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Back to the Future

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TWA Terminal  at JFK

“The best things in life are free” goes the old adage and for the rest there’s MasterCard. That’s how last Sunday went down when we were escorted to the old TWA Terminal at JFK in an old friend’s 1964 Ford Falcon station wagon.  For the price of a couple gallons of gasoline and short term parking, we were able to experience an architectural landmark in all its 1960s sublime glory. Untouched, except for a few minor 80s alterations, the entire structure was open to the public last weekend during Open House New York. A once in a lifetime visit that effectively allowed the spectator to time travel back to a period of aesthetics, that ultimately, we can no longer arrive at.

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Street Savvy

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“Fashion is an expression of a life-style – your clothes and what you wear should reflect your everyday activities and interests – for us it’s painting – that’s what we love to do – if you are a chef maybe you should have food stains…”

If you have been to an art opening in Soho lately, chances are you have encountered Marcus and Sidi, the creative forces behind the new fashion label CLR THERAPY. Very charismatic guys who not only get a lot of attention for their good looks but the fact that their clothes are covered head to toe in paint like walking canvases. The two ‘Blipsters’ have an aura that evokes an era before the  ‘SoHo Effect’ took place, where South of Houston was still a gritty playground for young artists who could actually afford  to live in huge lofts with natural light, thanks to low rents. Those times are long gone, but Marcus and Sidi, strike one more as contemporaries of Basquiat than Jay-Z.! Somehow they appear to have  time traveled unscathed to the galaxy of gentrified now. S2S talked to Marcus and Sidi about the history and future of CLR THERAPY.

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Who is the BOS?

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An exercise in faith!

Jon Bonito Saturday at BOS

In typical fashion, my invasion of BOS – Bushwick’s Open Studios Event was an exercise in faith; a man with a plan without an agenda. I stumbled into this one studio on Wyckoff Ave and entered into this building full of graffiti, tags, and random phrases.  Following the sign to the fourth floor we were greeted by a young man who simply introduced himself as Strauss and were directed to follow him through a maze of a studio into a back room where an area was sectioned off in a black tarp.  Inviting us to step in, an assault of dub-step began playing and a wide-screen illuminated.

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Viva la Bodega

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Loosey vs. Slurpee

If you have been to downtown Manhattan recently you have probably seen NYC’s latest tenant: 7-Eleven. They’re popping up all over, and Slurpee lovers everywhere are getting excited. At a time where Bloomberg is banning large size sugar drinks, legislation that 7/11 is excluded from, it’s pretty peculiar to see the S’leven’s eyecatching logo populate the city streets. At least 134 stores are planned for Manhattan by 2017 – like an oncoming swarm of locusts, and an imminent sign of things to come.  In other words, does this mean the end of the neighborhood bodega?

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Stand & Deliver

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“Always remember, discretion is key.”

It’s no surprise to anyone who lives in NYC that you can have pretty much anything and everything delivered.  From pizza to groceries and other daily necessities, you can cut your shopping time out and just make a simple call to get what you want.  They even have entire websites and apps that deal specifically with having goods delivered to your doorstep.  Why not?  Who has time to actually go out to the store and get things.  Now, what some of you may not know is that there is a booming industry in NYC that deals specifically with delivering cannabis to your doorstep.  No shady meet-ups on the corner, or trolling your neighborhood for someone who is selling this controversial plant, but a simple number to call and a couple of hours later you have 2 grams of cannabis in your hands and ready to smoke.  Obviously, these groups operate outside of the law and the legality of the whole operation isn’t really in question.  The curious thing is that these groups are highly organized and refer to their game as business, all with stories to tell. Jon Benito got the ins-and-outs of this specialized career.

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New York Style Stories

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NYStyleStories (1)New York Style Stories is a series of short documentary portraits by Maaike Holvast. The different episodes portray New Yorkers with outspoken style and document not only their vivid visual expressions, but also the personalities that motivate such display.  These short pieces – which focus on people who are trying to define and express their individuality in the anonymity of New York City – constitutes the first chapter in the filmmakers’ ongoing fascination for visual identity and its underlying psychological mechanisms.  

