Category Archives: Night

The Tenth Annual No-Pants Subway Ride: 2012 Edition

So you’re done with the excessive holiday eating? What better way to strut your new-found pounds than with the annual No-Pants Subway Ride. What originally began as a 7-person prank has now evolved into an internationally observed day of silliness. More than 4,000 people took their trousers off yesterday in New York City’s subways, and thousands more reportedly joined in around the world. Improv Everywhere organizes the annual event, where the sexy strap-hangers begin their train rides all over the city and then converge onto Union Square Park for an impromptu celebration of sorts. Continue reading »

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LIC’s New Z Hotel Threatens To Become New Premier Boutique Hotel In Queens

One of the quickest routes to Brooklyn from Long Island City is the Pulaski bridge that runs from 11th street beginning at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. I’ve often taken this road in my day-to-day business during the last few years, noticing the construction of a slender building clad in glass and dark colors. I assumed it would be commercial space at first, but as it began to take shape, I realized it would be the second boutique hotel in an otherwise industrial section of Long Island City.

Following in the archetypal footsteps of the smaller and less opulent Ravel Hotel just a couple blocks west, The Z aims to bring high end clientele to Long Island City, with an attractive, modern design, a long list of amenities and everyone’s favorite part, the rooftop bar/lounge and dining area. At the moment, the Z’s location would seem somewhat odd, being surrounded by many older 1 and 2 story structures, but that will all change in the next few years as development and revitalization of Long Island City continues to swell with sophistication. The Z’s developers had the foresight to set the tone early. Continue reading »

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How To Travel To The Stars In An SUV

Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? To see the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond? But you never got your PhD in astro physics or engineering? I hear ya. I’m still waiting for the interstellar JetBlue to start selling tickets. But until then, we can dream of distant nebula, quasars, black holes and red giants. But what if I told you that trip can be taken today, in your 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee? Find out how… Continue reading »

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Trigger Finger: The Urban Igloo

Trigger Finger is a series of posts dedicated to the impulsive and instinctive cell phone photography that we’ve all developed over the years. For the times when you don’t have your best camera on you, but the moment is still worth capturing.

This piece of modern architecture was spotted on the Corner of Ditmars Boulevard and Crescent Street in Astoria.  The grocery store owner on the same corner built it for his kids, who regularly hang out in and around the store. The individual blocks were crated by packing snow into milk crates lined with cardboard. The unorthodox flat roof is supported by a sheet of plywood, and then covered with more snow for stability and insulation. The small window opening also uses plywood as a lintel. Its no Ice Hotel but this sure looks like it would be fun if I was 10. This igloo has melted since the taking of this picture but I’m sure there will be a new one up soon with the recent snowfall. Continue reading »

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The NYC Blizzard Might Win An Oscar

At least that’s what Robert Ebert thinks. Local photographer/videographer Jamie Stuart shot, edited and submitted this short to Ebert in less than a day using his Canon 7D and some Nikon Lenses. The title, “Idiot With a Tripod” is an homage to Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent classic “Man With a Movie Camera.” Its nice to see someone from my home town get this kind of recognition. Check out the video and a clip from Vertov’s classic after the break. Continue reading »

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Trigger Finger: A Brisk Evening Jog


Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Treadmills on the sidewalk. These puppies are brand spankin’ new and are now being delivered to The Rock gym on 31st street in Astoria.

Now that its below freezing in New York, I’ve left indoor tredmills alone in favor of fresh-air jogging. You might think I’m strange and ass-backwards, but I loathe exercising in the summer humidity. I prefer crisp air filling my lungs under a warm sweatsuit. The only thing that’s irritating is the 8mph wind stinging your face. (Its 8mph because that’s my pace. If the wind is blowing towards me, its even worse). No one likes snot bubbles bubbling from one’s nostrils. An outdoor treadmill would likely solve this problem if strategicly placed in one’s back-yard. Boom! You get to run in the cold and your nose doesn’t. I’m just sayin’. it would make a nice Christmas gift.

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On Location: Beach Chairs at Night

Originally uploaded by Thanassi Karageorgiou

Turning twenty nine wasn’t all that spectacular. It was a sticky hot Tuesday night in the big Apple and Mike and I decided the best way to celebrate the year before thirty was quietly. with three Heineken keg cans (two for me), a couple of beach chairs and some lighting equipment. Mike was kinda surprised that I had four tripods in my trunk. I told him there’s another one under the hood. Heeyyy- ohhhhh!


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