Plastic Bags of New York

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This project by Nicole Espina made my day: Plastic bags on the streets of NYC paired with real quotes from Humans of New York.

(Thanks Kiran)

Designers & Book Fair

Designers and Books

Hey NYC based designers, listen up: The fine folks of Designers & Books are having another Book Fair on October 2nd-4th and it looks fantastic! Just look at that speaker line-up! YES!

How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

This is an astounding behind-the-scenes video about the technologies running the NYC subway system. While I knew that the system is *old* I didn’t realize the infrastructure has never really updated and still is run with 1930 equipment.

(via The Kid Should See This)

CreativeMornings: Lucien Zayan

Lucien Zayan is one of my all-time favorite people here in NYC. Last month he spoke on the theme of UGLY at our CreativeMornings/NewYork.

Hard to believe, but it was his first time speaking in public. He won the 200+ crowd over instantly. You could literally feel everyone’s heart open up. In his talk, Lucien is telling the story of The Invisible Dog, the artist space in Brooklyn that I am lucky to call my new work home in another 36 days.

The world needs more people like Lucien, who see beauty where others can’t. NYC is a better place because of him.

The Sketchbook Project

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Are you someone that uses sketchbooks? Don’t you ever wish you could flip through other artists’ sketchbooks, or that yours could be seen by other people? That’s exactly what the Sketchbook project makes possible; it’s a massive, global, collaborative art project. It’s a crowd-sourced library that features 31,703 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. (<-----!!!!!) Brooklyn Art Library is their storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public. Or, you can browse a selection of their books online.

How fantastic is this? Totally going to check out the library with my kids this weekend.

A Tale of Two Bridges

With thousands of bridges in New York State deemed structurally deficient, there are two choices: repair or rebuild. The 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are the latest examples. Read the story.

(via organized wonder)

Steve Powers

I consider Steve Powers a Brooklyn typography superhero. The building featured in this video is directly outside my apartment building. It makes me smile every time I walk by.

Hello New York

Hello New York

Hello New York is a wonderful personal by Sophia Richter, an explorer’s guide to a New York less traveled. Beautiful!



The makers behind Scouted want to bring a human element to local recommendations by putting the people first, not the location. There are no editors, no experts, no curators—well, a little on the homepage—just real, honest people talking about the places they love. Scouted is encouraging you to find places that match your taste through the people who actually go there.

Find some like minded people and check out the places they enjoy. Share your own recommendations and help others discover your favorite places and activities.

How to Survive in NYC

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These animated gifs explaining how to survive in NYC made me laugh out loud. Hat tip off to Nathan W.Pyle!

(via Eric)

NY Train Project

NY Train Project

Adam Chang created the NY Train Project, an online gallery of 118 subway stations in Manhattan. Pick a line and discover the various signage styles.


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)



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)

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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, 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


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?