Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Set the Tone: Do Something New

“If you want something you've never had before, You've got to do something you've never done before.” - Unknown

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Thomas Walther Collection at MoMA

I went to see The Thomas Walther Collection: Modern Photographs 1909-1949at MoMA today.
The Museum acquired more than 300 photographs from Thomas Walther’s private collection in 2001. Featuring iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Florence Henri, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Maurice Tabard Umbo, and Edward Weston, along with lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners, this exhibition presents the exhilarating story of this key moment in photography’s history, allowing both experts and those less familiar with the medium to understand these photographs in new ways.

See also: New York Times Black and White and Accessible All Over.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Bye Bye Styrofoam

Styrofoam to be banned in NYC as of July 1, 2015.

This is marvelous.

Those plastic foam peanuts too!

You hear this, Dunkin Donuts...!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Set the Tone: Principles

"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots". - Victor Hugo

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Public Art of Jarrod Beck

An immense and eye catching urban public art piece by Hell's Kitchen resident and artist catches the eye at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.  

Jarrod Beck's Uplift.

Now, how do we figure a way to commission some new work from Jarrod Beck for Hell's Kitchen?

Uplift is on view now (through August 2015) in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the NYC’s Lower East Side. The site is on Houston Street, between Forsyth and Chrystie Streets. The project was made possible by the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award given annually by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Thank you to the family and friends of Clare Weiss, RubberForm Recycled Products and Austin R. Smith.

Here is a Flickr Search for Jarrod Beck.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Set the Tone: Lead

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader". - John Quincy Adams

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thought of the Week(s) Ahead: Relax

"You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you're very, very relaxed, no matter what it is, whatever your job is. The more relaxed you are, the better you are. That's sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did. I thought, well, that's a job I could be proud of". - Bill Murray

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nowhere by Dimitri Papaioannou

NOWHERE (2009) / central scene / for Pina from Dimitris Papaioannou on Vimeo.

NOWHERE was created by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU in 2009 to inaugurate the renovated Main Stage of the Greek National Theatre in Athens. This central scene is dedicated to the memory of PINA BAUSCH. NOWHERE explores the nature of the theatrical stage itself, a spatial mechanism continually transformed and redefined by the human presence to denote any place, and yet designed to be a non-place. 26 performers measure and mark out the space using their bodies, pitting themselves against its dimensions and technical capabilities in a site-specific performance that can be presented nowhere else. conceived & directed by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sunday Morning Ambiance

Sunday. I'm up early. As usual. The DST adjustment thing last weekend didn't work for me. It never does. So, I'm up even earlier than usual... It's kinda fun to walk around the streets of Hell"s Kitchen to get coffee from my favorite Arab place... (The one on 9th between 51st and 52nd on the West Side of the Avenue still has large coffees for $1.50. Everybody else, it seems, is $1.75)... Plus, you get to see all the bars that are still full of people more than an hour after when the 4am last call was supposed to happen... Boiled my Steel Cut Oats for the next week or so... Listening to Pandora New Age Instrumental station. Ideal Sunday morning ambiance.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Cafe' Edison to Close!

See Jeremiah's Vanishing New York for the sad details.

Found an Abandoned Metrocard on the Bus This Afternoon

The theory that you have to find an abandoned Metrocard in an unusual place in order for it to have remaining value is ridiculous... And this card was slightly dented because someone had been sitting on it, I figured... Anyway... I trotted downstairs into the nearest subway station to check it... And I had to wait for an elderly homeless looking Asian lady who was swiping cards she had apparently found... And they were all coming up with zero value or expired... I swiped this one, and it said $2.80... Her eyes lit up like she had just seen three lemons on a slot machine, immediately followed by the sad expression of realization that this was not her find... So, I handed her the card and winked at her... She looked like she was about to cry... So, I got much more than my money's worth...