The spiritual successor to New York’s High Line might be a little more underground– literally. This past weekend, we checked out a proof-of-concept demo for the Low Line, a proposed park to be built in an abandoned underground trolley garage on the Lower East Side. A system of solar collectors and reflectors would direct sunlight down from the surface, allowing trees and grass to grow in the cavernous space and creating a dreamlike outside/inside atmosphere.
Last night I headed out to the Flux Factory art space in Long Island City for the latest in their series of Deathmatch Debates, titled Is Small Big Enough? The question pertained to what are known as "urban interventions," projects in which designers, artists and urban planners create spaces and experiences that improve the quality of urban life.
According to a new research report from Business Insider, kids aged 12-17 just aren’t that into Twitter. In fact, of teens with Twitter accounts, only 11% report using it every day while 72% report never using it.
Also in the report:
– Teens send about as many monthly texts (3417) as 18-44-year-olds combined
– 32% report going to porn sites (while 12% of parents report knowing that their teens go to these sites)
– 53% clear their browser’s history after going on line
– 45% minimize browser windows when parents approach
It seems like every summer we hail a new “it” drink, and 2012 looks no different. Only this time, instead of so-old-its-new-again rosé, exotic pisco or healthy-hippie kombucha, the collective zeitgeist has anointed the humble, down-home watermelon as the fruit of choice. Find it around town in everything from mixed drinks like the Watermelon Margarita at Talde, to aguas frescas like the Watermelon-Chia Seed at Empellon Taqueria, to boozy slushies like the Thai Basil Watermelon Snow Cone at Zengo.
Already big in countries like South Korea, professional eSports are close to breaking into the American mainstream. This weekend, Major League Gaming will hold a tournament in Anaheim, CA that may turn out to be the watershed moment for pro video gaming in the States. Competitors will battle in a variety of genres, from fighting games to military strategy, and MLG estimates that 20,000 spectators will attend.
Just like everything else we do these days, new technologies are changing the way we shop for groceries. Here are just a few ways a trip to the store just got (or is about to get) a little smarter and a little cooler:
Edible Silk Freshness Sensors
In a restaurant-rich city like New York, it can be easy to get the feeling that regional cuisine has explored every region, that modernist chefs have created every conceivable texture, and that every nation's fare has been fused and remixed with that of every other. Fortunately, we're noticing signs that cutting-edge gourmands have found a new vein of inspiration to mine -- the past.
These days, celebrity chefs are everywhere – we watch their shows, eat at their restaurants (and all of their pop-ups, and spinoffs, and micro-chains), and buy their books and branded cookware. We crave the reassurance that we get from having a name and face attached to the food we eat, and it’s a trend that’s hardly fading away. In fact, it might be entering a new phase – that of the celebrity farmer. It’s great to know who made your meal, but it’s even better to know who made its ingredients.
New York Magazine’s “Grub Street” blog recently declared the death of the “curation” buzzword. In the last few years, it’s become an inescapable part of restaurant menus and press releases, an easy way to boost cachet and make any group of items sound like they were placed together only after hours of careful consideration.