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Barely a handful of years ago, parents embarking on dutiful tours of New York City's cultural institutions were coerced into plying their charges with T-Rex-shaped chicken nuggets at the Museum of Natural History, and pre-fab turkey wraps at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden—each commanding infinitely more than the (suggested) cost of admission. But taking a page from Danny Meyer (who notably resuscitated The Modern and the Whitney), museums have begun to reward their captive audiences with...
Summer in the city usually smells like hot garbage. But there are a few blocks in Brooklyn that manage to smell of fresh flowers despite the sticky heat. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's yearly Greenest Block awards ceremony celebrated these oases of greenery--this year, the best ones are in Bed-Stuy, Flatbush, Park Slope, and Fort Greene. "The purpose of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest is to promote streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in the...
As every New Yorker knows, spring's arrival isn't summoned by anything as predictable as the vernal equinox, rather we all know that winter has truly ended once the barren trees that line our city's streets suddenly spring to life. And perhaps most beautiful—and certainly most Instagram-friendly—among our fair city's trees is the cherry blossom. (Certainly the most fragrant is the Callery pear aka the semen tree.) And there's no better place for cherry blossom...
In the interest of keeping you all up-to-date on our favorite food happenings, here's a short rundown of local food news from the week. Tonight, Gowanus will host the 2nd Annual Dive In Gowanus food event. Local restaurants and bars, including Dinosaur BBQ, Mile End Deli, Littleneck, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club and others, will donate some of their earnings to the Gowanus Canal Conservency and its STEM education, composting, and Clean & Green volunteer programs. Visit any place...

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