Friday, September 30th, 2011

Downtown From Behind


Downtown From Behind is a gorgeous photography project created by Bridget Fleming who is capturing “the heartbeat of New York” through the city’s most creative residents – writers, designers, chefs, models, musicians, entrepreneurs and actors. The newly-launched site encourages green awareness through cyclings by showcasing back views of bicycle riders on the streets of lower Manhattan creating an environmental portrait for each street and rider. Take a look at the entire photo collection here.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Happy National Coffee Day!

Happy National Coffee Day! No holiday is complete without an awesome playlist – check out these Five Caffinated Jams from East Village Radio!

Have you ever wondered where coffee came from? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He recognized that the coffee berries they were eating had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate. And today, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil.

So today, don’t forget to take a coffee break (or two) to celebrate this historical and important beverage with us at Birch!

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Don’t Let The World Pass You By

Directly below the beautiful High Line, David Byrne has taken over the dirt lot with his art installation “Tight Spot” curated by Pace Gallery. “Tight Spot” houses a giant 48-foot wide inflatable globe crammed underneath the High Line’s trestle combined with an audio component. There is an occasional sound of bursts of over-saturated rumble which is Byrne’s voice layered to sound as though there is a ghost-train in Pace’s 510 West 25th Street gallery. The exhibit ends this Saturday, so go while you still can!

Byrne’s installation gives a new meaning to the saying “let the world pass you by.” Now—or at least until October 1—you can pass the world by on 25th Street.

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Monday, September 26th, 2011

Birch’s Music Monday

We’ve rounded up the latest and greatest of music for you to listen to and enjoy on this beautiful autumn Monday.

Listen to Ryan Adam‘s first album in three years, Ashes & Fire, with guest appearances from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones…

Watch Dominant Legs spend a day in the woods in their video for the catchy single “Hoop of Love.” Also listen to their new album Invitation here

Avant-pop electronic duo Ford + Lopatin have posted a new track on their blog under their former moniker, Games. “No Disguise” has a soulful, retro feel sampling Manhattans “Crazy” and is a must listen.

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Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Where to Next? Snail Mail for a Healthier Planet


The folks at eBay have created a box that is super green in their mission that began last year to be more environmentally friendly. Every eBay Box is made with 100 percent recycled content, printed with water-based inks, and designed to require minimal tape. With hopes that the box will be reused by the receiver, eBay has printed clever messages from their new bird mascot like “Where to Next?” If each box gets used 5 times, these boxes could potentially protect 4,000 trees, save 2.4 million gallons of water, and conserve enough electricity to power 49 homes for a year. Then, once the box is ready for retirement after its many travels, it’s fully recyclable! The bird mascot even provides this reassuring message: “Don’t worry, it will come back as something nice, like a birthday card or movie theater popcorn bag.”

via the dieline.

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Ever Wonder How a Hybrid Car Works?

Hybrid cars are often touted as a great way to reduce pollution, but how do the vehicles actually function? Media platform GOOD, along with Column Five Media and Kia, created the perfect infographic to answer just that question!

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Monday, September 19th, 2011

Birch’s Music Monday!

Welcome to another installment of Birch’s Music Monday!

Listen to Zun Zun Egui’s infectious ‘Fandango Fresh‘ from their upcoming album Katang

…chill out with Dam-Funk’s smooth retro jam ‘Forever‘…

…and check out a trailer for the upcoming live album and film Inni, from Sigur Ros, Icelandic purveyors of epic euphoria-pop, and a favorite of ours here at Birch.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Two Puppies in Need of a Good Home!

We love animals. A lot. Yesterday. Social Tees rescued these two amazing pups from the ACC. They’re the sweetest things and need homes. They are currently in wonderful care but definitely need loving and caring homes. If you’re interested, please stop by the shop or email Jeremy: jeremy@birchcoffee.com

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A Wearable Water Filter

Check out this marvel of modern science! Students Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble created this clever jacket which will purify rainwater and make it drinkable on the spot. Click here to watch a video on the invention.

via Lost at E Minor

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Monday, September 12th, 2011

Birch’s Music Monday!

We know you missed us last week on Labor Day, but we’re back and we’re bringing the jams!

The Drums debut a delirious, delusional video for their hit “Money”…

…Rapper Chip Tha Ripper drops the soulful slow-burner “Realer”

…and Swedish dream-poppers ceo and jj collaborate on an interpretive cover of the lesser-known Blondie cut “Maria”. The track, re-titled “Ave Maria”, is a tribute to tennis star Maria Sharapova.

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