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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
Many marvellous things have emerged from the lonely city: things forged in loneliness, but also things that function to redeem it. 2 WALLS OF GLASS I NEVER WENT SWIMMING IN New York. I came and went, but never stuck a summer, and so all the outdoor pools I coveted remained empty, their water spirited away for the duration of the long off-season. Mostly, I stayed on the eastern edges of the island, downtown, taking cheap sublets in East Village tenements or in co-ops built for garment workers, where day and night you could hear the hum of traffic crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. Walking home from whatever temporary office I’d found that day, I’d sometimes take a detour by Hamilton Fish Park, where there was a library and a twelve-lane pool, painted a pale flaking blue. I was lonely at the time, lonely and adrift, and this spectral blue space, filling at its corners with blown brown leaves, never failed to tug my heart.
As if what he saw was as interesting as he kept insisting he needed it to be: worth the labour, the miserable effort of setting it down. As if loneliness was something worth looking at. More than that, as if looking itself was an antidote, a way to defeat loneliness’s strange, estranging spell. 3 MY HEART OPENS TO YOUR VOICE I DIDN’T STAY IN BROOKLYN long. The friend whose apartment I was staying in came back from L.A. and I moved to the green walk-up in the East Village. The change in habitat marked another phase of loneliness; a period in which speech became an increasingly perilous endeavour. If you are not being touched at all, then speech is the closest contact it is possible to have with another human being. Almost all city-dwellers are daily participants in a complex part-song of voices, sometimes performing the aria but more often the chorus, the call and response, the passing back and forth of verbal small change with near and total strangers.
Sometimes he even has companions, like the one of him standing at night with two laughing homeless men, their arms slung around each other’s shoulders, one of them holding a toy pistol, a trashcan fire burning at their feet. All the same, the mask marks him out as separate: a wanderer or voyeur, unable or unwilling to display his real face. The Rimbaud series was conceived, orchestrated and shot in its entirety by David Wojnarowicz (generally pronounced Wonna-row-vich), a then entirely unknown twenty-four-year-old New Yorker who would in a few years become one of the stars of the East Village art scene, alongside contemporaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Nan Goldin and Kiki Smith. His work, which includes paintings, installations, photography, music, films, books and performances, turns on issues of connection and aloneness, focusing in particular on how an individual can survive within an antagonistic society, a society that might plausibly want them dead rather than tolerate their existence.
Top 10 San Diego by Pamela Barrus, Dk Publishing
Other artists represented are Peter Max, Joanna Zjawinska, Mackenzie Thorpe, and V. Montesinos. d Map P2 • 1205 This fine arts gallery specializes in San Diego artists. Exhibitions feature paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, and custom furniture from artists such as Mario Uribe, Gail Roberts, Paul Henry, and Johnny Coleman. The glowing, spiritual landscapes of Nancy Kittredge merit special notice. d Map H2 BO U.S. Naval Hospital 5 East Village 12th & Market 8 v Gaslamp Quarter 1 43 San Diego’s Top 10 Left San Diego County Administration Center Right Hotel del Coronado Architectural Highlights San Diego County Administration Center Four architects responsible for San Diego’s look collaborated on this civic landmark. What began as a Spanish-Colonial design evolved into a more “Moderne” 1930s style with intricate Spanish tile work and plaster moldings on the tower. d Map H3 • 1600 Pacific Hwy • Open 8am–5pm Mon–Fri California Building & Tower Bertram Goodhue designed this San Diego landmark for the California-Panama Exposition of 1915–16, using Spanish Plateresque, Baroque, and Rococo details.
From the edge of the Embarcadero, graced with 19th-century sailing ships, to the beautifully restored Victorian and Italianate buildings of the Gaslamp Quarter, a district straight out of the Wild West and home to trattorias, Irish pubs, and a pulsating nightlife, downtown is a great place to have fun in. Apes at San Diego Zoo AY EW L E VARD OU RE Y N FRE LO RIL CAB B STR E E T v12th & Market 16 T H S T R E E T 12 T H AV E 7 East Village 5 Convention Center H A v Gaslamp Quarter RB San Diego OR Ballpark Bay Embarcadero D v District Marina n R 12th & Imperial v I M P E R I A L AV E Park 750 yards 0 Previous pages: Colorful house in Hillcrest meters 750 19 T H S T R E E T MARKET STREET B R O A D WAY 16 T H S T R E E T v C STR E E T AY 1 FRE EW n4 R U S S B O U LE VAR D City College 5th Avenue 9 70 U.S. Naval Hospital GO F STR E E T G STR E E T RK IE v Civic Center v B R O A D WAY v B PA D A STR E E T Downtown Seaport Village Balboa Pa rk 163 5 ASH STREET 8T H AV E N U E Villa Montezuma 8 n C E D A R ST R E E T 10 T H A V E N U E 0 Santa Fe Depot v 3 EL PRADO SAN Little Italy ASH STR E E T 2 GR AP E STR E E T 6T H AV E N U E Martin Luther King Promenade 8 T H AV E N U E 9 J U N I P E R ST 6 County Center/ Little Italy v San Diego Zoo EL PRADO T PE S KET TNER BLVD Museum of Contemporary Art GRA DR Asian Pacific Historic District ST 4T H AV E N U E Little Italy REL RB I ST AV E N U E 8 East Village LAU HA 1ST AV E NU E Horton Plaza Balboa Park & San Diego Zoo L A U R E L STREET 5 S TAT E S T R E E T 4 5 6 7 Embarcadero CIF Gaslamp Quarter AY W EE FR O EG DI RD A LEV BOU N S A ETTNER AY K HW HIG DR IVE R IC O PA 1 2 3 Uptown 6 T H AVE N U E v BALB OA Middletown Sights ARD WY Around Town – Downtown San Diego Left Balboa Park Center Tuna Harbor, Embarcadero Right Fountain at Horton Plaza Park 0 Gaslamp Quarter Embarcadero Buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter filled with maritime life define this lively district (see pp10–11).
Naval Hospital GO F STR E E T G STR E E T RK IE v Civic Center v B R O A D WAY v B PA D A STR E E T Downtown Seaport Village Balboa Pa rk 163 5 ASH STREET 8T H AV E N U E Villa Montezuma 8 n C E D A R ST R E E T 10 T H A V E N U E 0 Santa Fe Depot v 3 EL PRADO SAN Little Italy ASH STR E E T 2 GR AP E STR E E T 6T H AV E N U E Martin Luther King Promenade 8 T H AV E N U E 9 J U N I P E R ST 6 County Center/ Little Italy v San Diego Zoo EL PRADO T PE S KET TNER BLVD Museum of Contemporary Art GRA DR Asian Pacific Historic District ST 4T H AV E N U E Little Italy REL RB I ST AV E N U E 8 East Village LAU HA 1ST AV E NU E Horton Plaza Balboa Park & San Diego Zoo L A U R E L STREET 5 S TAT E S T R E E T 4 5 6 7 Embarcadero CIF Gaslamp Quarter AY W EE FR O EG DI RD A LEV BOU N S A ETTNER AY K HW HIG DR IVE R IC O PA 1 2 3 Uptown 6 T H AVE N U E v BALB OA Middletown Sights ARD WY Around Town – Downtown San Diego Left Balboa Park Center Tuna Harbor, Embarcadero Right Fountain at Horton Plaza Park 0 Gaslamp Quarter Embarcadero Buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter filled with maritime life define this lively district (see pp10–11).
Frommer's San Diego 2011 by Mark Hiss
airport security, California gold rush, car-free, desegregation, Donald Trump, East Village, El Camino Real, glass ceiling, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, Skype, South of Market, San Francisco, sustainable-tourism, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration
Open Tuesday to Saturday 5pm to 2am; happy hour (Tues 5pm–close, Wed–Sat 5–8pm) is a good way to sample the food. 901 Fourth Ave. (at E St.), Gaslamp Quarter. & 619/696-8888. www.confidentialsd. com. Cover: $10–$15. Bus: 3, 120, or 992. Trolley: Civic Center. East Village Tavern & Bowl Whether you bowl passionately or ironically, this raucous spot has you covered. Featuring 12 colorfully lit bowling lanes, as well as a separate bar area with outdoor seating, there’s classic bar food (limited menu served until 1am), a good selection of beer on tap, and billiards. Open daily 11:30am to 2am; kids are allowed in until 9pm. 930 Market St. (btw. Ninth and 10th aves.), East Village. & 619/677-2695. www.bowlevt.com. Bus: 3 or 11. Trolley: Gaslamp Quarter or Park and Market. 230 13_626214-ch10.indd 23013_626214-ch10.indd 230 7/23/10 11:22 PM7/23/10 11:22 PM Ivy Nightclub/Ivy Rooftop These are the hip and very happening clubs located in the ultra-stylish Andaz Hotel (p. 64).
See also Restaurant Index Anza-Borrego, 270 best, 4–5, 96–98 with the best views, 123 burgers, 106 Coronado, 125–127 by cuisine, 98–100 Del Mar, 242–244 downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy, 101–107 Escondido, 257–258 in and around Fiesta de Reyes, 195 fish tacos, 116 Hillcrest & Uptown, 107–111 Julian, 266 La Jolla, 119–125 Little Italy, 101, 104–107 Mission Bay and the Beaches, 114–119 Oceanside, 253 off the beaten path, 127–128 Old Town & Mission Valley, 111–114 price categories, 96 Puerto Nuevo, 286 Rancho Santa Fe, 255–256 Solana Beach, Encinitas & Carlsbad, 249–251 Tijuana, 281–283 Disabilities, travelers with, 40–41 Diversionary Theatre, 225 Dizzy's, 228 Doctors, 288 Dog Beach, 46, 135 Dog Beach Dog Wash, 46 Downtown Information Center, 165 GENERAL INDEX Cabrillo Bridge, 140, 200 Cabrillo National Monument, 146, 164 walking tours, 168 whale-watching, 169 Cabs, 35 airport, 27 Caliente Racetrack (Tijuana), 276 California Ballet, 227 California Center for the Arts (Escondido), 256 California Dreamin', 170 California Overland, 48, 268 California Surf Museum (Oceanside), 252 California Wolf Center (Julian), 262 Callaway Vineyard & Winery, 258 Camping, Anza-Borrego, 270 Carlsbad, 237, 244–251 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire, 22 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon, 18 Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa, 247 Carlsbad Premium Outlets, 221, 245 Carlsbad Ranch, flower fields in bloom at, 19 Carlsbad Spring Village Faire, 20 Carlsbad State Beach, 247 Car rentals, 29–30 Carriage Works, 190 Car travel from the airport, 27 driving rules, 31 driving safety, 40 main arteries and streets, 32–33 parking, 31 to San Diego, 28–29 Casa de Balboa, 204 Casa de Bandini/Cosmopolitan Hotel, 196 Casa del Prado, 204–205 Casa del Rey Moro African Museum, 45 The Casbah, 228 Casinos, 235 Cave Store, 215 Cedros Design District, 215 Celebrate Dance Festival, 227 Cellphones, 50, 288 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39 Centro Cultural de la Raza, 141 Centro Cultural Tijuana, 276–277 Chicano Park, murals in, 158–159 Children, families with, 43 best accommodations for, 63 sights and attractions, 160–162 The New Children's Museum, 148 299 16_626214-bindex.indd 29916_626214-bindex.indd 299 7/23/10 11:23 PM7/23/10 11:23 PM GENERAL INDEX Downtown San Diego, 52, 54 accommodations, 64–75 bars, 230–232 restaurants, 101–107 shopping, 207–209 sights and attractions, 158 Drinking laws, 288–289 Driving rules, 31 Driving safety, 40 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 22 Drugstores, 290 Dudley's Bakery (Julian), 264 E Eagle and High Peak Mine (Julian), 262 East Village, 54 East Village Tavern & Bowl, 230 Eating and drinking, 12–14 Ecotourism, 46–47 El Campo Santo, 149–150, 198–199 El Cid Campeador, 202–203 ElderTreks, 43 Electricity, 290 Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), 24 Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 137 El Niño weather pattern, 18 El Prado, 163 The Embarcadero, walking tour, 190–194 Embarcadero Marina Park North, 194 Embassies and consulates, 290 Emergencies, 290 Encinitas, 244–251 Ensenada, 284, 286–287 Entry requirements, 23–25 Escondido, 256–257 Escorted tours, 49 Eveoke Dance Theatre, 227 Exploritas (formerly Elderhostel), 43 F Fallbrook Winery, 165 Fall Flower Tour (Encinitas), 22–23 Families with children, 43 best accommodations for, 63 sights and attractions, 160–162 The New Children's Museum, 148 Farmers Insurance Open, 18–19, 181 Farmers' markets, 218–219 Escondido, 256 Fashion Valley Center, 220 Fax machines, 49 FedEx Office, 51 Ferries and water taxis, 35–36 Ferry Landing Marketplace, 215 Festival of Beer, 22 Fiesta Cinco de Mayo, 20 Fiesta de Reyes, 195–196, 212 Fiesta Island, 135 52-mile San Diego Scenic Drive, 158 Films, 15 Firehouse Museum, 146 First Church of Christ Scientist, 162 Fishing, 172 tournaments, 181 Fish tacos, 116 Flea market, 219 Fleet Week, 22, 164 Flicks, 233 Flightline (San Diego Wild Animal Park), 130 FlowBarrel, 153 Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, 245 FlowRider, 153 Flying Wheels Travel, 41 Folk Arts Rare Records, 220 Food and wine trips, 48–49 Football, 181 college bowl games, 23 Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, 164 Four Points Communications, 50 Four Seasons Resort Aviara Golf Club, 174 4th & B, 228 Four Winds Trading Company, 216 Free or almost free activities, 5, 158–160 Frey Block Building, 189 F.
It’s a city of villages, as civic planners like to say, and each neighborhood has its own style. There are the coastal enclaves that could only be found in Southern California, from tony La Jolla by the sea to funky, counterculture Ocean Beach to sleepy Encinitas in North County. Then there’s San Diego’s urban side. Though they may not have been much 25 years ago, today downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and East Village vibrate with big-city buzz, while hip uptown spots such as Hillcrest and North Park deliver edgier fashion and culture. Thanks to growing cultural and dining scenes, unparalleled outdoor activities, sports franchises, and other entertainment options, urban San Diego can now go toe-to-toe with any American metropolis. SAN DIEGO TODAY San Diego is a place of many identities and perhaps defines itself most strongly in terms of what it isn’t: namely, Los Angeles.
I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
His friend starts his bike and gestures to Debbie. Neither one of us hesitate anywhere near as long as we should. I swing a seven-inch heel over the seat and settle down behind Johnny. Debbie, with considerably more effort, maneuvers her three hundred pounds onto the bike behind. With my arms around his leather waist, Johnny takes off toward Third Avenue. The avenue is much busier, especially as we reach St. Mark’s Place. I love the East Village. It should be the manda46 I Am Not Myself These Days tory ﬁrst home of everyone who moves to New York. We pass groups of runaway teens, half of them kicked out of their homes because they were too much trouble for their families. The other half ran away from their middle-class suburban homes intent on becoming too much trouble for their families. I spot Quentin Crisp in a lavender suit with matching hat and scarf trying to cross Lafayette.
I make money; I just don’t JOSH KILMER-PURCELL make enough to pay my full rent. I have just barely enough cash ﬂow to pay my half of the monthly bill, and even if I never ate or drank (shudder), I still wouldn’t have enough take-home pay to cover my deadbeat roommate’s half. “Is Tempest even looking for work?” Jack asks, moving on to a plate of pierogis. We’re at what’s fast becoming our favorite Polish diner in my East Village neighborhood. I’m so nervous about being evicted I can’t eat. “Unless he’s looking for it facedown in the laps of random cabdrivers, no,” I reply. My roommate has a thing for having sex with most every penised person he comes across. “That’s inexcusable,” he says. “Not having a job or blowing cabbies?” I ask. “Both. Because he’s not getting paid for either.” When I got this job in New York ﬁve months ago, I wasn’t conﬁdent enough to come to the city without a roommate.
It’s a Saturday afternoon and Jack and I stop by my old apartment to see if Tempest has ﬁnally vacated. I gave him a week to get out after I’d moved in with Jack, and so far he’s taken three. But today, other than a broken Absolut bottle in the tub and a leaking lava lamp on the kitchen ﬂoor, everything seems to have been cleared out. I’ve been in New York for only six months now, and have moved from an East Village studio to an Upper East Side penthouse. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I still had a little gnawing feeling about rushing things. Then again, New York doesn’t leave a lot of time for pondering forks in the road. JOSH KILMER-PURCELL People who have paused to gather their wits often ﬁnd themselves suddenly waking up in a cookie-cutter beige apartment in Hoboken. Or, worse yet, back in whatever backwater they came from.
Eastern USA by Lonely Planet
1960s counterculture, active transport: walking or cycling, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, Berlin Wall, bike sharing scheme, Bretton Woods, British Empire, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, collective bargaining, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, Donald Trump, East Village, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Guggenheim Bilbao, haute cuisine, Hernando de Soto, illegal immigration, immigration reform, information trail, interchangeable parts, jitney, license plate recognition, Mason jar, mass immigration, McMansion, megacity, Menlo Park, new economy, New Urbanism, obamacare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Skype, the built environment, the High Line, the payments system, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, walkable city, white flight, Works Progress Administration, young professional
Plans call for a reconstruction of a butcher shop and saloon on the ground floor. Visits are available only as part of variously themed scheduled tours, which typically operate every 40 or 50 minutes. EAST VILLAGE Bordered roughly by 14th St, Lafayette St, E Houston St and the East River, the East Village has gentrified in the last decade or so, much to the horror of longtime tenants and punk-kid squatters, who have been around for decades. These days real-estate developers have the upper hand – although the ’hood has not yet shaken its image as an edgy, radical, be-yourself kind of place. Tompkins Square Park PARK This park between Seventh and Tenth Sts and Aves A and B is an unofficial border between the East Village (to the west) and Alphabet City (to the east). It was once an Eastern European immigrant area; you’ll still see old Ukrainians and Poles in the park, but they’ll be alongside punks, students, panhandlers and a slew of dog-walking yuppies.
