Posts Tagged ‘Times Square

12
Apr
13

4.12.13 … strange but true … Cookie Monster is alive and well and molesting in Times Square …

NYC, Times Square, culture, First-Amendment protected activity:  First Amendment protected activity?

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“Its very challenging legally because dressing up in a costume and walking around Times Square is, we believe, a First Amendment-protected activity,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate. “If someone has a suggestion about how we could do that legally, we would love to hear it.

The ranks of such performers have seemed to swell in recent years. An informal census by the Times Square Alliance, a business group, counted 52 costumed characters clustered in the plaza on Saturday evening.The performers dress to resemble popular icons and entertainment figures, posing for pictures in exchange for a few dollars in tips. But recent incidents have raised the profile of badly behaved characters.

via Time Squares Costumed Characters Tread Fuzzy Legal Ground – WSJ.com.

 

30
Jan
13

1.30.13 Another day in NYC … returned to adventures of yesterday like an old pro!

NYC, The Waldorf Astoria, Starbucks, Starbucks Reusable Cups, Starbucks name:  As I mentioned yesterday, I was very pleased with the Waldorf this visit.  The hotel as renovated is a huge improvement over the state of the hotel two years ago.  A few things I will note: Salvatore Feragamo bath products are not worth taking for the homeless.  The company is known for leather shoes!  The rooms are large, but the decor still makes you feel as though you walked back in time, which I personally like.  And look at that thick solid wood door.  Makes me feel safe!

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After checking out, I met my friend Kim, the Davidson Wasabi Founder, and we started off at Starbucks where I used my $1 reusable cup which saves me 10 cents. Of course, I used my Starbucks name “Molly.”  🙂

Photo: Day 3 recyclable cup saves me 10 cents.  :)

“I am not looking to make friends when I go into a coffee shop, I just want a drink,” he complains.

Some drinkers are determined to withhold their identities from baristas

“I want a pleasant but respectful distance between me and the person serving me coffee – I don’t want to go clubbing with them.”

Certainly, initial reactions on Twitter were polarised.

While some were enthusiastic about Starbucks’ offer of free coffee to promote the policy change, others were determined to humorously subvert what they saw as a breach of the implicit barista-customer relationship.

The latter is a sentiment that Chris Hackley, professor of marketing at Royal Holloway, University of London, believes many customers will share – particularly those who visit Starbucks’ cafes in order to work, or to find a bit of solitary peace and quiet.

“Some people might like being called by their first name, but I think many will be indifferent, and some might feel awkward – like it’s over-familiar, or a bit of an intrusion into privacy,” he says.

Of course, for years smaller cafe chains and independent outlets have known that striking up conversations over a cuppa is a good way to do business.

Do these beans have your name on them?

But Hackley thinks Starbucks – at least when it is not someone’s regular haunt – could also come under fire for appearing fake.

“Companies can overplay the importance of one-to-one communication. When people are not seeking it – like when they are gathering information on the internet or quickly purchasing a coffee – it can be quite irritating.

“It’s a bogus personalisation of an economic relationship. Friendship needs to be genuine,” he says.

via BBC News – Will you tell Starbucks your name?.

NYC,  Big Onion, Davidson Wasabies,  100th anniversary of Grand Central, Grand Central by Billy Collins, Times Square, Chelsea/Meatpacking District, FIG & OLIVE Restaurant – Kitchen Tasting Bar, Fig and Olive, Arhaus Furniture,  High Line Park, Thomas Houseago –  Lying Figure (2011),    El Anatsui, Ithinkoutsidemybox, “Unconditional Surrender”, Soho,  Harney & Sons,   Pomegranate Oolong,  LaGuardia Airport (LGA),  Delta Club, US Airways Club:  

On to bigger and better things … We take the 6 train from 51st street to Grand Central (1 stop), then something to Times Square (not via the S/Shuttle, which would have been quicker), where I get my station pictures of the revelers and the movie poster for Hansel and Gretel …

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I noticed the ad for the 100th anniversary of Grand Central with a poem that I liked (see above), and so I searched for it …

Poetry in Motion: Grand Central by Billy Collins – YouTube.

So Kim and I arrived in Chelsea/Meatpacking District and toured around for a few minutes … I pointed out some spots CW had pointed out to me the day before ….  (And CW, I went back in the Wonderland Salon and bought the heart earrings for Molly as well as the guidebook on the High Line Park).

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And then we spotted an Arhaus.  Kim is looking for furniture, so we ventured in … Big Sale … I am glad I do not live near an Arhaus …

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At heart, we’re adventurers, motivated by unfailing passion and curiosity. Our furniture exemplifies the history and romance of our distinctive worldview. The curve of a leather sofa. The beautifully imperfect, salvaged wood of a rustic dining room table. All works of functional art. And at Arhaus, it’s never just about how a thing looks. It’s about the memories that are summoned—both past and present. Settle in; take a look around. Let our stories become yours.

via Quality Furniture for Home & Home Office | Arhaus Furniture.

