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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

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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

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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

Jason and his Red BullWell, 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.