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  • Street Scenes: Deborah on Washington Street

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 10:00 AM  |  5,747 views  |  No comments

    Today's Street Scenes subject is Deborah, shot on Washington Street between Front and Water Streets in Dumbo. Feel free to vote on whether you like or dislike her outfit below. Your choices are 'Perfection!,' 'I feel strangely ambivalent about it,' or 'Who did this to you?'

    [Photo by Daniel Krieger]

    Deborah is wearing a Michael Kors jacket, Forever 21 tights, and Uggs. She's carrying a bag she bought in Amsterdam, and her favorite store is the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market.

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    Copyright © 2009 Racked

    —Leslie Price

  • Only in LIC: Gas Station-into-Bakery Transformation!

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 9:34 AM  |  5,765 views  |  No comments

    Just when we think we can't fall even more deeply in lust with Long Island City, we come upon this project—just a little, you know, makeover of an aging Getty service station at 11th Street and 47th Avenue in Hunters Point into, you know, a freaking adaptive-reuse bakery lined with wooden rolling pins. No big deal.

    Here's what ODA, the architects, have to say about the project:Long Island City Bakery -- 2009

    The Long Island City Bakery is an adaptive reuse project that is currently under development in Queens New York. The project is situated at the crossroads of the older commercial Long Island City and the newer residential Long Island City with housing developments near the East River.

    The design approach was twofold. The first process involves the conversion of a gas station mechanics garage into a warm, inviting and sustainable environment. The second challenge is to evoke the idea of bakery into and architectural expression that responded to the owner’s tight budget.

    Introducing steel channels and wooden dough rollers into the skin of the building, the exterior will be transformed from a decaying masonry façade into an innovative rain screen. To reduce the heat island effect caused by the existing asphalt parking area, concrete block and grass was introduced throughout the paving area. The vegetation continues up the building with Boston ivy that will provide a lively red composition to the wooden rainscreen.

    Any readers in the area care to let us know if construction on this thing is underway? Our lust is building as we type these very words.
    · Long Island City Bakery [ODA via Daily Dose]

    Copyright © 2009 Curbed


  • Week in Reviews: Sietsema gets on the blog to...

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 9:00 AM  |  5,695 views  |  No comments

    Sietsema gets on the blog to file an early review on Marfa, the new Tex-Mex restaurant in the old Waikiki Wally's space. He loves the chicken fried steak but not much else: "...aside from the mac and cheese and coleslaw (both of which were great), most of the food was memorably awful." However, there is this big plus: "'That reminds me,' my dining companion noted, 'this place is related to Lucky Cheng's, and there's a common party room in the basement.'" [Fork in the Road]

    Copyright © 2009 Eater


  • Blue Owl

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 8:48 AM  |  5,682 views  |  No comments

    The Restaurant: Blue Owl
    The Deal: TONY reports: "...an afterwork happy hour means two hours of straight up free cocktails (6–8pm), no strings attached...This evening’s offering: The Flapper (citrus vodka, lemongrass-infused vermouth, and ginger syrup)."
    When/Where: Tonight, 6 - 8 p.m.; 196 2nd Ave., 212-505-2583.

    Copyright © 2009 Eater


  • Is it Time to Start Worrying About Barneys?

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 8:45 AM  |  1,850 views  |  No comments


    There is a long, very trade-magaziney piece in today's Women's Wear Daily about Barneys. The gist of the article is that the luxury department store is in a lot of trouble. There's no one in charge ("Since the departure of former ceo Howard Socol, the store is being run by a committee of five veteran executive vice presidents on the merchandising, marketing and financial sides"), new owner Istithmar has been trying to unload the chain for months and no one is biting, and the financial middle men Barneys relies on to buy merchandise (called "factors") aren't approving Barneys' spring orders.

    Though a source at Versace told WWD that Barneys has been current on payments, not everyone is comfortable with the chain's current financial situation. Our friends over at The Cut don't seem to think that this is a big deal. But hearing that the department store hasn't been able to order all their spring merchandise has us worried. We fear for the future of the Warehouse Sale.
    · Factors Drop Barneys Over Sale Uncertainty [WWD, subscription req]
    · Barneys Spring Orders Halted [The Cut]

    Copyright © 2009 Racked

    —Leslie Price

  • Should Designers Sell Tickets to Fashion Week?

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 7:44 AM  |  1,629 views  |  No comments


    Two unbending rules of Fashion Week: 1) It's expensive to produce and 2) outsiders are dying to get in. On Friday, WWD put the two together with an article asking the inevitable but controversial question: Why not just sell tickets to the shows? In an informal poll, the magazine found that a majority of non-industry women would be happy to shell out an average of $160 to see shows by "Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren. And Chanel, too, but that’s obviously not part of New York Fashion Week."

    The designers themselves, however, aren't so thrilled with the idea, claiming that displaying their clothes out of season will be confusing to the consumers. And fashion publicist Paul Wilmot voices the attitude of a lot of insiders when he tells WWD: "If you have got to sell seats for a fashion show, you shouldn't be doing a fashion show. This isn't a Yankees game."
    · Should Fashion Week Open to Consumers? [WWD, subscription req'd]

    Copyright © 2009 Racked

    —Izzy Grinspan

  • Jean Georges

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in New York  |  February 23, 2009 7:43 AM  |  1,589 views  |  No comments

    The Restaurant: Jean Georges
    The Deal: Jean-Georges Vongerichten announces on his blog: "I’m introducing a $58 dinner menu at Jean Georges tonight. It’s a four course meal of three of my favorite dishes and your choice of a dessert flight."
    When/Where: Mon - Thurs, 5:30 - 6 p.m. & 10 - 11 p.m.; 1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900.

    Copyright © 2009 Eater


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