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cooper-hewitt people’s design award

October 21, 2008

Really good design should be more than just functional, and more than just sustainable (that of course is key!). It needs to look good, too.

Cooper-Hewitt, as part of The National Design Awards, is letting you be the judge of what’s good design in their annual People’s Design Award show. There are many eco-friendly designs to vote for, from gDiapers to the Green Map System (which I’ve mentioned before). But if you want to get your two cents in, ya gotta act fast. Judging ends today at 6:00pm (you can also vote on facebook).

Winners will be revealed on their site on Thursday, the 23rd at 10:00pm (there’s also an after party if you’re interested).

Get free admission to Cooper-Hewitt all week long in honor of National Design Week (through October 25th).

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution, is the only museum in the US that focuses solely on design.

red hook harvest

October 20, 2008

This past Saturday my friend Anne and I hopped on our bikes (after the helpful guys at Bicycle Station put Anne’s bike chain back on) and headed down to the Red Hook Harvest Festival hosted by Added Value and Herban Solutions at Red Hook Community Farm.

Truer words were never written

We arrived just in time to get a tutorial from Classie Parker on canning for the leaner months. She showed us how to “put some love into” pickled onions and dilly beans and we sampled some of her delicious canned peaches. Spectators were able to participate by canning their own veggies.

Classie’s puttin’ her love into it

Classie shows them how to can-can

There were all kinds of activities for kids: pumpkin picking and a carving contest, bite the apple on the string, and Halloween costume making from fabric scraps. Families had the opportunity to pet the farm’s chickens (whom, I’d like to add, were extraordinarily handsome).

Pickin’ pumpkins at the pumpkin patch

Here chickie-chickies

That’s one handsome chicken!

Swaying and bobbing for apples

Local restaurants including Applewood, The Good Fork, iCi, and Rice were serving up delicious soups and savories. I was happy to see that Rice sends their compost to the farm in these buckets.

Rice’s compost buckets

Companies like Tri-State Biodiesel, orgs like Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (we rode on part of the new bike path on the way to the fest), and nonprofits like Heifer International were on hand to answer questions and provide information to the public.

Local musicians provided entertainment, local students offered up African dance lessons, and the local farm stand was set up to sell fresh produce and meats.

Some of the entertainment

It was a beautiful, sunny day that brought together an urban community in an agrarian way.

Learn more about canning farm fresh food

thanks threadbanger!

October 18, 2008

Thanks to my Halloween post, Threadbanger featured my blog on one of their videos.

Be sure to check out Threadbanger’s fun Halloween costume ideas. (I think the bat is my fave.)

banksy dolittle

October 17, 2008

Instead of talking to the animals, he talks for them. Today, I took a look at British street artist Banksy’s latest statement at The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill (7th Ave South btwn West 4th and Bleecker). Animal testing, commodity meat, fur, and general animal exploitation all demonstrated in a fun animatronic medium. Now through October 31st.

Baby McNuggets

Cat? No coat.

Fishy sticks

Thirsty dog

Monkey pawrn

Bunny beauty
(I found it interesting that he chose Orly nail polish, which is NOT tested on animals. Though there is also a Revlon polish on that bunny’s bureau.)

apple day, this sunday

October 17, 2008

Eat some apples in the big apple while learning simple ways to go green, this Sunday on the Lower East Side. It’s New York City Apple Day!

Sunday, October 19
11am to 4:30pm
Orchard St btwn Broome and Grand

  • Apple Tastings – Apple Pie to Chicken Apple Sausage to Chocolate Apple Truffles and Apples and Honey for Sukkot

  • Face painting and Family Activities for kids

  • Free giveaways! Toys, 500 Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, T-Shirts

  • Live Entertainment

  • Learn the best way to recycle

  • Learn how to save energy and money

  • Learn the simplest things to do in your home to Go Green

It’s true what they say, “an apple a day…”

I just read this fitting little tidbit from Yoga Journal editor Andrea Kowalski:

According to Ayurvedic medicine, apples help draw out of the body the heat that accumulates over the summer—heat that can dry out and cause digestive distress in the winter season. The pectin in apples also helps to clean and heal digestive mucosa, according to Ayurvedic doctor John Douillard.

Love apples? Share your favorite apple recipes here.

