Saturday, December 20, 2014

our European lineage

For 20 years the Union Square Holiday Market has delighted New Yorkers and tourists alike.

Product arrives from everywhere; Bali, Lebanon, Tunisia, Mexico, Turkey and dozens of other places help make this market as diverse as the city itself.

It’s not easy to get in.

Twice as many applications arrive for the market’s 100 spaces.

Applicants are interviewed and they must supply samples of their goods to gain acceptance.

Did you know the history of this market actually dates back to the Middle Ages?

Not our North American Middle Ages.

But the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany-- literally Christ-to Child-- dates back to the early 1600’s.


Each year, skipping only the Allied bombing raids of 1939-1948, 2 million people descend on the Haupmarket, a center square in the alt stadt, (old town), of Nuremberg.


They come for gifts, naturally, but also bratwurst, gingerbread and mulled red wine.

I shot this photo while visiting in 1994.

Our New York market on the square has a direct lineage to this European tradition, even booths of red and white!

Cool stuff, here!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

♫ you know Dasher and Dancer and Bratton and Garner ♫

South Bend, Indiana Police Officer Jason Barthel has an entrepreneurial streak.

He founded South Bend Uniform, 
offering apparel for both LEO’s and citizens alike.

But now he courting controversy as his phone rings off the hook.

“It’s overwhelming.”, Barthel said.

What’s overwhelming? 

His new creation, the “Breathe Easy” T-shirt.

He says this is one approach to “unite the people” 
that has “nothing to do with Eric Garner.”


Some folks are in favor.

And some are so enraged they can hardly breathe at all.


merry effin

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

crimea river

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

some might just call her a user

For those who thrill to lack of industry oversight, there’s an Uber driver in this story who wants your business.

His passenger was drunk and needed help to get home, so he drove her around for awhile and made a few hundred bucks.

But he’s not a licensed New York cabbie
 so there’s little she can do.

Or consider “Shell”, airbnb’s face in NYC. 

Her real name is Michelle Martinez.


She told an upstate barn owner she “needed a studio for textile art”---a false premise-- then put it up on airbnb to lease overnights and then a wedding, even after she had been served eviction papers for violation of that lease.


She also listed his barn on TripAdvisor, FlipKey, Dwellable and Outpost, along with another place she pimps in Puerto Rico, an apartment in Brooklyn, a home up in Rhinebeck and a 5000 square foot Brooklyn loft. 

Shell calls herself a “share-economy super user.”
She owns none of these properties and has no right to rent them but she was listed as a real estate agent on LinkedIn until she took her profile down.

So what does airbnb say about their poster girl?

...said the company, when the alarmed barn owner explained his insurance did not cover fire or theft from her so-called “business.”

Airbnb claims their service is well-vetted.