Wednesday, August 4, 2010

*Everyday Chatter

"'I am not trying to get rich selling ice cream,' said Mr. Frisch, who will begin studying for a master’s degree in the Violence, Conflict and Development program at the University of London next month. 'My goal right now is just to do an Israel-Palestine flavor that won’t get people upset.'" [NYT]

Maybe Patti Smith was right--it's time to go to Detroit. [NYT]

Barnes & Noble--the whole company--is up for sale. [NYT]

Please respect the vandalism on the Bowery. [BB]

Does New York need a "meathead ordinance"? [EVG]

Event Horizon man makes for an interesting sunbathing tableau:


EV Grieve said...

That's my new favorite photo.

3FingerBrown said...

Absolutely no reason why a scoop of ice cream should cost so damn much. Just another case of people spending too much for something in order to trick themselves into thinking it (or they) are superior. I think that about sums up this city in a nutshell.

Meathead ordinance would be nice but cops are way too busy shaking down brown people in an effort to chase them out of the city.

Anonymous said...

That ice cream article from the NYT is just another example of their anti-semitic bias. You have great links on your website but I wish you wouldn't include ones like that. Have a heart and don't promote anti-semitism and Jew hatred no matter how "fashionable" the NYT tries to make it

John said...

I will never go to Grom mostly because they are occupying the same charming little corner that used to belong to Joe's Pizza on Bleecker and Minetta, which is the best pizza in the city. If I want ice cream I go to Ray's Candy, which is inexpensive and so much better than this "artisanal" poser ice cream.

cityofstrangers said...


Interesting article about Detroit. Even more interesting comments. I was there in the spring for a week or so. Fascinating place. Grim. Being an artist (or anything) there would have many challenges. Like you'd need a car to pretty much get anywhere and insurance is high and so on. And it's spread out, as befits a car city. It isn't quite the New York of the 70's, not at all . . .

I liked it, despite the desolation. Nice people, very down to earth, a bit like NYers 20 years ago. But traumatized, like people after a war. Maybe these young, mostly white, artists can breathe some new life into the place.

I agree with many commentators to the piece that the article should have mentioned Tyree Guyton and his Heidleberg Project. Tyree is a local black guy who's been doing this kind of thing for like 20 years.


Caleo said...

The only thing Detroit has is cheap housing and empty lots for sale. It is not a "new" old school NYC.
All of the elements that made, and to a large extant still make New York amazing are completely absent in Detroit. And always will be.
New York was amazing and culturally rich and weird as far back as New Amsterdam.
I'd rather suffer from an invincible nostalgia for all things old NYC while still living here, than move to some desolate, crime ridden wasteland that will NEVER achieve even a fraction of what New York offers up every day.
Even now, in it's radically diminished state, NYC is the the greatest place on Earth.