enormous amount of film locations that pop up around the five boroughs. What may come as a surprise to many New Yorkers is that behind the already historic Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens is the city’s only studio backlot. And while studio backlot real estate continues to diminish in Hollywood, the already enormous Queens backlot is expected to expand over the next two years. Here’s an overview of Kaufman Astoria Studio’s new studio backlot and the future of film in NYC. (more…)

The bear figures in so much of mythology, folklore and fairytales that it’s not surprising there are many monuments to the noble animal in New York City. Here’s a roundup of bears both past and present, ranging from fun to conceptual, that have graced the public realm of the city.

1. “Bearlike Construction” in Tribeca Park

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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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