Speakeasy business cards.
Source: the Time-Life series This Fabulous Century.
The good people at Brooklyn Vegan found this bootleg video of @Mountain_Goats singing with Anonymous 4 for me.
This accompanies my Brooklyn Vegan year end list, which you can find HERE.
Last night’s Ragnarok preview in Long Island City is long island OVER. But I still stand behind the choices I made in that column, and tickets are still available for RAGNAROK PROPER, this friday at the Bell House, HERE.
That is all.
This was one of the MOST AMAZING and SPIRITUALLY FANTASTICAL live performances I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I am so so so thankful I was there in person to see and hear this.
Coming soon: A show from the creators of Downton Abbey about the Gilded Age in New York City. Spectacular.
I’d like to say I’m excited, but you know how I feel about Downton Abbey. Let’s just say I’m intrigued.
A while back we heard about a program in Seattle that encourages commuters to read more. It’s called “Books on the Bus” and it’s hailed as ‘the first-ever book club for commuters.’ And since imitation is the highest form of flattery, we figured we should try to bring something like that to New York.
So we created The Public TransLit Book Club! And while we certainly drew our inspiration from the group in Seattle, we take our book club a little further. We’re bringing the author to an event where they will speak with the book club!! That’s right! Not only will we all be reading the same book as we schlep to work. We’ll also be rubbing elbows with the authors, too!
Our first event is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 at Lolita Bar in Manhattan. The first selection is “This Machine Kills Secrets” by Andy Greenberg. In order to RSVP to this event, just buy a book through Togather. This will act as your ticket to the event and will also get you one free drink at the event! And, don’t worry about the designated driver. You can always take public transit home!
To learn more about future events, check out our Meetup page!
Check out this cool thing my company is doing. THEN MAYBE THINK ABOUT JOINING, MAYBE? It will be fun. You can read about hackerz and cypherpunks and then talk to Andy Greenberg, the author, himself!
Welcome to CATCALLED, a collection of women’s stories about street harassment in New York City. For two weeks this August, eleven women in the city kept a log of their harassment experiences, and how the presence (or absence) of catcallers affected their actions. Their experiences may surprise you—they certainly surprised each other, and at times, even the participants themselves.
Street harassment is a tricky issue. Its interpretation is almost entirely subjective, and the experience of it can range from violated and frustrated to annoyed. Harassment itself is hard to define, as well. What’s the difference between harassment, a catcall, flirtation, and a compliment? At the same time, it’s difficult to argue that sexual harassment is anything but an unfair burden placed on women in urban spaces, and one that can be incessant and invasive.
Part of the story of this project has been discovering that most women have found a way to deal with harassment on a regular basis. Even if an individual woman may feel that the status quo is acceptable, she is usually able to point to precautions she takes to feel safe as a woman. Even if an individual woman feels flattered by catcalling, she can probably point to a situation in which she felt extremely vulnerable due to catcalling—probably as a young teenager. We believe that all women, in some way or another, have to grapple with objectification and safety in public spaces, whether that space is Central Park or Times Square.
CATCALLED is an attempt to give that struggle a voice. Over on the right you can see 11 different badges, one for each of our 11 participants. The women who wrote for this project live in four different boroughs and have a range of sexualities, ethnic backgrounds, and life experiences. There is no one place to start reading, no one person to focus on. Each participant has an introduction from me, giving you a sense of what you might get out of reading those entries; each woman has additionally highlighted her own entries, to reflect what she has found most valuable. After the project was over, all 11 participants responded to someone else’s logs for their exit interview, beginning a conversation about different experiences that we hope you continue. You can add to the dialogue by clicking respond. In addition to publishing questions, comments, and ideas on our blog, we will also be featuring readers’ daily logs—a single-day entry about street harassment. And of course, if you would like to contact us more directly, you can find out how to do that here.
We hope you get something out of this—men and women, in the city and out of it. We have learned a lot from beginning this dialogue, and we can’t wait to see how you respond.
Rad. Check this out.
Hey guys. For the next ten days, I’m going to be dedicating HONY to raising money for Hurricane Sandy. We’re going to try to do this in a HONY-like way. All of the blog’s content will be dedicated to telling the stories of people affected by the storm. Sandy left behind a lot of sad stories, but also some happy ones. We’re going to try to tell them all. The good people at Tumblr have stepped in to cosponsor the fundraiser, and they are going to be promoting these stories through their channels. We will simultaneously be holding an Indiegogo campaign. I’m excited to announce that 100% of proceeds will be going to relief efforts: Indiegogo is waiving fees. Paypal is waiving fees. Tumblr is providing goodies. And I’m covering the cost of the photographs. We found a damn good charity too. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a family-owned charity in Staten Island, located right in the heart of one of the worst hit areas. They’ve been doing amazing work the last couple weeks, and have been endorsed by many government officials.
I want to emphasize that this is a fundraiser, and not a print sale. With that being said, I can assure you that it will be the last time prints will be made available for at least a year. Perhaps much longer than that. Let’s have some fun next week… and kick some Sandy ass!
The campaign page:
This is fantastic!
“The night the water came, I tried to check my carousel,” Delshad said, growing animated in the retelling. The police wouldn’t let him down Old Dock Street, he said, so he detoured down Main Street toward the park. When he reached the corner of Plymouth Street, however, he found himself standing in 5 feet of water.
“It was right up to my chest!” he said, and pointed at the gate down the street that he’d held onto for support. “I could feel it trying to pull me out. And the worst part about it? I’ve sandblasted whole buildings in DUMBO with engines and mortar-powered pressure. I finished four universities. I once took off and landed a private airplane in Long Island. But in all that time, I never learned to swim.”
Eventually, as the waters receded, Delshad was able to let go of the gate and wade over to the base of the carousel.
“My horses got wet, but they’re not sea horses anymore,” he said, adding that the flood had filled the basement and the boiler. “Give me a week and I’ll have it running again.”
For those in New York City who are looking to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, I created a Google Map of volunteer and donation opportunities in the city. They’re mostly in the East Village but anyone can add additional opportunities anywhere in or around NYC.
Nice work, Alyssa!
Popular Science’s Dan Nosowitz introduces us to Ken Mampel, the 56-year-old unemployed Floridian who is largely responsible for the creation of Wikipedia’s Hurricane Sandy page—and its conspicuous lack of any reference to climate change:
When I talked to him, I believe he had slept for maybe 15 hours in the past five days. He spoke quickly and passionately but without any focus whatsoever, and even the simplest question could lead into a tangent from which I had significant trouble pulling him away. “Did you create the Wikipedia article originally?” I’d ask. Two sentences later, he was telling me about his son, who is about my age, who does something at George Washington University and is a veteran and received some impressive military medal and did I know that global warming is definitely not man-made?
At one point I told him I lived in Brooklyn. He paused, and then yelled “JOEY BAG-A-DONUTS!” at me in some kind of 1970s Brooklyn accent.
DANGERS OF WIKIPEDIA
The businesses and residents of Red Hook need help. We’ve come here and invested to help revitalize a historic neighborhood. But after this devastation, everyone should know: We can’t rebuild this community without assistance.
Noah Bernamoff of Mile End: Red Hook Apocalypse: How Sandy Undid an Up-and-Coming New York Neighborhood | TIME.com
Poor Red Hook. This is just awful.