Each city has its own code of conduct that goes deeper than neighborhood slang, driving idiosyncraseis, or favorite sandwich. After living in five large cities in three years, I know full-well this especially is true of New Yorkers. Why did I get yelled at for standing on the left side of the escalator? How can I tell what the light on top of the yellow cab means? How do I successfully eat a slice of pizza while en-route to wherever it is I am going? The questions seem endless, but now – thanks to Nathan Pyle – they have been answered.
In his newly released book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, writer and artist Nathan W. Pyle lucidly positivizes the unwritten rules of the largest city in America in GIF and written form. Nathan has lived in NYC since 2008 and has picked up on the social subtleties of the city that never sleeps. He illumines the basics of NYC life in simple black-and-white images that are sure to make you chuckle and exclaim a knowing “ah-ha!” with every page:
It was 5:45 AM the Friday before Christmas and a solitary thought filled my mind: Panther Coffee. You see, I drove down to Boca Raton for a reunion with some of my closest friends, but knew that my South Florida experience would not be complete without a trip to the infamous Wynwood Panther Coffee shop. Daniel, one of my best friends who happens to be a photographer/coffee enthusiast, introduced me to Panther’s Chelba roast last summer and my taste buds exploded with gratitude after the first sip. It was fitting he would take me to Wynwood (an incredible street-art district in North-East Miami) for a sunrise photography and coffee excursion.
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Last year, I discovered the wonderful brand Warby Parker. This year I had the honor to write about their newest collaboration with Pencils of Promise for Lifestyle + Charity Magazine (check out my article on EDUN, Bono’s fair trade clothing line in L+C’s newest issue, In Transitu). I’m honored to be a new contributor to Mr. L +C for the magazine and am thankful to have the opportunity share their vision with others. Click on the images below to read my Warby Parker article.
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If you know me, you know that the summer of 2006 shaped me more than any other season in my life. I spent that time in Southern Africa (Zambia, primarily) connecting AIDS orphans with local churches, getting the orphans sponsors in the USA, and asking tough questions about needs of the communities I visited.
It was impossible to return to the USA the same as I was before. Granted, I managed to get Salmonella during my time overseas, but a new love for Africa burned in my heart-and today, still burns strongly.
That’s why I was honored when I was approached by Lifestyle and Charity Magazine to write a feature on Bono’s fair trade clothing line, EDUN, that builds self-sustaining communities in the neediest areas of Uganda, Kenya, and Morocco. You can order the Autumn issue of the magazine online. Here are some peaks at the article. I am so excited about it! The clothing, photography, and layout of the spread are beautiful!
“Live inspired” is NYC’s Lifestyle & Charity’s motto. As I breeze through the eMagazine, images of beauty and grace-all in the name of philanthropy-wash over me.
Yes. Why yes, I am inspired. In a matter of minutes I feel as if I just flew through six thousand pins on Pinterest that I actually thought were lovely, inspiring, and beautiful. Now, I’m ready to…
“Rage in the days of Summer
Let go in the days of Summer
Change the world in the days of Summer”
..well, sort of. The whole full-time job puts a bit of a damper on my desire for a summer rage, but I am excited to see what other art, fashion, food, beauty, entertainment, lifestyle and culture inspiration L&C will introduce me to in the fall issue. Until then I will “rage” at my desk to L&C’s summer playlist on Spotify.
Check out L&C for yourself here.
There is nothing like gratitude to cure a bad attitude. When you are grateful for the big and the small things in life, the flavor of your whole day will change. I don’t know much, but I do know that thankfulness isn’t something that’s reserved only for Thanksgiving Day.
NYC is a big and wonderful place, but it can be overwhelming and frustrating sometimes. This past Saturday was one of those days. I was frustrated at the inconvenience and impersonality of the city and wished that I lived somewhere else. On days like this, I like to talk walks through the city-‘thankful walks,’ I like to call them-to remind myself of all the things I am thankful for and how much I really do love living here.
Here are a few things I am thankful for:
Brunch with sweet friends followed by long, thankful walks through NYC on a sunny, warm afternoon.
