Be still my beating NYC HeART

I lived in New York City for a few short-but-long-enough years in the "early 2000s".  My renovated-but-still-affordable apartment rental in West Phoenix was on (as we told my girlfriend's conservative suburban mother) the "upper upper upper East Side.  Otherwise known as east Harlem. I was in anthropologist heaven but quality-of-life hell.  While I appreciated joining … Continue reading Be still my beating NYC HeART

In Jeans We Trust: Celebrating 140 Years of Levi’s

If I asked you where Jeans were invented I be your first guess would likely be AMERICA! Or maybe it would be China - given where most of the things we buy are made. Fact is you would me mostly correct. Even though the fabric that today we call Denim comes from Nimes, France - … Continue reading In Jeans We Trust: Celebrating 140 Years of Levi’s

From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

Featured in the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times today is a journalistic tribute to context creating pop culture, inspired by the exhibit at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York that tells a high fashion tale of couture inspired by counterculture.   Here is the online version of today's worth-a-read journalism:  … Continue reading From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

From Natural Resource Commodity to Criminality: The Canadian Maple Syrup Saga Continues

About a year ago I got an email from a coworker in our Toronto office about a maple syrup heist that became global news - and shortly thereafter was the inspiration for my first Freshly Pressed blog about what makes criminal behavior something laughable rather than something tragic. About 8 months later, last night, said … Continue reading From Natural Resource Commodity to Criminality: The Canadian Maple Syrup Saga Continues

amen. Having dreamed of living in New York and experience the reality of it in the early 2000s I am inclined to agree….

Plumbing For The Pipe Dream

Growing up in New York, Manhattan has always held an ineffable mystique to me; propped up by the bourgeois societals, limitless culture and a Hollywood love affair.  Coming into the “city” I would wax poetically about the grandiose air of the people and the pretense of their demeanor. Back then, when the economy was bristling with endless wealth, we romanticized the affluent in hopes that we will someday enjoy the fruits of our own labors.  We chased the reservation of the most highly touted restaurants and accepted the fate of an over judgmental waiter as he scoffed at our attire.  It was all part of the experience; a submission to abuse that made us feel ever more alive.

Times have certainly changed.  The endless luster of the Manhattanite has become pocked and pallid under a reeling economy.  The youth have seceded from the shores of the island for more practical…

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“Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?

This fascinating ethnographic piece in the New York Times Style section got me thinking today.  If you live in an urban center or watch Portlandia then you know what I am talking about.  Traditionally speaking, the gentrification of urban neighborhoods has been leaving young, white creative professionals with the blood on their hands...pushing the lower … Continue reading “Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?

A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

My father was a second generation American: born to native New Yorkers in 1934. A swing generation baby, he grew up at an interesting time in the history of New York and our now waning industrial economy, he wouldn't be able to afford a Baby Trend Expedition-Jogger-Stroller back then. In about two and a half … Continue reading A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

NYC: As Seen On TV

New York is one of the most iconic American cities: known around the globe as a cultural nerve center.  Manhattan and it's surrounding buroughs don't just house a disproportionate amount the nation's hippest, most creative, and richest citizens.  It also is home to the some of the grittiest, most neurotic, and shockingly average. There is … Continue reading NYC: As Seen On TV