December 15, 2010
It's safe to say that everyone has a memory or two of 2010 they'd like to bid farewell. That's the idea behind Good Riddance Day, a new tradition in New York's Times Square in the days leading up to the big New Year's Eve party.
November 18, 2010
In this country, we've already grown accustomed to the ways smart phones are infiltrating nearly every facet of our lives.
One small but growing trend is the use of apps that let consumers take control of their healthcare. Numerous services, like Polka, theCarrot, Google Health and Ringful (which offers a range of specialized apps) all allow users to input their medical information and history online (for anytime, anywhere reference), track their conditions or receive health alerts on their smart phone.
October 27, 2010
A few weeks back, MAKE magazine (the quarterly bible for the do-it-yourself crowd) held their first East Coast fair, and Consumer Eyes had a front row seat. Entitled Maker Faire, it was a sort of free-for-all festival of DIY, celebrating every sort of creativity, from conceptual art to homemade robots to good old arts and crafts. The festival was huge, featuring over 300 exhibitors and performers. Popular Mechanics had a booth. So did Martha Stewart.
September 23, 2010
Lately, when something cool is happening on the New York food scene, it usually turns out to be happening somewhere in the vicinity of Madison Square Park (at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street). The park is the annual home of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party – which brings together the country’s top pitmasters and over 100,000 die-hard barbecue enthusiasts every June – and every week seems to bring fresh proof that this unassuming corner of NYC is at the forefront of many current culinary trends.
August 24, 2010
Americans' love of chicken recently seems to have morphed into a love for chickens. As in raising chickens. Over the past few months, we've seen home chicken coops popping up in the most unlikely – read urban – places, indicating that a trend that started on the fringes of the locavore, sustainability and eco-consciousness movements is now moving into the mainstream.