- Bronx Zoo to Open Zip Line Across Bronx River in June [Gothamist, previously published on Untapped]: Visiting the Bronx Zoo will soon be more thrilling: The Wildlife Conservation Society will open two new attractions next month, one of which will give the public a chance to fly 400 feet across the Bronx River along a zipline suspended 50-feet above the water.
- National Gun Violence Awareness Day; March Across Brooklyn Bridge [Bklyner]: June 2 is the national gun violence awareness day. According to the Brady Campaign, an average of 93 people die every day from gun violence. Out of the 93, 32 are murdered. People are asked to wear the color orange and participate in events in the community. This year, Senator Roxanne J. Persaud and will participate in the observance.“Gun violence is preventable and I urge everyone to join the fight. Shattering, crushing, devastating, traumatizing and distressing are some of the words we can use to describe the effects of gun violence in our community,” Persaud said. “It is high time that we put an end to this epidemic. We must exercise zero tolerance as I continue to introduce legislation to address the root causes of this epidemic. Let us a community take a stand against gun violence.” The 5th annual march across the Brooklyn Bridge to raise awareness about gun violence is this Saturday from 2-5PM.
- Test Your Brooklyn Knowledge With the Urban Archive Scavenger Hunt [Brownstoner]: Brooklyn isn’t short on historic landmarks and sites. Thanks to a mobile app highlighting some of New York City’s architectural gems, you’ll have the opportunity to hunt for them yourself. Urban Archive, an app that mines the collections of New York City’s institutions to create a mobile archive, is hosting a scavenger hunt along with food, drinks and a prizes to encourage people to explore history.
- Bleecker Street’s Swerve from Luxe Shops to Vacant Stores [The New York Times]: How Bleecker went from quintessential Greenwich Village street, with shops like Condomania and Rebel Rebel Records, to a destination for Black Card-wielding 1-percenters, to its current iteration as a luxury blightscape is a classic New York story. It involves a visionary businessman, a hit HBO show, an Afghan immigrant, a star architect, European tourists, aggressive landlords and, above all, the relentless commercial churn of Manhattan. And it began with gourmet cupcakes.
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