Souvlaki GR GREEK $ (116 Stanton St, near Essex St; mains $5; 11am-midnight) Owners of a food truck have opened this little restaurant that looks like a soundstage for a film set on a Greek isle. Donut Plant DESSERT $ (379 Grand St, at Norfolk; doughnuts $2.75; 6:30am-6:30pm) Inventively flavored (eg peanut butter and jelly) doughnuts with all-natural ingredients. Another location in the Chelsea Hotel at 222 W 23rd St. EAST VILLAGE Every cuisine and style is represented in the East Village, though even the very best places are certainly more casual than stuffy. St Marks Place and around, from Third to Second Ave, has turned into a little Tokyo with loads of Japanese sushi and grill restaurants. Cookie-cutter Indian restaurants line Sixth St between First and Second Ave. Momofuku Noodle Bar JAPANESE $$ ( ; 171 First Ave, at 11th St; mains $9-16; noon-4pm & 5:30-11pm Sun-Thu, to midnight Fri & Sat) Ramen and steamed buns are the name of the game at this infinitely creative Japanese eatery, part of the growing David Chang empire.
KGB Bar BAR ( 212-505-3360; 85 E 4th St, at 2nd Ave; 7pm-3:30am) The East Village’s own grungy Algonquin roundtable has been drawing literary types to its regular readings since the early 1990s. Even when there’s no artist in residence the heavily worn wood bar is good for kicking back. Mayahuel TEQUILA BAR (304 E 6th St, at Second Ave; 6pm-2am) About as far from your typical spring break tequila bar as you can get – more like the cellar of a monastery. Devotees of the fermented agave can seriously indulge themselves experimenting with dozens of varieties (all cocktails $13). McSorley’s Old Ale House BAR (15 E 7th St, btwn Second & Third Aves; 11am-1am) Around since 1854 – it has the cobwebs and sawdust floors to prove it McSorley’s feels far removed from the East Village veneer of cool: you’re more likely to drink with firefighters, Wall St refugees and a few tourists.
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, AltaVista, Amazon Web Services, Andy Kessler, autonomous vehicles, Burning Man, call centre, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable, collaborative consumption, East Village, fixed income, Google X / Alphabet X, housing crisis, inflight wifi, Jeff Bezos, Justin.tv, Kickstarter, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Necker cube, obamacare, Paul Graham, peer-to-peer, Peter Thiel, race to the bottom, rent control, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ruby on Rails, Sand Hill Road, self-driving car, semantic web, sharing economy, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, South of Market, San Francisco, Startup school, Steve Jobs, TaskRabbit, Tony Hsieh, transportation-network company, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, Y Combinator, Y2K, Zipcar
In 2012, with a steady stream of angry complaints from neighbors about Airbnb and other short-term rental sites pouring into government offices, the city council increased fines to twenty-five thousand dollars for repeat violations of the Multiple Dwelling Law, up from the original penalties of less than three thousand dollars.11 Airbnb was facing a wave of hostility from lawmakers and couldn’t seem to find a way to stand up for itself or its host community. And then Nigel Warren, a thirty-year-old resident of the East Village, came home one afternoon in September 2012 and received an irate phone call from his normally placid landlord, Abe Carrey, an elderly man from Queens. Abe yelled, “Who are you renting my apartment to? What the hell is going on there?” Warren’s stomach dropped. Warren is a hip, soft-spoken web designer—your typical East Village denizen, in other words. He had used Airbnb just three times to rent out his room while traveling over the previous year. His roommate, Julia, had rented out her room once. Their experiences were positive and profitable, earning them a little over a hundred dollars a night, a modest contribution to their three-thousand-dollar-a-month rent for a two-bedroom, one-bath sixth-floor walk-up.
In September, Camp and Kalanick attended the Lobby, an annual off-the-record networking event in Hawaii hosted by the venture capitalist David Hornik, and started quietly pitching the concept to entrepreneurs and investors. Kalanick was getting excited and putting in a few hours a week on it. Around that time, Camp introduced Salazar to Kalanick over e-mail. “Garrett introduced Travis as an adviser to the company,” Salazar says. “He didn’t want to get fully involved, but Garrett was trying to convince him. Garrett knew he could be perfect for it.” A few weeks later, Camp and Kalanick met Salazar in New York’s East Village and tried the app for the first time in authentic conditions. They hired a few random black-car drivers, who likely did not suspect that history was being made, gave them iPhones with the app, fanned out across lower Manhattan, and tried to summon the cars from various locations via smartphone. It was buggy and barely worked. Afterward one driver told Camp as he returned the iPhone, “Well, that was really hard.”
Uber desperately needed help in the largest and most important taxi market in the country. Not only was driver growth still slow but the TLC was being inundated by complaints about Uber from taxi and limo drivers, just as the MTA had been in San Francisco. Officials were now expressing concerns about Uber’s regulatory compliance and threatening the company with a cease-and-desist. Sick of staying in hotels, Geidt checked into an Airbnb in the East Village. She would live there for five months. Right away she found that getting an Uber from her place to the newly opened New York office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was a hit-or-miss affair. Cars were scarce and wait times were high. The large livery fleets had all the leverage and demanded outrageous minimum payments to give the Uber app to their drivers. Uber had to rethink everything about its tactics.
Frommer's Portable San Diego by Mark Hiss
Scott is also the mastermind behind the successful eatery Indigo Grill, which does a mash-up of Pacific Coast and Mexican/Southwestern cuisine to Island Prime D O W N T O W N & L I T T L E I T A LY 73 good effect and is worth a visit. Indigo Grill is at 1536 India St., Little Italy (& 619/234-6802). 880 Harbor Island Dr., Embarcadero. & 619/298-6802. www.cohnrestaurants.com. Reservations recommended. Main courses $11–$25 lunch; $22–$39 dinner. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Sun–Thurs 11:30am–10pm; Fri–Sat 11:30am–11pm. Free parking. Bus: 923 or 992. MODERATE FRENCH When it opened in 2004, this East Village restaurant created an immediate buzz. Had the owners struck upon some cutting-edge trend? No, it was a simple idea, really; something you’ll find everywhere from Amsterdam to Zanzibar. It’s a bistro. Creative, whimsical touches abound—such as a children’s area, a retail space, and a patio built for two—but this is an otherwise straightforward enterprise, infused with the refined tastes and joie de vivre of its proprietors.
Cafe Chloe is small, it’s loud when at capacity, and its tiny kitchen can get backed up. The fact is, though, while this kind of eatery can be found easily in other cities, it’s still a rarity here. The neighborly conviviality—combined with a short-but-sweet French-inspired menu covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner—makes for a winning dining experience, and one unique enough to create a stir in evermorphing San Diego. Cafe Chloe 721 Ninth Ave. (at G St.), East Village. & 619/232-3242. www.cafechloe.com. Reservations for parties of 5 or more only. Main courses $8–$13 breakfast, $9–$13 lunch, $15–$28 dinner. AE, MC, V. Mon 11am–10pm; Tues–Fri 7am–10pm; Sat 8am–10pm; Sun 9am–9pm. Bus: 3, 5, 11, 210, 901, or 929. The Fish Market SEAFOOD/SUSHI The bustling Fish Market at the end of the G Street Pier on the Embarcadero is a San Diego institution. Chalkboards announce the day’s catches—be it Mississippi catfish, Maine lobster, Canadian salmon, or Mexican yellowtail—which are sold by the pound or available in a number of classic, simple preparations in the casual, always-packed restaurant.
Docent tours are available Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to noon, and the third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3pm, or by appointment. 1500 El Prado. & 619/239-5548. www.timkenmuseum.org. Free admission. Tues– Sat 10am–4:30pm; Sun 1:30–4:30pm. Closed Sept. Bus: 7 or 7A/B. 4 More Attractions DOWNTOWN & BEYOND In 2004, downtown San Diego completed a huge construction project, the Padres’ PETCO Park (p. 146) which has extended the rebuilt downtown a few blocks farther east. Real estate developers in the “East Village” are stepping up to the plate in hopes of cashing in on a home run. In the meantime, you can wander from the turn-of-the-20th-cento the joyful, modern architecture of the tury Gaslamp Quarter Horton Plaza shopping center (p. 149). The Gaslamp consists of 161⁄2 blocks of restored historic buildings. It gets its name from the old-fashioned street lamps that line the sidewalks. You’ll find dozens of restaurants and our most vigorous nightlife scene here.
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
2013 Report for America's Infrastructure - American Society of Civil Engineers - 19 March 2013, agricultural Revolution, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Bernie Madoff, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, City Beautiful movement, clean water, congestion charging, correlation does not imply causation, East Village, edge city, energy security, Enrique Peñalosa, experimental subject, Frank Gehry, Google Earth, happiness index / gross national happiness, Home mortgage interest deduction, housing crisis, income inequality, income per capita, Induced demand, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, license plate recognition, McMansion, means of production, megacity, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, mortgage tax deduction, New Urbanism, peak oil, Ponzi scheme, rent control, ride hailing / ride sharing, risk tolerance, science of happiness, Seaside, Florida, Silicon Valley, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the High Line, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, trade route, transit-oriented development, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban sprawl, wage slave, white flight, World Values Survey, zero-sum game, Zipcar
The museum commissioned Atelier Bow-Wow, a Japanese architectural firm, to design a temporary shelter in an empty lot in the East Village, then invited a team of collaborators from around the world to use it as a base for our experiments. The museum’s curators hoped that the BMW Guggenheim Lab would be an engine for creating new solutions for city life. They had money to spend and interns to assist. I planned on using their resources to collect data on the effect that city spaces had on people’s emotions and behavior. It was a fantastic opportunity: there are few better places to explore extreme urbanity than Manhattan. The lab’s neighborhood, which straddled the boundary between the East Village and the Lower East Side, is a mashup of tenement-style walk-ups and newer mid-rise condo towers bisected by furious traffic arteries and crowded, cracked sidewalks.
Of course, today’s scorned neighborhoods and designs could be tomorrow’s status symbols if the culture was to send us a different set of messages about their worth. This is already happening. For years, television largely depicted American family and social life as suburban, but in the past two decades the hip protagonists of programs such as Friends and Sex and the City were shown in downtown apartments. Formerly low-status neighborhoods such as Manhattan’s East Village have been invaded by the upwardly mobile, and condominium towers designed by starchitects are sprouting between the tenements. New generations are growing up with a different mental library of stories that shape their domestic tastes. Errors from Above Unfortunately, when choosing how to live or move, most of us are not as free as we think. Our options are strikingly limited, and they are defined by the planners, engineers, politicians, architects, marketers, and land speculators who imprint their own values on the urban landscape.
In his nineteenth-century masterpiece “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” Walt Whitman described the sense of communion he experienced in his accidental brushes with thousands of strangers on these streets of Manhattan: … What gods can exceed these that clasp me by the hand, and with voices I love call me promptly and loudly by my nighest name as I approach; … What is more subtle than this which ties me to the woman or man that looks in my face, Which fuses me into you now, and pours my meaning into you? For Whitman, it was as though in all that shared seeing, jostling, and touching, the crowded city was somehow creating a common soul. You can still feel it today if you walk its streets long enough. But anyone living in hyperdensity will tell you that it is not possible to live only amid the crowd. I learned that quickly in my East Village apartment. The place was on the second floor of an old tenement on East Thirteenth Street. The kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom were arranged in a space the size and dimensions of two on-street parking places. The view consisted of a brick wall punctuated by grimy windows fixed with air conditioners and rusting fire escapes. The first time I opened the window, I drew in a lungful of air scented with what might have been mold and rancid cooking oil.
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Plans call for a reconstruction of a butcher shop and saloon on the ground floor. Visits are available only as part of variously themed scheduled tours, which typically operate every 40 or 50 minutes. EAST VILLAGE Bordered roughly by 14th St, Lafayette St, E Houston St and the East River, the East Village has gentrified in the last decade or so, much to the horror of longtime tenants and punk-kid squatters, who have been around for decades. These days real-estate developers have the upper hand – although the ’hood has not yet shaken its image as an edgy, radical, be-yourself kind of place. Tompkins Square Park PARK This park between Seventh and Tenth Sts and Aves A and B is an unofficial border between the East Village (to the west) and Alphabet City (to the east). It was once an Eastern European immigrant area; you’ll still see old Ukrainians and Poles in the park, but they’ll be alongside punks, students, panhandlers and a slew of dog-walking yuppies.
Souvlaki GR GREEK $ Offline map Google map ( 116 Stanton St, near Essex St; mains $5; 11am-midnight) Owners of a food truck have opened this little restaurant that looks like a soundstage for a film set on a Greek isle. Donut Plant DESSERT $ Offline map Google map ( 379 Grand St, at Norfolk; doughnuts $2.75; 6:30am-6:30pm) Inventively flavored (eg peanut butter and jelly) doughnuts with all-natural ingredients. Another location in the Chelsea Hotel at 222 W 23rd St. EAST VILLAGE Every cuisine and style is represented in the East Village, though even the very best places are certainly more casual than stuffy. St Marks Place and around, from Third to Second Ave, has turned into a little Tokyo with loads of Japanese sushi and grill restaurants. Cookie-cutter Indian restaurants line Sixth St between First and Second Ave. Momofuku Noodle Bar JAPANESE $$ Offline map Google map ( 171 First Ave, at 11th St; mains $9-16; noon-4pm & 5:30-11pm Sun-Thu, to midnight Fri & Sat) Ramen and steamed buns are the name of the game at this infinitely creative Japanese eatery, part of the growing David Chang empire.
KGB Bar BAR Offline map Google map ( 212-505-3360; 85 E 4th St, at 2nd Ave; 7pm-3:30am) The East Village’s own grungy Algonquin roundtable has been drawing literary types to its regular readings since the early 1990s. Even when there’s no artist in residence the heavily worn wood bar is good for kicking back. Mayahuel TEQUILA BAR Offline map Google map ( 304 E 6th St, at Second Ave; 6pm-2am) About as far from your typical spring break tequila bar as you can get – more like the cellar of a monastery. Devotees of the fermented agave can seriously indulge themselves experimenting with dozens of varieties (all cocktails $13). McSorley’s Old Ale House BAR Offline map Google map ( 15 E 7th St, btwn Second & Third Aves; 11am-1am) Around since 1854 – it has the cobwebs and sawdust floors to prove it McSorley’s feels far removed from the East Village veneer of cool: you’re more likely to drink with firefighters, Wall St refugees and a few tourists.
But what I really needed, if I wanted to launch another formal study—and I always did—was for Shine to introduce me to these bartenders and bellhops so I could put some meaty details in a grant application and hire research assistants and all the rest of the formal machinery that makes hanging out with drug dealers academically respectable. Once again, I had to be patient. • • • While I was waiting for Shine to come through, Betsy, Michael, and Carter started inviting me to their parties. There were two kinds. The artsy parties happened down in Soho and the East Village, where their artsy friends lived. The family parties were all on the Upper East Side, where their parents lived. At both, people drank and caroused with bohemian abandon late into the night. Sometimes I felt like Jim Fowler on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, gazing at strange creatures from the safety of my ethnographic pith helmet. They had their own idiosyncratic phrases that made no sense unless you knew the people and places they referenced, and they seemed entirely uninterested in bringing outsiders into their peer group except for entertainment—the role I probably filled.
Abbie, 128 Amy, 218–20 Analise, 6–26, 49, 133–35, 158–60, 165, 173–74, 176, 177, 215–35, 242, 253–58, 265, 266–71 Amy and, 218–20 apartment of, 215–16 art gallery and, 230–34, 237–41, 267 attack on, 226–29, 232 Betsy and, 133–34 Brittany and, 11–13, 17–18, 20, 21, 220–22, 226, 234, 237–41, 254–57 drug use and, 10–13, 20 J.B. and, 13–18, 21, 22, 159–61, 215–16, 226–29, 256 Jo Jo and, 221–25, 256 Kate and, 230–34, 237–38, 267 Kimberly and, 219, 221–25 as madam, 17–23, 25, 26, 135, 158–59, 215–29, 232–33, 237, 242–43, 254, 255, 267 Shine and, 7–13, 101, 215, 241, 256, 272 S.V.’s meeting of, 48–49 Angela, 56–60, 62, 71, 72, 78–79, 83–88, 94, 98, 103–4, 110–25, 135–39, 141, 143–46, 154, 158, 162, 163, 172, 173, 175, 182–83, 202, 221, 223, 224, 230, 234, 242, 257–60, 262, 263, 265, 266, 271, 272 apartment of, 112–16, 118–24, 135–37, 162, 165, 231 departure for Dominican Republic, 251, 264 Internet ad of, 111–12 Azad, 75–77, 91 Bearman, Peter, 28, 130, 167–68 black market, 76, 137, 176, 177, 233, 242, 243 wealthy young philanthropists and, 104 blacks, tangle of pathology and, 144 Bodega de la Familia, La, 103–4 Bourdieu, Pierre, 165 BRIC nations, 177 bricolage, 5 Brittany, 11–13, 17–18, 20, 21, 159, 160, 220–222, 226, 234, 237–41, 254–57 brokers, 173–74 Capone, Al, 142 Carla Consuelo, 113–26, 135–38, 143–46, 162–63, 173, 177, 200, 221, 224, 234, 251–54, 257, 260, 262, 265, 266, 271 attacks on, 116–21, 123, 124, 189–90, 196–98, 236, 253, 258–60 as escort, 125–26, 236, 251 Margot Kerry and, 163–66, 189–90, 196–98, 199, 200, 251–53, 258–60 Carlos, 67–68 Carter, Mindy, 7 Castells, Manuel, 176 Cathy, 183–89, 190, 204 Chelsea, 3, 56, 63 Chicago, 8, 85, 271 gangs in, 49, 54, 62, 63, 71, 86, 103, 171 gentrification in, 56 neighborhoods in, 5, 31 New York contrasted with, 8, 24, 31, 32, 33, 42, 56, 62, 201, 269–71 S.V.’s documentary on housing projects in, 10, 166–67, 179, 180 S.V.’s work in, 23–24, 30, 86, 104, 130, 132–33, 144, 166, 178, 250 underground economy in, 5, 40 young philanthropists and, 109 Chicago, University of, 5, 27–29, 31 Cicourel, Aaron, 175, 178 Cincy, 112–16, 118, 121–24 Clark, Michael, 30, 32, 33 class divisions, 145, 176 low income, 175, 176 middle and upper class, 176 moving across, 165, 176–78, 201, 202, 238, 242 new, 177–78 cocaine: crack, 1, 99–100, 143 powdered, 100, 139 Shine’s business in, 1, 9–11, 127, 129–32, 138–43, 207–14, 241, 243, 273 Cohan, 101 Collins, Michael, 42–43, 82, 89, 95–96, 146–47, 197 Columbia University, 27–28, 40, 47 ethical research methods and, 179–80 S.V. at, 130, 166, 185, 269 S.V.’s arrival at, 27, 29–30, 261 Conover, Mortimer, 50–54, 60, 61, 73, 84, 150, 263 stroke suffered by, 51–52 crack cocaine, 1, 99–100, 143 crime, observing, 103 cultural capital, 165, 167, 209–10, 249, 253 cultural repertoire, 213 Darlene, 183, 185, 190–91, 215 Declining Significance of Race, The (Wilson), 29 developing world, 177 dot-com bubble, 98, 236 drugs, drug dealing, 7–8, 52, 76, 129, 138, 177, 242 Analise and, 10–13, 20 cocaine: crack, 1, 99–100, 143 powdered, 100, 139 Shine’s business in, 1, 9–11, 127, 129–32, 138–43, 207–14, 241, 243, 273 Manjun and, 89, 91, 96 Shine and, 1, 4, 9–11, 58 in suburbs, 144 East Village, 132 economy, mainstream, in New York, 39 economy, underground, 40, 86, 92 brokers in, 173–74 in Chicago, 5, 40 connecting to overworld, 178 connectivity in, 172–73 floating communities and, 53–54 legal system and, 171 role of, in lives of middle class and wealthy, 182 social relations in, 52–54 speculation about, 39 trust and confidentiality in, 138 economy, underground, in New York, 1–2, 24, 41–42, 61–62, 86–87, 98, 177, 242 apartment renting and, 84 bank accounts and, 83, 84, 87 black market, 76, 137, 176, 177, 233, 242, 243 wealthy young philanthropists and, 104 day laborers in, 72–73 drugs, see drugs, drug dealing as floating community, 53–54, 58 in Harlem, 36–37, 39–40, 175 health care and, 83, 84 sex work, see sex industry Social Security and, 77 spread into surrounding world, 71 violence in, 89, 196–97 entropy, 242 escort services, 43–44, 84, 121, 182–83, 202, 225, 242 Analise and, 17–23, 25, 26, 135, 158–59, 215–29, 232–33, 237, 242–43, 254, 255, 267 Carla and, 125–26, 236, 251 Fiona and, 245–47 Morgan and, 245–48 quitting in, 240 see also prostitution, prostitutes ethnography, 1, 39 Evalina, 2–3, 9, 11–12, 101, 141, 158, 256 Shine and, 10, 12, 214 Fiona, 245–47 floating communities, 53–54, 58, 137 see also underground economy Foner, Nancy, 94 food stamps, 108 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Levitt and Dubner), 39, 98 Friedman, Milton, 209 Gang Leader for a Day (Venkatesh), 1, 29, 40 gangs, 99 in Chicago, 49, 54, 62, 63, 71, 86, 103, 171 gang leaders’ self-image and, 142 Gans, Herbert, 27–28, 167, 203 Geertz, Clifford, 25 generalizability problem, 40 gentrification, 4, 38, 55–56, 177 Giuliani, Rudy, 4, 63, 68, 76, 78, 83 global cities, globalization, 37–39, 61, 93–95, 172, 177, 241, 252, 271, 272 floating and, 137; see also floating communities informational cities and, 176 New York as, 5, 37–40, 93–94, 137, 172, 201, 215, 269–70 sociological study of, 38 Greenpoint, 114 Harlem, 31, 35–37, 59–60, 74, 99, 102, 105, 209–10 underground economy in, 36–37, 39–40, 175 Harvard University, 48, 165 wine tasting, 48–49, 133–34, 224 Harvey, David, 37 Hell’s Kitchen, 4, 5, 55–56, 60, 95, 111, 147, 215 hipsters, 112, 114 homeless, 72–73 immigrants, 93–94, 177, 202 underground railroad for, 97 informational cities, 176 international law, 173 Internet: entrepreneurs, 98 prostitution and, 111–12, 114, 252 Janowitz, Morris, 85 J.B.
