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European Vacation ’09

…or, what I’ve been up to this summer…

I’ve been neglect­ing the blog lately, though I am ten­ta­tively sketch­ing out big plans for its future… some day, (prob­a­bly in the fall), I’ll get back to this.

But, in way of an update, Lisa finally posted all of her pho­tos from our lit­tle Euro­pean adven­ture a cou­ple of weeks ago, see below. 10 days with Jason and Cristen in Paris, Ams­ter­dam, the Rhineland, Bavaria and Berlin.

Berlin is an amaz­ingly weird place — I feel like we only scratched the sur­face, I must go back.

My iPhone-only pho­tos are on flickr »

The New New Times Square

The New New Times Square

Look­ing north at 42nd Street, in Times Square.

A few col­leagues and I walked over to Times Square at lunch to check out the new Broadway—now shut off to cars, it’s another attempt by the city and the Bloomberg admin­is­tra­tion to reclaim the streets for pedestrians.

The Times archi­tec­ture critic Nico­lai Ourous­soff says:

Now, stand­ing in the mid­dle of Broad­way, you have the sense of being in a big pub­lic room, the tow­er­ing bill­boards and dig­i­tal screens press­ing in on all sides.

This adds to the inti­macy of the plaza itself, which, how­ever unde­fined, can now func­tion as a gen­uine social space: peo­ple can mill around, ogle one another and gaze up at the city around them with­out the fear of being caught under the wheels of a cab.

There’s a cou­ple of great slideshows, too. And, don’t miss Michael Crowley’s New York Mag­a­zine pro­file of the woman behind it all, NYC Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Camera Obscura & DJ Victoria Bergsman, at the Bell House

Victoria Bergsman

Vic­to­ria Bergs­man, DJing at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Ned­ward: Vic­to­ria Bergs­man (for­merly of The Con­cretes) is DJing at The Bell House, much to my delight. Wait­ing for Cam­era Obscura!

As big a fan of Cam­era Obscura as I am, the more inter­est­ing bit Tues­day night was a spe­cial guest DJ, Vic­to­ria Bergs­man. A lot of peo­ple know her voice as the female coun­ter­point in Young Folks, the Peter Bjorn and John sing-along hit from a cou­ple of years ago. But she was also the singer in one of my favorite bands, The Con­cretes. (Cam­era Obscura fans should check out their epony­mous debut album.) She has since left the band, and formed a solo project under the name Taken By Trees, (also a great debut).

Any­how, I might have been the only per­son in the crowd that had any idea who she was – or cared – so Lisa encour­aged me to say hello. But, I’m just not one of those peo­ple who walks up to a famous per­son, and just gushes in their face. Call it shy­ness, call it fear of dis­ap­point­ment… the bot­tom line is that I chick­ened out.

To make mat­ters worse, Lisa went over to the DJ booth with­out me, and told Ms. Bergs­man that “her friend was a big fan,” but that he “didn’t want to bother her.” Nice. So now I’m shy, and embarrassed.

I don’t really regret it that much, but I would’ve liked to show off some dance moves from The Con­cretes’ On The Radio video. I’d like to think that she would’ve laughed.

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U.S. Airways Jet Crashes Into Hudson River

US Airways Plane Crash & Rescue

My photo from the 21st floor of the New York Times Build­ing, in midtown.

From City Room:

A USAir­ways plane that took off at 3:26 p.m. from La Guardia Air­port landed in the Hud­son River five min­utes later, where it remains mostly sub­merged. Fer­ries and other boats con­verged to help with a res­cue effort, as the plane drifted south. There was no imme­di­ate infor­ma­tion about the 151 peo­ple on board.

Accord­ing to Chan­nel 4 tele­vi­sion news, the plane, USAir­ways flight 1549, took off from LaGuardia Air­port at 3:26 p.m. was bound for Char­lotte, N.C. and had 146 pas­sen­gers and 5 crew mem­bers. The plane, accord­ing to the news report, may have hit a flock of birds. The pilot tried to return to the air­port when the plane fell into the Hudson.

US Airways Plane Crash & Rescue

Photo of the res­cue, posted by Janis Krums on Twitter/Twitpic.

I watched from the 21st floor of the Times Build­ing, as the plan drifted south with the tide. I believe that the res­cue oper­a­tion com­pleted before it came into view, and it has since drifted out of view.

