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Memorial, 7 years

Memorial

Twin beams of the Trib­ute in Light in lower Man­hat­tan, as seen from the Prom­e­nade in Brook­lyn Heights.

1 Year in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge 5

Lisa and I on the Brook­lyn Bridge, taken some time in 2004. (I real­ize that it was not taken in the past year, but it’s a great photo!)

I can’t let this pass with­out a men­tion – last Fri­day was the 1-year anniver­sary of our move from Cam­bridge to Brook­lyn. Since then, we’ve started new jobs, recon­nected with old friends and made new ones, and had an all-around great time.

I miss Boston from time to time, but couldn’t be hap­pier liv­ing and work­ing in New York City. Why would any­body live any­where else?

Carroll Will Never Be The Same

Carroll will never be the same

Bar­ri­ers erected out­side the Car­roll Street MTA entrance at 2nd Place and Smith Street, in Car­roll Gar­dens, Brooklyn.

Looks like the 360 Smith lux­ury condo devel­op­ment is going to shut down my sub­way entrance, and severely mess up the nice plaza in front:

Because the safety of our cus­tomers is of utmost con­cern, this clo­sure will be in effect on a 24-hour, 7 days per week basis for 6–8 months (sub­ject to the progress of the con­struc­tion project)…

See outside.in for more his­tory of this con­tro­ver­sial development.

Ladytron @ Terminal 5

light

Ladytron per­form­ing at Ter­mi­nal 5.

I’ve been known to make some blan­ket pro­nounce­ments over the years – such as, “I don’t like cover bands,” only to be proven wrong later. What I dis­cov­ered was that I quite loved cover bands when they play music that I like, as opposed to the baby boomer prog rock and frat boy dri­vel that you usu­ally hear.

Apply the same les­son to light shows… fancy lights at rock shows always seemed ridicu­lous to me; a stoner cliché. Ahh, but fancy light shows accom­pa­ny­ing music that I love? That’s awesome!

Ladytron is one such band. As good as many of their records are, their live shows are some­thing bor­der­ing on the tran­scen­dent. Now, I real­ize that it is noth­ing new for elec­tronic bands to have light shows synced to the music, but what is impres­sive to me about them is their seri­ous­ness about play­ing real instru­ments, live, in the room. It brings a lot more energy to the show.

But, it has me won­der­ing… how do they sync the lights so per­fectly? It’s almost like there is a com­puter with a line-in feed, pro­cess­ing every­thing as it’s played.

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Subway Love

Lisa’s photo on Gothamist!Another Valentine’s Day related post – Lisa’s snap­shot of this note in the Car­roll MTA sta­tion made it to a post on Gothamist!

The orig­i­nal is avail­able in her Flickr pho­to­stream.

She is kind of a big deal, ’round these parts.

Lunch with The Destroyer

In the paper

This morn­ing, Lisa and I had lunch with her Grandma and Grandpa, who vis­it­ing this week­end from Buf­falo. Grandpa Dick is a retired pro­fes­sional wrestler, who used to be quite big in Japan. In addi­tion to win­ning numer­ous wrestling titles, the masked “Destroyer” was a star on the most watched com­edy show in Japan’s tele­vi­sion his­tory, along with Wada Akiko. But he also was famous in the West – Deb­bie Harry of Blondie sported some camel-toe in a t-shirt from Dick’s bad guy alter-ego, Dr. X… Hott.

So, we ate a ton of Japan­ese food while Dick enter­tained the chefs and wait­staff with his antics and Japan­ese lin­guis­tic skills. The shot above is of a Japan­ese newspaper.

More pho­tos, and a video of The Destroyer wrestling a bear, after the fold.

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AIGA/NY 2007 Holiday Party

AIGA/NY Hol­i­day Party: DANCE/DANCE/DANCE
SUNDAY, 9 DEC ’07 from 6:00–10:00PM // Snacks, drinks, danc­ing, and a live auc­tion by auc­tion­eer­ing expert extra­or­di­naire, John Hodg­man.

I am not a mem­ber (yet), but think­ing about going. It’s worth it just for the wrap­ping paper.

UPDATE: My one photo of John Hodg­man is below the fold.

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Banksy Opening

snuff

This past Sun­day, we attended the Banksy open­ing at the Van­ina Holasek Gallery in Chelsea. I love Banksy’s work, but it seemed a lit­tle odd to see his sten­ciled work framed and mat­ted in a gallery, with penciled-in price tags labeled on the wall – $30k, $60k, $150k. It seemed a far cry from the street art and sub­ver­sive work that he’s known for.

Still, he’s one of the more inter­est­ing con­tem­po­rary artists out there – Lau­ren Collins has a nice pro­file piece, from The New Yorker in May. And, I love his album art­work for Blur’s last LP, in 2003.

More pho­tos, and a video of Banksy’s sub­ver­sive museum activ­ity below the fold.

