Does anyone else find these Western Union ads hilarious — and vaguely creepy?And damn, I finally managed to convince most of my non-Chinese friends that not all of us eat dogs. Now I have to explain our affinity for radioactive pastries.Related post:ChinatownTitle reference: Camper Van Beethoven(Canal St & Baxter St, Manhattan)
If you’ve never visited Bowling Green, you’re missing out on one of the real jewels of the city. New York City’s oldest park is an oasis of calm in the Financial District and, for a few years now, has even offered free Wi-Fi. So come on down and get your nature on and your geek on in one place.Related posts:Step Up To The Customs HouseAnd It Was All YellowFlight by A WomanA Whiter Shade of Bowling Green 3A Whiter Shade of Bowling Green 2A Whiter Shade of Bowling GreenThe Secret of My SuccessA Stranger DowntownTitle reference: R.E.M.(Bowling Green, Manhattan)
It’s been an interesting week — to say the least — for NYC wonks and Mac geeks like myself.First, the NYC wonks: the West Side Stadium was defeated, all but dooming New York’s (and the United States’) chances of winning the 2012 Olympics. I’m a fan of Mayor Bloomberg, West Side railyard development, and the Olympics in NYC, but I’ve always been ambivalent about the stadium. Still, I’m bummed that the plan was defeated. I see the Olympics as a way of getting New York to build things we should already have – more housing, more modern office space, subway extensions, more parks and recreation facilities for kids, etc. But New York has a way of letting critical needs like this slide when there’s no deadline by which we have to address them. (Think of the Second Avenue Subway, now several decades late, or public school reform, which is being tackled now only because we have some courageous and politically unbeholden leadership on the issue.) Winning the 2012 Olympics would have been a way of imposing on ourselves a very firm deadline to get things done – and I have no doubt we would have met them. Now, I’m afraid it might be back to business as usual, which is to say a lot of debate, a lot of fighting, and no action.On the brighter side, this means Bloomberg almost certainly wins re-election because his opponents have just lost their biggest issue against him. And maybe once the bad feelings have subsided, if they ever do, New York will rally and go for the 2016 Olympics – with a stadium in Queens.Second, Mac geeks: Apple announced this week that they are switching to Intel chips beginning next year, after using IBM/Motorola PowerPC chips for the last decade or so. For people like myself that fetishize dual-G5s and 30” Cinema Displays, this was a big shock. (Normal people equivalent disruptive event: kind of like Paris leaving Paris for Jacko.)What does this mean for the world? Macs will get better and cheaper and more popular in the long run. But in the short run, if you need a Mac right now, buy it. If you don’t need one until the end of this year or next, hold off and see what the newer models look like. Owners of current Macs won’t see much of a difference for quite a while.Title reference: Natalie Imbruglia.(19 St & 7 Av, Manhattan)
What are you looking forward to?
The moment when all my African violets are in full bloom….they are so pretty.
What song have you been listening to most lately?
What do you believe with all your heart to be true, but can’t prove?
That the most precious things in life are the ones you can’t buy with money.
(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)
If you wanna get your wonk on, check out “People, Parking, and Cities,” a great article from the University of California Transportation Center about the relationship of parking, density, and sprawl in Los Angeles. It’s not the story you usually hear about LA and it’s well worth the relatively quick and accessible read.(Central Parking, 40 St & Lexington Av, Manhattan)