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Category Archives: Lifestyle
Just in case you forget who puts all this Fashion Week hoopla together, Mercedes-Benz kindly reminds you as soon as you enter the lobby with this stunning SLS AMG Convertible. This panty-dropping beast features Mercedes’ 6.3 liter engine which produces a disgusting 518hp and 465ft-lbs of torque. Mercedes claims this is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine to date. But with looks like this, do you really care? Do you really need the 5.5 liter Turbo, or [God forbid] the 6.0 liter V12 bi-turbo? Well, depending on how short/fat/bald/old/Alpha/small-penis you are, you may want to consider the latter, with a tarmac-defacing 604hp/738lb-ft. Continue reading
One of the quickest routes to Brooklyn from Long Island City is the Pulaski bridge that runs from 11th street beginning at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. I’ve often taken this road in my day-to-day business during the last few years, noticing the construction of a slender building clad in glass and dark colors. I assumed it would be commercial space at first, but as it began to take shape, I realized it would be the second boutique hotel in an otherwise industrial section of Long Island City.
Following in the archetypal footsteps of the smaller and less opulent Ravel Hotel just a couple blocks west, The Z aims to bring high end clientele to Long Island City, with an attractive, modern design, a long list of amenities and everyone’s favorite part, the rooftop bar/lounge and dining area. At the moment, the Z’s location would seem somewhat odd, being surrounded by many older 1 and 2 story structures, but that will all change in the next few years as development and revitalization of Long Island City continues to swell with sophistication. The Z’s developers had the foresight to set the tone early. Continue reading
No fancy screen name or internet handle here. Just a plain-Jane real name. Aurora Demasi. And a pretty one at that. That’s because this week’s Flickr user hails from Roma, Italia. Say it again with me, Aurora Demasi. Rolls off the tongue nice, don’t it? Sounds like she’ll be a celebrity one day right? Continue reading
According to a recent scientific survey involving a dozen of my Facebook friends, when one hears “The Bronx”, one tends to think of (in no particular order) The Yankees, Attractive Puerto Rican females, unpleasant smells and traffic. Outdoorsy stuff like hiking doesn’t really come to mind, but that’s exactly what I did. When the weather gets nicer in the spring, I often like to frolic gaily in the wilderness. I like to take little half-day getaways on the weekends and explore the (to me) unexplored. I’ve found some pretty cool stuff in the past by just aimlessly driving away from civilization in any direction for an hour or so. But since gas prices are nearing five US dollars, I don’t really allow myself to drive aimlessly anymore. Trips must always have a direct destination and a purpose. So I compromised on spontaneity and settled on visiting Wave Hill in The Bronx. It was a nice day so the sun worshipers were out in full force and the line for the parking lot was terribly long. I couldn’t be bothered to wait, and so as any self-respecting New York motorist would do, I drove on past the entrance. I had already been to Wave Hill a handful of times in the past, so I really wouldn’t be missing much. The ancient winding road that led me away from Wave hill and towards the Hudson river was surrounded by secluded homes and dense vegetation (for New York City anyway). After about a quarter mile, the homes disappeared and there were just trees. It was time for a new expedition! Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon, I had stumbled upon a young California freelancer’s website. From the website, I was compelled to read the blog. Michael Kelley is a 23 year-old Real Estate photographer that really has his shit together. His website is clean, attractive and easy to navigate, and his work speaks for itself. He’s successfully transitioned into sustainable full-time photographer with a lot of hard work and determination. A little bit o’ luck and charm never hurt nobody neither. Stories like Michael’s are inspiring to me. As I was scavenging Michael’s blog posts, I found some book recommendations. So off I went to Barnes & Noble to find out why Michael was so excited about these books. Continue reading
Technology has brought tremendous advancements in the production of art and media throughout the years, but the most hyperbolic changes have taken place in the last ten. I want to share with you, my personal views and experiences in the realms of photography, music and motion pictures. In this segment, I’ll discuss music.
I can make the same correlation with music. Before streaming and cloud-based audio, there were mp3′s. Before mp3′s there were CD’s. Before those we had cassettes, and before cassettes there was 8-track, and vinyl. And before vinyl, we had to listen to music live, as it was being made by the artists themselves. From the consumer’s perspective, the technological progress in the music industry has done two things: 1) The navigating, acquiring and listening to a collection of music has become ridiculously efficient. 2) The physical space needed to store one’s music collection has been reduced from X to 0. Where X is a basement full of records, X/2 is a bookcase of cassettes, X/3 is a drawer full of CD’s, X/1000 is an iPod and X/infinity is the cloud. Oh, and 5X would be the concert hall. This is all great for business as the consumer’s level of convenience keeps escalating with each advancement, but what has it done to the music, or more importantly, our perception of it? And what has it done to the hopes and dreams of ambitious young musicians who thought they’d be the next Big Thing? Continue reading
Technology has brought tremendous advancements in the production of art and media throughout the years, but the most hyperbolic changes have taken place in the last ten. I want to share with you, my personal views and experiences in the realms of photography, music and motion pictures. In this segment, I’ll discuss picture taking.
There are many photography purists out there that look upon the digital revolution with contempt. They argue that film produced better pictures with more “soul” and other silly metaphors. They are mostly people in their 40s and above who become increasingly resistant to change. They are also angry that the same photographic process that took them a week can now be done in a day. Bah humbug! Photoshop? Lightroom? Aperture? They don’t want to learn all this new software. They just want to sit in the darkroom all day while sipping on grasshoppers and listening to Bing Crosby. While its wrong to simply dismiss digital photography altogether because it’s soul-less or whatever, there is something to be said about the aesthetic and sentimental quality of the photograph from the days of film. Continue reading
We’ve all been there. Writer’s block, lack of inspiration, whatever you want to call it. There have been (and will be) times when we feel like we’ve lost our mojo. It doesn’t matter what creative field you’re involved in, the feelings of frustration are the same when you can’t produce to your potential or exceed it. Although your work may seem uninspiring at the moment, there are a few things you can do to pep yourself up and start making those masterpieces again. Continue reading