(Junebug), 13–18, 21, 22, 159–61, 215–16, 226–29, 235–38, 253–54, 256, 257, 265 film career of, 159, 160, 215, 226, 229–30, 235–37, 255, 256, 268 Shine and, 255 Jimmy, 261–64 johns, 186, 194–95 emotional exchange and, 187–88, 193–95 Jonathan, 192–95 Martin, 186–89, 191–95, 203–6, 250, 257–58 money exchange as protection for, 187–88 Nate, 192–95 Jo Jo, 221–25, 256 Jonathan, 192–95 Joshi, 77–79, 81–82, 88, 91, 162, 263 Juan, 157–58, 165, 207–13, 237–39 Jung, Carl, 236 Karina, 171–72, 173 Kate, 230–34, 237–38, 267 Kerry, Margot, 147, 149–55, 158, 163–74, 175–83, 224, 257, 263–65, 271 background of, 152–53 Carla and, 163–66, 189–90, 196–98, 199, 200, 251–53, 258–60 financial advice given by, 245–48 finishing school of, 199–201 as madam, 154–55, 163–66, 168–73, 176, 181–83, 185, 189–92, 199–201, 215, 230, 232–33, 238, 245–49, 251, 252, 264 sex business quit by, 264, 270 strip clubs and, 180–81 Khan, Shamus, 224 Kimberly, 219, 221–25 Kings County Hospital, 118 Kotlowitz, Alex, 105 Kozol, Jonathan, 105 Kristina, 83–86 La Bodega de la Familia, 103–4 Latino community, 103–4 law, 171 international, 173 Levitt, Steven, 54, 98, 130 Liebow, Elliot, 145 London, 37, 39, 172, 176 Louise, 165 Lower East Side, 63, 98, 103, 104, 110 Madrigal, Father, 113, 115, 118–20, 122–24 Manhattan Nights, 172 see also Kerry, Margot Manjun, 56–63, 65–71, 73, 77, 80–81, 84–86, 88, 91, 94, 111, 138, 143–46, 154, 155, 162, 172–73, 175, 223, 225, 231, 257, 265, 266, 270–72 disappearance of, 88, 91, 95–96, 146 drug trade and, 89, 91, 96 forced prostitution and, 91–92 shop of, 56–59, 61–63, 65, 69–72, 76, 77–80, 82–84, 86–90, 150 thief and, 80, 82, 89, 91 Margot, see Kerry, Margot Marjorie, 204 Martin, 186–89, 191–95, 203–6, 250, 257–58 Marx, Karl, 209 Max, 21 McCombs, Silvia, 105–9 Merton, Robert, 27, 167, 217 Michael (acquaintance of Analise), 160 Michael (acquaintance of Shine), 127, 128, 129 Michael (brother of Shine), 155–57 Midtown, 4, 62, 63, 74, 83–84, 97, 98, 102, 126, 129, 149 Mills, C. Wright, 27–28, 167 Morgan, 245–48 Mortimer, see Conover, Mortimer Moynihan Report, 144 Nate, 192–95 New York, 271–72 Chelsea, 3, 56, 63 Chicago contrasted with, 8, 24, 31, 32, 33, 42, 56, 62, 201, 269–71 contrasts in, 38–39 East Village, 132 gentrification in, 4, 38, 55–56, 177 as global city, 5, 37–40, 93–94, 137, 172, 176, 177, 201, 215, 269–70 Greenpoint, 114 Harlem, 31, 35–37, 59–60, 74, 99, 102, 105, 209–10 underground economy in, 36–37, 39–40, 175 Hell’s Kitchen, 4, 5, 55–56, 60, 95, 111, 147, 215 hipsters in, 112, 114 immigrants in, 93–95, 97, 177, 202 Latino community in, 103–4 Lower East Side, 63, 98, 103, 104, 110 mainstream economy in, 39 Midtown, 4, 62, 63, 74, 83–84, 97, 98, 102, 126, 129, 149 poverty in, 94 sex work in, see sex industry sociology and, 23–25 Soho, 3, 132, 149 suburbanization of, 95 Times Square area, 76 Wall Street, 4, 63, 129, 203 Williamsburg, 114 New York, underground economy in, 1–2, 24, 41–42, 61–62, 86–87, 98, 177, 242 apartment renting and, 84 bank accounts and, 83, 84, 87 black market, 76, 137, 176, 177, 233, 242, 243 wealthy young philanthropists and, 104 day laborers in, 72–73 drugs, see drugs, drug dealing as floating community, 53–54, 58 in Harlem, 36–37, 39–40, 175 health care and, 83, 84 sex work, see sex industry Social Security and, 77 spread into surrounding world, 71 violence in, 89, 196–97 9/11 attacks, 97 Ninth Avenue Family Video, 56–59, 61–63, 65, 69–72, 76, 77–80, 82–84, 86–90, 150 Park, Robert, 29 Patriot Act, 97 philanthropists, young, 104–10, 132 black market and, 104 poor, 23, 94, 201–2, 225 hard work and resilience among, 143–46 stereotypes about, 143–44 welfare and, 106 Silvia and, 106, 108, 109 porn shops, 68–69, 71, 72, 74, 90, 202 of Manjun, 56–59, 61–63, 65, 69–72, 76, 77–80, 82–84, 86–90, 150 of Santosh, 74–75, 88 poverty, see poor prostitution, prostitutes, 1–2, 22, 26, 42–44, 52, 75–76, 110–11, 177 Analise and, 17–23, 25, 26, 135, 158–59, 215–29, 232–33, 237, 242–43, 254, 255, 267 Angela and, 56–60, 62, 71, 72, 78, 83–88, 98, 104, 110–25, 135–39 aspiring artist types and, 184–85 Azad and, 75–76 Brittany and, 11–13, 17–18, 20, 21, 159, 160, 220–222, 226, 234, 237–41 Carla and, see Carla Consuelo Cathy and, 183–89, 190, 204 Cincy and, 112–16, 118, 121–24 clients and, see sex industry clients escort services, see escort services exit strategies and, 232–33, 245–48 female empowerment and, 232 forced, 91–92 high-end, 182–85, 192, 202, 205, 252, 263; see also escort services Internet and, 111–12, 114, 252 Jo Jo and, 221–25, 256 Kimberly and, 219, 221–25 Manjun and, 91–92 Margot Kerry and, 149–55, 163–66, 168–73, 176, 181–83, 185, 189–92, 199–201, 215, 230, 232–33, 238, 245–49, 251, 252, 264 Santosh and, 74 street, 42–43, 71, 73, 78, 84, 98 Vonnie and, 110–25, 135–39, 141 women from business world in, 184–85 Rajesh, 75–76, 91, 98 revanchist policies, 177 Ricky, 198, 258 Santosh, 74–76, 88, 90–93, 97–98, 145–46, 231, 233, 270, 271 Sassen, Saskia, 37, 38 Savage Inequalities (Kozol), 105 September 11 attacks, 97 sex industry, 61, 71–76, 202, 264 aspirations and, 155 escort services, 43–44, 84, 121, 182–83, 202, 225, 242 Analise and, 17–23, 25, 26, 135, 158–59, 215–29, 232–33, 237, 242–43, 254, 255, 267 Carla and, 125–26, 236, 251 Fiona and, 245–47 Morgan and, 245–48 quitting in, 240 ethnic variance in, 181 exit strategies and, 232–33, 245–48 Kristina and, 83–86 multinational nature of, 71–72 networked community and, 84–85 porn shops, 68–69, 71, 72, 74, 90, 202 of Manjun, 56–59, 61–63, 65, 69–72, 76, 77–80, 82–84, 86–90, 150 of Santosh, 74–75, 88 prostitution, prostitutes, 1–2, 22, 26, 42–44, 52, 75–76, 110–11, 177 Analise and, 17–23, 25, 26, 135, 158–59, 215–29, 232–33, 237, 242–43, 254, 255, 267 Angela and, 56–60, 62, 71, 72, 78, 83–88, 98, 104, 110–25, 135–39 aspiring artist types and, 184–85 Azad and, 75–76 Brittany and, 11–13, 17–18, 20, 21, 159, 160, 220–222, 226, 234, 237–41 Carla and, see Carla Consuelo Cathy and, 183–89, 190, 204 Cincy and, 112–16, 118, 121–24 clients and, see sex industry clients escort services, see escort services exit strategies and, 232–33, 245–48 female empowerment and, 232 forced, 91–92 high-end, 182–85, 192, 202, 205, 252, 263; see also escort services Internet and, 111–12, 114, 252 Jo Jo and, 221–25, 256 Kimberly and, 219, 221–25 Manjun and, 91–92 Margot Kerry and, 149–55, 163–66, 168–73, 176, 181–83, 185, 189–92, 199–201, 215, 230, 232–33, 238, 245–49, 251, 252, 264 Santosh and, 74 street, 42–43, 71, 73, 78, 84, 98 Vonnie and, 110–25, 135–39, 141 women from business world in, 184–85 Santosh and, 74–75 social networks and, 73 socioeconomic and ethnic mixing in, 164–66 strip clubs, 6, 44–47, 49–50, 185, 202, 261–62 Margot Kerry and, 180–81 Mortimer and, 50–54 Times Square and, 76 transition to normal life, 245–48 white women in, 158 sex industry clients, 186, 194–95 emotional exchange and, 187–88, 193–95 Jonathan, 192–95 Martin, 186–89, 191–95, 203–6, 250, 257–58 money exchange as protection for, 187–88 Nate, 192–95 Sex Workers’ Project, Urban Justice Center, 2, 43, 47, 71, 73, 83, 175 Shakespeare, William, 233 Shine, 1–6, 12, 16, 23–25, 35–37, 42, 54–59, 62–63, 69–71, 98–103, 126–32, 138–43, 143–46, 155–58, 162, 175–77, 179–80, 196, 207–14, 233, 234, 242–43, 255–58, 264–73 Analise and, 7–13, 101, 215, 241, 256, 272 art galleries and, 2–6, 101, 214–15, 241, 265–66, 273 cocaine business of, 1, 4, 9–11, 58, 127, 129–32, 138–43, 207–14, 241, 243, 273 conflict resolution and, 172 Evalina and, 10, 12, 214 family of, 155–57, 265 father of, 156 geographical boundaries and, 102 at hotel bar, 126–29 J.B. and, 255 Juan and, 157–58, 165, 207–13, 237–39 mother of, 156–57, 210 as pimp, 99 staff of, 138–43, 157–58, 207–8, 231–32, 240 S.V.’s meeting of, 1, 30–35 S.V.’s relationship with, 103 white clients and, 101–3, 141, 174, 209–10, 214 Shoomi, 66–68, 90, 94 Smith, Neil, 177 snowball sampling, 151 Social Security, 77 Society of Fellows, 48 social capital, 165, 167, 209–10, 249, 253 social classes, 145, 176 low income, 175, 176 middle and upper, 176 moving across, 165, 176–78, 201, 202, 238, 242 new, 177–78 sociology, sociologists, 23, 28–29, 37, 73, 87, 143–45, 195, 201, 203, 206, 250, 271 at Columbia, 27–28 ecological viewpoint in, 38, 145 ethical research methods and, 179–80 ethnography, 1, 39 Chicago style and, 23–24 globalization studied by, 38 moving across social classes and, 165, 201 New York style and, 23–25 poor as viewed by, 23, 143–44, 201 small n problem in, 40, 184, 250, 252, 263, 271–72 snowball sampling in, 151 S.V.’s documentary and, 166–67 Soho, 3, 132, 149 squeegee men, 68, 69, 72 State of Grace (film), 55 strip clubs, 6, 44–47, 49–50, 185, 202, 261–62 Margot Kerry and, 180–81 Mortimer and, 50–54 Sula, 80–83, 91 Swidler, Ann, 213 There Are No Children Here (Kotlowitz), 105 third culture, 174 Times Square, 76 Tito, 211, 237 Tori, 185–86 Truly Disadvantaged, The (Wilson), 29 Tuskegee trials, 179 underground economy, 40, 86, 92 brokers in, 173–74 in Chicago, 5, 40 connecting to overworld, 178 connectivity in, 172–73 floating communities and, 53–54 legal system and, 171 role of, in lives of middle class and wealthy, 182 social relations in, 52–54 speculation about, 39 trust and confidentiality in, 138 underground economy in New York, 1–2, 24, 41–42, 61–62, 86–87, 98, 177, 242 apartment renting and, 84 bank accounts and, 83, 84, 87 black market, 76, 137, 176, 177, 233, 242, 243 wealthy young philanthropists and, 104 day laborers in, 72–73 drugs, see drugs, drug dealing as floating community, 53–54, 58 in Harlem, 36–37, 39–40, 175 health care and, 83, 84 sex work, see sex industry Social Security and, 77 spread into surrounding world, 71 violence in, 89, 196–97 University of Chicago, 5, 27–29, 31 Urban Justice Center, 61 Sex Workers’ Project at, 2, 43, 47, 71, 73, 83, 175 Venkatesh, Sudhir (author): arrival at Columbia, 27, 29–30, 261 Bearman and, 28, 130, 167–68 Chicago public housing documentary of, 10, 166–67, 179, 180 Chicago sociology background of, 23–24, 30, 86, 104, 130, 132–33, 144, 166, 178, 250 Clark and, 30, 32, 33 at Columbia, 130, 166, 185, 269 as documentary filmmaker, 179–82, 185, 229–30, 262–63, 268–69 Gang Leader for a Day, 1, 29, 40 panic attacks of, 150–51 research grant of, 185 separation and divorce of, 80–81, 134, 151, 167–69, 188, 189, 191, 194, 217, 250 small n problem in research of, 40, 184, 250, 252, 263, 271–72 at University of Chicago, 5, 27–29, 31 at wine tasting, 48–49, 133–34, 224 Village Voice, 86–87 violence, 89, 196–97 vomiting, 161–62 Vonnie, 110–25, 135–39, 141, 145, 162 Wallace, Terry, 163 Wall Street, 4, 63, 129, 203 Waters, Mary, 95 webs of significance, 25 welfare, 106 Silvia and, 106, 108, 109 White, Harrison, 28 Williams, Carter, 105–10, 132 Williamsburg, 114 Wilson, William Julius, 28–29 wine tasting, 48–49, 133–34, 224 Winters, Betsy, 105–10, 132–34 Winters, Michael, 105–10, 132 women’s shelter, 123 World Trade Center attack, 97
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
The New Yorker wrote of the show: “Goofy, funny, and improbably believable … Kaling and Withers have created one of the most appealing male-bonding stories since Damon and Pythias. Or Oscar and Felix.” That quote was easy to access because I have it tattooed on my clavicle. This is when our lives started to change. Producers got in touch with us to transfer the show to Off-Broadway. We got a director, we got a budget, and we could finally return our costumes to Brenda’s brothers. The show went up at P.S. 122, a beautiful theater in the East Village that at one point had been a public school. There’s a special level of cool for buildings in Manhattan that have at one point been something else. Someone might say to you, knowingly, “Oh, did you know this theater used to be a zipper factory?” or “You obviously know this discotheque used to be church, right?” or “We are eating in a restaurant that at one point was a typhoid containment center.”
