Mario The Magician

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A few weeks before my son turned four, he expressed the wish of having a magician at his party. We had Looney Louie the year before, so I felt challenged to find a new magician. So, down I went a Google rabbit hole. Let me tell you, there are *a lot* of frightening magician websites out there. (someone’s gotta tell them about Squarespace) And then, I stumbled on Mario.

My son’s magician dreams came true when Mario showed up at our house on February 14th. He was fantastic, a magician at heart. Magic is his labor of love and it shines through in his performance.

I’ve learned that in addition to the hundreds of private performances he does every year, he is involved in a publication of a children’s magic card tricks book for Barnes & Noble and is performing for Lincoln Center. I am not surprised by his Magician success.

In 2012, filmmaker Kal created a short film about Mario, entitled Building Magic. In August of 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign secured funding to extend Building Magic into a feature length film. Filming is currently underway, and the film is expected to be complete and ready for the film festival circuit in 2014. Here’s the trailer:

If you’re ever thinking of hiring a magician in NYC, consider Mario. Tilo and Ella couldn’t stop talking about his performance. And look at me, I am writing about it. He’s truly magic.

Happy in NYC

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Happy In NYC was obviously inspired by Pharrell’s Happy project. As someone who *loves* living in NYC, this site is a big giant ball of I-love-living-here-happiness.

Interested in participating? Have an idea for an unusual or unique location for a video? Contact them!

(via Sally)

Bill Cunningham | Whiteout

Men, get over yourselves, buy boots.

(Thanks Jen)

MakeSpace

MakeSpace

In a place like NYC where space is tight, the service of MakeSpace sounds like a dream come true. It’s a new personal storage service that will pickup, store, and return your boxes on demand so you never have to visit a storage unit again. Hello extra closet space!

(via Amrit)

8,336,615 (New York)

The paradox of feeling lonely in a city of 8 million. A visual monologue by Paul Riccio and Molly Finley.

Designer as CEO?

Designer as CEO

I am honored to be part of next weeks Designers Debate Club. It is taking place on October 1st at the Fashion Institute of Technology here in NYC.

Craig Shapiro and I will be debating *for* designers leading companies while Gadi Amit and Rick Webb are debating against.

The four of us will be in the wonderful hands of ringmaster Debbie Millman. Come and join us! Get your ticket here.

What’s your thought on the topic? Should designers take on the role as CEO?

New Beginnings

New York City Ballet filmed NEW BEGINNINGS at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan. This stunning short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.

Make sure to watch in full screen mode!

(Thank you Joao Unzer)

On A Wednesday

On A Wednesday

On A Wednesday is a project by my studiomates Dave Dawson and Bekka Palmer. The idea behind the site is charmingly simple: Bekka and Dave ask people what they’re doing. On Wednesdays. The results are beautiful and varied portraits of random New Yorkers, telling us about their day. Beautiful.

Scouted / NYC

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My wonderfully talented studiomate Meg Lewis just launched Scouted.in, a field guide to NYC, full of recommendations by tasteful internet friends. (Bekka, of team Tattly, is sharing her favorite NYC spots!)

Brooklyn, Block by Block

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Thomas Rhiel created this stunning, colorful map of all of Brooklyn’s 320,000+ buildings. He plotted and shaded each of them according to its year of construction. The result is a snapshot of Brooklyn’s evolution, revealing how development has rippled across certain neighborhoods while leaving some pockets unchanged for decades, even centuries.

Made In NY Map

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Do you run a digital company in NYC, a co-working space or are you an investor? If yes, did you add yourself on the Made In NY Digital Map? I just did.

Humans of New York

Brandon takes photos of strangers in New York and then posts the images on Humans of New York. Simply wonderful.

Brooklyn Derby

Did you get your ticket to this year’s Brooklyn Derby yet?

Rain Room coming to NYC

I am incredibly excited that Wayne McGregor’s Rain Room is coming to NYC.

(via Jer)

Undercity

Watch Steve Duncan, who calls himself an Urban Historian, explore the NYC underground. Filmed by Andrew Wonder.

Obviously, you shouldn’t try this yourself. I am simply fascinated to see behind scenes of this city I call home.

(via daniel)

2013 Guide To Manhattan

2013 Guide To Manhattan, a limited edition poster by David Ehrenstrahle!

(Via doobybrain)

NYC

(via The Atlantic)

New York Transit Museum

I just discovered this Transit Museum Feature over on the new Barclay Center site. Love that they are celebrating all things Brooklyn with this growing series.

The New York Transit Museum is my son’s favorite place in Brooklyn. Lucky us, it’s just down the street from our apartment. The museum is in an actual subway stop and allows you to go back in time in subway history. It’s totally worth a visit, not just for kids. I give it two swissmiss thumbs up!

Rockaway Needs Your Help

Please everyone help the folks in Rockaway. There are instructions on their site on what they need and how you can help or you can donate to Occupy Sandy.

UPDATE: Help directly by shipping goods (Amazon.com/diapers.com) to the following address:
The New York Communities For Change (NYCC)
2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Fl,
Brooklyn NY 11217

They are collecting donations and transporting them to Far Rockaway twice a day. Or you can stop by between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m and drop off your donations.

(via @KeefTV)

Helping DUMBO Businesses

Last week I launched a SmallKnot Fundraiser to help Robert Elmes, owner of Galapagos Art Space. Hurricane Sandy has devastated his interiors and the damages are over $100K. Galapagos has been our incredibly generous CreativeMornings host for the past few years. Have you attended an event at Galapagos? Then please consider helping them get back on their feet with a small donation.

One Girl Cookies across the street was also hit hard and if you’re in the DUMBO area, please consider visiting their pop up store which is hosted by PowerHouse Arena from 9am-3pm.

Governor, next to One Girl Cookies has a fundraiser up as well.

The DUMBO Business Improvement District is organizing a fundraiser party for the DUMBO businesses. I already got my ticket. See you on wednesday?

I Still Love NY

I Still Love NY Hurrican Sandy Relief T-Shirt by Sebastian Erraziuriz. 100% of the profit goes to Hurricane Sandy relief programs.

(via Zach)

New York’s Newest Neighborhood

This illustration of New York’s newest neighborhood, SoPo, by Jake Levine made me chuckle. And then, my heart sinks at the thought that so many of my fellow New Yorker neighbors are still without power.

UPDATE: You can buy a SoPo T-Shirt for Sandy Relief

Designer’s Debate Club

The Designer’s Debate Club is going at it this Thursday, at General Assembly debating whether web designers must learn to code or not. Important question and awesome idea, going debate style. Get your tickets. Only 4 left.

The Invisible Dog

The wonderfully charming Lucien Zayan runs The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. He has turned what used to be an old building filled with junk into a cultural center. A few years ago, Lucien was visiting from France, fell in love with the building, saw the potential and got to work.

He has since filled the Invisible Dog with so much passion and love for the arts that I happily call him the King of Bergen Street. It’s people like him that add so much to a neighborhood and to a community.

Lucien hosts art exhibits, a theatre, artist studios and a space you can rent for events. We have hosted a CreativeMornings there in the past and in just a few weeks Brooklyn Beta will have their third conference at The Invisible Dog.

As you can tell, I am quite fond of the institution and Lucien. He is a man with a heart of gold. He deserves all the support in the world. Join me in backing The Invisible Dog on Kickstarter?

(Oh, and I am honored to be part of his Kickstarter video, of course!)