— Noted.


The New York Times Magazine has posted an excellent microsite on the space in New York City that arises above 800 feet. As editor Jake Silverstein explains it:

The city has 21 buildings with roof heights above 800 feet; seven of them have been completed in the past 15 years (and three of those the past 36 months). In this special New York Issue, we explore the high-altitude archipelago that spreads among the top floors of these 21 giants. It totals about 34 million square feet in all, encompassing lavish living spaces, vertiginous work environments (during construction and after), elite gathering places. Visually, the experience of this new altitude feels different in kind from its predecessors, the peak uplifts of previous booms that topped out at 400, 500 or 600 feet. At 800 and above, you feel something unusual in a city defined by the smelly bustle of its sidewalks and the jammed waiting and inching and zooming of its avenues — a kind of Alpine loneliness. Every New Yorker knows the pleasant private solitude that can be found at street level, among anonymous crowds. This is something different: an austere sense of apartness inspired by achieving a perspective seemingly not meant for human eyes.

A few images from the issue that caught my eye:


Aerial view of 1950s Midtown Manhattan. Hulton Archive/Getty Images





Scott Small / 55, Laborer, 3 World Trade Center
Jack Davison for The New York Times



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Follow the link to see a fantastic gif of this.
Illustrations by Brian Rea. Animation by Pablo Delcan.




A private event at the Rainbow Room, May 2016.
Matthew Pillsbury for The New York Times




Chrysler Building, 1,046 feet, as seen from the MetLife Building. Begun: 1928. Completed: 1930. ‘‘It’s in the clouds, like a Magritte painting. Slightly surrealistic.’’
Thomas Struth for The New York Times


A film by Matthew Bate, on the photographer Victor Thomas, aka “vic.invades” on instagram.

In Bale’s words, “Yes, it’s illegal, and yes, it’s dangerous, but it’s in the name of creation and beauty. I believe Vic when he describes himself as the “Robin Hood” of photography — stealing views generally reserved for the few, and sharing them with us all.”







Photography by Manuel Irritier.

This is a beautiful series of Hong Kong buildings by Munich-based photographer Manuel Irritier. He writes on his site of the series: As in hardly any other city, there exists a lack of one thing in Hong Kong: space. The photo series Urban Barcode shows the solution for this problem with the help of close-up views: escaping upwards. Housing units are stacked together cellularly and melt into an anonymous mass. However – on closer inspection – one can detect the difference as well as the individuality in detail and that life is pulsing in confined space.

These images are best viewed full-screen. See the full series on his site, here.


A round-up of some interesting shops in NYC, noted for their specialized inventory.



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Tender Buttons

“The only shop in America devoted entirely to the sale of buttons.”

143 East 62nd St.






Photo by Jed Egan, for nymag.com


Just Bulbs

When I first visited this shop many years ago, they screwed in a bulb into a grid of sockets to show me exactly how it would light up. It still makes me smile.

220 E. 60th St.






Photo from www.saltnews.com


The Meadow

This shop sells chocolate, fresh flowers, and bitters, but I especially love its selection of salt.

523 Hudson St.






Photo from ourprinceofpeace.com


Casey’s Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps, also takes custom orders.

322 East 11th St.






Photo by Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times


CW Pencil Enterprise

This is no joke. 

100a Forsyth St.






Photo by Phil Kline for nycgo.com


Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

An incredible storefront (designed by my friend Sam Potts) with a hidden writing center for Dave Egger’s 826NYC.

372 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn



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Images from www.oliverjeffers.com

A huge fan of the work of Oliver Jeffers. This world map comes with a cork backing, one yellow (HQ), 100 red and 100 blue pins to track where you have been and where you wanna go. Get yours here.


By David Guttenfelder, for the New York Times.

These images of North Korea by David Guttenfelder are striking a chord. I think because there are so many cultural references and personal moments recognizable to the Korean in me, but they always come with the cost of knowing it’s an isolated world, far away.

His images of everyday objects from North Korea are also worth a look. The full story here.



Photo by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin.

I am in love with this op-ed piece by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin.
The first time I went to Paris, I was in my early 20s and visited this house by Le Corbusier. It left an impression, realizing the full weight of an architect’s work/vision, walking around the physical space. Simultaneously, a physical space that imbues a person’s perspective = a sweet melancholy. It’s a feeling I can’t not associate with now when I hear or see his name.

An excerpt:
“How nice it would be to die swimming toward the sun,” Corbu is quoted as saying twice.

When Corbu was 77 years old his doctor forbade him to take long swims. He mostly followed this advice, except on the morning of Aug. 27, 1965. People saw him struggling to climb the rocks, but he waved them off. Later, his body floated to shore.

His death was not ruled a suicide, but it seemed to be, like the rest of his life, designed.


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Photos from http://gibbsfarm.org.nz 

Adding Gibbs Farm in NZ to my to-do list.

Makes me think of one of my favorite places on earth, Storm King Art Center. A magical place for many reasons, but especially for the Andy Goldsworthy installation.



A beautiful image by Stephen Doyle, for a fascinating article in The New Yorker by Judith Thurman, “A Loss For Words: Can a Dying Language Be Saved?”

“If the historical rate of loss is averaged, a language dies about every four months… English is the lingua franca of the digital age, and those who use it as a second language may outnumber its native speakers by hundreds of millions. On every continent, people are forsaking their ancestral tongues for the dominant language of their region’s majority. Assimilation confers inarguable benefits, especially as Internet use proliferates and rural youth gravitate to cities. But the loss of languages passed down for millennia, along with their unique arts and cosmologies, may have consequences that won’t be understood until it is too late to reverse them.”


Current conditions:















4 days from now:


Photo from planetware.com

I’m sure I’ll have more to tell you about this.