Archive for November, 2010
Cab fares have really been going up these days – thanks to street artist The Tailor. The New York-based artist has added some flair to the fare stickers seen on taxi exteriors by adorning their plain stick-figure decals with iconic, easily recognizable clothes and accoutrements. Everyone from Moses to Mister T are now onboard.
This is what we call eye-popping window shopping. Each holiday season New York department stores follow a beloved New York tradition when they unveil their holiday window displays to much fanfare, hoots and hollers, dropped jaws, and occasionally celebrity sightings the week of Thanksgiving.
Windows at Saks, Macys, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, and Barneys are now ready for viewing, and they’re quite a show: themes include everything from disco-era Christmases at Lord & Taylor to travel scenes at
Bergdorf. The winner of the windows, though, has to be creative director Simon Noonan’s foodie paradise at Barneys – everyone from Julia Child to Mario Batali is on display. Orange crocs included.
Legendary artist (and my good friend) Kenny Scharf has been a fixture in the art world since sharing an apartment—called the Cosmic Closet—with the late Keith Haring in the 1980’s. Now, Kenny is painting the very same wall that Keith tagged so long ago at the corner of Bowery and Houston in New York City. And in true Kenny form, it’s Groovenian.
The mural coincides with Kenny’s new exhibit, Hot Glue Hullabaloo, at the Hole gallery just a few blocks away. Who needs LSD when you’ve got a glue gun? Trust me, it’s worth the trip.
First, Betty White. Now, Betty Crocker’s biggest fan has set his googly eyes on hosting Saturday Night Live. And YOU can help him eat his way to the top on the Cookie Monster Should Host Saturday Night Live Facebook page.
“Can you tell him how to get, how to get to”…Studio 8H in the Rockefeller Center?
Everyone’s doing it. From a flash dance of En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” on Modern Family to juniors and seniors at Centre College (Kentucky) busting a move to Glee’s version of “Teenage Dream,” flash mobs are everywhere. You never know when you’ll be exposed…
When I was a small child an Advent calendar from my mom or grandma was a great gift to kick-off the holiday season and enabled me to hold out for Santa. A single small piece of chocolate from December 1st to Christmas Eve behind little cut-out windows in a house.
Well, Porshe has upgraded that original concept. And we’re talking MAJOR upgrade. Behind each day on this Advent calendar you’ll find things like gold watches and, um, a yacht. (How are they ever going to fit a yacht in one of those squares?!) The price for this extravagant holiday countdown? One million dollars. My budget tells me I’ll be sticking to the chocolate version this year.
The BLG Friday Feature is the QCK3 (QUICK THREE). This is where BLG engages in a verbal romp with a friendly MKTG INC employee. Rules of engagement? The introduction is the back of your business card and the corresponding photo is randomly selected from your Facebook page. Ready? Aim… FIRE!
Today’s Hero: Jena
Jena has the energy of a tornado and the uncomplaining nature of a stoic. You can throw just about any task at her and she’ll find a solution and get it done before your unreasonable deadline. How does she do this? It just might be that rarest of character traits… a solid work ethic. She also is never far from having a good laugh. In fact, if there’s any truth to the laughter = better health connection, then she will probably live forever.
BLG: Thanks for hanging out with us on this lovely Friday.
JNA: You know I wouldn’t miss this for the world. And of course the wine helps.
BLG: I would say multiple wines are being had here. But who’s counting? You know what goes well with this delicious, crisp Sauvignon Blanc? An interview. So let’s get down to it. What do you do here besides drink wine(s) and dress well?
JNA: I lead NIKE Running and other various NIKE programming. I worked a lot with NIKE Soccer during World Cup. I am also working on our FedEx program that is kicking off soon.
BLG: Running! Soccer! Office supplies! Oh my! Quite a diverse portfolio. What’s your favorite thing you have worked on?
JNA: NIKE 5K For Kids. It was a national race series focused on middle school and elementary school aged kids and their supporting communities. 100% of the race proceeds went back to PE, play and athletic programs designated by the participant – all in an effort to get kids moving and fight childhood obesity.
BLG: That sounds like a lot of fun. I think BLG would love that event – except when we were outrun by fourth graders.
JNA: They are closer to the ground, so it makes sense that they are faster.
BLG: You’re too sweet. Let’s see just how sweet. Final question: would you hamster-sit for me if i asked nicely?
JNA: Yes. But only for you – so don’t go spreading it around town.
Now, here’s a superhero people can relate to…at least 9.6% of people anyway. It’s Unemployed Man!
With the unemployment rate holding steady, who couldn’t use a little comic relief? Unemployed Man is a true hero of our times, fighting the “Just Us League” made up of supervillains like “The Man” and the pay-to-play “Superlotto.”
The new comic book is the perfect stocking stuffer for the unemployed in your life, or for yourself. Just don’t spend that unemployment check all in one place.
Ralph Lauren celebrates 10 years of digital innovation by creating a 4D experience on the facade of their flagship store in London. The impressively elaborate light show projected transformer-like shifts of the building to create a runway for 4 story tall models, product displays, and a game field for some gigantic… you guessed it, polo players!
It’s yellow with 4 wheels, but the Taxi of Tomorrow is a different beast than today’s cabs. For starters, it’s a minivan. We know this because all three finalists in the Taxi of Tomorrow competition are minivans. Soccer moms not included.
Instead, passengers will find ample head room, sloping picture windows and a roomy trunk, among other cool perks. The winner will become the official taxi cab of New York City in 2014, replacing the current fleet of sedans and SUVs with a single design that’s both fuel-efficient and wheelchair accessible.
The winner will be announced early next year, and you could have an impact on the chosen design. Fill out an online survey for a chance to win $5,000 in free cab rides. With that kind of payout, who needs the Cash Cab?