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Village Academies/Esquire Event

We attended a fundraiser for Lisa’s work last night, hon­or­ing Bill Cosby and oth­ers. It was held in Esquire’s swank Esquire North pent­house on Cen­tral Park North, and the mag­a­zine is also fea­tur­ing Vil­lage Acad­e­mies founder Deb­o­rah Kenny in this month’s issue:

In six years, Kenny’s vision has grown into a trio of char­ter schools under the rubric of Vil­lage Acad­e­mies, located in New York precincts where a mus­cu­lar poverty has thrived for gen­er­a­tions. The num­bers alone tell a com­pelling story. Locally, pass­ing rates for seventh-grade math hover around 30 per­cent. At HVA, the rate is a stun­ning 96 percent.

Cast mem­bers from Gos­sip Girl showed up, and Tyler Hilton played a few songs, (who played Elvis in Walk the Line Johnny Cash movie).

midtown office + loved ones

At least the ladies look good – Matt and I have taken bet­ter pictures.

More pho­tos below the fold.

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Rooftop Legends

In High School, I was always jeal­ous of other kids who knew exactly what they wanted to do with their life – it took me until half-way through col­lege before I really found my call­ing, which explains my lib­eral arts degree.

So, I’m amazed that there is a Design High School in the Lower East Side. It has a pretty inter­est­ing mission:

We believe that when stu­dents are engaged in the process of design­ing, they are learn­ing to observe, seek prob­lems, iden­tify needs, frame prob­lems, work col­lab­o­ra­tively, explore and appre­ci­ate solu­tions, weigh alter­na­tives, and com­mu­ni­cate their ideas ver­bally, graph­i­cally and physically.

And they even invited artists, stu­dents, and staff to cre­ate stree­tart on the roof of the school. Here is a video, from Rock­et­boom:

Very cool stuff.

MUJI & CB2 in Soho

MUJI opening

MUJI opened in Soho yes­ter­day, and if the crowds were any indi­ca­tion, peo­ple are excited. The shop has a nice mix of nicely designed inex­pen­sive clothes and house­wares. maxwell­gilling­ham­ryan has a video tour on vimeo.

More pho­tos of MUJI, and the new CB2 store next door, after the jump. [from iPhone]

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Free Wi-Fi in Midtown

Holy iPhone grail! Who needs to wait for muni-Wi-Fi?

Crashing an Open House

awkward

A new Robert Scarano “lux­ury” condo build­ing at 326 State Street, in Boerum Hill.

A week or two ago, I walked past a new Robert Scarano “lux­ury” condo build­ing at 326 State Street, in the north­ern reaches of Boerum Hill. This past Sat­ur­day, Tyler and Sarah were down from Boston for a visit, and we walked by again – and they were hav­ing an Open House. Why not have a look? [from iPhone]

More below the fold.

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Surreal

Surreal
They were clean­ing the Broadway-Lafayette sta­tion last night. It always struck me as a par­tic­u­larly filthy sta­tion, so I sup­pose this is good. But, peo­ple were walk­ing through the suds, slip­ping around – the MTA must have some good insur­ance. [from iPhone]

Halloween 2007

In 3D!

We cel­e­brated Hal­loween a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year – by watch­ing Tim Burton’s The Night­mare Before Christ­mas in 3D. Thanks to Becca for the idea, and for get­ting the tickets.

I haven’t seen this movie since it came out almost 15 years ago, but it really is an ani­ma­tion clas­sic. The stop motion method looks just as cutting-edge and inspir­ing as any­thing done by Pixar in the past few years, and I love the many homages to Beetle­juice and other Bur­ton films, (details here). [from iPhone]

We saw it at the Pavil­ion Park Slope, but I think that it is up in other the­aters around the city this week. More pho­tos below the fold.

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Carroll Gardens Featured on Gridskipper

Grid­skip­per put together a nice fea­ture on our neigh­bor­hood in Brook­lyn, includ­ing a snarky comparison:

Car­roll Gar­dens fea­tured on Grid­skip­per
Car­roll Gar­dens is quaint, and for those in love with the West Vil­lage but who sim­ply can’t afford to live there, it will do.

I’m not sure that I agree with this – we chose to live in Brook­lyn over Man­hat­tan, and I would argue that the neigh­bor­hoods to the north (Cob­ble Hill and Boerum Hill) are prob­a­bly more fit­ting equiv­a­lents. Also, with few excep­tions, Car­roll Gar­dens is still very much a fam­ily neigh­bor­hood. Sure, it might be chang­ing, but take a walk down our street dur­ing the day, and you’re going to see a lot of old men who’ve lived there for 50 years, as well as kids play­ing on the side­walk. Err, maybe that is what the West Vil­lage is like.

Still, can’t deny that Car­roll Gar­dens is awe­some, and rel­a­tively afford­able, con­sid­er­ing the restau­rant and bar options – we rarely make it into the city on weekends.

