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The New French and Other Neighborhood Characters

They also ran an editorial Most Perfect Neighborhood Was feeling low this morning over some kind of romantish nonsense and about to schlep a giant duffel of old clothes down to Housing Works so they could start a new life. … Strolling back from depositing donation and trying to decide between omelette at Petite Abeille or Panino Mucho Giusto or something salady at Le Pain Quotidien, I see “The New French” on the windows of the old Le Gamin at 536 Hudson St in Maira Kalman’s unmistakable handwriting.

links for 2008-02-15

Photos from 18th Annual Tibet House Benefit Great photos by Kathryn Yu from a fantastic concert including Sufjan Stevens, Ray Davies, Tom Verlaine, Band of Horses, Nawang Khechog, monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery, Philip Glass, Phamie Gow, Ashley MacIsaac, and Marisa Monte (tags: concert photos tibethouse) Choose from over 180,000 new releases and classics to rent online! – This looks like Netflix for books. Online book rental library club lending paperbacks and hardcovers directly without need to purchase. Free shipping both ways, read as long as you want. Purchase and keep ones you love. Looks good for my art book habit… (tags: rent service books book library booksellers)

links for 2008-02-10

Betting a Farm Would Work in Queens – New York Times Sur les paves la ferme (Over the pavement, the farm), is the theme of Work Architecture‘s winning proposal for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center‘s 2008 summer courtyard. Reflects the movement from industrialization to postindustrialization, from global to local, from free market to farmer’s market, and from sand to hay. (tags: p.s.1 nyc art architecture urban food garden farming agriculture) WorldChanging: Jim Hansen, Climate Code Red and the Atmospheric Singularity Alex Steffen eloquently outlines two singularity scenarios and suspects we are at the shearing point on either side of which one looms: the Atmospheric Singulariy (if we fail to tackle our climate crisis) and the Sustainability Singularity (if we do come to grips with our challenges and realize that “small steps” are not even vaguely sufficient.) (tags: singularity climatechange sustainability scenarioplanning) Indranet » The Tao of Google ranking If we look for practical information through Google then we don’t need to involve much of our inner world. However, as it often happens, search engines are being …

What to Wear in NextCity

Tinfoil hats are so passé. So what should you wear to Faraday’s Cafe? Check out the latest collection of electromagnetic field blocking and “anti-identity theft” clothing at DDCLAB (427 W 14th St, New York NY 10014 map). Here’s the text from the windows: EMF: Electro Magnetic Field Block Anti•Identity•Theft•Fabric Electric Resistivity measure of how strongly a material opposes the flow of electric current and allows the movement of electrical charge. DDCLAB Woven of super sheer mesh polyester fibers coated with blackened copper, this high performance ultra thin, light weight and flexible mesh shield has a high ohm/sq resistivity that protects against identity theft by blocking high tech scanners from lifting valuable passport and ID information.

Travel: Best Way From New York to Boston

“I loathe the bus. There has to be a more dignified means of transportation.” –Sixteen Candles What’s the best way to get from New York to Boston? It’s not the Delta Shuttle or Amtrak Acela. Forget about Fung Wah and Vamoose. The most fabulous, luxurious and yet relatively environmentally friendly way to get from the Big Apple to Beantown is… the bus. But not just any bus, it’s the LimoLiner. (Even Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles would approve.) I’m posting this from somewhere along the Mass Pike on a bus with 28 spacious seats, electrical power outlets, wifi, lunch and beverage service by a pleasant attendant, movies, magazines, uninterrupted cell service (and a cell-free area as well). You can select your seat in advance online, and you can book a 10 seat conference area in back for meeting before the big meeting. I never thought I’d say this, but… I love the bus. $89 one way. 888.546.5469 Departure and Arrival Poins: Hilton in Midtown NYC and Hilton in Boston’s Back Bay with optional stop …

Kenro Izu: Bhutan: The Sacred Within

Kenro Izu, “Druk #131”, Taksang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan 2003 Kenro Izu: Bhutan, the Sacred Within November 2, 2007–February 18, 2008 Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 What a treat to hear Kenro Izu talk with Owen Flanagan at the Rubin Museum of Art in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition of photographs, “Bhutan: The Sacred Within.” Kenro Izu’s been exploring and photographing sacred sites both natural and manmade for decades. To look at his landscapes of sacred places around the world is to enter them; you can almost smell and taste the air inside the image. In “The Sacred Within,” he turns his lens to the essential element that makes a place sacred: the people that revere it and hold it in their hearts. Out of all the places he has photographed, Bhutan has especially captivated him, drawing him back six times over six years. Izu writes in the introduction to his accompanying book, Bhutan, “Traveling many years, I have not yet seen a place as peaceful as …

