Saturday, October 15, 2016

Manhattan Museum: Preserving NY History

The recent opening of the Nan A. Rothschild Research Center by the Landmarks Preservation commission marks the first ever municipal archive that is exclusively focused on an archaeological collection of a city. 

Much of the history of New York – that until now has been buried quite deep – has now been cataloged and digitized.  This includes a “cone-shaped mold used in sugar refining to an oversize oyster, a 7,000-year-old spear tip to a 19th-century Transferware teapot and a bone from a passenger pigeon.”

Many of these archived objects are fantastic ways of learning about the history and uncover so much more than the actual original object, such as a glass seal which identified a wine bottle that was waiting its refilling at a local tavern. There are currently 1,500 boxes of artifacts that come from 31 sites excavated throughout the five boroughs, including: Stadt Huys (that was New York’s first major historical dig built to assist William Kieft so that he didn’t have to entertain guests at his home). It was Nan A. Rothschild herself, a Barnard College Anthropology Professor Emeritus and Columbia University faculty member who excavated that.  Hence the repository was named to honor the contributions she had made to the field.

As well, the archives have been contributed to by the Fund for the City of New York, the Iron Mountain and the Museum of the City of New York.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Check Out The Hidden Gem of Midtown

For a true hidden gem in n midtown Manhattan, smack in the middle of the East 59th Street skyscrapers, you will find an amazing six-story literary oasis. Although in business for more than nine decades, too many people don’t’ know about this store that is operated by three sisters in their 70s.  it was their father – who passed away in 1991 – who set it up. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Manhattan Transportation News

Manhattaners may soon be the latest beneficiaries of ferry travel. The DOT is currently assessing the possibility of running a ferry service from Staten Island to midtown Manhattan, a concept the commissioner supports.  According to James Oddo, Borough President, it is seen as “an effective way for New York commuters to keep off the roads,” since water travel is deemed more “expedient.”

And talking of greener transportation for Manhattaners, together with Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Manhattan was recently cited for its “exemplariness of [its] cycling provision.” And of course on a Manhattan campus, there are now the Green Apple Bikes which are not only great for the environment but also for one’s wallet.  Offering free transportation, the 9 Green Apple Bike racks dotted around Manhattan each have 6 bikes for anyone to use for up to four hours.  Students are loving how this is facilitating their travel around campus.

Manhattaners should also ensure they are driving well as bad driving habits are now going to be called in question thanks to Nexar. It is building “an air traffic control system” for driving. Since its dashccam app launch last years, phones with it installed have “captured, analyzed, and recorded over 5 million miles of driving in San Francisco, New York, and Tel Aviv.”  Its algorithms have profiled the driving behavior of over 7 million cars, including 30%+ of Manhattan cars.

All these examples above are indicative of the efforts being made to improve transportation in Manhattan.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jollibee Takes Manhattan

Craving a pineapple burger or sweet spaghetti?  If you’re in Manhattan this fall you’re in luck since Jollibee – the maker of such foods – is opening up an eater near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  While they have two franchises currently in the New York region, this will be the first one in Manhattan.

And if it’s as popular as its Queens location which created lines when it first opened back in 2009, Jollibee will be selling Chickenjoys in Manhattan for many years to come.  And of course for the Filipinos (15% of those who are living in New York are in Manhattan) it is bound to be successful since they already claim it is a “taste of home.”

Then there are also the New Jersey Filipinos, many of whom commute for work in New York.  They will most likely enjoy the tastes of Jollibee too.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Academy of Art University Critic Feinstein on Display in Kentucky

Academy of Art University San Francisco
Lee Feinstein, an independent critic for painting students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, will be showing her own most recent works at the Ruth Baggett Gallery in Paducah, Kentucky.

The show, entitled, “No Dawdling,” opens on June 18 and will run until July 31.

Feinstein’s work is mostly with Tyvek. The material resembles Japanese rice paper, but it is actually a high-density polyethylene industrial material. Feinstein applies several processes to Tyvek, including painting, folding, dyeing, crimping and crumpling, creating workable sculptures which remind the viewer of fashion, architecture, or other Japanese-style d├ęcor.
“My studio was a godsend–north light in a white space, with crumbling ceilings all around. It was the perfect place to render my own version of clarity in the midst of chaos,” said Feinstein. “Paducah and the arts community were a goldmine for me. Warm and welcoming, deep into their own work…we had good art talks.”
Feinstein departed temporarily from her work as critic at the Academy of Art University and began her month long creating spree on May 1st at the Paducah Arts Alliance. The “No Dawdling” title comes from the great American avant-garde composer and artist John Cage. “It was my mantra in Paducah,” said Feinstein. “Jump in. Don’t think too much. Don’t judge, just work. Accept what comes in the creative process, the gifts of accident. The wrong turns and dead ends. The side steps. Lots of side steps."

Sunday, June 12, 2016

History of Empire State Building

Where did the name Empire State Building originate?  When was it built?  How large is it?  In this video, these questions on the skyscraper that can be found at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street are discussed. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rent a Grandma

Three days ago much of America marked Mother’s Day in some shape or form.  There are 84.5 million mothers in America, and it has been estimated that a staggering 84.4 percent of these in America will in some way be marking the day.

But what of those whose moms live far away and want to celebrate Mother’s Day with a mom?  There is so much opportunity in New York.  As Thomas Wolfe once said: “In New York the opportunities for learning, and acquiring a culture that shall not come out of the ruins, but belong to life, are probably greater than anywhere else in the world.” 

But what if your mother – or/and your child’s grandma – is far away and you can’t celebrate the day in style, or the way in which you are accustomed?  New Yorkers can now order one.  Manhattan office workers can now book a visit and hug from a ‘Granny on demand,’ just in time for Mother’s Day.  Thanks to the company in midtown Manhattan – KeepTree – a “replacement” can be borrowed for Mother’s Day.  According to GM of the firm, Brody Ehrlich, the idea was developed as they “wanted to try to find people in New York who are separated from their mothers for Mother’s Day and ... give them a chance to have a replacement.”

One can choose from four grannies: worrier, talker, forgetter and tech-savvy insta grandma!  To satisfy all their clients’ demands, KeepTree is recruiting their grannies via Craigslist and thereafter interviewing potential grannies with a trial hug.  Hugs cannot be too loose/short/tight or long.

For those whose moms are in the hood for the special day, why not treat them to a cruise?  Think about how lucky you are that your mom is close by and take her on a sightseeing cruise down the Hudson on a glass-enclosed Bateaux where she can enjoy sophisticated dining and view the Manhattan skyline.