Archive for September, 2012

Back to the Future: the Polaroid Edition

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Combining technology from different generations seems like a dangerous proposition.  From VHS to Blu-Ray, 8-Tracks to iPods, Atari to PS3, in most cases there’s a pretty clear reason why we’ve left the past behind.

However, a few out-of-date devices possess a certain nostalgia within the minds of consumers, maybe none moreso than the oft-romanticized Polaroid camera.  Before the days of Instagram and turning every picture into a Sepia-toned masterpiece to seem artistic, the Polaroid served to provide the instant gratification that defines our greedy nature as consumers.

With that in mind, the folks at The Impossible Project have brought two worlds together by combining the analog functionality of the Polaroid, with the ever-increasing digital power of the iPhone to create the ‘Impossible Instant Lab‘.  The Instant Lab allows you to transform your digital iPhone images into real-life photographs in a matter of seconds.  While it currently exists as a prototype, the Instant Lab has already garnered almost twice their original $250k fundraising goal on kickstarter.com, along with glowing reviews from the likes of Engadget, CNET, psfk and many more.

Grab your DeLorean and donate people…but let’s leave the 8 Track players where they belong.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

September 19th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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11 Years After 9/11

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On September 11, 2012 I had the honor of sharing the day with a family who lost a loved one in the line of duty during the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. The emotional experience was spent with a member of the New York City Fire Department who lost his father on that fateful day.

Yesterday morning, we went to the firehouse his father worked in where uniformed members provided breakfast and held an intimate ceremony for the family. Between moments of silence, I observed pictures and plaques on the walls of all the fallen members of the firehouse. It was inspiring to meet the men who worked with his father and spent seven months after the attacks looking to recover the remains of all 343 FDNY members who were killed. They shared stories that brought him back to life for a moment as the son pictured his father doing what he has now dedicated his life to.

After leaving the firehouse, we headed over to the World Trade Center to listen to the FDNY Pipe Band pay a tribute to all of those who were lost. Watching the sunset on the Freedom Tower while hearing “Amazing Grace” playing on the bag pipes is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. The band, which consists only of Fire Department members, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

In the past 50 years, mainly due to 9/11, the band has played more line of duty funerals than all other pipe bands combined. The majority of members lived through the attacks and spent their days after 9/11 going from funeral to funeral to give their brothers a proper send off. While observing the pride and honor on their faces standing outside of the memorial last night, it was evident why the FDNY is coined “New York’s Bravest.”

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial, I highly recommend you do so–you may even get your photos featured on their new Pinterest page. We will always appreciate the first responders for their commitment to protect and serve, but more importantly, we will never forget…

Now, 11 years later, the band lines up at the World Trade Center at dusk to honor the deceased.  As amazing grace played on the bag pipes it was clear that to a fireman, the site is more than just a building, it’s a grave site and sacred ground.  It holds the remains of all the men they lost that day, many of whom were never recovered.On September 11, 2012 I had the honor of sharing the day with a family who lost a loved one in the line of duty in the terrorist attacks 11 years ago.  The emotional day was spent with a member of the New York City Fire Department who lost his father on that fateful day.
That morning, we went to the firehouse his father worked in, where uniformed members provided breakfast and held an intimate ceremony for the family.  Between moments of silence, I observed pictures and plaques on the walls of all the fallen members of the firehouse.  It was amazing to meet the men who worked with his father and spent seven months after the attacks looking to recover the remains of all 343 FDNY members who were killed.  They shared stories that brought him back to life for a moment as the son pictured his father doing what he has now dedicated his life to.
Once we left the firehouse, we headed over to the World Trade Center to listen to the FDNY Pipe Band play a tribute to all of those who were lost.  The band, consisting of all firemen, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. In the past 50 years, mainly due to 9/11, they have played more line of duty funerals than all other pipe bands combined. The majority of members lived through the attacks and spent their days after 9/11 going from funeral to funeral to give their brothers a proper send off.
Now, 11 years later, the band lines up at the World Trade Center at dusk to honor the deceased.  As amazing grace played on the bag pipes it was clear that to a fireman, the site is more than just a building, it’s a grave site and sacred ground.  It holds the remains of all the men they lost that day, many of whom were never recovered.
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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

September 12th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Music+Booze+Security=FNO

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fno2Photographer and Writer: Alfredo Montes

We kicked off FNO with a stop at the Target pop-up store, which was around the corner from the MKTG INC Headquarters at Highline Studios. They did a great job transforming the space into small storefronts. The highlight for Ric and I was the Odin for Target men’s clothing line that is going to be a huge success. For those unfamiliar with Odin, it is in my opinion one of the best men’s clothing retailers in New York City.  In addition to Odin they also had a coffee shop and tableware section with some great stuff. Ross Mathews of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno made a brief cameo (homie is not camera shy in the least) while a DJ kept the crowd entertained. Of course it wouldn’t be FNO without buying something. The Target pop-up had a ton of registers ready for consumers to walk away with some new goodies.

After Target we made our way down to SoHo and quickly found out the recipe for FNO at small boutique shops. Music + booze + security = FNO. Now music can come in two forms; a DJ or a live act. Cole Haan and Camper held it down with dope DJ’s while adidas employed a super hot chick to stand behind some CDJ’s and press some buttons – I refuse to call her a DJ but I will call her hott with two T’s. The highlight musically came from the G-Star store and a band called Lake Street Dive. The singer has some serious soul and an amazing voice. Peep this video to see for yourself.

Overall, FNO was a great time. We tried to get into the GQ pop-up without success but that is ok because we got an awesome photo of the exterior window. While I didn’t see a lot buying taking place, I do believe FNO was successful in helping certain fashion brands reach a wider audience that could turn into sales down the road.

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FASHION’S NIGHT OUT 2012

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fashions-night-out-2012Photo by Norman Jean Roy

Fashion’s Night Out is a global initiative sponsored by Vogue and CFDA. With the first event taking place in 2009, FNO has grown steadily over the last few years with it’s biggest night planned for today, September 6th 2012.

What started out as a way to encourage consumers to shop and support the fashion industry is now a global celebration of fashion.  Sure the primary intent is to purchase, but it’s also to meet designers, get good deals on products and a party with models (the latter being the most important to this guy!).

To take it one step further, FNO is implementing strong social media initiatives consisting of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  If you want to show off how much fun you are having and what items you bought, all Instagram photos with the hashtag #FNO will be featured live in real time on fnolive.com.

If you forgot about FNO and want to find out what’s happening in your city, hop onto their website and do some homework.  You can pick out the shops you want to check out and see what types of offers are available in store.

According to this video, everyone is going to be there, so don’t miss out!

Written by Alfredo Montes

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September 6th, 2012 at 4:13 pm