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Promenade

Lower Manhattan

Lower Man­hat­tan

Had a lovely walk along the Brook­lyn Heights Prom­e­nade, on a fall day. [from iPhone]

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Vamoose Bus

I know what bus I’m tak­ing now, when­ever I need to get to Boston or DC:

NYC-Boston bus offers free wi-fi, and reser­va­tions
…will pro­vide rid­ers with free WiFi on its leased buses, which are equipped with routers. Vamoose is sell­ing one-way reserved seats for $22.

Free wi-fi and a guar­an­teed seat, for $40 round trip? Done.

More at Vamoosebus.com.

Saturday Scoot

Narrows

We unchained the scoot­ers this after­noon, and mean­dered around Brook­lyn in the sun. Not too many days like this left. [from iPhone]

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Heights

Heights

A sleepy Sun­day after­noon on Atlantic Ave. [from iPhone]

Free Wi-fi

The secret is outI’m not sure how I feel about the con­cept of free wi-fi in cof­fee shops and bars – sure, we all like “free”, and I’m always care­ful to order refills and tip the baris­tas copi­ously. But, it can be impos­si­ble to get a table, because of wi-fi squatters.

This after­noon, I’m sit­ting at Fall Cafe in our new neigh­bor­hood, and look­ing around at the other tables – each with a lap­top – and I see a lot of empty cups – these peo­ple have been sit­ting here for hours. As you can see from the new sig­nage in the win­dow (left), this cafe believes that free wi-fi brings in cus­tomers. But I won­der if some peo­ple won’t become frus­trated with the squat­ters, and go else­where for their coffee?

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Smith Street Confronts the Corporate Takeover

Ooh, Cob­ble Hill folks are wor­ried that their neigh­bor­hood is los­ing its charm, as cookie-cutter shops are open­ing along Smith St.

Good thing our new apart­ment is closer to the Gowanus and the BQE

Underground Man” update

Thanks to Mint, I noticed that a few vis­i­tors were referred here look­ing for the text of a New Yorker arti­cle writ­ted in Feb­ru­ary 2004 titled, Under­ground Man: Can the for­mer C.I.A. agent who saved New York’s sub­way get the Tube back on track?. I had scanned the text a while back, but my direc­tory secu­rity set­tings on my server were tight­ened, and the scans were no longer available.

So, if you’re look­ing for the arti­cle, it’s is now prop­erly linked in the orginal post.

I still wish I had a way of extract­ing the text via OCR…

Gotham ’04

gotham.jpgWell, we sur­vived the Gotham rally this past week­end. We met a lot of cool scooter­ists, and enjoyed rid­ing around Man­hat­tan and Brooklyn.

I think we put brought joy and curios­ity (and maybe envy?) to the peo­ple of New York—seeing a hun­dred scoot­ers com­ing through your neigh­bor­hood in a giant pack is not some­thing peo­ple see every day. Those kids down in NYC know how to throw a good time. Too bad I didn’t win the bike raf­fle.

I posted my pics at Scoot.net—check out Jason above. Tonight, I buy my first scooter: a Vespa P-200.

Blur in a blur

blur liveLast week was Blur Week.

We were given tick­ets to see the boys tape a few songs on Last Call w/ Car­son Daly in New York on Wednes­day, and were able to catch them live at Avalon in Boston on Fri­day night. And the best part was that there were no mishaps this time ’round.

Car­son Daly is really mis­un­der­stood by music fans– espe­cially those who fancy them­selves hipper-than-thou. Maybe it’s because they blame him for the dom­i­nance of boy bands and Brit­tney in the past few years… or, maybe it is just that they think he’s a mas­sive tool.

I think this is unfair– the guy is doing more with his lit­tle 1:30 am show than most other talk shows… he has ter­rific bands on, many that you won’t see on MTV or Jay Leno, and I think he’s truly a music fan first. I mean — they guy is always play­ing air drums in-between com­mer­cial breaks… I’m there with ya Carson!

Any­way, Blur. They played an acoustic set of Out of Time and Good Song from their excel­lent new album Think Tank. Make sure to tune in to NBC Fri­day, July 25 after Conan. We’re the two embar­rassed jerks sit­ting in the sec­ond row, with plastic-rim eyeglasses.

Fri­days show was really spe­cial– they played a wide rang­ing set that stretched back more than 10 years, includ­ing favorites For Tomor­row, Girls and Boys, the Uni­ver­sal, and the ever-moshing Song 2.

Damon was in top form, jump­ing around and really singing bet­ter than I’ve ever heard him sing. He doesn’t really play key­boards any­more, which is a minor peeve, but he’s doing his front­man thing well with the help of an elec­tric guitar.

At 35 years, post–Goril­laz, he seems to have some­thing more to prove — and 2,000 peo­ple and I were glad for it.