The plane did not break up on impact; divers, com­muter fer­ries and a lot of emer­gency per­son­nel are assist­ing with res­cue oper­a­tions. Every­one is reported to have sur­vived the crash and res­cue, as of this moment, but there are injuries. CNN is cur­rently inter­view­ing pas­sen­gers, live on-air.

UPDATE: I don’t know how the Graph­ics team put this together so quickly and so ele­gantly, but NYTimes.com has an inter­ac­tive piece today, that tracks the plane’s path.

Also, CNN has been run­ning a Google Earth ani­ma­tion of the flight, which is less pretty, but kind of cool.


Make your own Obam­i­con:

Your image in a style inspired by Shep­ard Fairey’s iconic poster. Regard­less of your can­di­date of choice in the 2008 elec­tion, here’s your chance to sound-off.

From the folks at Paste, via Sean.

NY Magazine on Innovation at the Times


Aron Pil­hofer, Andrew DeVi­gal, Steve Duenes, Matthew Eric­son, and Gabriel Dance.
Photo cour­tesy NY Mag / Mike McGregor
Elec­tion Day Word Train »
Faces of the Dead »
Pogue-o-matic »

Sure there’s been a lot of recent bad news about the New York Times Com­pany, and news­pa­pers coast-to-coast are pulling back cov­er­age, fil­ing for bank­ruptcy and clos­ing. But there is also another story to tell.

New York Mag­a­zine has a piece in this week’s issue on the Times Mul­ti­me­dia, Graph­ics, Inter­ac­tive Tech and R&D groups, titled The New Jour­nal­ism: Goos­ing the Gray Lady. It details some of the orga­ni­za­tional steps taken by the Times, in order to posi­tion itself for the day when the online prod­uct eclipses the print edi­tion in reach, rev­enue and relevance.

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New Year’s Eve in the Berkshires


Mass­a­chu­setts Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Things have been quiet around here over the hol­i­days. I turned 31 years old on Decem­ber 22, and then Lisa and I spent some time in Buf­falo with our folks, where I got to see my newest baby cousin Aline.

North Adams

The MASS MoCA cam­pus was once the Samp­son Shoe Company.
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Draw­ing Retrospective »
Anselm Kiefer: Sculp­ture and Paintings »

Then, after a few days back in Brook­lyn, we headed up to the Berk­shires for New Year’s Eve in North Adams – it’s not the most excit­ing town to ring in the new year, but we vis­ited MASS MoCA, stayed in a won­der­ful hotel called The Porches, and had the best meal North Adams has to offer at the Gramercy Bistro.

I didn’t do a lot of reflect­ing and resolution-making, but I am thank­ful for my fam­ily and friends, and for how great 2008 was for Lisa and I. Lisa is fond of say­ing that each year has been bet­ter than the last, which is more than one can hope for in this world.

More pho­tos below the jump.

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Saving Buffalo’s Untold Beauty

Downtown Buffalo

Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesA photo of down­town Buffalo.

The Times had a great piece yes­ter­day on Buffalo’s archi­tec­tural legacy, and recent attempts to save his­toric buildings:

Buf­falo is home to some of the great­est Amer­i­can archi­tec­ture of the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies, with major archi­tects like Henry Hob­son Richard­son, Fred­er­ick Law Olm­sted, Louis Sul­li­van and Frank Lloyd Wright build­ing mar­vels here. Together they shaped one of the grand­est early visions of the demo­c­ra­tic Amer­i­can city.

Yet Buf­falo is more com­monly iden­ti­fied with the crum­bling infra­struc­ture, aban­doned homes and dwin­dling jobs that have defined the Rust Belt for the past 50 years. And for decades its archi­tec­ture has seemed strangely frozen in time.

There is also an accom­pa­ny­ing slide show, from which the photo above was taken.

Full dis­clo­sure: I’m orig­i­nally from Buffalo.

Grant Park — Alex Wright

My col­league at NYTimes.com, Alex Wright, hap­pened to be in Chicago last night, so he made his way to the Grant Park cel­e­bra­tion. I’m sure that will be a moment to remem­ber for some time.

Who Said Print is Dead?


Today’s edi­tion of the New York Times.

I count myself lucky today, for scor­ing a copy of the paper before they ran out. Appar­ently, the sit­u­a­tion is the same through­out the city, (though I’ve heard rumors of another 50,000 copy run).

