Friday, September 9th, 2011

Marty McFly Returns for a Good Cause!

This is awesome on so many levels. Nike has teamed up with ebay and the Michael J. Fox Foundation in a genius promotion to benefit Parkinson’s research. Nike have recreated the futuristic shoe that Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly wore in the classic film Back to the Future II. The shoes are limited to 1500 pairs, and are only available through a special ebay auction. The best part is that all proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. If you’ve got the cash to splash (the first pair went for over $35,000!) follow the link and help support a great cause!

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Birch Artist Residency: Peter A. Keady

As you know, every month, we feature a different artist’s work on our walls.  This month, we’re excited to share with you the photography of Peter A. Keady whose beautiful and moving photographs will be on display from September 3rd -29th.

Keady has been photographing for over 25 years; he started out as a press photographer and moved toward freelance photography for the corporate world. His passion in photography has always been in sharing people’s stories with others through images, using the photographic essay to convey the complete story. Photography, Keady says, “ties together my passion for telling stories through the visual medium of photography and my personal ministry/humanitarian efforts.”

Here’s a bit of info about the work from the artist himself:

The photos were made in three locations, Dominican Republic in 2005; Belize, Central America, 2007; and Burkina Faso, Africa, 2011. All three trips to these countries were ministry/mission trips which put us into the center of common life with common people. I chose the word, “Simplicity” for title of the show because that was the overarching theme that these people share in their way of life. Simplicity. They had far, far less than most others yet their contentment was plainly obvious. Some lived in significantly difficult situations.


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Monday, September 5th, 2011

A New Kind of Book Club

A group of MFA Illustration grads from the School of Visual Arts came up with this awesome book club that combines two of their passions (and ours), art and books.  The idea is simple, yet so creative.  Once they read a book, they design a cover.  Take a look at the beautiful designs they have created thus far!

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Happy Labor Day, Let’s Have Some Fun!

You’ve worked hard all summer and now it’s time to play hard!  Check out this fun summery playlist from Daily Candy while you plan your perfect holiday weekend.

One thing you need to make sure you do this weekend is to check out some live music. Electric Zoo is taking over Randall’s Island with sounds from Tiesto, Chromeo, David Guetta, SBTRKT, Armin Van Burren, Calvin Harris,  and so many more, or head to Governors Island to see hip-hop legends such as Nas, Lauryn Hill, Common, Raekwon and Ghostface, Cypress Hill, Childish Gambino, and more at Rock the Bells.  While you’re on the island check out Better Than Jam, a pop-up shop that sells handmade items from local Etsy artists in the first floor of a historic home (they have a free craft workshop to learn how to make origami sea creatures).

Don’t miss out on seeing a movie alfresco style in a park, here’s a list of movies and where they’re playing.  Or catch the very last weekend of Brooklyn Botanic Gardens’ breath-taking exhibit “Native New Yorkers.”

And of course do NOT forget to get your fix of BBQs, click here for the most delicious recipes, both traditional and unique (and all tasty)!

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Sweet Bike Hacks

If you’ve seen our iced-coffee delivery trike, you know we’re fans of messing with your typical cycle.  So we had to share Treehugger’s 10 Mind-Blowing Bike Hacks.  Which is your favorite?

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