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Apocalyptic Apparel

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(Gas_mask_training,_Naval_Training_Center,_San_Diego,_California.)_-_NARA_-_295589In case you missed it –

the world is coming to an end…      

That’s right! The future is here and yesterday is over. Think about it. The middle class is dying, nobody is working, and if they are, they’re making a fraction of what they did make. The rich are getting richer and living in even more luxury than ever before. Small business is on its way out, and corporate is stronger than ever. Politicians are lying and they’re not even apologizing or trying to hide it anymore. Wars are being waged on several fronts, and somehow they just seem less legitimate than Vietnam, but even more surprising – nobody cares! So you heard it here first. The apocalypse is now! Just look around you and you will see it. It lives in today, and it started yesterday.  Now live it. Live for today because who knows how bad it will get tomorrow.  Y.O.L.O.? Put it down, and bring it back to Carpe Diem.

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City Reliquary

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It all started in 2002 as an apartment window display on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, Dave Herman has turned a few local objects into a non-profit museum dedicated to relics of the five boroughs. Focusing on displaying local history through a multitudinous collection, the City Reliquary is best described as a mix of your grandparents’ basement and a natural history museum. Brimming with paraphernalia, dioramas, and geological specimens, City Reliquary is a peculiar stop for submerging oneself in New York’s eclectic history.

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Put the Laughter back in Slaughter

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Cluck-Cluck…Brawkk-AWK!

One would think that living next door to a chicken slaughterhouse in Brooklyn means you’re practically on skid row – light years from the next gentrified, bourgie-hipster camp. Wrong! In the heart of trendy Greenpoint, a condominium building turned rental went up right next to a long-standing temple of poultriatic doom. Tenants shell out $2500 a month to get an earful of constant squawking combined with the persistent stench of death of the expiring yellow-bellies. The residents morbidly refer to the situation as ‘fowl play.’ But their protest against the 1928 killing factory has finally been successful, offering a new space for comedic relief.
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Notes of Berlin: A Mirror of the City

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lionelYou spotted an incredibly strange flyer that you absolutely had to photograph and share on Facebook with your friends. You thought, wouldn’t it be great if an entire website would be dedicated to these postings. Guess what.

Notes of Berlin is exactly that. The incredibly funny, participatory blog is an homage to all the notifications that can be found daily all over Berlin. Stefanie Tendler chatted with its initiator Joab Nist. 

S2S: In October 2010 you launched „Notes of Berlin,“ how did the idea for the blog evolve?

Joab Nist/Notes of Berlin: The idea came to life in Berlin. In 2004, I moved from Munich to Berlin, because of the city, not because I was accepted to University or due to a job offer.  I was impressed by everything Berlin had to offer, even just riding on the subway. Everything was the polar opposite to Munich and since I always have had a passion for photography, I never left my house without my camera and came to Berlin with the intention to take a lot of pictures. I stayed alert when I walked around the city, stepping into corridors to get some insight, inspecting every place I encountered very intensively.

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Achtung Stolpersteine

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StolpersteineI am among those who did not notice the Stolpersteine – the stumbling blocks or stones paved  into Berlin’s sidewalks, at the entrances to buildings where Jews and other Others (Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, people with disabilities, communists and other dissidents) used to live prior to their expulsion and extermination between 1933-1945. I’ve heard about them, naturally, but ever since I came to Berlin,  over a year ago, I simply couldn’t trace the Stolpersteine. And then, one day, my younger son stopped and stared at the pavement, and asked, ‘Mom, what’s that?’ And there they were, a few golden stones, remarkably reticent,  the inscription minimal, starting with ‘Here Lived’ followed by name, date of birth, date of expulsion, destination, fate (usually murdered) and date and place of death (if known). ‘Ah!’ I said and stared for a while.

