Saturday, March 27, 2010

NYC Smells

I feel lucky to have had the chance to attend a very thought-provoking all-day scent symposium at Parson's yesterday ( Headspace: On Scent as Design ). Today in the Post, of all places, there is a recap of research done by one of the most impressive presenters, Dr. Leslie Vosshall. She did a 5-year study on the New York scent experience. I love that there is a universality to smells but that each person's interpretation and experience with them is completely unique. But what really blows me away is the potential for our noses to bring so much more to our everyday experiences if we just paid a little more attention to them.

Pop Up Lunch Does Radio

A month or two ago, I was contacted by a couple of radio guys who do a show called the Dinner Party Download for American Public Media (which is just like NPR but not). They had heard about Pop Up Lunch and wanted to see if I was interested in being interviewed for a pilot segment (purposefully vague here). We shot some footage (well, the camera guy shot it, the rest of us just talked and ate) and then later in the week I did a radio interview with Rico. It was a lot of fun and you can listen to the radio portion if you go to this link: Episode 45: Tig Notaro, Big Brass Bells, & Pop Up Lunch

It is too early for cocktail hour, but maybe then I will be able to listen to it myself!

The Dinner Party Download was conceived by Rico Gagliano + Brendan Francis Newman. In their words: The Dinner Party Download is a fast and funny "booster shot" of unconventional news, cuisine and culture to help you win your next dinner party. It was named one of iTunes' 25 Best Podcasts of 2008.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This is HUGE

Pier One, the first nearly completed piece of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is open! MVVA | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lunch Lady Land

Hey - Last night I watched what must have been a sneak preview of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Push aside any cynicism - it is pretty riveting stuff, if not a bit sensationalist. Sure, he isn't an American chef and that might rub some of you the wrong way but it shouldn't. He is putting his fame to good use and even if he is building the Jamie Oliver brand along the way, the net effect is absolutely positive. The show premiers this Friday (3/26 at 8/7c). Watch it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

sites and sounds of spring

if only i could import the scent of hyacinths...

Friday, March 19, 2010

a little piece of happy

Spotted, on the Brooklyn Promenade. Love-ly.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A "new" and useful folding lunchbox

came across this idea in a patent search. i just love that we have access to digital info that far back:


Monday, March 15, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

And on the topic of seating

I really wish I had seen this:

It's in the air...

I was just forwarded this very clever stoop-inspired idea and hey look - it is from another Pratt student! I can totally see the city implementing a version in some of the new plazas.

Similar but different from an idea that came out a few months ago..

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

That's going to take a big plotter...

The DOT has launched a design competition to help refresh the pedestrian plazas at Times Square. They are looking for a big piece of graphic design to breath new life into the "Bowtie" area (between 47th-42nd streets, 7th avenue to Broadway) at ground level. Submission deadline: April 16, 2010

Much more info at:

Lego his Legos

Giving city a 'lego' up

Artist fixes cracks, toy brick by toy brick

More from Jan Vormann:

Don't forget your Lunch Ledges...

Lured by a Hint of Spring, Diners Flock Outdoors

Monday, March 8, 2010

Me to you

I am working on getting one of my ideas made and marketed as a start. Good stuff! In the meantime, I keep posting about things that catch my eye and my brain whenever I leave the apt. In the interest of open dialogue, I'd love to hear from you. What little gifts has NYC left for you lately? What ideas do you have for making the city better, more beautiful, more helpful, more interesting? Send me anything you have (words, sketches, pictures) and I will (most probably) post it. Because you never know...

paint it white

A refreshing take on an urban staple. Armory Show, NYC

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What a Trip

Grand Central Shuttle, made over by Droog.