Now back on to to the High Line.  Kim and I had several hours, so we walked all 20 blocks and back.  It was fun to walk it two days in a row, because I noticed some more things and saw some things differently …

The first was this sculpture by Thomas Houseago, Lying Figure (2011).  Yesterday I thought the raised parts were his knees and now I realize they are his shoulders without a head.

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What are the berries?  They look like blueberries, but the birds would have eaten them … and besides, its the end of January.

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Next we walked along and took note of the wooden chaises (we had been looking at chaises in Arhaus).  Kim noticed that the single chaises were on rail wheels!

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Yesterday, i focused more on the billboards, but isn’t this amphitheater cool?

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Kim knows a lot about plants and gardening.  The red berries definitely catch your attention.  Neither of us knew what the succulent looking plant was, but everything planted here is supposed to be native to the area.  And I never knew cedars had berries.

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Then we quickly focused on the El Anatsui and Kim pointed out a few things I had not noticed the day before … Kim and her husband Tom introduced me to El Anatsui and I have to admit, i feel pretty cool knowing who he is!  Thanks, Km and Tom.

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And the Ithinkoutsidemybox guy was just setting up.  I chose not to paint again today. ;0

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A few more that were just fun or interesting:

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Then we talked about the wooden “Petticoat Junction” water towers … which my PHd candidate Big Onion Tours scholar did not know why they are a New York thing …

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And these two new buildings were really interesting.  The first one for the waves and the second because the intensity of the hammered metal decreases as you go up.
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And a modern rendition of “Unconditional Surrender” …
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Smokestacks …

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A resident with a sense of humor. 🙂

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A little of this … a little of that …

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 If you are wondering what is at the end …

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On our return walk,  a few more of the El Anatsui

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And now lunch … Again, CW, thank you for the recommendation of the Fig and Olive.  We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and since it was Restaurant Week, we got a great deal!!

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Lunch $25

APPETIZERS Salmon Ceviche Crostone  and Romaine & Endive Baby Beet Salad

MAIN COURSE Chicken Tajine

DESSERT Chocolate Pot de Crème

FIG & OLIVE Restaurant – Kitchen Tasting Bar and Olive Oil Store.

And finally, off to SoHo via cab from which we saw this funny little gold man …  Who is he, anyone know?

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In Soho I dragged Kim to  Harney & Sons … they have the best pomegranate oolong tea … and then gave her a hug and headed north.  Kim  hit the furniture boutiques.

Pomegranate Oolong

The full leaves of premium Ti Quan Yin oolong are deliciously infused with tangy pomegranate to create this inspiring yet complex full-bodied blend that brews into a sweetly fragrant, silky textured cup of tea. The Ti Quan Yin oolong used is named after the Chinese “Goddess of Mercy.”

via Pomegranate Oolong.

Great day, Thank you,  Kim,  for birthday lunch and a day in the city!
Back on the 6 train from Spring St. to 51st Street (note the beautiful tiles at Spring). … and then  to LGA.

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Goodbye, Big Onion via  LaGuardia Airport (LGA). And BTW, the snacks at the Delta Club are far superior to those at the US Airways Club.  So I was glad they are redoing the US Airways Cl.ub

USPS, First-Class Postage, FYI;  46cents!

Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)

1/28/13, 7:04 AM

The price of sending a first-class letter in the U.S. rose a penny Sunday to 46 cents.

First-Class Postage Rate Marches Higher

via First-Class Postage Rate Marches Higher – WSJ.com.

final thoughts, pictures of where I walk:  If you make it this far let me know.  As a followup, my adventure companion sent me a picture that i love (see below).  As we were walking, I told her that I almost always take a picture of my feet walking or standing and that the reason is because when I went to take the bar exam, I was walking over to the Atlanta Civic Center with a classmate and he looked down at his feet and said, “It’s going to be a good day.  My family’s company made this sewer cap.”  It was a good day … we both passed.  Here’s Kim’s picture and her caption:

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“You and me, a quite unintentional shot!”

04
Dec
10

12.4.2010 … barking dogs are winning again … :)

art, Africa, NYC: I found this article very interesting and insightful.  What do you think?

Africa is everywhere, so pervasive in our lives that we barely see it. Since it is in all likelihood the continent where human evolution began, it is literally in the bloodstream of everyone. DNA aside, huge portions of everyday life and cultural achievement are unthinkable without Africa.

What would Modern art be like if Matisse had never gone to Morocco or if he, Picasso and the German Expressionists had never set eyes on the sculptural innovations of sub-Saharan Africa? Very hard to say. And popular music? Around the world, it incorporates sounds and rhythms that originated in Africa. More locally, jazz — not Abstract Expressionism — was the first American art form of international stature.

via ‘Global Africa Project’ at Museum of Arts & Design – Review – NYTimes.com.

fashion, comedy, Conan:  Poor, Conan!

It all started Wednesday night when O’Brien had fashion expert and “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn on his show. Talk turned to a new fashion craze known as jeggings. That’s leggings styled to look like tight jeans for you less fashion forward folks.

