NY Pop Ups

By Tom Ran

Published: December 13, 2013 under New York

Capsule Market Square

Photo: Capsule

There are a lot of pop us happening this weekend and if you’re in New York, you’re in luck. We’ve already mentioned Book Market at Karma, but there are a couple of others we’d like to highlight. For those who are shopping for their love ones with discriminating taste these two temporary gatherings will be of interest to you. First up is Exhibition A. Cynthia Rowley’s contemporary art edition will take up residence at Refinery29’s Tinseltown. Other exhibitors include Terrapin Stationers, Bing Bang, and Cloak & Dagger. For the guys, Capsule is hosting Market Square at 82 Mercer Street. The same space as last weekend’s Pop Up Flea. Brands include Maison Kitsuné, Mark McNairy, Field Notes, Fredericks & Mae and many others. Capsule Market Square opens tomorrow from 11-8pm while Refinery29’s Tinseltown opens today through Sunday from 11-8pm, 11-7pm on Sunday.

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Industry City

By Tom Ran

Published: October 28, 2013 under New York

The Factory Floor in Sunset Park's Industry City

Photo: PSFK

Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, DUMBO, and Red Hook were industrial neighborhoods that gave way to creative studios and now condos and high rents. As vacancy dwindles and prices increase, alternative spaces in other parts of the borough are emerging. 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights from the founders of Brooklyn Flea is one of the more exciting developments. The former Studebaker Service Station has been converted into creative studio and office spaces. Further south in Sunset Park is Industry City. It’s made for offices and commercial use with 6.5 million sq ft to work from. Last week saw a portion of the space used for The Factory Floor, which showcases a community of furniture and lighting manufacturers including Roll & Hill and Materia Designs. Now word comes that Industry City has a concept in the works called The Makers’ Guild. According to Racked, it’ll be a space that opens up workshops to the public, where artisans can make and sell their products in the same location. It’ll be interesting to see what comes from its development.

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Green Fingers New York

By Tom Ran

Published: August 26, 2013 under New York

Green Fingers set to open in New York

Photo: Green Fingers

We discovered Green Fingers, Satoshi Kawamoto’s popular garden design and shops in Tokyo, a few months ago. His sense of style reflected more of a western take with its lush overgrown and textured vignettes rather than the traditional serene and minimal Japanese gardens. So it’s appropriate that he’s opening his next store in the States. East Village will see the sixth Green Fingers in the coming weeks a few blocks away from Inventory. The shop plans to open on September 11th with a reception from 6pm – 9pm. Satoshi Kawamoto has been posting photos of his progress on Instagram.

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NYC Bike Tour with Shinola

By Tom Ran

Published: July 19, 2013 under New York

The Runwell by Shinola at the Brooklyn pier.

Photo: Staff

We were asked by Shinola recently to contribute to their Journal and jumped at the chance to create a custom tour with their Runwell. Made for visitors, locals and bike lovers alike, it covers nearly 30 miles of NYC spanning three boroughs. The tour is split into two parts with the first in Brooklyn and Queens. Much of the route takes you through scenic bike lanes along the Hudson and East River and makes numerous stops at shops (including Shinola’s new Tribeca outpost), restaurants, galleries, and public spaces (don’t hate on the High Line). The first part is up with the second to come later today.

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Finding the Quiet City

By Tom Ran

Published: July 12, 2013 under New York

Inwood Hill Park

Photo: The New York Times

For a city that never sleeps, noise pollution is a big problem. There are few public spaces that one can find tranquility. But ask any New Yorker and there’s bound to be a special place that he/she goes to for solace. New York Times did exactly that a few weeks ago and they’ve compiled their findings today in an interactive feature. Finding the Quiet City is a lists 710 locations in the five boroughs. Some are obvious, like Central Park while others are hidden away. Who knew Newton Creek had a nature walk? The question now is whether these places will remain quiet after being published on the Times. We hope so.

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Little Free Library NYC

By Tom Ran

Published: June 18, 2013 under New York

Little Free Library designed by Stereotank

Photo: Stereotank

The Little Free Library is a global initiative that has brought over 5,000 libraries worldwide. It finally made its way to NYC last month through the assistance of The Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival. The program is based on the simple idea of lending and returning books to small stations across the city. Ten architecture teams were chosen to design these depots that doubled as benches, kiosks, and bookshelves. They were then installed in public spaces around the downtown area. The libraries will be in operation throughout the summer and into September when they will be “evaluated to determine their longevity into the fall.” via designboom

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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