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Im Gegenteil – Single in Berlin

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ImGegenteilFor almost a decade Jule and Anni have been sharing styling tips, gossip and stories about their love lives. Both in their prime (around 30) they are living in Berlin. Anni is married, Jule is single. Anni can write, Jule can take pictures. A dream team on a mission, focused on the lonely hearts of this city that seemed to be in need of a new singles magazine – Im Gegenteil (Au contraire). Their goal is making themselves and others happy!

S2S: How did you come up with your idea for Im Gegenteil?

Jule/Im Gegenteil: We were at a bar in Neukölln on a girl’s night out and we started pondering about how many interesting singles we actually know and how it would be amazing to get them all into one room. We reached a point where we realized that the issue of most of the singles was meeting the right person in Berlin. I personally can also relate to this matter and Anni has tried hooking me up many times already.

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Soccer Made in Germany

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soccer-made-in-germanyThe name Toby Charles probably doesn’t mean anything to you. And there’s no reason it should. To this nine-year old soccer player in America’s 1970s Heartland, however, Toby Charles was everything.

Toby Charles, you see, was a Welsh broadcaster who, in addition to his regular announcing duties, once a week hosted a public television show called Soccer Made in Germany.

This Emmy-nominated weekly series, produced by German Educational TV and broadcasted only on American public television, featured hour-long edited highlights of games involving West German association football teams and select international and European cup games from UEFA. Toby Charles was the host from the show’s inception in 1976 until he left in 1983.

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You had me at ‘Hallo’

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Deutsch photoMy love/hate relationship with the Deutsche Sprache!   

Hey. Can I talk to you? Sit down. Fine.  Stand.

Look, we’ve had our differences lately – a lot of differences – and I need to tell you…I’ve been seeing other languages. Don’t yell, please. You’re always so harsh. This is hard enough. I don’t know how it happened. How do these things ever happen? I was bored. I was frustrated. I was online and I saw the…Berlitz website. Don’t yell! I set up a meeting.

With…French. Don’t laugh!
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Be Who You Are!

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The fight for acceptance and tolerance continues!

This June 22nd Christopher Street Day was celebrated for the 35th time in Berlin.

About a million people took part in the parade and the CSD finale, marching on the street for the rights of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transgender and inter- as well as bisexuals. This  year’s main theme of the parade was discrimination.

The CSD is held in memory of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a bar on Christopher Street, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall Riots were a historic series of violent rebellion by the LGBT community, against biased treatment of homosexuals and other sexual minorities by the police.

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Follow the Sounds of the Street

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IMG_9719 Music doesn’t lie!  If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. 
Jimi Hendrix  

The Street is one of the most exciting stages for musicians – here they can experiment and are allowed to go wild. However, not all musicians are comfortable encountering the immediate and authentic reactions of an accidental audience. There is no hiding from the reaction of passers-by. Yet, the amazing thing is exactly the fact that there are no boundaries. There are no limitations of time and space when it comes to street performances, as it is entirely up to the band to decide how long and where they feel like playing.

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Lights out!

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Why does this city keep the street lights illuminated the entire night? 

Isn’t this a waste of energy and resources?

The night is fairly bright in this city and no one tends to question this, or bother to think about it. The design team of Cheesecake Powerhouse, a young creative studio based in Berlin, dealt with that issue and spontaneously installed a light switch on one of the lamp posts in the district of Kreuzberg. The interdisciplinary crew thought of this idea one evening after designer Chehad Abdallah had bought a light switch at Bauhaus hardware store. Che is originally from the graffiti scene and among other things having to do with art that does not only exist on screen, he has concerned himself with art taking place in urban spaces.

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Mellow Yellow

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Everyone is allowed to ride you…

Hopping on and off as we please, you don’t seem to mind.
Whether we consider ourselves part of the mass or have decided to part with it, you don’t differentiate. In the wagon of the underground everyone is a commuter – a traveler heading somewhere, from station to station. What changes are the expressions decorating the faces of the passengers. Depending on the time of day or the intensity of the intruding sunlight these sometimes seem grey and tired but also can be lively and content.

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