Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We watch the stock market as an indicator of our economy's health. What if NYC.gov kept a 'live' ticker on its home page listing factors that determine the city's health? In sum, these may include: # of estimated jobs, # of cars, # of bicycles, # of murders, # of unemployed. keep the list at 10 factors. The goal: have the good numbers go up, have the bad numbers go down. This data could even be output on a screen in front of City Hall, and/or in different mediums around the city. It would be a live temperature reading of us.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I was happy to see these 3 blogs write about our Apartment Apparel t-shirts and buttons. The article is below.
The products can be found here:
March, 04, 2009
Wear your home hunt on your sleeve
By Jovana Rizzo
The Real Deal
In addition to listing your apartment with brokers or on Craigslist, you can now advertise your real estate search on your chest.
East Village graphic designer Jason Solarek has created T-shirts and buttons with the phrases "I need an apartment to rent" and "I have an apartment for rent," giving people an opportunity to facilitate real estate transactions during an ordinary day.
Solarek, the creative director of advertising agency Solarek Studios, came up with the idea for the shirts because he kept running into people who were talking about trying to find, or get rid of, apartments. He launched the shirts on his Web site last week.
"A lot of people are always asking friends [about apartments], or mention things in passing. There are a lot of missed opportunities to be able to exchange information," Solarek said, adding that his T-shirts could inspire conversation between people in real estate limbo.
The shirts come in male, female and v-neck versions, and are priced at $25 to $27. Whether people wear the shirts for fashion or to actually advertise their apartments remains to be seen.
Paul Purcell, co-founder of Charles Rutenberg in New York, said sellers obviously still need a broker's services to sell homes, but "it forces us to think in different ways," whether it's advertising on a T-shirt or on Facebook. In November, one man took selling his apartment into his own hands by walking around the city with a cardboard ad, yelling "apartment for sale!"
And even if the shirts don't help someone find an apartment, Solarek says they are appropriate for the city's obsession with real estate.
"In New York, the first thing people say to each other is 'Hi, nice to meet you, how much do you pay for your apartment? Or do you have an apartment for rent? Or I have an apartment for rent," Solarek said. "I think that the shirt is apropos for the time and a tongue in cheek representation of our New York real estate mindset."
Monday, March 02, 2009
I'm the dork in the right side of the picture....second up from the base of the stairs. Bill shook my hand, and complimented me on my tie. I didn't realize it's protocol to give the president a tie if he compliments it. Ironically, it had elephants on it.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
this is a concept for a large wall map.
- when put together from 8.5 x 11 paper sheets, it forms a wall mural of nyc that is 5' x 10'. (that is about 8 sheets heigh, and 16 wide).
- one can print out different sheets according to date, and type. aka: a section of the map from how that part of nyc was in 1624, or in 2009. one can also print out that part of the city in 2009 to show mass transit or restaurants.
- the 'panels' sit over each other, in clear holders.
- one could have all the panels showing 1624 street views, or 2009 aerial views, or a mix them up.
- by having the panels be 8.5 x 11, this allows anyone to print the map at home...and therefore, the product could be sold online only....a nice version could be boxed for instore sales.
- this could be done for any large city...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Apartment for Rent T-shirts
Need Apartment to Rent T-shirts
This is a concept for a t-shirt line to help people find rental apartments, or rent what they have. In markets like NYC, it can be very challenging. Ideally, one could rent to someone they meet, or at least have something in common with. If one is out at the same bar, in the same neighborhood as someone with this t-shirt, it may just be the spark that puts things in motion.
I wonder if one wore this out, how many inquiries they'd get. ..maybe it depends more on how hot the wearer is vs. the market. ; )
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Grandma is second from the right side.
View and buy New York City t-shirts here http://wordsworth.spreadshirt.com/
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
This composite image splits Manhattan into two visions; how it looked in 1609, left; its more vertical profile today, right.
I'd love to see this blown up huge, and placed in Times Square. This is from an article in today's Times about the exploration of NYC. A quick excerpt before you get to whatever else you were doing:
Mr. Sanderson writes Mannahatta had more ecological diversity than Yellowstone, more native plant species than Yosemite, more species of birds than the Great Smoky Mountains.
“If Mannahatta existed today as it did then, it would be a national park,” Mr. Sanderson writes. “It would be the crowning glory of American national parks.”