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August 24th, 2014
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The annual West Indian Labor Day Parade draws close to two million people to Crown Heights, Brooklyn each year. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell authentic Caribbean food along the route. Some of the Caribbean islands represented in the parade include

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August 15th, 2014
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There might be no better place for thrift store shopping than in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The combination of quirky, modern and hard-to-find pieces makes it a mecca for travelers willing to hunt. The tourists will flock to 5th Avenue but the in-the-know shoppers will head to Williamsburg. These thrift shops feature an interesting mix of items

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August 10th, 2014
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Smorgasburg, a mash-up of smorgasboard and Williamsburg, is hosting its flea food markets in Williamsburg on weekends until November. It’s the perfect place to go when you just can’t decide on one type of food. New vendor spotlight: Vermont’s Rockville Market Farm. They have breakfast gorditas with farm-made sausage, eggs, butternut-squash hot sauce and Shelburne

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July 26th, 2014
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Who would have thought that a piece of the Berlin Wall is tucked away in a courtyard of an office building in Midtown Manhattan? Head over to 53rd and Madison for a piece of history. In the early 1980s, painter Thierry Noir lived in an apartment close to the Berlin Wall which spanned 45 kilometers

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July 24th, 2014
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Park Slope as we currently know it begins with its mid 20th century decline and subsequent rapid gentrification. Similar to nearby neighborhoods like Sunset Park or Flatbush, Park Slope withstood a mad exodus of middle class during the Fifties and Sixties. But unlike the other neighborhoods, Park Slope gentrified almost overnight. Artists and counterculture residents

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