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More than eight million diverse individuals call New York City home, and many of them share their heritage through food. Whether it’s a billiards hall that serves stellar Bhutanese fare or a mosque where Malian vendors sell snacks for just a few hours each Friday, the city offers a vast culinary landscape for those willing to explore it. Venture beyond the flashy hotspots with months-long waiting lists and you’ll find New York’s true flavor lies within the small restaurants and stands rooted in its thriving immigrant communities.

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A 1974 sculpture called "The Family" at Beach Channel High School in Queens, New York.

The Crumbling Art of Costantino Nivola, a Picasso for the People

The Italian-born sculptor was celebrated in his lifetime but largely forgotten after his death.
The bizarre ceramic jar from 1888 is on view in the Met's newly renovated British Galleries.

This British Bird Is Watchful, Whimsical, and Very Victorian

The 19th-century ceramic work by London's quirky Martin Brothers is now smirking at museum-goers in NYC.

The History of Race, Performance, and Drag Intersect in a Rare Photo of Thomas Dilward

Dilward performed with all-white minstrel troupes that otherwise excluded black people.
At the Abrams Planetarium in Michigan, the black light gallery is still going strong.

When Trippy Black-Light Murals Brought the Cosmos Down to Earth

The paintings once dazzled and enlightened mid-century planetarium-goers.

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