Thursday, March 31, 2016

3/30/2015 Before And After

Today I relatively early. I woke up at 10:30am, but got myself out of bed at around 11:30am. I hopped in the shower after turning on the oven to preheat my final Domino's slices. I scarfed down those and walked down to change my front wheel to my HED-3 since the winds weren't as tornado like today. I was running late, but lunchtime traffic was bad biking through the city. I meet my friend Stewart for a meeting at the northwest corner of Madison Square Park. I told him that was a awkward corner because East 26th Street goes east and 5th Avenue south, opposites ways I am coming to meet him via bike.
The chat goes well while I make way to my next destination, Cafe 28, to get a green juice and walk over to Ace. I get a flourless double chocolate cookie in Stumptown to try, one of the new items there. I want to eventually try the updated lobby burger as well. Apparently theres a change to lamb vs. the previously mentioned with beef.  I took some shots since I had my camera with me wherever I go. This guy caught me with the camel Chester, dad jeans, and Valentino's in the coffee shop.   

After I leave Koreatown, I go by Dover Street Market to see if I could speak to the General Manager. I couldn't locate him and my friends there were off for the day. I spoke with another associate there, and got some good news which could help me. I also did a run through of the place from top down to see what new arrivals there were. The Undercover taped seam coats and accessories case were the highlights, along with some Thames London product. 

I left shortly and went down along 2nd Avenue. I decided to stop at East 14th Street's corner to catch some snaps. I left after I saw my phone was running low on battery, 8or9% and put it in low power mode. I barely made it home at about 3or4%. I bounced off to Black Seed Bagel next. 



Black Seed Bagel was good, but I felt overpriced. I ordered the #1, which runs $12 and small Martinellis for $3. I felt it was kind of small in comparison to other places, bagel size-wise. The palce does have a wood-fire oven that they use to bake the bagels fresh. I wanted a Multi-Grain bagel, but their pickings were slim after 5pm. My favorite and still champ is Russ&Daughters on Orchard.

This is the Hasids squaded up on Broadway in front of a building I believe that chops mad wood into nice little blocks perfect for either ovens or fireplaces. I'm not sure what goes on in the building. 

This next part is where the title comes from. Last night I am coming from the city and along Myrtle Avenue at Dekalb/Central intersect, I see mad fire trucks and cop cars and sirens all over the place. I stop by OMG Pizza on that corner to get some cookies, but then see the cars and lights along the whole block. It seems there was what began as a 3 alarm fire, turned into a 6 alarm fire. The fire began in the first floor of a 3 story building and got picked up by winds to grow so fast. The proximity of the neighboring building allowed the fire to spread from one unit to 5 total in a row. About 90 are homeless from the fire. There was apparently a LARGE pigeon coop on the roof off one or two of the buildings that went up in flames as well. See the pictures of the night before, and the results I took the next day on my way home, 3 blocks away from the scene.


Monday, March 28, 2016

3/25/2016: Nudie Jeans Bowery Shop NYC

I was biking around and was going by Spring and Bowery. The last thing I remember being on this corner was a pop-up space put on Sprite acting as a bodega. I guess this was created after sprite had just left and opened in November. I just noticed it now. They have a Union Special sewing machine, which does a chainstitch hem, leading to a roping effect after wear and wash. The place has free repairs on all Nudie Jeans, provided they are fresh out the wash.


3/26/2015: Nike #AirMax Day in NYC

March 26th. This is Air Max Day. Nike's Air Max birthday. I was riding from the Upper East Side after meeting my friend Brian, to Urbanspace Vanderbilt. At Urbanspace Vanderbilt, I hit their Roberta's location. I had the Famous Original pie there and then hauled my way down to Skylight at Clarkson. These two pics are ones on my way pedaling through the west side making my way down 9th ave. 

This is the entrance platform to the Air Max Convention exhibit showcasing influencers and their take on Air Maxes. Tunes for the place were through DJ Mel Debarge, as showcased in the first photo. The Masters Of Air posters below were each contracted by various New York based artists. 

Iceberg is the nickname of an Air Max specialist. The screens with headphones gave their story in a Air Max documentary. Along with the clip, selections of his collection were displayed. 

NIKEiD created a color palette selection by Hiroshi, Tinker, and Mark for fans to play around with in an inspiring classroom setting on iPads.

In this next section, various Masters are being highlighted. The first is a jeweler name Mr.Flawless, who has created diamond encrusted pendants in the shapes of sneakers with attention to detail.


"Matt Senna’s work sparks passion in the Collector as well as the Critic. Addressing social and behavioral issues by using objects that incite thought and spark emotion - he has been able to create impact through beauty, honesty and truth. Senna himself is inspired by everyday life and his surroundings both past and present, invoking a conversation of self-awareness, cultural stigma and personal growth." Matt created bronze casts of the air max 1, 90, and 95. He does it in two parts and upside down. The molten metal is poured through sole side via two holes and then poof, detailed cast of sneaker.

Joya is a Brooklyn fragrance studio, who created Air Max 90 candles of 4 different scents. 

The next Master, Christophe Robert, created models or creatures from cutting apart boxes, specifically Nike boxes in this case.


Ellaesco is the next fanatic. I remember seeing her username on NikeTalk, and follow her now through Instagram. She has become one of the premier female sneaker collectors now I believe.


The following was a showcase by Kith. Kith created an edible booth. They had a Blizzard-like ice cream swirl or cereal box with milk giveaways with Air Max themed combinations. 

MPnails is a editorial manicurist. She and her company were creating nail designs influenced by Air Max colors and patterns for guests.

These final 2 sections are kind of in conjunction with each other. I had my shoes cleaned by the Jason Markk pro in apron and in the chair so that my shoes looked fresh for the following photo. The photo was taken in the Air Chamber, a little light tunnel with many mirrors and a setting to get a great photo of the sneakers. This last part was created by The Madbury Club, a youthful creative consulting agency.

The end of the fun part of the convention led to the other side which was the following. There was a wall of one hundred pairs of Air Maxes selected by Nike and the story behind each design for its description. The one shoe out of the hundred that got the most votes was the "Atmos Elephant" air max 1. That shoe will be re-released next year since it won. Below were my favorite pairs I liked out of the select.

In this last room, there was a displayed an Air Max customized by each of the members of HTM. There was more than this one photo, but I don't think those were really necessary or significant. This picture summed up the section, aside from the cool Air Max blow-up couches, seats, and ottomans. 

Hi. Me. Bye. #AirMaxCon2016 #NYC