It’s still pretty perfect, but now it has a tiny bump in it, which she good-naturedly pretends she likes. I guess the lesson is that if you’re going to punch someone in the face, your best bet is to punch your best friend. Counterintuitive, I know. Bruce Weber gave us a great review in the Times and also a separate little write-up about the nose incident. The publicity drove sales even more. People were curious about this weird, sixty-minute East Village play starring cross-dressers, during which at any moment physical violence might erupt. Great press from Rolling Stone and Time gave the producers confidence that the show could move to Los Angeles. So while there was a production going on at P.S. 122, we started another one in L.A. EMOTIONAL BLOODSHED Matt & Ben was invited to the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, in Aspen, which was a big deal, because HBO sponsored the festival and the place was full of powerful Hollywood execs.
Sober Stick Figure: A Memoir by Amber Tozer
I thought since performing was the only thing that made me happy (besides being drunk), it must mean that this was what I was supposed to do with my life. I was still afraid of the cool alternative scene, but all I had to do was get real fucking sloshed before I went to a show and everything was fine. One of my goals was to get on a Monday night show called “Eating It.” It was at Luna Lounge, a rock club in the East Village that occasionally hosted comedy events. The show’s producer, Jeff, would always book one or two new comics and it was a BIG DEAL. It was a hot shit show because comics like Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt, Tig Notaro, Todd Barry, Marc Maron, and Bill Burr would perform. I wanted to get on that show so bad, and I was there every Monday night slamming drinks, chain-smoking, and talking to my comedy heroes and trying to get Jeff to like me.
Then I’d have these nights where I would try to find another boyfriend. One who wasn’t so controlling. One time I made out with a 60 year-old guy right at the bar in front of everyone. He was a good kisser. Another time while we were on one of our temporary breakups, I was house-sitting for Jen. She and her boyfriend were out of town, and I had to water her plants. It was great because they lived in the East Village, and there were so many cool bars in that neighborhood. I invited a friend of mine out for drinks. He was a musician and hung around a lot of comics I knew. I had had a crush on him for a while. I brought him back to Jen’s and was like, “I am gonna fuck this guy,” but I couldn’t go through with it because I kept wishing he was Vinnie. We just fooled around, and I blue-balled him on Jen’s couch.
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, cognitive dissonance, cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, East Village, European colonialism, full employment, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, immigration reform, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, indoor plumbing, Kitchen Debate, liberal capitalism, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price mechanism, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, the medium is the message, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, walking around money, War on Poverty, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog
She didn’t even note the charismatic outlaw in Haight-Ashbury that summer luring young girls into his orbit the way Clyde lured Bonnie: a songwriter by the name of Charles Manson. The NYPD maintained a twenty-man undercover detail to help terrified parents find runaways. The New York Times’s J. Anthony Lukas won a Pulitzer Prize for his harrowing account of one such teenage girl. “I didn’t even know there was an East Village,” he quoted Irving Fitzpatrick, “the wealthy Greenwich spice importer whose daughter, Linda, was found murdered with a hippie friend in an East Village boiler room on October 8.” The condensed version in the Christmas issue of America’s most widely read magazine was billed as “probably the most nightmarish article the Reader’s Digest has ever published.” “Red and white are Linda’s favorite colors; she thinks they’re gay,” Mrs. Fitzpatrick told the reporter, showing off Linda’s third-floor bedroom, while the reporter alternated images like that with ones from Linda’s other world in italics: “Linda told people she was a witch….
“The outcry of a generation is finally being taken seriously,” ran a letter responding to Time from a Steve Forrer, Gettysburg College, Class of ’69 (Time always included young letter-writers’ ages). “We are thinkers, cool guys, picketers, workers, fighters, but most of all we are the future of America—and that doesn’t scare us.” Pundits spoke of the 26 million new citizens who would come of voting age by the time the 1972 presidential election rolled around, politics’ new X-factor. In “paisley ghettos” such as Haight-Ashbury and New York’s East Village and Old Town in Chicago, teenagers chartered brave new worlds. The manifesto of the first gathering of publishers of the new “underground” press proclaimed as their purpose, “To warn the ‘civilized world’ of its impending collapse,” through “communications among aware communities outside the establishment.” (San Francisco that summer, the underground paper IVO promised, would be “the Rome of a future world founded on love.”)
Episcopalian bishop James Pike noticed “something about the temper and quality of these people, a gentleness, an interest—something good.” Time observed in a long and respectful cover story in the summer of 1967 that their “drug use is primarily Eucharistic in nature” and reported on pilgrimages to “psychadelicatessens” by “shoppers who intend trying nothing stronger than a Bloody Mary” such as Jackie Kennedy, a regular knickknack purchaser in the head shops of the East Village. Though a Time letter-writer expressed another proliferating opinion: “I fail to see much real altruism or idealism in my children or their friends. I see, rather, a perverted, sentimental self-centeredness.” In fact, the more attention paid the psychadelicatessens, the more the squares worked at chartering a youth culture of their own. In January of 1966, the names of 477,000 students from 322 colleges who supported the war were presented by student leaders to the White House.
Friday passed with no improvement. I woke up Saturday morning and it was the same. And I was meeting this guy tonight. Basically, I could stand and walk OK, but sitting was hard. That’s pretty sexy, right? Anxiety started to creep in, and I began to worry that total back spaz à la SNL would happen during my date. I could just imagine myself sprawled out on the floor of some restaurant in the East Village, waiting for an ambulance. I talked to my friends on the phone. “How about acupuncture?” one of them said. Acupuncture. I’d never tried it before. Ordinarily, I’d be scared of the needles, but at this point I was thinking the needles couldn’t be any worse than the pain in my back. I made a few calls to acupuncturists who were recommended, but none were available on such short notice on a Saturday.
That meant he was in crazy mode—disconnected, hyper, spazzy, feral—some vestigial behavior relating to unknown traumas before he landed in an animal shelter as a rescue. “Isn’t that so like me?” I thought. Once again I had managed to pick a bad boy with a complicated past who seemed really sweet and nice the first time we met and saved all his bad shit for after we were fully involved. Then came the day I found out just how dark this Burleigh was…. I ran into my friend Jenny and we were going to hang somewhere near my apartment in the East Village. I just needed to walk the dog. “I love dogs! I’ll come with you to walk him!” Jenny is a sweet, wide-eyed dancer who had once done a reading of a musical with me. We arrived at my apartment and right away I saw … it’s Cujo time. Burleigh was crazed. He was jumping, he was barking like crazy. The whites of his eyes were gleaming in full effect. He was even nipping a bit. We took him out for a walk and he continued to behave like a madman.
In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen
His manipulation of the Passover feast for political gain, however, was to prove catastrophic; in the ensuing two millenniums, ignorant Christians mourning Christ’s death during Easter routinely massacred Jews because their simultaneous Passover feast—a joyous event commemorating their release from Egyptian bondage—was mistaken as celebration of Christ’s death on the cross. Humble Pie So here I am in some subterranean dive in Manhattan’s East Village. Everywhere you look, there are Japanese hipsters in hornrim glasses sucking on Sapporo beers and munching omelets covered in writhing bonito flakes that look like barf monsters from a bad sci-fi flick. I take a mouthful of my motsu yakitori . Motsu means cow intestines. I love ’em, which is just as well, since each yakitori—a kind of Japanese shish-kebab—is only three inches long, and I am determined to choke down an entire cow intestine.
She then doubled the group’s membership, making it the largest in the world, and used its clout to make females fully enfranchised members of society. In the Green Hour Jeff and I stared doubtfully at the liquid dripping slowly into the glass. “Does that look like it’s turning green to you?” I asked. “Well, no,” Jeffrey drawled, “but maybe if we drank some more, it would.” “Sounds like a plan.” I looked around. It was New Year’s Eve, 1999, and we had ended up at a party thrown by a painter friend in the East Village of Manhattan. A small affair, good fun, but the libations weren’t flowing with quite the fecundity one associates with the festivity in question, and we’d both become parched, particularly Jeff, who, as leader/singer of the renowned Lefty Jones Band, often suffers from inexplicable bouts of thirst. So we’d taken it upon ourselves to rummage through our host’s personal belongings, and there, toward the back of the top shelf in a remote cupboard, we’d stumbled upon a bottle with its cork half-eaten away.
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend
1960s counterculture, 4chan, A Pattern Language, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, anti-communist, Apple II, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, business process, call centre, carbon footprint, charter city, chief data officer, clean water, cleantech, cloud computing, computer age, congestion charging, connected car, crack epidemic, crowdsourcing, DARPA: Urban Challenge, data acquisition, Deng Xiaoping, digital map, Donald Davies, East Village, Edward Glaeser, game design, garden city movement, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, George Gilder, ghettoisation, global supply chain, Grace Hopper, Haight Ashbury, Hedy Lamarr / George Antheil, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, interchangeable parts, Internet Archive, Internet of things, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, Jane Jacobs, jitney, John Snow's cholera map, Khan Academy, Kibera, knowledge worker, load shedding, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, mobile money, mutually assured destruction, new economy, New Urbanism, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, off grid, openstreetmap, packet switching, Parag Khanna, patent troll, Pearl River Delta, place-making, planetary scale, popular electronics, RFC: Request For Comment, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Gordon, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart cities, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, smart grid, smart meter, social graph, social software, social web, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stuxnet, supply-chain management, technoutopianism, Ted Kaczynski, telepresence, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, too big to fail, trade route, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Upton Sinclair, uranium enrichment, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, working poor, working-age population, X Prize, Y2K, zero day, Zipcar
As he told a CNN reporter a few weeks later, what motivated his home renovation was common generosity, “I’ve got more bandwidth than I’m using and I’m willing to share it for free.”26 From that humble start, over the next year we perfected a guerrilla model for setting up free Wi-Fi: donated equipment, volunteer labor, and a host who would cover bandwidth costs and provide a space for our equipment. We hung wireless routers outside our own apartment windows and on the fronts of local businesses like alt.coffee, a café fronting Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Almost immediately, we found ourselves in a digital land rush. As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones looking to bring Wi-Fi to the street. But we were the only ones hoping to do so for free. All of the big wireless companies like Verizon and T-Mobile, as well as start-ups such as Boingo, wanted to muscle in and turned our public spaces into a commercial battleground. As we worried that Wi-Fi’s wireless commons would be colonized by business, our fears were confirmed when, in December 2002, AT&T, Intel, and IBM teamed up to launch Cometa Networks, a new venture that promised to build a network of 20,000 pay hot spots nationwide.
As a remedy, over the next decade Alexander and his colleagues studied traditional cities around the world, distilling their timeless design elements—“the unchanging receptacle in which the changing parts of the system . . . can work together,” as he had described the corner in Berkeley.2 The results, published in 1977 as A Pattern Language, were a crib sheet for lattice-friendly city building. Standing outside the St. Mark’s Ale House once again in 2011, almost ten years to the day after I first encountered Dodgeball inside, I browsed the East Village’s lattice with my iPhone using Dennis Crowley’s newest app, Foursquare. Alexander’s ideas about trees, lattices, and patterns have lingered on the margins of architecture and urban design since the 1970s. But they had an enormous impact on computer science, where his writings inspired the development of object-oriented programming. Its philosophy of modular, reusable pieces of code that can be brought together in useful semi-lattices—much like the objects on Alexander’s street corner—dominates software design to this day, including the computer language used by iPhone app developers (Objective-C).3 A fifty-year feedback loop closed as I realized that Alexander’s vision of the city as a lattice underpinned the design of the software that now filtered my own view of it.
“What is needed right now is a new type of city,” he continued, perhaps unwittingly echoing the call to arms of the People’s Computer Company some four decades earlier, “a city that is like the Internet in its openness, participation, distributed nature and rapid, organic evolution—a city that is not centrally operated, but that is created, operated and improved upon by all—a DIY City.”18 He outlined his vision of an online community where “people from all over the world think about, talk about, and ultimately build tools for making their cities work better with web technologies.”19 Geraci and I had stayed in touch, and throughout the autumn and early winter of 2008, we would meet for long walks around the East Village, looping out from my apartment at Ninth Street and Third Avenue, on a gallery walk of grassroots smart-city projects. Past the free hot spot a crew of NYCwireless volunteers had installed in early October 2001 to provide relief Internet access after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Past the block where Geraci and fellow ITP student Mohit SantRam had launched the first Neighbornode cluster from SantRam’s apartment.
Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer by Duncan J. Watts
active measures, affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Black Swan, butterfly effect, Carmen Reinhart, Cass Sunstein, clockwork universe, cognitive dissonance, collapse of Lehman Brothers, complexity theory, correlation does not imply causation, crowdsourcing, death of newspapers, discovery of DNA, East Village, easy for humans, difficult for computers, edge city, en.wikipedia.org, Erik Brynjolfsson, framing effect, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, George Santayana, happiness index / gross national happiness, high batting average, hindsight bias, illegal immigration, industrial cluster, interest rate swap, invention of the printing press, invention of the telescope, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, lake wobegon effect, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, medical malpractice, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Milgram experiment, natural language processing, Netflix Prize, Network effects, oil shock, packet switching, pattern recognition, performance metric, phenotype, Pierre-Simon Laplace, planetary scale, prediction markets, pre–internet, RAND corporation, random walk, RFID, school choice, Silicon Valley, statistical model, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, supply-chain management, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, too big to fail, Toyota Production System, ultimatum game, urban planning, Vincenzo Peruggia: Mona Lisa, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, X Prize
Just as superspreaders drive real epidemics and great men drive history, so too the law of the few claims that social epidemics are “driven by the efforts of a handful of exceptional people.” For example, in discussing the mysterious resurgence of Hush Puppies in the mid-1990s, Gladwell explains that the great mystery is how those shoes went from something worn by a few fashion-forward downtown Manhattan hipsters to being sold in malls across the country. What was the connection between the East Village and Middle America? The Law of the Few says the answer is that one of these exceptional people found out about the trend, and through social connections and energy and enthusiasm and personality spread the word about Hush Puppies just as people like Gaeten Dugas and Nushawn Williams were able to spread HIV.12 Gladwell’s law of the few is catnip to marketers and businessmen and community organizers and just about anyone else in the business of shaping or manipulating people.
The Tipping Point, in fact, is replete with stories about interesting people who seem to have played critical roles in important events: Paul Revere and his famous midnight ride from Boston to Lexington that energized the local militias and triggered the American Revolution. Gaëtan Dugas, the sexually voracious Canadian flight attendant who became known as Patient Zero of the American HIV epidemic. Lois Weisberg, the title character of Gladwell’s earlier New Yorker article, who seems to know everyone, and has a gift for connecting people. And the group of East Village hipsters whose ironic embrace of Hush Puppies shoes preceded a dramatic revival in the brand’s fortunes. These are all great stories, and it’s hard to read them and not agree with Gladwell that when something happens that is as surprising and dramatic as the Minutemen’s unexpectedly fierce defense of Lexington on April 17, 1775, someone special—someone like Paul Revere—must have helped it along.
Branded Beauty by Mark Tungate
augmented reality, Berlin Wall, call centre, corporate social responsibility, double helix, East Village, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Gehry, haute couture, invention of the printing press, joint-stock company, liberal capitalism, placebo effect, Ray Kurzweil, Silicon Valley, stem cell
It gave L’Oréal a stronger foothold in Japan, but could also be flipped on its head to sell the idea of avant-garde beauty from Tokyo to sophisticated Western consumers. Its brand positioning focuses on ‘the art of beauty’. Another savvy acquisition was the cult New York skin and hair care brand Kiehl’s. Founded in 1851 by a homeopathic pharmacist named John Kiehl, the company was still run from its original store – which looked as if it had barely changed – in the East Village. This was the only retail outlet it owned; the rest of the distribution was through selected department stores. The brand’s no-nonsense image and utilitarian packaging made it popular with male consumers – an elusive target group for beauty companies. Marketing was resolutely word-of-mouth, relying on generous samples and customer endorsements. When L’Oréal snapped up the brand in 2000, it began opening Kiehl’s outlets all over the world.
Despite the fact that she’s now legal, Leven continues to design and sell jewellery. Her work sits perfectly alongside the exotic tattoo designs papering the studio, which seem to take their cues from the world’s more colourful cultures. She adores India and travels there often. ‘People sometimes assume my jewellery is directly related to body piercing, which is not the case. The body piercing trend was at its height in the mid-90s. We had a piercing shop in the East Village and they were doing a hundred piercings a day. But now it’s calmed down.’ Tattoos, though, are more popular than ever. At the time of my visit there’s a trend for getting text written on the skin. ‘Some people ask for entire poems. It’s a tricky one because skin is of course an entirely different medium to paper. Try tattooing a verse in copperplate on somebody’s ribs, for example.’ As for O’Donnell, he specializes in beautiful, richly coloured Japanese-style tattoos that take up entire blocks of body: imagine golden tigers or giant gem-coloured snakes rippling across a back or a torso.
The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber
Bretton Woods, British Empire, corporate personhood, David Graeber, deindustrialization, dumpster diving, East Village, feminist movement, financial innovation, George Gilder, John Markoff, Lao Tzu, late fees, Occupy movement, payday loans, planetary scale, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ralph Nader, reserve currency, Ronald Reagan, seigniorage, too big to fail, trickle-down economics, unpaid internship, We are the 99%, working poor
Marisa is one of those people one is almost guaranteed to underestimate: small, unassuming, with a tendency to fold herself into a ball and all but disappear in public events. But she is one of the most gifted activists I’ve ever met. As I was later to discover, she had an almost uncanny ability to instantly assess a situation and figure out what’s happening, what’s important, and what needs to be done. As the little meeting along the Hudson broke up, Marisa told me about a meeting the next day at EarthMatters in the East Village for a new group she was working with called US Uncut—inspired, she explained, by the British coalition UK Uncut, which had been created to organize mass civil disobedience against the Tory government’s austerity plans in 2010. They were mostly pretty liberal, she hastened to warn me, not many anarchists, but in a way that was what was so charming about the group: the New York chapter was made up of people of all sorts of different backgrounds—“real people, not activist types”—middle-aged housewives, postal workers.
I spent a lot of the next few weeks tracking down old friends from the Direct Action Network who had gone into hiding, retired, burnt out, given up, got jobs, or gone off to live on some organic farm, convincing them this wasn’t another false start, it was real this time, and getting them to join us and share their experience. It took a while, but gradually many did filter back. At that first GA at the Irish Hunger Memorial, we decided all subsequent GAs would be held in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village—that is, not in the relatively desolate environs of Wall Street itself, but in the heart of a real New York community, the kind of place we hoped to see local assemblies eventually emerge. Marisa and I agreed to facilitate the first of them, on August 13, since Marisa had a good deal of experience with consensus process. In fact, she was so good—and everyone else at first so uncertain—she ended up having to help facilitate the next four.
Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star by Tracey Thorn
At first, just a medicinal nip before going on worked wonders. Then that wore off a bit, so now a little more is needed. It is only eleven in the morning, and I haven’t eaten yet, but I slug back a couple of large brandies anyway, and hey presto! I feel much warmer and braver. At that moment, Jeff Buckley appears unexpectedly in our cabin. In New York in April 1995, we had done an acoustic gig at a little club/café in the East Village called Sin-é, for the sole reason that Jeff Buckley had, in 1993, released his first EP of live recordings made there. After it was released, and following tip-offs from Geoff Travis, we went to see Jeff play live in London, and at first I had mixed feelings of awe and impatience. He was so good, but he could be so self-involved onstage it was almost impenetrable, and the self-love was off-putting.
Out in New York I wanted to play where he had played, and so we booked a gig at Sin-é, which really was just a café where they pushed the tables back and you set up in a corner of the room. We lugged our own gear down there, turning up with a couple of guitars and a tiny amp, and set up and played to a packed and amazed room, with the pavement outside crowded with those who couldn’t get in, noses pressed against the windows, watching from the street. Our friend Valerie had a small hairdressing salon in the East Village, and Ben wandered down there one day to get a haircut. By magical coincidence Jeff Buckley, who was also friends with Valerie, was in there at the same time getting a trim. Valerie introduced them to each other and they started chatting, and soon discovered that we were all booked to play at that year’s Glastonbury. Jeff suggested we team up and do a song together. Sounds like a great idea, said Ben, and thought no more about it.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
affirmative action, airport security, Albert Einstein, complexity theory, David Brooks, East Village, haute couture, Kevin Kelly, medical malpractice, medical residency, Menlo Park, new economy, pattern recognition, phenotype, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Stephen Hawking, theory of mind, young professional
In 1996, Hush Puppies won the prize for best accessory at the Council of Fashion Designers awards dinner at Lincoln Center, and the president of the firm stood up on the stage with Calvin Klein and Donna Karan and accepted an award for an achievement that—as he would be the first to admit—his company had almost nothing to do with. Hush Puppies had suddenly exploded, and it all started with a handful of kids in the East Village and Soho. How did that happen? Those first few kids, whoever they were, weren’t deliberately trying to promote Hush Puppies. They were wearing them precisely because no one else would wear them. Then the fad spread to two fashion designers who used the shoes to peddle something else—haute couture. The shoes were an incidental touch. No one was trying to make Hush Puppies a trend. Yet, somehow, that’s exactly what happened.
Criminologists point to the decline of the crack trade and the aging of the population. Economists, meanwhile, say that the gradual improvement in the city’s economy over the course of the 1990s had the effect of employing those who might otherwise have become criminals. These are the conventional explanations for the rise and fall of social problems, but in the end none is any more satisfying than the statement that kids in the East Village caused the Hush Puppies revival. The changes in the drug trade, the population, and the economy are all long-term trends, happening all over the country. They don’t explain why crime plunged in New York City so much more than in other cities around the country, and they don’t explain why it all happened in such an extraordinarily short time. As for the improvements made by the police, they are important too.
The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class?and What We Can Do About It by Richard Florida
affirmative action, Airbnb, basic income, Bernie Sanders, blue-collar work, business climate, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, clean water, Columbine, congestion charging, creative destruction, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, declining real wages, deindustrialization, Donald Trump, East Village, edge city, Edward Glaeser, failed state, Ferguson, Missouri, Gini coefficient, Google bus, high net worth, income inequality, income per capita, industrial cluster, informal economy, Jane Jacobs, jitney, Kitchen Debate, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, land value tax, low skilled workers, Lyft, megacity, Menlo Park, mortgage tax deduction, Nate Silver, New Economic Geography, new economy, New Urbanism, occupational segregation, Paul Graham, Plutocrats, plutocrats, RAND corporation, rent control, rent-seeking, Richard Florida, rising living standards, Ronald Reagan, secular stagnation, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, superstar cities, the built environment, The Chicago School, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the High Line, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, trickle-down economics, Uber and Lyft, universal basic income, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white flight, young professional
My early experience of that original urban crisis left a deep imprint on me. When I went off to Rutgers College that fall, I found myself drawn to courses about cities and the urban issues of race, poverty, urban decay, and industrial decline. When I was a sophomore, my urban geography professor, Robert Lake, gave us an assignment to tour Lower Manhattan and chronicle what we saw. I was transfixed by the incredible urban change that was under way in SoHo, the East Village, and surrounding areas, captivated by the energy of the streets and of the artists, musicians, designers, and writers who lived and worked there. Old industrial warehouses and factories were being transformed into studios and living spaces. Punk, new wave, and rap were electrifying the area’s music venues and clubs—the first tender shoots of what would later become a full-blown urban revival.
Nearby, on what was once a wasteland of rubble and sagging piers, a long, green park with a bike path would run along the Hudson River across the entire length of Manhattan. Times Square would still have its lights and flickering billboards, but where seedy theaters and sex shops once stood, he would find an urban version of Disneyland teeming with tourists, some of them relaxing in the rocking chairs placed there for their enjoyment. Where the squatting artists of SoHo and the hippies and punks of the West and East Villages once roamed, he would find upscale restaurants, cafés, and bars filled with well-off investment bankers, techies, tourists, and more than the occasional celebrity. The once functioning meat-processing plants, industrial warehouses, and off-the-beaten-path gay leather bars of the Meatpacking District would be gone; instead, a linear park built atop the neighborhood’s derelict elevated rail line would be crowded with people.
The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions...and Created Plenty of Controversy by Leigh Gallagher
Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, barriers to entry, Bernie Sanders, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, don't be evil, Donald Trump, East Village, Elon Musk, housing crisis, iterative process, Jeff Bezos, Jony Ive, Justin.tv, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, medical residency, Menlo Park, Network effects, Paul Buchheit, Paul Graham, performance metric, Peter Thiel, RFID, Sand Hill Road, Saturday Night Live, sharing economy, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, Startup school, Steve Jobs, TaskRabbit, the payments system, Tony Hsieh, Y Combinator, yield management
In 2012, police busted prostitutes using an apartment they found on Airbnb in Stockholm as a brothel. In a well-publicized incident in New York in 2014, Ari Teman thought he rented his Chelsea apartment out to a family that was in town for a wedding, but when he stopped in to pick up his bags before heading out of town, he found what he said was a sex party for overweight people in full swing. A few weeks earlier, start-up executive Rachel Bassini rented her penthouse in New York City’s East Village and returned home to find furniture damaged and overturned and everything from used condoms to chewed gum and other detritus—including what seemed to be human feces—on the floors, walls, and furniture. In the spring of 2015, Mark and Star King, married parents of two young children in Calgary, rented their three-bedroom home in the city’s suburban Sage Hill residential neighborhood to a man who said he was in town with a few family members for a wedding.
By 2012, however, the company began to feel the first signs that it might not be so welcome. “We started hearing some rumors that there was going to be a crackdown on our hosts,” recalls Belinda Johnson, the company’s chief business-affairs and legal officer who at the time had recently joined Airbnb as general counsel. In September of that year, according to the New York Times, a thirty-year-old web designer named Nigel Warren used Airbnb to rent out his room in the East Village apartment he shared with a roommate while he went to Colorado for a few days. With the roommate’s OK, Warren listed it for one hundred dollars per night and quickly had a booking from a woman from Russia. When Warren returned from his trip, he learned that the city’s Office of Special Enforcement, a multiagency task force that investigates quality-of-life complaints, had paid a visit to the building and slapped his landlord with three violations and fines totaling $40,000.
Winter Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends by Rick Rodgers
Remove the skin and bones and coarsely chop the meat. Set aside. 5. Add the cream to the soup and heat until piping hot, but do not boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In batches, puree the soup in a blender and return to the saucepan. 6. Serve hot, topping each serving with some of the chicken and bacon. “Stuffed Cabbage” Soup Makes 6 to 8 servings When I first moved to New York, I lived in the East Village, which was dotted with Eastern European coffee shops. Each place featured stuffed cabbage as a cheap daily special, and I quickly learned to both love it and make my own. When I don’t have the time for rolling and stuffing the cabbage, I make this soup that has all of the flavors, but is less labor-intensive. * * * MEATBALLS 1 large egg 3 tablespoons dried unflavored bread crumbs 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pound ground round beef 2 tablespoons vegetable oil SOUP 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 celery ribs, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 cups packed coarsely chopped green cabbage (about 1 pound) 4 cups beef stock, preferably homemade, or use low-sodium canned broth One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes in puree 2 cups water ½ teaspoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 bay leaf 1/3 cup long-grain rice Salt and freshly ground black pepper Sour cream, for serving * * * 1.
Program Or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
banking crisis, big-box store, citizen journalism, cloud computing, digital map, East Village, financial innovation, Firefox, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, invention of the printing press, Kevin Kelly, Marshall McLuhan, peer-to-peer, Silicon Valley, statistical model, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, WikiLeaks
Instead of engaging with those around her, she’s scrolling through text messages on her phone, from friends at other parties, bars, and clubs throughout New York. She needs to know if the event she’s at is “the event to be at,” or whether something better is happening at that very moment, somewhere else. Sure enough, a blip on display catches her interest, and in what seems like seconds we’re in a cab headed for the East Village. We arrive at a seemingly identical party, but it’s the one that Gina has decided is “the place to be” tonight. Instead of turning the phone off and enjoying herself, however, she turns her phone around, activates the camera, and proceeds to take pictures of herself and her friends—instantly uploading them to her Facebook page for the world to see. She does this for about an hour, until a message comes through one of her networks and she’s off to the next location for the cycle to begin all over again.
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
Lil came to visit me just once to congratulate me on my future fatherhood and to announce that she had initiated divorce proceedings by taking out the necessary separation papers and that her lawyer would be visiting me shortly. (He did, but I was in the state of catatonia at the time.) She stated that separation and divorce were clearly best for both of us especially since I would undoubtedly be spending much of the rest of my life in mental institutions. Dr. Vener of QSH told me that my former patient Eric Cannon had, after two months of leading a growing herd-of hippies in Brooklyn and in the East Village, been recommitted to the hospital by his father and was asking to see me. He also noted that Arturo Toscanini Jones had also been recommitted - on a technicality unearthed by diligent police and was not asking to see me. In fact, the only good news I was getting from the rest of the world was from my patients in dice therapy. All took my being locked up perfectly in their stride, continued to develop their dicelife on their own and waited patiently and confidently for my return to them.
I might not be more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, or able to leap tall buildings at a single bound, but in terms of being free at any given moment to do whatever the dice or the spontaneous `I' might dictate, I would be, compared to all known past human beings, a superman. But I was lonely. Superman at least had a regular job and Lois Lane. But being a real superbeing, one capable of marvels and miracles compared to the mechanical and repetitious acrobatics of Superman and Batman, was lonely, I'm sorry, fans, but that's how I felt. I had gone to a dingy hotel in the East Village that made the geriatrics ward at QSH seem like a plush retirement villa. I sweated and sulked and wandered out to play a few dice roles and dice games and sometimes I enjoyed myself thoroughly, but those nights alone in that hotel room were not among the high points of my life. The problem of boredom which the Die had so successfully solved seemed, now that I was approaching the totally free state, to be reappearing.
Maybe it had to do with the coming of age of the ﬁrst wave of baby boomers, college educated, disaffected, uninterested in the social crises of the day. Maybe it was because competitive Scrabble was an outsider’s game, appealing in a way that chess no longer was amid the locust swarms that followed the Fischer-Spassky match in 1972. For whatever reason, a regular Scrabble night sprang up at the Bar Point House of Backgammon in the East Village. There were games at the Olive Tree, a Greenwich Village coffeehouse. And you could play daily at the Chess House on West 72nd and Chess City at 100th and Broadway, which later moved to 75th and Broadway and was renamed the Game Room. Where the Flea House had been the games-playing equivalent of a Wild West saloon — all bluster and braggadocio — the game rooms were gooﬁer and more egalitarian, and the game itself approached more studiously.
“Maybe a Magritte on my leg. I’m doing a Mount Rushmore with my four favorite composers. It’s going to be Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach.” Richie slaps his knee and laughs. It’s a deep, sinister, Goodfellas guffaw that insists you join in or risk bodily harm. He invites me to come watch him get tattooed. Suddenly he says, “It smells strongly of urine over here, doesn’t it?” I meet Richie on a Friday night at the East Village tattoo parlor of Anil Gupta. Since that day in the park, Richie has had the composers 226 ❑ Word Freak etched into his lower right arm: Mozart in lavender, Bach in orange, Beethoven in green, and Handel in blue. Richie removes his shoes and his right sock and sits in a dental chair. He swallows a couple of Tylenols with codeine and lifts his right pants leg, revealing the work in progress: the funeral mask of King Tutankhamen.
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Albert Einstein, Brownian motion, Buckminster Fuller, cognitive dissonance, Colonization of Mars, corporate governance, East Village, global village, Haight Ashbury, information retrieval, invention of agriculture, invention of movable type, invention of writing, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, Menlo Park, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, post-industrial society, RAND corporation, the market place, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, urban renewal, Whole Earth Catalog, zero-sum game
Similarly, "underground newspapers" have sprung up in dozens of American and European cities. There are at least 200 of these in the United States, many of them supported by advertising placed by leading record manufacturers. Appealing chiefly to hippies, campus radicals and the rock audience, they have become a tangible force in the formation of opinion among the young. From London's IT and the East Village Other in New York, to the Kudzu in Jackson, Mississippi, they are heavily illustrated, often color-printed, and jammed with ads for "psychedelicatessens" and dating services. Underground papers are even published in high schools. To observe the growth of these grass-roots publications and to speak of "mass culture" or "standardization" is to blind oneself to the new realities. Significantly, this thrust toward media diversity is based not on affluence alone, but, as we have seen before, on the new technology—the very machines that are supposedly going to homogenize us and crush all vestiges of variety.
It spawned a flock of fledgling subcultural enterprises. TRIBAL TURNOVER Even as this happened, however, the movement began to die. The most passionate LSD advocates of yesterday began to admit that "acid was a bad scene" and various underground newspapers began warning followers against getting too involved with "tripsters." A mock funeral was held in San Francisco to "bury" the hippie subcult, and its favored locations, Haight-Ashbury and the East Village turned into tourist meccas as the original movement writhed and disintegrated, forming new and odder, but smaller and weaker subcults and minitribes. Then, as though to start the process all over again, yet another subcult, the "skinheads," surfaced. Skinheads had their own characteristic outfits—suspenders, boots, short haircuts—and an unsettling predilection for violence. The death of the hippie movement and the rise of the skinheads provide a crucial new insight into the subcultural structure of tomorrow's society.
airport security, Atahualpa, carbon footprint, Deng Xiaoping, East Village, financial independence, Google Earth, mass immigration, megacity, mutually assured destruction, New Urbanism, nuclear winter, off grid, Ronald Reagan, transatlantic slave trade, transatlantic slave trade, urban planning, urban renewal
Washington was elected president in 1789 and moved into “the finest private building in town, the four-story McComb House” at 39 Broadway. Lower Broadway and the area west of it was the tony place to live. (To the east was the notorious slum Five Points.) As New York grew, so did Broadway. By 1800, straight, lined with poplars, and paved with cobblestones, it reached Astor Place (in the present-day East Village, a block from my office), where it ended at a fence marking the southern boundary of a farm. An 1811 commission charged with rationalizing the growing city’s streets into a grid recommended straightening Broadway so that it would conform with everything else—but it failed. By 1815, Broadway was two miles long and had veered northwest at 10th Street—so as not to destroy an influential farmer’s cherished tree, according to legend.
We bought hot dogs from a vendor at Columbus Circle and ate them while sitting on the granite steps of the monument to Columbus there; we were honoring a previous rendezvous we’d had one spring break, when we met at noon in Barcelona under the statue of Columbus at the end of the Ramblas. Where Barcelona offers a view of the sea from Columbus, however, New York offered a view of the ugly Coliseum exhibition center, a Robert Moses project that no longer exists. From there, things got better. Broadway runs boulevard-style through the Upper West Side, with a planted center island. The sidewalks are wide. Margot, back when she lived in the East Village, explained to me that the Upper West Side was “suburban,” a concept that it took me a while to grasp. She meant, I think, that it was newer, more oriented to families, and had among its big stores some of the franchise businesses found in malls. We had a lunch of sweet potato pie at Wilson’s soul food restaurant (now defunct), just north of 125th Street on Amsterdam. Then we walked back to Broadway.
Years of the City by Frederik Pohl
Some of those old underground fires had probably been smoldering away for a hundred years, damped now and then by the seepage of river water, until they boiled the last of the water away and grew white-hot again. They did no great harm…until they reached open air. And open air was what the City of New York had provided them. For the thousands of expected visitors to the coming Fair the city was building new hotels. Luxury ones in Central Park West. Medium-cost ones in the East Village. And down here, a long subway ride from the Fair itself, the cheapies. The cheapest of the accommodations amounted to nothing more than a three-meter-long file drawer that a man could climb into and close off, each with its own air vent and light and luggage rack and pillow and abiotic mattress. Since there was no money in their budget for such frills as windows, there was no reason to poke these constructions up into expensive domed airspace.
Jimper smiled, excused himself and drifted away, watching the hang-glider as long as he could and praying for the safety of his landing when the figure was out of sight. He had an idea. There was very little that could be done between two consenting persons that he and Doll had not already done, in that little room behind DOOR; but there was one experience they had never shared. It was silly. It was dangerous. It was wholly and completely desired. From his tiny apartment in the East Village to the New Gotham Tower East was only a short ride on a hydrovan, and all the way Jimper was staring at the dome. It was dark, though the time was high noon. When he got to the little room behind DOOR Doll was there before him, already undressed, the hookah going and the smell of hash powerful in the tiny room. “What’s the matter with you, Jimper?” she asked, passing him the mouthpiece. He took a deep drag before replying.
Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart
I see myself as a prosperous Republican left to his own devices in a backyard that stretches over a hill, swallows up a formerly public lake, and ends in a fierce bramble of barbed wire festooned with a PRIVATE PROPERTY sign. It’s an appropriate way to spend the 1980s. Young immigrant to city: Drop dead. And then I am accepted to the Stuyvesant High School for the maths and the sciences on Fifteenth Street, between First and Second Avenues and between the dangerous districts of East Village, Greenwich Village, Union Square, Times Square, and the Ladies’ Mile. September 1987. Manhattan Island. The car of visiting relatives makes its way down Second Avenue, with me and my knapsack in tow. The relatives, from some second-tier American or Canadian city, glance out apprehensively at the busy, dirty city. “Leave him here,” my mother says. “Igoryochek”—Little Igor—“can you walk across the street by yourself?”
