Friday, October 29, 2010
Weighing in at 1,810.5 pounds, this giant record-breaking pumpkin, grown by Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin, is sitting pretty as the season's heaviest contender at the New York Botanical Garden. Though weight is the more important factor in this pumpkin contest (last year's winner weighed 1,725 pounds), the pumpkin measures more than 15 feet wide, which must make for a pretty fun climb for kids. It won't sit for long though. Noted giant pumpkin carver Scott Cully will have a go at breaking his 2007 record by carving a face and a smile.
Did you know that pumpkin carving was an Irish tradition that began with turnips and a story involving a man named Jack and the devil? When they came to the US, the Irish found the larger and more readily available pumpkin to be easier to carve. Read the story that originated "Jack O' Lantern" here! NJ.com has some other fun pumpkin facts here.
For your own pumpkin fun, here are simple instructions and templates for carving one.
Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend!
Image from NJ.com.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Photos courtesy of Daily Mail.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A welcome visual and sound distraction from local all-female band Open Ocean directed by their own Sarah Frances Kuhn. They're quite a multi-talented bunch: Jill Bradshaw of the much-missed I Heart boutique and new fashion art zine Magazine Party on bass and vocals, Eviana Hartman of Bodkin on drums, Susan Domelsmith of Dirty Librarian Chains jewelry on keys, Sarah Frances Kuhn, the Accessories Editor at Teen Vogue, on guitar and vox. Talk about awesome day and night jobs - enjoy!
Monday, October 25, 2010
There might not be a better place to celebrate this week of ghosts and ghouls leading up to Halloween than at a former casket factory serving up all kinds of spirits. Opened by vegan rockers, the newly opened Pine Box Rock Shop features vegan snacks, 16 reasonably priced beers (for NYC anyway), and quite a few creative cocktails (the Suffering Bastard is a good one both in name and taste). The vast space was put together by the owners and their friends using salvaged shipping pallets and repurposed materials to cut down costs. The long bar stretching from the front to the back gives patrons more elbow room, and the back area acts as a venue for local bands to play. A great bar to drop by if you live in the Williamsburg-to-Buschwick area - they have trivia every Wednesday night and other weekly neighborhood-y events. This week in the spirit of spirits, there will be a sing-along to classic Burton film A Nightmare Before Christmas, a costume contest party, and a premiere viewing of new Zombie series "The Walking Dead".
Via Gothamist, Buschwick BK, and Pine Box Rock Shop.
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NRDC has updated their site, including a new local seasonal produce and farmer's market search tool! Beets are in season, it seems, in 13 states, and they sure tasted great in our office salad on Monday. We like to chop them up, mix with fresh greens and fennel, and toss with a miso-oil-vinegar dressing (the CSA goods came with locally made miso).
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Check out the EPA video about the dredging process.
While we wouldn’t recommend eating any fish from the Hudson for the time being, there are many ways to enjoy this aquatic luxury. New York Kayak Co. and Manhattan Kayak Companyoffer kayak and paddle board rentals and courses throughout the chilly months, so don a wetsuit and set out to see the beauty of nature.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Here in NYC, it's getting a bit cold and windy out, reminding us of a Windy City project we came across this summer at Crisp Green. The Greenway Self Park is not just a rendering - it has been open for business for months in downtown Chicago, using wind turbines to generate energy, offering relatively more energy conscious options like Zipcar and I-Go car sharing vehicles, and other eco-conscious tidbits. It may be a marketing strategy, but it's downtown Chicago - commuters will park wherever is most convenient regardless if it's green or not. So we'll just say it - it's cool that a large parking structure, not a specialized eco building or storefront, in a central location in a large city chose to try its hand at going green.
If you commute to downtown Chicago by car, this may be a spot to check out!
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
The idea of reclaimed wood furniture is nothing new, but the design and craftsmanship in these pieces by London design studio Hendzel+Hunt set them apart. Using traditional furniture woodworking techniques and scraps found on the streets and yards of South London area Pekham, the project aptly named "Made in Pekham" features chairs, stools, and tables fit together using only its parts (read: no metal fixtures) with its original scrap characteristics kept in tact.