Sweet Pre-Trial Discovery: Papabubble

Photo by Robyn Lee, ‘the girl who ate everything,’ some rights reserved. Reporting from New York Criminal Court, 100 Centre St, Jury Duty, Day 2. Wow, the wheels of justice move slowly. At least you can now enjoy wifi while you’re waiting to be called, so bring your laptop (Twitter, Facebook and Meebo blocked). But during voir dire, you are expected to pay attention even while you’re not being interviewed. Not continuous partial attention but laptops, iphones and sketchbooks away total attention. You may observe, meditate, be present, and check in with yourself. You can also suck on hard candies*. Lucky for you, Papabubble just opened a few blocks away [380 Broome St at Mulberry St, 212.966.2599]. This wondrous candy laboratory with outposts in Barcelona and Tokyo provides the ultimate in jury duty lozenges: fruit candies that look like Venetian millefiore glass, peppermint pebbles and addictive chocolate-filled coffee bites. They also handcraft giant lollies, gold-tipped finger rings and even anatomically correct hearts (which I would definitely not advise sucking on in the courtroom). If you’re …

The Principles of Uncertainty with Maira Kalman

Mocha cream cake from Maira Kalman’s mother’s bakery on Johnson Avenue in Riverdale, NY (see p.246-247), served at a celebration for the release of The Principles of Uncertainty at the NYPL. Do you engage with pleasure, curiosity, fun and celebration (with time for naps) in the face of the tragedy of the day? Do you want to? This is the book for you. Maira Kalman’s delightful new release, The Principles of Uncertainty, turns out to be a heavy book. Mostly physically. Kalman says it’s because the book is extensively inked: “all the colors are in there.” Even if you’ve been following this year-long illustrated journal at the New York Times, the high-resolution images of her gouache paintings are undeniably gorgeous in print. (Even more so in person at the Julie Saul Gallery through November 24, 2007.) Aside from the inherent pleasures of the portable printed format, the book offers a few bonuses to those already familiar with the images: A pull out “Map of the United States” by Kalman’s beautiful mother, Sara Berman, with instructions …

golden purslane

golden purslane, originally uploaded by this is emily. In Natural History, Pliny the Elder encouraged wearing purslane as an amulet that could expel all evil, but today most people in the US consider purslane a weed. Nevia No of Yuno’s Farm turned me on to it as a salad green last year, and I got hooked on its lemony succulence. Purslane has the most omega-3 fatty acids of any leafy green, and it also features lots of vitamin C, some Bs, carotenoids, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Tossed with blueberries and hazelnuts, olive oil and lemon juice, it makes a perfect summer salad. (Thanks, Cookshop.) Purslane grows easily from seed (from Seeds of Change) in a container on a sunny NYC rooftop.   Other recipes I’d like to try soon: zucchini flowers made easy spicy paneer momos

links for 2007-05-23: places we love

Maira Kalman New Yorkistan T-shirt and early sketches at REMO General Store Remo’s offering a T-shirt and jigsaw puzzle version of Maira Kalman’s delightful “New Yorkistan” New Yorker cover. Check out the funny backstory and images of the map in progress from the original cocktail napkin sketch. Remo’s also doing some interesting social shopping experiments… your first t-shirt’s free through me until 8.16.07; you have to pay shipping. (tags: newyorkistan newyorker remo tshirt shopping mairakalman rickmeyerowitz illustration) Love Travel Guides: Handbooks for the Luxury Vagabond: Love Bangalore India Fiona Caulfield’s scrumptious book is a loving, personal guide to favorite shops and spas, weekend escapes, restaurants and experiences in and around Bangalore, inspired by her own quest for authentic experiences. Crafted of eco-friendly, non-bleached handmade paper with hand-printed Tibetan raw silk cover and presented in a pouch of locally woven silk, the book offers a sublime experience in itself even if you never intend a passage to India. (tags: travel global guide local authentic vagabond luxury bangalore india book) Trendylicious: Your guide to what’s hip and …