“How can you say that?” John asks. But I say more and more and more about the woman with the jangles of chains atop her cleavage, a woman who has just been pummeled with a cane at her job in a Manhattan S&M dungeon while sick with anemia and a bleeding ulcer, who has been in and out of homeless shelters and mental institutions since being abandoned by her family at age sixteen. “So many people move to the East Village and then go to the opposite extreme of their suburban experience,” I say, venomously, to the camera. “That is so old. To make her character interesting, she has to be engaging and intelligent.” “She’s not a character!” John shouts. Drunk off of Irv’s Japanese plum wine (the strange tipple of choice that summer), and constantly fussing with my cheap new contact lenses, I am in high dudgeon, incensed that John would speak up for this fat suburban dominatrix.
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
His 1966 novel Babel-17 established his reputation, and over the next decade he became famous for his provocative futuristic explorations of race and sexual identity in the novels Nova (1969), Dhalgren (1975) and Triton (1976). His other works include the Neveryon series of novels (1979-87) and the novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (1984). He has also written frankly about his life as an African-American homosexual, and his non-fiction books include The Motion of Light and Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-65 (1988) and Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (Sexual Culture) (1999).
airline deregulation, carbon footprint, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, full employment, Gini coefficient, income inequality, New Urbanism, principal–agent problem, race to the bottom, selection bias, urban planning, young professional
The first major mixed community development, Chobham Manor, provided about 25 percent affordable housing, 10 percent [age points] below the widely published target, and subsequent developments, to be completed by the early 2020s, are unlikely to achieve even this level. As the social or public gain dimension of the Games’ urban legacy has waned, so the commercial has flourished. 88 The Olympic, now East, Village has become part of a high rise, high density and high price area of development around the transport hub that is Stratford. The vision for the creation of affordable housing has receded. As developers have privileged scheme viability, the proportion of the value captured for investment in social housing and public spaces has diminished particularly on the south side of the former Olympic Park and within the developments on its borders.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
We are eating a little tempura in Japantown, Chet Helms and I, and he is sharing some of his insights with me. Until a couple of years ago Chet Helms never did much besides hitchhiking, but now he runs the Avalon Ballroom and flies over the Pole to check out the London scene and says things like “Just for the sake of clarity I’d like to categorize the aspects of primitive religion as I see it.” Right now he is talking about Marshall McLuhan and how the printed word is finished, out, over. “The East Village Other is one of the few papers in America whose books are in the black,” he says. “I know that from reading Barron’s!” A new group is supposed to play in the Panhandle today but they are having trouble with the amplifier and I sit in the sun listening to a couple of little girls, maybe seventeen years old. One of them has a lot of makeup and the other wears Levi’s and cowboy boots. The boots do not look like an affectation, they look like she came up off a ranch about two weeks ago.
The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs Over Self-Interest by Yochai Benkler
business process, California gold rush, citizen journalism, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, East Village, Everything should be made as simple as possible, experimental economics, experimental subject, framing effect, informal economy, invisible hand, jimmy wales, job satisfaction, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, knowledge economy, laissez-faire capitalism, loss aversion, Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Carr, peer-to-peer, prediction markets, Richard Stallman, Scientific racism, Silicon Valley, Steven Pinker, telemarketer, Toyota Production System, ultimatum game, Washington Consensus, zero-sum game, Zipcar
Those who demonstrated enthusiasm and the desire for more responsibility were promptly invited to become “neighborhood team leaders” and were put in charge of organizing local campaign activity. They were given no instructions or guidelines other than to think creatively about how to best energize the people in that unique community (after all, things that excite voters in Little Rock, Arkansas, might not be so effective in New York City’s East Village, and vice versa). Neighborhood leaders, in turn, recruited other volunteers for more discrete, specific tasks—such as phone banking or canvassing door-to-door. Each volunteer recruited more volunteers. At the end of the day, more than three million people had volunteered their time, whether by canvassing streets for donations, organizing local events, calling undecideds, or driving voters to the polls.
Albert Einstein, Andrew Keen, Apple II, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Brownian motion, Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man, butterfly effect, computer age, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, don't be evil, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, East Village, Edward Lorenz: Chaos theory, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Frank Gehry, Grace Hopper, gravity well, Guggenheim Bilbao, Honoré de Balzac, Howard Rheingold, invention of movable type, Isaac Newton, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, John von Neumann, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Mercator projection, Metcalfe’s law, Mother of all demos, mutually assured destruction, Network effects, new economy, Norbert Wiener, PageRank, pattern recognition, peer-to-peer, planetary scale, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Post-materialism, post-materialism, Potemkin village, RFID, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Stallman, Robert Metcalfe, Robert X Cringely, Schrödinger's Cat, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, SETI@home, Silicon Valley, Skype, social software, spaced repetition, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ted Nelson, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the medium is the message, Thomas L Friedman, Turing machine, Turing test, urban planning, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, walkable city, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, William Shockley: the traitorous eight
First performed in Turin, Puccini’s La Bohème has since become what the New York Times claims is the “world’s most popular opera—a rite of passage for generations of those who would be besotted by the tale of bohemians (now a creative class rather than an ethnic group) who make love and art, and who suffer and die.18 After all, La Bohème is both romantic and Romantic. The opera was loosely adapted in 2001 by an Australian ﬁlm director using U.S. studio money. Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge tells the same story as the opera and book, and the literally endless variations on these themes from the Lillian Gish 1926 silent melodrama through Jonathan Larson’s 1990s’ musical Rent, which switched the locale to New York’s East Village in the era of AIDS.19 What distinguishes Luhrmann’s ﬁlm is the way that it deploys this myth from the nineteenth century 61 CHAPTER 3 to analyze, dissect, and recombine the popular culture of the twentieth. The ﬁlm provides the antithesis of purity, proffering instead a spectacular hodgepodge, a mélange, and a remixer’s delight. Luhrmann’s insight is that the kind of devoted and minute dissection of twentieth-century popular culture by decade and style—1920s’ fashion, 1950s’ music, and 1980s’ hair—was disappearing through the passage of time and under the weight of the ever-growing archive.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
big-box store, clean water, East Village, feminist movement, income inequality, informal economy, Maui Hawaii, McMansion, megacity, race to the bottom, Skype, special economic zone, trade liberalization, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, upwardly mobile, Veblen good
Versatile clothing like this is becoming a more mainstream idea in fashion, with such retailers as American Apparel selling loose fabric along with styling pamphlets. Starbuck’s line was featured at the 2010 Green Shows, a runway show dedicated to sustainable fashion that is held in Manhattan at the same time as fall Fashion Week. By spring, Starbuck had four of her pieces from the Green shows—the halter top in two colors, the pants, a coat-dress, and a cream wrap dress—in three Manhattan locations of Urban Outfitters. She and I met up at the East Village location so I could test-drive her line, which we found hidden in a rack of tank tops in loud colors and the year’s ubiquitous tiny floral prints. “These styles may not even be wearable in a season,” Starbuck admonished, referring to the chain’s trendy duds. “Because people will look at it and be able to date it very quickly and know exactly when you bought it. It’ll be uncool.” Starbuck made her own line in solids of maroon, black, and cream.
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This stickiness is part of the larger context, which is also key to spreading a meme. Ideas that are unstoppable can also be called “social epidemics,” and they are “sensitive to the conditions and circumstances of the times and places in which they occur.”52 Gladwell explains this phenomenon in the retail world through the example of Hush Puppy shoes, which, he argues, became popular “because they were being worn by kids in the cutting-edge precincts of the East Village—an environment that helped others to look at the shoes in a new light.”53 So what is the history and who are the ‘cool kids’ driving the longevity meme? Arguably, the event that really brought longevity science to the forefront of the public’s mind was the dual announcement of the first “completion” of a draft of the human genome in 2000 by both Celera Genomics, a private company founded by Dr.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Bah was dancing with another group of boys. Dr. Tamba sat in the audience smiling for the first time since we had arrived in New York City. After the dance, Laura pulled me aside and told me that she was moved by what I had said. That night we went out to an Indian restaurant, and I was happy that someone in this part of the world serves rice. We ate a lot, chatted, exchanged addresses, and then went to Laura’s house in the East Village. I couldn’t understand why she called the area a village, because it didn’t look like any village I knew. Our chaperons didn’t come with us; they went back to the hotel. I didn’t know that Laura’s house was going to be my future home. There were traditionally woven cloths from all over the world hanging on the walls; statues of animals sat on large bookshelves that contained storybooks; clay vases with beautiful and exotic birds on them stood on tables; and there were bamboo instruments and other strange ones.
Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace by Michelle Slatalla, Joshua Quittner
The kids at Citicorp have found an effective way to communicate their displeasure. The electronic heckling doesn't abate until the Manhattan "meeting" breaks up at about 8: 30 P. M. Eastern Standard Time. The kids wander off in little clumps, headed downtown to grab a cheap supper and to browse around in record stores. They have their monthly routine. First, they go to Around the Clock, a moody, dark East Village restaurant where rap music plays on the juke, a big color TV blares on the wall, and athletic waiters wear knit, olive-drab rave caps. The food is just this side of hippie: wholewheat pita concoctions, three kinds of organic pancakes, "healthy" chicken soup. Mark usually orders two bowls. It settles his stomach. After eating, the boys wander across Third Avenue to Tower Books, where they flip through the endless shelves of hardcovers.
23andMe, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, big data - Walmart - Pop Tarts, bioinformatics, business intelligence, call centre, cloud computing, computer age, conceptual framework, Credit Default Swap, crowdsourcing, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Danny Hillis, data is the new oil, David Brooks, East Village, Edward Snowden, Emanuel Derman, Erik Brynjolfsson, everywhere but in the productivity statistics, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Google Glasses, impulse control, income inequality, indoor plumbing, industrial robot, informal economy, Internet of things, invention of writing, John Markoff, John von Neumann, lifelogging, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, meta analysis, meta-analysis, money market fund, natural language processing, obamacare, pattern recognition, payday loans, personalized medicine, precision agriculture, pre–internet, Productivity paradox, RAND corporation, rising living standards, Robert Gordon, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, six sigma, skunkworks, speech recognition, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, The Design of Experiments, the scientific method, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, unbanked and underbanked, underbanked, Von Neumann architecture, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!
“by Jeff” So the essence was evident early on—his affinity for the quantitative world and his instinct for scientific observation. Today, Hammerbacher is a thirty-two-year-old millionaire many times over. His wife, Halle Tecco, a Harvard MBA, is the founder and chief executive of Rock Health, which provides seed funding and advice for technology start-ups in health care. When they bought an apartment in Manhattan’s East Village in 2013 from the actress Chloë Sevigny, both the New York Post and Britain’s Daily Mail took notice. The Post called the pair “technology entrepreneurs” and the Daily Mail described them as a “tech power couple.” The milestones on Hammerbacher’s life path suggest a sure thing. His is a résumé that speaks of ambition and likely privilege, of someone destined for success in the modern economy of money and technology.
Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra
Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Apple II, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, British Empire, business process, conceptual framework, create, read, update, delete, crowdsourcing, don't repeat yourself, Donald Knuth, East Village, European colonialism, finite state, Firefox, Flash crash, glass ceiling, Grace Hopper, haute couture, iterative process, Jaron Lanier, John von Neumann, land reform, London Whale, Norman Mailer, Paul Graham, pink-collar, revision control, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, supercomputer in your pocket, theory of mind, Therac-25, Turing machine, wikimedia commons, women in the workforce
Even a simple software requirement for a small company that, say, provides secretarial services for the medical insurance industry—“We need an application that makes it easier for our scribes to write up reports from doctors’ examinations of insurance claimants”—will always reveal a swirling hodgepodge of exceptions and special cases. Some of the doctors will have two addresses on file, some will have three, and this one was on Broadway until January 22 and in the East Village afterwards. A report will always begin with a summary of the patient’s claimed condition, unless it’s being written for Company X, which wants a narration of the doctor’s exam up front. There are four main types of boilerplate text for the doctor’s conclusions, but there needs to be a “freeform” option, and room for other templates, but creation of new templates needs to be restricted to certain users.
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Chapter 3 Baking and patisserie Bread and savoury pastries Crusty white Italian loaf Green olive loaf Sour cherry and walnut stick Focaccia (plus three toppings) Jerusalem artichoke and Swiss chard tart Sweet and spicy beef and pork pie Butternut, carrot and goat’s cheese tartlets Brioche ‘Pizza’ with feta, tomato and olive Sweet potato galettes Roasted pepper and cannellini bruschetta Organic salmon and asparagus bruschetta Olive oil crackers Parmesan and poppy biscuits Cheddar and caraway cheese straws Large cakes Apple and olive oil cake with maple icing Orange polenta cake Chocolate fudge cake Caramel and macadamia cheesecake Carrot and walnut cake Small cakes, muffins and cupcakes Teacakes Peach and raspberry Lemon and blueberry Lavender and honey Muffins Plum, marzipan and cinnamon Blueberry crumble Carrot, apple and pecan Cupcakes Hazelnut Chocolate Pear and Amaretto crumble cake Sticky chocolate loaf Bars, biscuits and truffles Pistachio shortbreads Pistachio and ginger biscotti White chocolate and cranberry biscuits Almond and orange Florentines Champagne chocolates Sour cherry amaretti Prune and brandy truffles Raspberry and oat bar Granola bars Brownies Toffee Macadamia and white chocolate Khalid’s chocolate and chestnut bars Meringues and macaroons Macaroons General method Salty peanut and caramel Lime and basil Chocolate Meringues Pistachio and rosewater Cinnamon and hazelnut Tarts Tartlets Pre-baked cases Fresh berries Dark chocolate White chocolate and raspberry Lemon meringue Banana and hazelnut Semolina and raspberry tart Individual plum clafoutis Brioche galette Crusty white Italian loaf We developed the obsession that led to this bread when we tried a heavenly loaf at Prune, our favourite restaurant in New York, down in the East Village. It had the crunchiest dark crust, one that almost cuts the top of your mouth, a soft, waxy centre, full of giant holes, and a giant flavour. It came from the Sullivan Street Bakery. When we got back to London, we rushed to Dan Lepard, our bread mastermind, and he came up with this recipe, which is (almost, we must admit) as good as Sullivan’s. To achieve this creation takes two days and you need a good mixer, as the dough is very wet and sticky and takes a lot of kneading.
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving by Leigh Gallagher
Airbnb, big-box store, Burning Man, call centre, car-free, Celebration, Florida, clean water, collaborative consumption, Columbine, commoditize, crack epidemic, East Village, edge city, Edward Glaeser, extreme commuting, helicopter parent, Home mortgage interest deduction, housing crisis, Jane Jacobs, low skilled workers, Mark Zuckerberg, McMansion, Menlo Park, mortgage tax deduction, negative equity, New Urbanism, peak oil, Ponzi scheme, Richard Florida, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Sand Hill Road, Seaside, Florida, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Tony Hsieh, transit-oriented development, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban sprawl, Victor Gruen, walkable city, white flight, white picket fence, young professional, Zipcar
A few blocks away, a sixteen-story building is planned for Eighty-ninth and Park, the white-glove epicenter of the Gossip Girl set. A few miles south in the Gramercy neighborhood sits 160 East Twenty-second, a modern, twenty-one-story, full-service doorman building aiming for LEED certification that will offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury condos. There’s One Ten Third, a Mondrian-inspired boutique building that opened in the formerly gritty East Village in 2006, and there are three communities in neighboring Hoboken. The company will soon test its limits even more, with a hotel and condo community being developed on Brooklyn’s waterfront in partnership with Starwood Capital Group and with the purchase in 2013 of two new properties on First Avenue and in Soho. And at the corner of Twenty-eighth and Park Avenue South, what is now a massive hole in the ground will soon give way to a forty-story glass skyscraper designed by the award–winning architect Christian de Portzamparc.
Free as in Freedom by Sam Williams
Asperger Syndrome, cognitive dissonance, commoditize, Debian, Douglas Engelbart, East Village, Guido van Rossum, Hacker Ethic, informal economy, Isaac Newton, John Conway, John Markoff, Larry Wall, Marc Andreessen, Maui Hawaii, Murray Gell-Mann, profit motive, Richard Feynman, Richard Stallman, Silicon Valley, slashdot, software patent, Steven Levy, Ted Nelson, urban renewal, VA Linux, Y2K
When my laughing convulsions finally subsided, I held up my drink in a toast. "Welcome to the front lines, my friend," I said, clinking pints with my agent. "Might as well enjoy it." If this story really were a play, here's where it would take a momentary, romantic interlude. Disheartened by the tense nature of our meeting, Tracy invited Henning and I to go out for drinks with her and some of her coworkers. We left the bar on Third Ave., headed down to the East Village, and caught up with Tracy and her friends. 164 Once there, I spoke with Tracy, careful to avoid shop talk. Our conversation was pleasant, relaxed. Before parting, we agreed to meet the next night. Once again, the conversation was pleasant, so pleasant that the Stallman e-book became almost a distant memory. When I got back to Oakland, I called around to various journalist friends and acquaintances.
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel
It was a twenty-minute walk to the Old City, and right across from the Mahane Yehuda, the city’s main market for butchers, bakers, and fruit and vegetable sellers. I spent a lot of time browsing in the market—or at least I did before the suicide bombers came. * * * WE LIVED IN AN AREA called Nachlaot, a sort of Bohemian enclave. ITS winding lanes had speakeasies with no signs on the doors and a couple of underground music clubs in basements. It had a New York City East Village feel, a beatnik vibe, and was quite cool. Now large parts of it are ultra-Orthodox. Our friends were almost all journalists. The expat community was nothing like the one in Cairo. Most of the Americans in Jerusalem had made aliyah, a Hebrew word meaning “ascent,” which by Jewish custom means going to Israel. They were Americans who had decided to embrace Zionism and their Jewish heritage, and they were deeply involved in their temple groups.