Amazing architecture, flowers on the street, quaint bookstores, incredible coffee.
Window shopping in the West Village/SoHo.
Sunsets over the Jersey City skyline.
What are you thankful for?
Hey there, Ruthie Bird here, and I’ve got my spring picks for you.
If someone gave me a credit card exclusively for the Fifth Floor at Bergdorf Goodman’s I would be in heaven. If I had an unlimited budget, these are a few things I would pick out to spruce up my spring wardrobe. Alas, I am but a broke Junior Associate working an entry-level job for almost minimum wage. For now, I’ll just peruse the racks at Bergdorf’s while I dream and drool over Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Christian Louboutin, and Diane Von Furstenburg. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Spring is about color, and this spring I’m WILD about bright primary & secondary colors. Bring on the yellow, red, and sapphire blue. While we’re at it, let’s break out our best colorblock combinations and add some greens and oranges into the mix.
I may live in NYC, but this spring, color is the new black. Oh! Don’t forget: add some sparkle and you’ll be set for the season.
My friends Aaron and Alex Craig from We Are Films have done it again! This time they’ve created a music video for Brooklyn-based band, The Welcome Wagon, led by frontman and pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian, Vito Aiuto.
I will be sending this song to my extended family in a last-ditch attempt to force them to come out to NYC for my college graduation ceremony on May 5th.
There’s something magical about a rainy day in NYC. People tend to stay inside, so the streets are mostly deserted….except for a few stray raincoats with perfectly mis-matched boots and umbrellas scattered along the pavement and a two crazy girls 20-something year old girls, twirling and skipping through the rain. On days like these I almost always forget to wear a raincoat and I almost always lose my umbrella, but I always have fun in the city rain, after all, it’s one of the best times to explore.
CarolAnne and I went on an adventure in the East Village. I had two objectives. First, I wanted to find good coffee (always a given on a Saturday Morning). Second, to get to the coffee shop, I wanted to walk down streets I’d never traveled before.
Soon enough, CarolAnne and I found our coffee, enjoyed conversation about Myth, Robert Frost, and the importance of story, then left for an adventure.
As we meandered through exclusive boutiques on 11th Street we found a basement store hidden between brownstones and designer ware. There was no name on the outside awning of the shop, just a vague sign that read, “Open. Closed when not open, open when not closed. We are child, dog, and eccentric friendly,” and an unassuming display of rubber stamps in front window.
CarolAnne and I had to go inside.
“I went ‘a over t’ New York with m’family one time. I was 16.” Said Casey, the shop owner, as he colored his thick Irish accent with a jolly laugh. “And New York was a town full of misfits. So I fit in perfectly.”
Casey is the proprietor of Casey Rubber Stamps, he’s the chief stampmaker and the cornerstone of his basement shop in the East Village. “This store, well, it’s been around for 8 years. I’ve had other stores before this one, but it’s been here for a bit.”
“See these stamps?” He says pointing to line of cartoonish stamps of pizzas, skeletons, and smiling carrots nestled between impressive ships, life-like acorns, and elegant dragonflies. “I made them myself. You can tell which ones are mine. I do the more traditional ones, and then I make the weird ones too. The weird ones are my favorite.”
“The city has changed a lot. But I still fit in here, well, more than I would any other place. I lived in London, I lived Dublin, I lived in San Francisco, I lived in Toronto, you know, and then I came back to New York.”
“Originally, after college, I was a coin collector and opened up me’ own shop. But, as it goes, I didn’t have financial backers and when I went home one Christmas, and my roommate-he robbed me of all my coins. That was that; what can ye’ do? While I was getting my shop ready, I had a stamp of a coin made. That what when I knew that stamps and coins were similar-they’re both made with a light relief.”
That was that.
I bought a stamp of the Empire State Building, we said our goodbyes, and that evening, I tried out my stamp on a favorite set of stationary. Like it?
If you want to visit Casey’s shop, take the L train to 1st Ave, walk south three blocks to 322 East 11th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).