Anyhow, Gunn let it be known that jeggings are not just for the ladies, at which point, O’Brien vowed to wear a pair for an entire show. And that he did on Thursday night.

via When Conan met jeggings – The Marquee Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

issues:  We have a almost adult picky eater at our house and he had reflux as an infant.  hmmm.

Researcher Nancy Zucker at Duke says these exceptionally picky adults may be suffering from a previously unrecognized illness called selective eating disorder (SED). They’re not just being bratty, Zucker tells LiveScience’s Robin Nixon. Rather, selective eaters may experience food differently than other people: they tend to reject food because of look or smell, rather than taste, and they often have had early negative associations with food, like stomach problems or acid reflux in infancy, LiveScience reports.

via Does Extremely Picky Eating in Adulthood Signal a Mental Disorder? – TIME Healthland.

blogsDamn You Auto Correct! – Funny iPhone Fails and Autocorrect Horror Stories.

restaurants, locavore: Add to the  list.

Charleston, South Carolina, is no stranger to restaurant buzz, but lately there’s a roar about chef Sean Brock’s new establishment, Husk. We stopped by earlier this week to find out if the food and drink lived up to the hype, and came out preaching the Brock gospel. (Click here to see a gallery of photos from our visit.) If you haven’t heard, Brock abides by one rule at Husk: All ingredients must come from the South, from the triggerfish and the pork to the mustard and the butter (both of which are whipped up in the kitchen). “This isn’t about Southern dishes,” says Brock, “it’s about Southern food. And no one has better ingredients than the South.”

via The Most Southern Restaurant Ever.

art, NYC, technology:  Another reason to go to NYC.

It was a view bequeathed by another gilded age, the 19th century one that gave rise to the Park Avenue Armory, in whose vast drill hall all this art-historical re-enacting was taking place. In other words, the traveling Peter Greenaway painting-cinema-lecture-installation-whatever-it-might-be extravaganza had finally come to town.

via Peter Greenaway’s ‘Last Supper’ at Park avenue Armory – NYTimes.com.

technology, change, end of an era:  I was talking with a photographer  friend last night and he says a friend (Pulitzer Prize winning) uses his iPhone wiht various apps almost exclusively.

The point-and-shoot camera, which has been a part of American households since 1900, when George Eastman introduced the Kodak Brownie, is endangered. Like other single-use devices — the answering machine, the desktop calculator, the Rolodex — it is being shoved aside by a multipurpose device: the smartphone and its camera, which takes better snapshots with each new model.

via In Smartphone Era, Point-and-Shoots Stay Home – NYTimes.com.

Advent, advertising: I think this is creative advertising.  Share a Red Cup of your favorite Holiday Coffee at Starbucks | Starbucks.

favorite blogs, quotes:  I always enjoy Cary … but liked this one especially.

“Search me, God, and show me my heart.  Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

via Corrections, Retractions, Forgiveness and the Holy Spirit « Holy Vernacular.

NYC, places, Times Square, urban planning, urban redevelopment:

The plan, to radically make over 13 acres, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, primarily fronting 42nd Street, outlived three mayors, four governors, two real estate booms and two recessions. It faced widespread derision in the beginning from jaded New Yorkers who were wise to grand plans. It faces occasional derision today from New Yorkers who speak of the old Times Square with newfound fondness.

It embodied both the hubris of urban master planning and its possibilities, and showed the value of ripping up blueprints and starting over in midstream. And it has been a touchstone experience for a city that is now building, or trying to build, several multibillion-dollar projects, including ground zero, the Atlantic Yards, Willets Point and the Hudson Yards.

“So often, people say New York can’t build large-scale projects anymore,” said Lynne B. Sagalynn, a professor of real estate finance at Columbia University and the author of “Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon.”

But, Professor Sagalynn said, “Times Square is an example of how a city was able to think on a grand scale and carry it out.”

via Times Square Redevelopment Is Complete – NYTimes.com.

The Rebirth of 42nd Street – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

cabins:

Not too many luxury weekend getaways sport plastic-coated canvas tents and a communal, co-ed bathroom.

via Camping Out: A Luxury Compound in Aptos, Calif. – WSJ.com.

Apps: App Review: Djay for iPad — Engadget.

gift ideas:  Some of these look fun. 10 cool games – chicagotribune.com.

Atlanta,zoos, pandas: Ok, so I love the pandas.

Melissa Ruggieri, mguggieri@ajc.com, Melissa Ruggieri

Two members of Zoo Atlanta’s medical staff takes measurements on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, of the baby giant panda born to Lun Lun.

He’s 2.2 pounds, 35 centimeters from nose to tail and squeals when his mommy momentarily lumbers away.

In a few years, he’ll haul almost 300 pounds on a 3-foot frame and, presumably, be more interested in a bamboo stalk than the whereabouts of his mother.

But for now, the 1-month-old panda cub at Zoo Atlanta is behaving exactly as he should.

via Panda cub thriving at Zoo Atlanta  | ajc.com.




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