The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream by Tyler Cowen
affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, Alvin Roth, assortative mating, Bernie Sanders, Black Swan, business climate, circulation of elites, clean water, David Graeber, declining real wages, deindustrialization, desegregation, Donald Trump, drone strike, East Village, Elon Musk, Ferguson, Missouri, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, gig economy, Google Glasses, Hyman Minsky, Hyperloop, income inequality, intangible asset, Internet of things, inventory management, knowledge worker, labor-force participation, labour mobility, low skilled workers, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, medical residency, meta analysis, meta-analysis, obamacare, offshore financial centre, Paul Samuelson, Peter Thiel, purchasing power parity, Richard Florida, security theater, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Skype, South China Sea, Steven Pinker, Stuxnet, The Great Moderation, total factor productivity, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, upwardly mobile, Vilfredo Pareto, working-age population, World Values Survey
For a low-skilled worker, the higher wages in those cities do not always make up for the much higher rental costs. And the reason is that those cities are so, so expensive, at least in the parts where most productive workers are willing to live.32 Compare today to the 1950s. At that time, a typical apartment in New York City rented for about $60 a month, or, adjusting for inflation, about $530 a month. Today you can’t find a broom closet in the East Village for that amount. Even in the South Bronx there is gentrification, and some new apartments are going up for a projected $3,750 a month for a small-one bedroom abode. Many parking spaces in fact cost more than the going rate for a 1950s NYC apartment.33 Or to put that 1950s rent in perspective, the U.S. median wage at that time was about $5,000 a year, so a typical New Yorker spent as little as 10 percent of salary on rent, or perhaps even less to the extent that New Yorkers were earning more than other typical Americans.
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton
anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, centre right, colonial rule, Colonization of Mars, cosmic microwave background, cuban missile crisis, dark matter, double helix, East Village, Exxon Valdez, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Gehry, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, Haight Ashbury, horn antenna, Ignaz Semmelweis: hand washing, index card, Jacques de Vaucanson, Kowloon Walled City, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, mass immigration, mutually assured destruction, phenotype, Pluto: dwarf planet, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, transcontinental railway, Tunguska event, urban sprawl, Vesna Vulović, white picket fence, wikimedia commons, working poor
Among the more intriguing items are a collection of chloroform inhalation masks from the 1890s, piles of gallstones removed during surgery, and bloodletting blades once used on patients stricken with the bubonic plague. 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. 41.910292 87.62655 Glass eye, gallstones, and outmoded medical instruments are all on display. City Guide: More to Explore in Chicago Galloping Ghost Arcade Brookfield · Hundreds of arcade games await your coin-inserting, button-mashing presence in this suburban den. The Secret Mermaid Burnham Park · In 1986, four sculptors hid a mermaid along the Chicago lakefront. Now she is a permanent fixture. Shit Fountain East Village · This oversize bronze coil of feces is both a tribute to doggie defecation and a reminder to pick it up. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst · Cut and polished stones, some carefully sculpted into mini boats and temples, are on display at this jade-lover’s paradise. U-505 Hyde Park · After sustaining much damage during World War II, the most unlucky U-boat in the German fleet is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.
City Reliquary Williamsburg · This community museum and store traces the history of New York via items as mundane and fascinating as coffee cups, subway tokens, and souvenir spoons. Manhattan Mmuseumm Chinatown · This tiny museum in a freight elevator specializes in the overlooked, dismissed, and ignored. City Hall Station Civic Center · Stay on the 6 train after its last downtown stop and you’ll encounter an abandoned subway station. Wishbones of McSorley’s Old Ale House East Village · The wishbones hung on this bar’s light fixture are said to have belonged to World War I soldiers who never returned. Museum of American Finance Financial District · Beautiful old banknotes and a jewel-encrusted Monopoly board have been exhibited at this money-minded museum, housed in a former bank building. The New York Academy of Medicine’s Rare Book Room Harlem · See historic volumes on disease and obstetrics, many of which date from the 16th to 18th centuries.
USA's Best Trips by Sara Benson
Albert Einstein, California gold rush, car-free, carbon footprint, desegregation, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, if you build it, they will come, indoor plumbing, McMansion, mega-rich, New Urbanism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, side project, Silicon Valley, the High Line, transcontinental railway, trickle-down economics, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white flight, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration
The main byway of Nolita, leafy, residential Elizabeth St, is a polyglot of languages and cultures, and has one ancient Italian butcher shop Robert De Niro fans will recognize right away. You’ll get a taste of the diversity if you stop for lunch at Café Colonial, a French-Brazilian fusion joint with a big, tropical mural on the outside wall and the classic Parisian tin ceiling inside. Across Houston St and heading east, you are walking the border between the funky Lower East Side on your right and the iconic East Village on your left. When you come across Ave C, head north, into what used to be called Alphabet City. Comprising Aves A, B, C and D, these four streets entered pop culture lore as the backdrop to the Broadway smash, Rent, the story of young creative types struggling to make art (and the rent) in pre-gentrification New York. This was formerly a drug ghetto full of tenement squats but there are new signs of life along these prettied-up avenues, like the bluesy bar Louis 649, on the 1st floor of a restored townhouse, with hardwood floors, a resident pit bull and a louche, speakeasy feel.
When working on music at 3am, Moby often heads to the oldest part of Chinatown (Mott St, south of Canal St) and literally loses himself in his city. “Most of the city is built on a grid system, so this is one of the only places you can do that. All the signs are in Cantonese or Mandarin and the streets are narrow and winding…I’ll listen to my headphones, walk around and just get totally lost.” Unpredictability is the secret weapon of the Slipper Room, a delectably gaudy East Village cabaret. “You never know what you’re going to get there, it might be some terrible band or a bizarre, fantastic burlesque show,” says Moby, who is routinely dragged on stage to perform. “Get a couple of drinks in me and I’m shameless.” Simona Rabinovitch * * * At 96th St you can hop back on the subway and skip down to Little Korea, conveniently next to Macy’s department store, in case you had a hankering to ride its old, wooden escalators.
The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout
Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, clean water, complexity theory, David Brooks, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, global village, Golden Gate Park, if you build it, they will come, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, supervolcano, transcontinental railway, urban sprawl, Yogi Berra
“You stay in one place, pretend you live there, and do the things the locals do,” Kenny says. “It deepens the whole experience. The idea is to do things as well as possible, not as fast as possible.” Among the many possibilities in the United States, you can stay in a house on Lake Ruben, Georgia, or at a ski lodge in the Colorado Rockies. In Mexico, spend a week in an apartment in Mexico City’s La Condesa, an area described by the New York Times as much like the East Village. On a recent trip to England, Kenny and Cohen rented a cottage in Wiltshire. Wherever you go, you can stay true to the slow travel credo by staying within 30 minutes of home, get to know the locals at nearby bars, restaurants, and cafés, and walk to interesting sights, perhaps a local garden, museum, or market. Sure, you’ll see only one small corner of the world, but you’ll see it in depth—as visiting residents rather than fly-by-night tourists
affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, corporate governance, David Brooks, East Village, friendly fire, haute couture, illegal immigration, immigration reform, liberation theology, medical residency, New Journalism, obamacare, payday loans, postnationalism / post nation state, pre–internet, uranium enrichment, yellow journalism, young professional
Malkin quoted one Wichita resident in a letter to the local paper: “If this had been two white males accused of killing four black individuals, the media would be on a feeding frenzy and every satellite news organization would be in Wichita doing live reports.” Malkin concluded: “If you read The New York Times or The Washington Post or watched the evening news this week, the Wichita Massacre never happened.” In October 2004, in New York’s East Village, a black man from Brooklyn shot three people and terrorized patrons in a bar, threatening to burn the place with kerosene and a lighter. At one point he held fifteen people hostage. At trial, prosecutors charged that the man was “on a mission of hate” to kill white people, and explained that the police had found tapes of anti-white rap music interspersed with the man’s own anti-white rants. “Get ready to pull your guns out on these crackers, son.
A Pattern Language, active transport: walking or cycling, big-box store, Buckminster Fuller, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, congestion charging, delayed gratification, distributed generation, drive until you qualify, East Village, food miles, garden city movement, hydrogen economy, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, linear programming, McMansion, Murano, Venice glass, Negawatt, New Urbanism, off grid, oil shale / tar sands, peak oil, placebo effect, Stewart Brand, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Thomas L Friedman, unemployed young men, urban planning, urban sprawl, walkable city, zero-sum game
New York is one of the most thoroughly altered landscapes imaginable, an almost wholly artificial environment, in which the terrain’s primeval contours have long since been obliterated and most of the parts that resemble nature (the trees on side streets, the rocks in Central Park) are essentially decorations. Quite obviously, this wasn’t always the case. When Europeans first began to settle Manhattan, in the early seventeenth century, a broad salt marsh lay where the East Village does today, the area now occupied by Harlem was flanked by sylvan bluffs, and Murray Hill and Lenox Hill were hills. Streams ran everywhere, and beavers built dams near what is now Times Square. One early European visitor described Manhattan as “a land excellent and agreeable, full of noble forest trees and grape vines,” and another called it a “terrestrial Canaan, where the Land floweth with milk and honey.”9 But then, across a relatively brief span of decades, Manhattan’s European occupiers leveled the forests, flattened the hills, filled the valleys, buried the streams, and superimposed an unyielding, two-dimensional grid of avenues and streets, leaving virtually no hint of what had been before.
An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen
agricultural Revolution, big-box store, business climate, carbon footprint, cognitive bias, creative destruction, cross-subsidies, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, food miles, guest worker program, haute cuisine, illegal immigration, informal economy, iterative process, mass immigration, oil shale / tar sands, out of africa, pattern recognition, Peter Singer: altruism, price discrimination, refrigerator car, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Upton Sinclair, winner-take-all economy, women in the workforce
Most of the important new, cheap ethnic restaurants serving everything from Colombian food to classic Italian are burgeoning in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Chinatown in Flushing, Queens, is deliciously hectic. It is also possible to find good, cheap ethnic food on the far West Side of midtown Manhattan; this remains an underpriced location, as are the deeper and more distant parts of the East Village. It is difficult to find such food in the major, midtown parts of Park Avenue and overall, in New York City, the expensive areas are encroaching on the quirky. The collapse of the real estate bubble slowed down this trend but did not halt it. Manhattan avenues tend to be higher-rent than locations on the streets. Given the long, thin shape of the island, the north-south avenues carry more vehicular and foot traffic.
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff
algorithmic trading, Andrew Keen, bank run, Benoit Mandelbrot, big-box store, Black Swan, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, cashless society, citizen journalism, clockwork universe, cognitive dissonance, Credit Default Swap, crowdsourcing, Danny Hillis, disintermediation, Donald Trump, double helix, East Village, Elliott wave, European colonialism, Extropian, facts on the ground, Flash crash, game design, global supply chain, global village, Howard Rheingold, hypertext link, Inbox Zero, invention of agriculture, invention of hypertext, invisible hand, iterative process, John Nash: game theory, Kevin Kelly, laissez-faire capitalism, Law of Accelerating Returns, loss aversion, mandelbrot fractal, Marshall McLuhan, Merlin Mann, Milgram experiment, mutually assured destruction, negative equity, Network effects, New Urbanism, Nicholas Carr, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, passive investing, pattern recognition, peak oil, price mechanism, prisoner's dilemma, Ralph Nelson Elliott, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Silicon Valley, Skype, social graph, South Sea Bubble, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Pinker, Stewart Brand, supply-chain management, the medium is the message, The Wisdom of Crowds, theory of mind, Turing test, upwardly mobile, Whole Earth Catalog, WikiLeaks, Y2K, zero-sum game
She’s at a bar on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but she seems oblivious to the boys and the music. Instead of engaging with those around her, she’s scrolling through text messages on her phone, from friends at other parties across town. She needs to know if the event she’s at is the event to be at, or whether something better is happening at that very moment, somewhere else. Sure enough, a blip on the tiny screen catches her interest, and in seconds her posse is in a cab headed for the East Village. She arrives at a seemingly identical party and decides it’s “the place to be,” yet instead of enjoying it, she turns her phone around, activates the camera, and proceeds to take pictures of herself and her friends for the next hour—instantly uploading them for the world to see her in the moment. He sees the signs all around him: the latest “natural” disaster on the evening news; the fluctuations in the prices at the gas pump; talk of a single world currency.
The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead by David Callahan
1960s counterculture, affirmative action, corporate governance, corporate raider, creative destruction, David Brooks, deindustrialization, East Village, fixed income, forensic accounting, full employment, game design, greed is good, high batting average, housing crisis, illegal immigration, income inequality, job satisfaction, mandatory minimum, market fundamentalism, McMansion, microcredit, moral hazard, new economy, New Urbanism, offshore financial centre, oil shock, old-boy network, Plutocrats, plutocrats, postindustrial economy, profit maximization, profit motive, RAND corporation, Ray Oldenburg, Robert Bork, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Chicago School, Thorstein Veblen, War on Poverty, winner-take-all economy, World Values Survey, young professional, zero-sum game
Its building on the Hudson is a place of exalted dreams and of pent-up aspirations often traceable just a few decades back to peasant cultures abroad. But Stuyvesant is also a place of profound desperation and extreme pressures. Two decades ago, Stuyvesant's students were mainly Jewish or Eastern European. Back then, the school was located on East 15th Street, and it was filled with kids from neighborhoods in the East Village and Upper West Side. These days, New York's Jews and Greeks and Hungarians and Romanians have largely graduated to secure spots in the middle or upper middle class; most send their children to private schools. Stuyvesant today is filled with a new generation of strivers who are clawing their way up from the lower rungs of the economic ladder—Indian kids from Queens, Chinese kids from Chinatown, Koreans from all boroughs, and others: West Indians, Pakistanis, Vietnamese, Bengalis.
Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents by Lisa Gitelman
Andrew Keen, computer age, corporate governance, deskilling, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, information retrieval, Internet Archive, invention of movable type, Jaron Lanier, knowledge economy, Marshall McLuhan, Mikhail Gorbachev, national security letter, On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures, optical character recognition, profit motive, QR code, RAND corporation, RFC: Request For Comment, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Turing test, Works Progress Administration
Rather than consider documents in a single social subsystem (loosely called “scholarly communication,” and its institutions that are discussed in chapter 2), chapter 3 considers documents that transgress the borders between different systems, documents that leak beyond the structures of the scriptural economy designed to maintain secrecy, for instance, or to protect intellectual property at the expense of the public domain. In the place of mimeographed or microfilmed documents, chapter 3 considers the photocopy. It begins by dragging photocopies back into the past. Henry Jenkins and others have celebrated self-published fanzines as an early gesture toward today’s online sociability. Like so much Web content, tattered old zines—whether by science fiction fans, East Village poets, or coffeehouse radicals and riot grrls—are evidence of the power and persistence of “grassroots creativity.”57 Yet there is a lot still to learn about the ways that old textual duplication technology stands as an antecedent of today’s new participatory media. Chapter 3 seeks to fill in some of the missing details by offering an account not of fans or zines but rather of the xerographic medium so many of them have deployed since the 1960s.
Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (And How to Take Advantage of It) by William Poundstone
availability heuristic, Cass Sunstein, collective bargaining, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, delayed gratification, Donald Trump, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, endowment effect, equal pay for equal work, experimental economics, experimental subject, feminist movement, game design, German hyperinflation, Henri Poincaré, high net worth, index card, invisible hand, John von Neumann, Kenneth Arrow, laissez-faire capitalism, Landlord’s Game, loss aversion, market bubble, mental accounting, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Nash equilibrium, new economy, Paul Samuelson, payday loans, Philip Mirowski, Potemkin village, price anchoring, price discrimination, psychological pricing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, random walk, RFID, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Steve Jobs, The Chicago School, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, ultimatum game, working poor
The word “behavioral” emphasizes that this is an empirical science, studying how flesh-and-blood people act rather than prescribing how they ought to act. Behavioral decision theory is still a small field, much like an extended family. In interviewing some of its most distinguished figures, my talk of “Professor Kahneman” instantly branded me an outsider. To everyone in the field, it’s “Danny” and “Amos,” and this is no false familiarity. Almost everyone knew them. Seated, with his feet up, in the study of his East Village penthouse, “Danny” was almost apologetic when I mentioned his United Nations experiment, part of the body of work that merited his Nobel Prize. “At the time,” he said, “it was not considered a big sin.” The “sin” was using deception in a psychological experiment, something now frowned upon. He and Tversky used one piece of aparatus, a carnival-style wheel of fortune marked with numbers up to 100.
SUPERHUBS: How the Financial Elite and Their Networks Rule Our World by Sandra Navidi
activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, assortative mating, bank run, barriers to entry, Bernie Sanders, Black Swan, Bretton Woods, butterfly effect, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, cognitive bias, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, conceptual framework, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, diversification, East Village, Elon Musk, eurozone crisis, family office, financial repression, Gini coefficient, glass ceiling, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, Google bus, Gordon Gekko, haute cuisine, high net worth, hindsight bias, income inequality, index fund, intangible asset, Jaron Lanier, John Meriwether, Kenneth Arrow, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, London Whale, Long Term Capital Management, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, McMansion, mittelstand, money market fund, Myron Scholes, NetJets, Network effects, offshore financial centre, old-boy network, Parag Khanna, Paul Samuelson, peer-to-peer, performance metric, Peter Thiel, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, quantitative easing, Renaissance Technologies, rent-seeking, reserve currency, risk tolerance, Robert Gordon, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Satyajit Das, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, The Future of Employment, The Predators' Ball, too big to fail, women in the workforce, young professional
We will examine how the system should be recalibrated in order to create a more inclusive society with a fairer economy that benefits all. CHAPTER 12 Super-Crash: “Executive Contagion” THE CRASH OF A TITAN: JOHN MERIWETHER Few people can take credit for generating billions of dollars in losses and single-handedly bringing01he0.inancial system to the brink of collapse. John Meriwether of Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) is one of them. At a wine tasting at Chef Daniel Boulud’s DBGB in the East Village, hosted by my friend Jim, a financier and avid wine collector, I met the now infamous Meriwether. I arrived later than most of the other guests, who had gathered in the center of the private wood-paneled room featuring an elegant table set with a myriad of different wine glasses, shiny silverware, and sharply folded napkins. In a tribute to Château Mouton Rothschild, the theme of the tasting was “Mouton Madness.”
Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Columbine, computer age, credit crunch, Douglas Hofstadter, Downton Abbey, East Village, Etonian, false memory syndrome, Gödel, Escher, Bach, income inequality, Internet Archive, Jeff Bezos, late fees, Louis Pasteur, obamacare, Peter Thiel, Saturday Night Live, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Skype, telemarketer
Back at the Kubrick house he carefully laid the panorama out—like a homemade Google street view years before Google had conceived of such a thing—down a long corridor. Kubrick emerged from his room, looked at it, and said: “Well. It sure beats going there.” So was it all worth it? Was the hooker doorway eventually picked for Eyes Wide Shut the quintessential hooker doorway? Back at home I watch Eyes Wide Shut again on DVD. The hooker doorway looks exactly like any doorway you would find in Lower Manhattan—maybe on Canal Street or in the East Village. It is a red door, up some brownstone steps, with the number 265 painted on the glass at the top. Tom Cruise is pulled through the door by the hooker. The scene is over in a few seconds. It was eventually shot on a set at Pinewood. I remember the Napoleon archive, the years it took Kubrick and some assistants to compile it, and I suggest to Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s executive producer and brother-in-law (and Manuel’s father), that had there not been all those years of attention to detail during the early planning of the movie, perhaps Napoleon would have actually been made.
