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File under: Things I probably won’t see/do in person, given they’re outside my little downtown bubble, and also given the fact that my next two December Saturdays, per long-standing Smith-Waterman family tradition, will be spent in the back room of DBA for their annual East Village neighborhood fair of homemade holiday gifts. But if that’s not your scene, try one of these:

A guide to holiday markets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. [Markets of New York]

A five-borough guide to holiday lights and shows [CBS]

Another guide, specifically geared toward Astoria. [We Heart Astoria]

Sunday: Bronx Messiah and Taste of the Bronx Food Show. [Bronx Mama]

Saturday and Sunday: Harlem for the Holidays. [Uptown Flavor]

Also Saturday and Sunday: Staten Island Society of Model Railroaders sponsors its annual holiday train show and toy giveaway. [SI Live]

Queens holiday lights photo by Alex Goodwind from the CBS post linked above.

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Some stuff happening in the New York blogosphere outside the local East Village and contiguous neighborhoods downtown:

“A wonderful castle” on Staten Island, “built by beer and with German whimsy.” SPOILER ALERT: It later became a convent and burned down, as castle-convents built by beer are wont to do. [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

If you missed this week’s Poe in the Bronx screening, you can still catch an enhanced Poe exhibit at Museum of Bronx History. (The anniversary of Poe’s death came and went this week.) [Bronx News Network]

With Poe in mind, check out these Halloween events in the Bronx, for those wanting to plan ahead. [Bronx Mama]

Coney Island Eulogy? [Found in Brooklyn]

Photos of Harlem’s Peace Fish Market, circa 1938 [Harlem Bespoke]

At the Noguchi Museum in LIC, Queens, this Sunday: a Geology of Sculpture tour. Geologist Sidney Horenstein discusses the physical make-up of sculpture. Sunday at 3 p.m. [We Heart Astoria]

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The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down, though this regular Friday feature routinely ignores anything happening below 14th Street in Manhattan, since that’s where I spend 99% of my life. In fact, other than my morning runs across two bridges, I’m afraid to leave lower Manhattan without a sleeping bag and a toothbrush. I’m working on that.

Bushwick’s Masonic Temple is for sale. 18,000 square feet for a measly million. [Animal NY]

Visit Calvary Cemetery in Woodside with my favorite Queens blogger, Mitch Waxman [Newtown Pentacle]

Angel Franco’s riveting photos of the Bronx’s 46th precinct, 1979-84 [Lens Blog, via Bronx News Network]

Introducing Harlem’s first Pride weekend [Harlem Bespoke]

All about Snug Harbor w/ our new favorite Staten Island blog [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

Calvary Cemetery photo by Mitch Waxman.

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Excursions real, virtual, and historical beyond the bounds of my downtown routines …

A guide to Brooklyn’s free summer film options [Brokelyn]

On Father’s Day: 3rd Annual LIC Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park [We Heart Astoria]

Spending Father’s Day in the Bronx instead? Some ideas. [Bronx Mama]

A look back at Staten Island’s beach resorts and amusement parks of the early 20th century [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

Coming soon: relive the era of speakeasies at the Museum of the City of NY. [MCNY]

South Beach, S.I., Roller Boller Coaster postcard via Ape Shall Not Kill Ape.

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What’s happening out there in this great city of ours? If it weren’t for the internet I probably wouldn’t know, because I don’t seem to get out of my neighborhood much.

Visit Salvatore of Soho … on Staten Island. [We Heart New York]

Gardening in Harlem with BroSis [Uptown Flavor]

Celebrating Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn, 1895; check out earlier entries on Kerouac in Brooklyn, too! [Who Walk in Brooklyn]

Canadians longing for LIC [Globe & Mail]

Starting Sunday the 6th, swing into summer w/ Latin Jazz and Salsa at Bronx Cemetery [Bronx Latino]

5Pointz photo via Globe and Mail.

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I think I will, actually, make it out of my neighborhood this weekend. There’s a show I hope to catch in Williamsburg on Saturday. So there — I’m not a lazy downtowner 100% of the time.

What else is going on in the Greater New York blogosphere?

Some are asking: Could the closed-off Harlem River High Bridge be uptown’s future High Line Park? [Harlem Bespoke]

Did Cinco de Mayo leave you wanting more Mexican food? Here’s a rundown on some options in Queens. [The Foodista]

Tickets are now on sale for Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (July 5-10). [Brooklyn Bodega]

Coming even sooner … Bronx Week (May 12-23). [Norwood News]

Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, then and now. [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

Photo of Harlem River High Bridge from Harlem Bespoke.

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Views from Queensboro Bridge [Newtown Pentacle]

Recapping the Bike Shorts screenings at Public Assembly. [Brooklyn by Bike]

Staten Island: Into the Woods. [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

And for natural waterfalls, the gold goes to the Bronx! [Bronx Bohemian]

Nothing left but a ghost space: What was once the 125th St. Y. [Harlem Bespoke]

Photo by Mitch Waxman for Newtown Pentacle.

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Escape from lower Manhattan … at least in your mind. Maybe even in body!

Roosevelt Island tram will shut down for the spring and summer. Last chance to catch it before renovations is March 1 at 2 a.m. [Roosevelt Islander]

Save City Reliquary, New York’s coolest museum! [Edible Manhattan]

Ice Skating in Concourse Plaza [City Room]

Staten Island’s trees have their eye on you! [Scouting NY]

Will the new Kosciuszko Bridge please stand up? [Queens Crap]

And for kicks — Driving around NYC in 1928:

(via drm)

If that’s not old-fashioned enough — and if you just can’t shake your downtown chauvinism (as I usually can’t) — then take a public sleigh down to the Bowling Green, circa 1860 [Virtual Dime Museum]

Roosevelt Island tram photo via Gothamist.

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Check this out! It’s like half a dozen tweets all sent at once!

Kevin Walsh visits Poe Place in the Bronx. [Forgotten NY]

Titanic House leaves LIC. [liQcity]

The repopulation of Downtown Brooklyn [Brownstoner]

Tomorrow: Second Saturday in Staten Island. [Forgotten Borough]

Bald Eagles in Harlem! [Harlem Hybrid]

I missed this first one when it was new, but here’s a tour of prisons in all 5 boroughs. Follow it up with a tour of public restrooms. I’d like to dedicate the first link to Bartleby the Scrivener and the second to anyone who’s ever been cited for public urination. [Untapped New York]

Williamsburg public phone photo by Michelle Young for Untapped New York.

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East River Plaza’s Costco lays off 160 workers; apparently NYers don’t have room to buy in bulk [Harlem Bespoke]

Benefit TONIGHT for Tuli Kupferberg at St. Ann’s, featuring Flutterbox,  John Zorn, Lenny Pickett, Christine Ohlman, Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, John Kruth, Peter Stampfel and Tuli’s fellow Fug, Ed Sanders [Now I’ve Heard Everything]

Breaking down NYC pizza by borough/neighborhood: The Astoria Slice, pictured above [Newtown Pentacle]

Bronx-based William S. Burroughs look-a-like robbing shops in the Village [New York Times, via BoogieDowner]

A guide to Staten Island’s Hills: Look to them! [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

Astoria Slice photo by Mitch Waxman

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