In fact, there are a hun­dred or so peo­ple stand­ing on line out­side the Times head­quar­ters, wait­ing for a fresh deliv­ery of news, printed on dead trees.

Print Isn’t Dead

A hun­dred or so peo­ple, wait­ing on line for today’s paper, in front of the Times head­quar­ters in midtown.

From Gawker:

Every­body wants a sou­venir of Obama’s vic­tory, and you know what makes a great sou­venir? That’s right, a news­pa­per. This is a photo of a line out­side the NYT build­ing on 40th Street of peo­ple waiting—for a newspaper!

I hope that peo­ple still come to the Times for more than just a souvenir.

Ready for David Pogue


Me, stand­ing in, as light­ing is set for a David Pogue shoot.

Today, myself and a few col­leagues helped Zach Wise set up and shoot some green screen video of New York Times Tech­nol­ogy Colum­nist and near-Broadway per­former David Pogue. The video will be inte­grated into a mul­ti­me­dia piece that Zach and I are work­ing on, which should be done before Thanksgiving.

This is the first real video shoot that I’ve worked on, (hav­ing in the past done a lot of voice-over work with sound engi­neers). What’s scary is that we did this largely by our­selves – Zach found a stu­dio at the nearby CUNY Grad­u­ate School of Jour­nal­ism, we hung the green fab­ric, and we set up the light­ing with a lit­tle help from their engineer.

David Pogue came in a short while later, I grabbed a boom mic, and we were off to the races. It was a lot of fun, and Pogue nailed the takes – I have no idea how he did it with­out a teleprompter, but he had us all laugh­ing sev­eral times. And he was very patient and friendly through­out the shoot, even when we had to embar­rass­ingly scram­ble back to the office for more P2 cards.

So, that was the hard part – now we have to design and build this thing.

No Want!

No Want!

Katya gets involved in the party plan­ning. (Photo by Lisa)

More Pho­tos from our V.P. Debate Party »

Sacha Baron Cohen Crashes the Catwalk at Milan Fashion Week

Ali G and Borat might have been put to rest, but come­dian Sacha Baron Cohen seems to now be work­ing on a Brüno movie, based on his gay Aus­trian model character.

Ear­lier today, he caused a ruckus when he crashed the cat­walk at Milan Fash­ion Week, dressed in a ridicu­lously funny cos­tume. The pho­tos and video look hilarious.

Memorial, 7 years


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

Embeddable Flickr Slideshows, and the DNC Convention Stage

The Democ­rats are going “game show” in Denver.

Flickr revamped their slideshow fea­ture, and the results are stun­ning. The full-screen mode is espe­cially nice, and videos are now integrated:

One of the main improve­ments we’ve made is that you can watch videos as they appear in a slideshow. When we come to a video in a slideshow, we’ll play it before we move on to the next item.

The slideshow above is from the Demo­c­ra­tic National Com­mit­tee, show­ing what the stage will look like at for the party’s con­ven­tion in Den­ver, which starts Mon­day. It’s just about the cheesi­est Deal or No Deal thing I’ve ever seen, but per­haps it will play well on TV. (The Cau­cus has a photo of the Repub­li­cans’ stage, as well.)

Or, if kit­ties are more your speed, here is a gallery of our cats Katya and Mouse…

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?

Yearbook Yourself

Yearbook Yourself

Upload a photo of your­self, and they’ll take it from there – 1970, 1976, and 1986 respectively.

I had a lot of fun play­ing with Year­book Your­self, a site that will take your bor­ing head­shot and turn it into embar­rass­ing year­book pho­tos that never were.

The truly amaz­ing thing is that the 1970 com­pos­ite (left) is a dead-ringer for my Dad around that time. This is what my mom kind of looked like in the early 60s.


Lucy at Happy Hour (with a bone)

Lucy chomp­ing on a bone at Abi­lene, dur­ing Happy Hour.

We’re dogsit­ting for Liz this week­end, and it’s been a blast.

While I def­i­nitely pre­fer the inde­pen­dence of cats in gen­eral, I’ve really enjoyed spend­ing time with Lucy – she’s a really good dog.

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.

A 3rd Climber


Work­men remove a flyer left behind by David Mal­one, who climbed the New York Times Build­ing sev­eral hours before.

