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PHOTOGRAPHY Zach Gross Last night, the entertainment & storytelling studio, Topic, hosted an important discussion on what identity is, and what it means to us inside the beautiful Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. Investigative reporter Nicholas Kulish kicked off last night's discussion, speaking about his discrepancies between how the world sees him versus how he sees himself as a tall person. He argued that while he sees himself as an author and reporter, those categories of self-identification mattered less...
It's a complete myth that there's nothing art-related worth seeing in August in New York. Things slow down, for sure, but look at all this! Gorgeous paintings in Bushwick, performances in Downtown Brooklyn, "lost" photographs of young Truman Capote—and yes, the Olympics. Because that's art too. Don't miss out on all the good stuff because your face is stuck to your air conditioner with one eye on The Get Down.  UNDERDONK GALLERY: WOOGIE — OSAMU KOBAYASHI Kobayashi's paintings have a...
History nerds, rejoice: This Sunday, Revolutionary War re-enactors will descend upon Green-Wood Cemetery to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn, fought on August 27th, 1776. It was the first battle of the American Revolution fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the largest battle in the war in terms of troop size. “Good God!” General George Washington cried as he watched his soldiers perish by the hundreds, from a spot now occupied by Trader Joe's. “What brave fellows...
Over a century ago, before New York City was home to 7,500 miles of plumbing infrastructure and 13 wastewater treatment plants that process 1.3 billion gallons of human waste on a daily basis, Brooklyn's streets were often covered in raw sewage. It makes sense, really, since 19th century New Yorkers didn't often have the benefits of toilets at their disposal. They frequently tossed whatever refuse they deposited in their chamberpots right out the window into the alleyways...

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