Capitalism: the unknown ideal by Ayn Rand
Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, East Village, Ford paid five dollars a day, full employment, Isaac Newton, laissez-faire capitalism, means of production, minimum wage unemployment, profit motive, the market place, trade route, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, War on Poverty, yellow journalism
We do not spend endless hours debating the nature of Soviet Russia or whether Yugoslavia is a degenerate workers’ state.” [And]: “With sit-ins we saw for the first time the chance for direct participation in meaningful social revolution.” In their off-picket-line hours, [states the same article] the P.L. [Progressive Labor] youngsters hang out at the experimental theaters and coffee shops of Manhattan’s East Village. Their taste in reading runs more to Sartre than to Marx. With an interesting touch of unanimity, a survey in Newsweek (March 22, 1965) quotes a young man on the other side of the continent: “ ‘These students don’t read Marx,’ said one Berkeley Free Student Movement leader. ‘They read Camus.’ ” “If they are rebels,” the survey continues, “they are rebels without an ideology, and without long-range revolutionary programs.
1960s counterculture, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, citizen journalism, cognitive dissonance, Donner party, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Haight Ashbury, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Menlo Park, New Journalism, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, pre–internet, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Stewart Brand, upwardly mobile, working poor, yellow journalism
A year after its rebirth, New York hadn’t lost a beat. Wolfe, Breslin, and the rest were contributing the same high level of journalism to the magazine, but there were growing pains that needed to be addressed. The magazine’s lively mix of politics, culture, and lifestyle coverage was strong, but not distinguished enough to stand apart from the other two weekly newspapers in town, the Village Voice and the East Village Other. Felker knew he needed a sharper focus, a stronger point of view. The Voice and the Other were addressing readers who lived below Fourteenth Street; New York would have to be for Felker’s crowd, those who lived tightly circumscribed lives on the upper half of Manhattan island—the privileged class who worried about building a nest egg to pay for private school tuition and struggled to pay their maintenance fees on co-op apartments, as well as the class-conscious strivers who longed to be tuned in to the vertiginous uptown whirl.
conceptual framework, crony capitalism, currency manipulation / currency intervention, David Brooks, Deng Xiaoping, East Village, financial independence, Gini coefficient, income inequality, indoor plumbing, information asymmetry, land reform, Lao Tzu, low skilled workers, market fundamentalism, Mohammed Bouazizi, Plutocrats, plutocrats, rolodex, Silicon Valley, South China Sea, sovereign wealth fund, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, transcontinental railway, Washington Consensus, Xiaogang Anhui farmers, young professional
His girlfriend at the time was moving to the United States to go to school, and in February 1981 he joined her. * * * In New York, Ai studied English and found a cheap basement apartment near East Seventh Street and Second Avenue. He spent his weekends haunting the galleries, roaming the city, as his brother put it, like “a mud-fish burrowing wherever there is muck.” He was intoxicated by the raw energy of the East Village, which to him felt “like a volcano with smoke always billowing out of the top.” Joan Lebold Cohen, a historian of Chinese art who got to know many Chinese artists in New York at the time, recalls visiting Ai’s building. “The whole place reeked of urine,” she said. “His apartment was a single room, no furniture, just a bed on the floor, and a television. And he was riveted to the television.” She went on, “It was, I think, the Iran-Contra hearings.
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman
1960s counterculture, 4chan, Amazon Web Services, Bay Area Rapid Transit, bitcoin, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, cloud computing, collective bargaining, corporate governance, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, David Graeber, Debian, East Village, Edward Snowden, feminist movement, George Santayana, hive mind, impulse control, Jacob Appelbaum, jimmy wales, Julian Assange, mandatory minimum, Mohammed Bouazizi, Network effects, Occupy movement, pirate software, Richard Stallman, SETI@home, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steven Levy, WikiLeaks, zero day
Meeting Sabu Thanks to a detailed FAQ published by the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, we know roughly how many sidewalk payphones dot the five boroughs: “As of January 2, 2014 there are 9,903 active public pay telephones on or over the City’s sidewalks.”13 I, personally, never even noticed them, until Sabu asked me to use one. He did not want to arrange a meeting online. It felt safer and prudent to use a payphone; key loggers are always a possibility with computers. Our first rendezvous was scheduled for soon after Bolonga’s doxing, on October 3 at the Chipotle on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. Although we had never met, he assured me that “you will recognize me.” The one picture purporting to be Sabu that was floating around the web was of a wiryyet, muscular Latino man. I arrived early. The minutes moved slowly, until suddenly, I was aware of a tall but much larger and more commanding figure sauntering towards me. Carrying his large body with aplomb, he seemed to be in his element.
Merchants' War by Stross, Charles
As soon as she was on the foot plate, he twitched the reins. I'm going to have to pay him, Miriam thought, furiously racking her brains for ideas as the cab rattled across the stone pavements. What with? She fumbled in her greatcoat's pockets. One of them disgorged a foul-smelling cheesecloth bag full of loose tobacco. The other contained nothing but a loose button. Oh, great. They were turning past Highgate now, down in what corresponded to the East Village in her world. Not an upmarket neighborhood in New London, but there were worse places to be-like inside a thief-taker's lockup for trying to cheat a cabbie of his fare. What was the woman's name, Bishop? Margaret Bishop? I'm going to have to ask her to pay for me. Miriam tensed up. Or I could world-walk hack to the other side, wait a couple of hours, and -but her headache was already telling her no.
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
3D printing, algorithmic trading, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Andrew Keen, augmented reality, Automated Insights, Berlin Wall, big data - Walmart - Pop Tarts, Buckminster Fuller, call centre, carbon footprint, Cass Sunstein, choice architecture, citizen journalism, cloud computing, cognitive bias, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, data acquisition, Dava Sobel, disintermediation, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Filter Bubble, Firefox, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, frictionless, future of journalism, game design, Gary Taubes, Google Glasses, illegal immigration, income inequality, invention of the printing press, Jane Jacobs, Jean Tirole, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Julian Assange, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, license plate recognition, lifelogging, lone genius, Louis Pasteur, Mark Zuckerberg, market fundamentalism, Marshall McLuhan, moral panic, Narrative Science, Nicholas Carr, packet switching, PageRank, Parag Khanna, Paul Graham, peer-to-peer, Peter Singer: altruism, Peter Thiel, pets.com, placebo effect, pre–internet, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, Richard Thaler, Ronald Coase, Rosa Parks, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Slavoj Žižek, smart meter, social graph, social web, stakhanovite, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stuxnet, technoutopianism, the built environment, The Chicago School, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the medium is the message, The Nature of the Firm, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Thomas L Friedman, transaction costs, urban decay, urban planning, urban sprawl, Vannevar Bush, WikiLeaks
Such deference to autonomous systems—and make no mistake, where there is autonomous search, there will be autonomous advertising—can transform many other areas of life. Bianca Bosker, a technology journalist, hints at this digital and highly automated future when she complains that she no longer finds places to eat; rather, they find her. Or, in the parlance of Silicon Valley, “search” is displaced by “discovery.” She writes,My web searches for new neighborhood joints—“best brunch Flatiron NYC,” “cafe East Village”—have given way to Foursquare insta-alerts that pop up on my phone to tell me there’s a nice place nearby. Thanks to the app’s “List” feature, which allows me to subscribe to lists of must-try destinations compiled by friends and city guides, Foursquare lets me know whenever I’m close to a restaurant that has scored an endorsement. Hunting and gathering online for ideas about where to get my next meal—or outfit, or book, or playlist, for that matter—has given way to sitting back and being served up snack-sized morsels of information.
Stock Market Wizards: Interviews With America's Top Stock Traders by Jack D. Schwager
Asian financial crisis, banking crisis, barriers to entry, beat the dealer, Black-Scholes formula, commodity trading advisor, computer vision, East Village, Edward Thorp, financial independence, fixed income, implied volatility, index fund, Jeff Bezos, John Meriwether, John von Neumann, locking in a profit, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, money market fund, Myron Scholes, paper trading, passive investing, pattern recognition, random walk, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, short selling, Silicon Valley, statistical arbitrage, the scientific method, transaction costs, Y2K
That has nothing to do with either economics or literature. How did that evolve? It was a passion. I was probably influenced by my mother, who does large-format photography—in the style of Ansel Adams. What kind of photography did you do? Primarily photography of architecture and some portraiture work, but from the vantage point of looking at people as architecture rather than as personalities. In the early 1980s, I had a show in the East Village, which went quite well. However, then the gallery owner had requests from clients who wanted me to photograph certain subjects according to their specifications—for example, to match their sofa, or something equally as ridiculous. UA-UDIWWHM I decided if my reason for working was to make money, I might as well go into business. I had a friend who worked at an investment bank. He said, "You speak five languages; they need people like you."
A People's History of Poverty in America by Stephen Pimpare
affirmative action, British Empire, car-free, clean water, cognitive dissonance, Columbine, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, deindustrialization, delayed gratification, dumpster diving, East Village, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Gilder, hiring and firing, Howard Zinn, illegal immigration, impulse control, income inequality, index card, Jane Jacobs, low skilled workers, Mahatma Gandhi, mass incarceration, meta analysis, meta-analysis, moral panic, Naomi Klein, New Urbanism, payday loans, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, union organizing, urban renewal, War on Poverty, white flight, working poor, Works Progress Administration
But a lot of the sangfroid is derived from an indifference to the kind of pain that comes with an utter depletion of financial resources. I think repetition must inure the human animal to certain kinds of agony.41 Walls again, recounting an exchange years later with her now-homeless mother:“You want to help me change my life?” Mom asked. “I’m fine. You’re the one who needs help. Your values are all confused.” “Mom, I saw you picking through trash in the East Village a few days ago.” “Well, people in this country are too wasteful. It’s my way of recycling.” She took a bite of her Seafood Delight. “Why didn’t you say hello?” “I was too ashamed, Mom. I hid.” Mom pointed her chopsticks ate me. “You see?” she said. “Right there. That’s exactly what I’m saying. You’re way too easily embarrassed. Your father and I are who we are. Accept it.”42 There are now entire poor-relief industries based upon the notion of food reclamation—not-for-profits which “rescue” (that’s their language) food that would otherwise be thrown out from restaurants, grocery stores, and private and corporate parties, and then distribute it to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, old-age homes, and community centers.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
I walked around today and saw a man get chased and kicked in the ass for taking an apple from a fruit stand. Tonight it’s cool and the air is dry. The city smells like burned coffee. October 19, 1990 New York Lily has been painting and doing light carpentry work in the town house of an antiques dealer. He has a little dog named Crumpet that acts pitiful and lame when it wants food and attention. She told me about him at a falafel restaurant in the East Village, and then I told her about my downstairs neighbors, who have been complaining about the sound of my footsteps. “Because of them I now go barefoot when I’m at home,” I told her. “And I tiptoe.” A woman sitting near us finished her meal and said to me on her way out, “Listen, you pay rent too. There’s no need for you to tiptoe around your own apartment.” October 21, 1990 New York Every day I get the paper from the same trash can on Abingdon Square and look through the want ads.
The Pentagon: A History by Steve Vogel
A healthy dose of comic absurdity was thrown in. Abbie Hoffman, cofounder of the radical Youth International Party (Yippies) and a showman in the tradition of P. T. Barnum, announced plans to use the psychic energy of thousands of protesters to levitate the Pentagon three hundred feet in the air, where it would turn orange and vibrate until all evil spirits spilled out. Several hundred hippies in New York City’s East Village practiced on a table-size cardboard model, chanting ecstatically as wires raised the model Pentagon—illuminated by psychedelic lights—into the air. Hoffman and cohort Marty Carey also made a reconnaissance of the Pentagon to calculate how many “witches” would be needed to encircle the building. “Marty brought some incense and Tibetian bells, we improvised an Apache war dance and proceeded to measure at arm’s length the distance from one corner to the next,” Hoffman later wrote.
affirmative action, barriers to entry, bioinformatics, Brownian motion, call centre, Cass Sunstein, centre right, clean water, commoditize, dark matter, desegregation, East Village, fear of failure, Firefox, game design, George Gilder, hiring and firing, Howard Rheingold, informal economy, invention of radio, Isaac Newton, iterative process, Jean Tirole, jimmy wales, John Markoff, Kenneth Arrow, market bubble, market clearing, Marshall McLuhan, New Journalism, optical character recognition, pattern recognition, peer-to-peer, pre–internet, price discrimination, profit maximization, profit motive, random walk, recommendation engine, regulatory arbitrage, rent-seeking, RFID, Richard Stallman, Ronald Coase, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, SETI@home, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Skype, slashdot, social software, software patent, spectrum auction, technoutopianism, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, The Nature of the Firm, transaction costs, Vilfredo Pareto
Lessig called this the principle of bovinity: a small number of rules, consistently applied, suffice to control a herd of large animals. There is no need to assure that all people in all contexts continue to behave as couch potatoes for the true scope of the networked information economy to be constrained. It is enough that the core enabling technologies and the core cultural practices are confined to small groups-- some teenagers, some countercultural activists. There have been places like the East Village or the Left Bank throughout the period of the industrial information economy. For the gains in autonomy, democracy, justice, and a critical culture that are described in part II to materialize, the practices of nonmarket information production, individually free creation, and cooperative peer production must become more than fringe practices. They must become a part of life for substantial portions of the networked population.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, bank run, big-box store, citizen journalism, cleantech, collateralized debt obligation, collective bargaining, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, deindustrialization, diversified portfolio, East Village, El Camino Real, Elon Musk, family office, financial independence, financial innovation, fixed income, Flash crash, Henry Ford's grandson gave labor union leader Walter Reuther a tour of the company’s new, automated factory…, housing crisis, income inequality, informal economy, Jane Jacobs, life extension, Long Term Capital Management, low skilled workers, Marc Andreessen, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, market fundamentalism, Maui Hawaii, Menlo Park, Neil Kinnock, new economy, New Journalism, obamacare, Occupy movement, oil shock, peak oil, Peter Thiel, Ponzi scheme, Richard Florida, Robert Bork, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan: Tear down this wall, shareholder value, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, single-payer health, smart grid, Steve Jobs, strikebreaker, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the scientific method, too big to fail, union organizing, urban planning, We are the 99%, We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters, white flight, white picket fence, zero-sum game
Kevin traded credit derivatives and corporate bonds—things like airline debt. When you were on a prop desk and getting it right, there was nothing better on Wall Street, and for two years he got it right. He earned close to a million dollars a year, most of it his bonus—multiples of his previous pay—and he would have made more if he had cared more. He paid off the mortgage on his apartment in the East Village, lived off his salary, and saved the bonus. He didn’t own a car or a boat. He became a connoisseur of New York’s best restaurants and picked up the tab for his starving-artist friends. He didn’t need more. It wasn’t just American mortgages that blew up the world—it was global credit. Kevin was part of that, and during the middle years of the decade he watched the credit bubble inflate. He wasn’t doing anything wrong—he had a great deal going on the prop desk and didn’t want to screw it up.
The Mad Man: Or, the Mysteries of Manhattan by Samuel R. Delany
The Variety is, incidentally, the second-oldest functioning theater building in New York City. Sitting in the front row, down in what no doubt was once the loge, off to the side sat a tall guy in his late twenties/early thirties. I’d already seen him wandering about the theater two or three times downstairs. He wore a black leather jacket, black jeans, and a black plastic cap. But it wasn’t your standard motorcycle drag that signals SM interests; rather, he seemed some East Village local who was simply into the “punk” look you see all up and down the streets of the neighborhood outside. He was playing with himself. I slipped in beside him—I’d been sure he was wearing black pants when I’d seen him before. But now he was in white ones—then, no, I realized seconds later: his pants were black, but he’d pushed them all down around his ankles, so that his pale legs were what I saw!
Frommer's Israel by Robert Ullian
airport security, British Empire, car-free, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable, East Village, haute cuisine, Khartoum Gordon, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, place-making, Silicon Valley, Skype, sustainable-tourism, trade route, urban planning, urban sprawl, Yom Kippur War
There are wonderful sorbets and pies on the dessert list, and a carefully composed bar and wine list. Business lunch specials are offered from noon to 5pm. 3 Ben Shitah St. & 02/632-5001. Reservations useful. Main courses NIS 70–NIS 110 ($18–$28/£9–£14); lunch specials vary daily. AE, DC, MC, V. Daily noon–5pm and 7pm–midnight. Inexpensive Value SOUP This little “souperia” looks like an outpost in Berkeley, Cambridge, or New York’s East Village—a mix of assorted old tables, chairs and sofas, candlelight, mellow background music, and garage and attic-sale decor. Marak means “soup” in Hebrew, and the menu consists of very good vegetarian soups (a different selection every night), served with bread and pesto. Among the standards are sweet potato; lentil with wine; spicy Yemenite tomato, onion, and cheese; and tomato with anise. Great shakshuka, a spicy egg-and-tomato dish, rounds out the hot menu.
The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. by William D. Cohan
activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, bank run, carried interest, cognitive dissonance, commoditize, computer age, corporate governance, corporate raider, creative destruction, credit crunch, diversification, Donald Trump, East Village, fear of failure, fixed income, hiring and firing, interest rate swap, intermodal, Joseph Schumpeter, late fees, Long Term Capital Management, Marc Andreessen, market bubble, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, The Nature of the Firm, the new new thing, Yogi Berra
But that progress quickly came to a complete halt in the aftermath of the hiring of a beautiful young woman, an undergraduate at the highly regarded Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her name was Kate Bohner. She was athletic, tall, and striking, with long blond hair and long, muscular legs. When Bohner was in her junior year at Penn, she happened to be at a dinner party in New York on Valentine's Day 1987. She was seated next to Kim Taipale, an up-and-coming vice president at Lazard living in the East Village. They got to talking, and Taipale asked Bohner what she was thinking about doing for the summer between her junior and her senior years. Bohner said something about working at Goldman Sachs, and Taipale urged her to come to Lazard instead. Michel had just decided to shake things up at Lazard Brothers by installing a team of Lazard New York bankers there with the hope of having some of the American M&A techniques rub off on the British (who, of course, were disdainful of the whole exercise).