For the third time in five weeks, some­one has scaled the out­side of The New York Times Head­quar­ters. This time, how­ever, it was over and done before most of us got out of bed:

Unlike the two pre­vi­ous climbers, this one — iden­ti­fied later as David Mal­one, a 29-year-old activist from West Hart­ford, Conn., who stud­ies Al Qaeda — did not attempt to make his way to the roof. Instead, he unfurled a ban­ner around the fifth floor of the 52-story build­ing, before climb­ing a few more stories.

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Business Week profile of Deborah Kenny

In the cur­rent Busi­ness Week, there is an inter­est­ing pro­file of Deb­o­rah Kenny, the founder Harlem Vil­lage Acad­e­mies:

Kenny has applied a busi­ness man­age­ment style to run­ning her schools, focus­ing on attract­ing smart teach­ers, nur­tur­ing tal­ent, using reams of data to improve per­for­mance, and putting a huge empha­sis on reward­ing results.

Kenny also hap­pens to be Lisa’s boss.

The Big Picture

NYTimes.com isn’t the only NYT prop­erty that’s doing inter­est­ing things with blogs these days – Boston.com launched a dif­fer­ent kind of photo blog ear­lier this month, The Big Pic­ture. With its over­sized pho­tos, min­i­mal ads, and hardly a promo to other site con­tent, the pre­sen­ta­tion is clear and strik­ing – and praise is pour­ing in.

California Fires

Fire­fight­ers work to con­tain the Hum­boldt fire which started Wednes­day, had grown to 19,000 acres and threat­ened more than 5,000 struc­tures. (AP Photo/Jason Hal­ley – Chico Enterprise-Record)

Another inter­est­ing facet about the blog is that it not writ­ten by a Globe pho­tog­ra­pher or photo edi­tor, but by one of their web­site devel­op­ers. Andy Baio posted a great inter­view with the blog’s cre­ator and author, Alan Tay­lor, where he dis­cusses his inspi­ra­tion, method­ol­ogy, and what it’s like being a web devel­oper work­ing in a journalist’s world. When asked why more news­pa­per sites haven’t done this before, he replied:

Even some of my favorite photo sites are often lim­ited to ‘Photo of the Day’ or ‘24 Hours in Pic­tures’ fea­tures. That’s inter­est­ing, and you can find some mind-blowing images there, but I always felt like it lacked con­text, depth, story.”

Iowa Floods

Bran­don Smith car­ries his two cats, Fry and Ben­der, to dry land from their flooded and evac­u­ated home on June 12, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

As we move to an age where motion graph­ics and video reg­u­larly enhance our tra­di­tional news pre­sen­ta­tion, it’s inter­est­ing to take a step back and con­sider the power still pho­tog­ra­phy has to tell a story. And work­ing online with­out the space con­straint of print, news orga­ni­za­tions have an oppor­tu­nity to bring more depth and con­text to read­ers, through excel­lent photojournalism.

Alain Robert, climbing the New York Times Building

Never a dull moment here at the Times… Today, we wit­nessed Alain Robert climb the New York Times Build­ing on 8th Avenue fac­ing 41st street. I took this with my iPhone on the 21st floor:

Alain Robert

He scaled up the ceramic rods that are affixed to the out­side of the build­ing, attract­ing hun­dreds of onlook­ers inside the build­ing, as well as down the street.

City Room has more about Alain and this stunt, includ­ing the news that he was arrested by NYPD after reach­ing the roof – 52 floors up from the street.

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Farewell Sean & Louise


Cup­cakes! – Photo by Vil­lafranca.

This week, the nytimes.com Design group says farewell to two really tal­ented col­leagues – Sean Vil­lafranca and Louise Ma. Sean is leav­ing to become Design Direc­tor at time.com, and Louise is going to free­lance, full-time.

I’m still new around these parts, but Sean and Louise made me feel at home. We’re going to miss you guys! (But, we are hir­ing…)

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Volvo, some­where in Williams­burg between Berry and Wythe.

Lisa and I spent a good chunk of the week­end fur­ni­ture shop­ping, and spring clean­ing. On Sat­ur­day, we ven­tured deep into Con­necti­cut to go to an estate sale, in pur­suit of what turned out to be an American-made Dan­ish “style” din­ing set, which was just too big and ugly to buy. From there, we drove over to Bea­con, NY, which has a cou­ple of nice stores with mid-century fur­ni­ture, (Anna found some amaz­ing stuff there). We had some cof­fee (photo below the fold), but left empty-handed.

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