Honeycrisp, one of my favorites

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer on the Colbert Report

October 16, 2008

Okay, it’s from February of last year. But it’s just as relevant today.

storm king

October 14, 2008

Last Friday I went with a couple of friends to Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY (about an hour north of the GW bridge). The weather couldn’t have been better. The sun was shining, it was cool in the shade and cozy in the sun.

Fall is the perfect time — as the leaves are changing — to explore the sprawling 500-acre landscape where art intersects nature. I was sad to learn that the art center is closed to the public from November to April. I would love to come back in the Winter to see how the views change through the seasons.

Here are a few of the sculptures on view, the way that I saw them.

Alexander Calder The Arch
We speculated as to what inspired this. I say it’s an elephant, a friend says it’s a cat with an arched back, a ship coming in to harbor. Whatever it is it was imposing, and magnificent.

Alexander Liberman Adonai

I just love how the color of the steel matches the leaves of this tree.

Sol Lewitt Five Modular Units
From this angle, it looks like the trees downhill from the sculpture are actually placed inside the cubes.

Ionic columns
These were salvaged from Danskammer, a mansion built in 1834 that overlooked the Hudson, north of Newburgh.

Hey Mr. Grasshopper!
(Click on me for more detail)

Mark Di Suvero Mon Père, Mon Père
Di Suvero created this in memory of his father. To me it looks like a piece of farm equipment, fitting right in with the once agricultural landscape.

A pastoral scene
This land was farmed for over 200 years, before Hudson Valley farming became difficult to sustain on the scale it once was. Later in the last century, the fields became overrun with invasive plants. Today, native long grasses and wildflowers have been reincorporated into the fields, adding depth to the scenery and contributing to the beauty of the sculptures.

Richard Serra Schunnemunk Fork

I’m a big Serra fan, but I’m more familiar with his gigantic twisted pieces of steel that tower over you like a Hokusai wave. This “fork” took a while to get a hold of me. There were four of these pieces of steel jutting out of the farmland. I really like the way the metal weathers, the pits that emerge. The smooth reflections cast are surprising for such a matte surface.

[Hey Mr. Spider!]

Turkey vulture
This was all I could think of while watching this bird soar above, “Old turkey buzzard… Old turkey buzzard. Fly-ing, flying high” (If you watch David Letterman, you might know this tune).

Menashe Kadishman Suspended
What the? This thing freaked me out big time. It really screws with your perception of depth and balance. My friends had the audioguide, so they learned this seemingly impossible sculpture has counterweights that go underground to support it. After the demystification, we felt comfortable enough to stand under it.

I highly recommend a visit to Storm King. I may even be going back before it closes for the Winter.

happy re-birthday prospect park zoo!

October 7, 2008

Prospect Park Zoo is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, but its history is pretty rich. It started as a menagerie in the late 1800s, housing various animals, probably not in the most humane way.

[Image: Prospect Park, Menagerie c.1900]

In 1935, following the Central Park Zoo’s example, it reopened as a zoo.

Sadly, the Prospect Park Zoo closed in 1987 after a tragic incident.

The zoo reopened in 1993 under the management of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and has been thriving ever since. I’m lucky enough to have the zoo right in my backyard (well, close enough).

So the zoo is celebrating their birthday in some unique ways. Like giving presents to baboons. Maybe it’s a bit ridiculous to give baboons gifts, but they seem mildly entertained. (This video is from last year, but the same shenanigans went on this year for the zoo’s birthday.)

Read more about the 15th birthday here.

Visit the Prospect Park Zoo.

Become a member of the WCS and enjoy access to all of the city’s zoos and aquarium, and more!

silly fun: are you id, ego, or superego?

October 7, 2008

I’m getting distracted by silly things online. I just found this quiz and thought it would be amusing. Surprise, surprise, I’m superego.

You Are the Superego

While some people may think first and act later… you often don’t act at all.

You rather be safe than sorry, and you take ethics pretty seriously.

Like everyone, you have some pretty crazy desires. But unlike everyone, you restrain yourself.

You have high standards for your own behavior. And you happily exceed them.

Are You Id, Ego, or Superego?

plastic chicken inspiration

October 7, 2008

It resembles one of those cheap plastic Hawaiian leis that are handed out by DJs at Bar Mitzvahs and children’s birthday parties. But really, what inspired designer Ryan Frank to make this recycled plastic chair was “Inkuku” here:

Read more at Gizmodo.