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Street Art … Epic Mural by “The London Police” Artist Duo in Amsterdam

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Epic street art mural by the international renowned street-artist duo known as the London Police (TLP) in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. The artwork features the circle-headed, smiley-faced TLP graphic character called “the Lad.”

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In Miami … At Artist Laz Ojalde’s Studio

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We recently visited the South Beach, Miami studios of artist-designer Laz Ojalde and took pictures of the space and his work, which includes these lights and objet. Ojalde runs a separate design studio called LMNOQ and has developed an aesthetic  around sustainable, minimalist furniture design and art pieces. Super dope stuff.

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Design … Man + Woman Symbols at Ij Kantine Amsterdam

The international symbols for man and woman often used on signage for restrooms at airports, museums, restaurants and public places, etc., throughout the world are sometimes reinterpreted by designers. We noticed a lot of variations on the symbols at various places in Amsterdam on our recent visit there. Pictured here are the even more minimalist and pared down and arm-less versions of these symbols used in signage at Ij Kantine, a massive, beautifully designed restaurant and bar in Amsterdam’s northside across the Ij River. We’ll post images of the restaurant in a separate post soon.

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Street Art … Fresh Artwork by Diana Garcia and Gabriel Specter at Woodward Gallery Project Space

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This fresh new artwork by artists Diana Garcia and Gabriel Specter at the Woodward Gallery’s Project Space (in front of the Ghost space) on Eldridge Street on New York’s Lower East Side. The work is on view through February 14, 2014. The wall is yet another space dedicated to curated street art, a trend that will keep growing and we love to see.

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“Invader” Street Art by Adam Cost in NYC

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Pictured here is some more wheat-paste street art by the ubiquitous and prolific post-graffiti artist Cost (a.k.a., Adam Cost) referencing the French street artist Invader (a.k.a., Space Invader) and his signature retro-1980s videogame icon. This one is on Crosby Street in SoHo, in New York City.

On the Scene … Fake Film-Set S.W.A.T. Team in NYC

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Yet another film shoot down the street from our HQ in the Chinatown area of New York’s Lower East Side (LES) yesterday, this one involving actors and extras dressed as an FBI SWAT team standing around a truck parked at the corner of Eldridge and Grand streets. Love it.

What’s Outside the Window? – Vol. 33

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The 33rd photo in our What’s Outside the Window? photo project series is this view looking out the door window of the J train on the Williamsburg Bridge as it approaches the Marcy Avenue subway station in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The view looks north up Bedford Avenue with a tenement building covered in graffiti in the center and a painted billboard for the Landmark Vintage Bicycle shop and steelwork  of the bridge in the foreground.

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Abe Lincoln Stencil Street Art … New York

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Here’s another instance of one of those stencil street art images of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln we’ve been stumbling upon occasionally in New York City over the past year. This one is on a wall along Crosby Street near Howard Street across from the Mondrian Hotel in SoHo.

Puma Stencil Street Art in Amsterdam …

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We love this large stencil street art image of a black puma in Amsterdam Centrum, along Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal street with lots of street art that connect Centraal Station to the Western Canals District.

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On the Scene … Snow Day in NYC

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A big snowstorm dubbed “Hercules” hit New York City late Thursday night and Friday, dumping 3 – 5 inches of of fine, powdery snow on the city and bringing with it fierce winds and a deep-freeze temperatures of around 7 Fahrenheit ( -13 Celcius)!. The city glowed beautifully in the blanket of white snow, but we’re freezing here. Pix posted here are of the area around Grand Street Station in the Chinatown neigborhood of the Lower East Side (LES).

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Design & Style … “Journal de Nimes” in Amsterdam

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The clothing store Tenue de Nimes is among Amsterdam’s most influential purveyors of denim, clothing and style, if not its foremost. The shop reliably stocks an impeccably curated selection of well-made clothing, jeans, shoes and accessories, including a lot of limited edition items. The shop also publishes a popular tabloid-format magazine on newsprint called Journal de Nimes and recently delivered edition No. 9 of the magazine in English marking their 5th anniversary. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this issue of Journal de Nimes provides a Best Of list of the owners’ favorite places in Amsterdam to eat, drink, find culture and even get tattoos. Other highlights are an interview with Yuki Matsuda (of brands Yukaten and Monitaly) and a visit to a Japanese textile-making workshop.

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In Amsterdam … Graffiti Art by Mick La Rock at Stedelijk Museum

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The introduction wall at a show of works by contemporary Polish artist Polina Olowska at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum displays the exhibition’s title “Au Bonheur des Dames” written  as classic, early “wild style”-era graffiti by Mick La Rock along with some tags by other prominent graffiti artists from the international scene, such as Lady Pink.

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In New York … Street Art on Broome Street

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This recent wheat-paste street art piece in New York’s Lower East Side depicts a man in what appears to be traditional Arab headwear. The artwork has been partially peeled off and destroyed in a short time. The street art — if it’s still there — is on Broome Street, on that block between Bowery and Chrystie Street where there a handful of influential art galleries and the offices of fashion label Band of Outsiders.

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On the Scene … At Lot 61 Coffee Roasters in Amsterdam

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We paid a visit to Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters’s espresso bar and roastery on Amsterdam’s Kinkerstraat street. Lot 61 was opened in early 2013 by Australian coffee connoissuer and entrepreneur Adam Craig, who used to live in New York City, where he had opened and run the acclaimed Culture Espresso in NYC’s fashion-garment district. (In full disclosure, Adam is an old friend of ours who we’ve known since those NYC days.) In  just a few months, Lot 61 has already upped the game in the rapidly growing Amsterdam third-wave coffee scene, as Amsterdam’s coffee lovers increasingly warm to the idea of take-out coffee and the importance of carefully sourced, roasted and brewed beans. The coffee here is first-rate. Check ‘em out.

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The 13 Essential Travel Contents in Our Pockets

Pictured below are the contents of my coat and jeans pockets spread out on a table following my arrival in Amsterdam. Looking at these I realize that aside from my iPhone (not pictured since I used it to take the photo) it’s pretty much all (and perhaps more than) I really need for international travel and a seven-hour transatlantic flight.

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The contents include, clockwise from top-left: Ray-Ban folding sunglasses, Property Of leather wallet, passport, Moleskine soft-cover notebook with Micron felt pen tucked inside, ear plugs (I lost one on the plane), dental floss, iPhone USB charger, cash (U.S. and Euro coins and bills leftover from last trip to Europe), lip balm, earbuds, Orbit chewing gum, a banana (leftover from breakfast on the plane),  silk cloth for cleaning my eyewear and devices screens.

Or course, I’ve got a Porter carry-on bag with a lot more stuff that makes a long flight bearable, and in this bag usually bring along useful stuff, such as my Apple Macbook Air, external hard drives, HD cam, snacks, eyemask, eyeglasses, a change of clothes (in case we get stuck somewhere due to flight delay/cancellation), multi-country electrical adaptor, a few toiletries for freshening up, etc.

From Amsterdam with Love

We just arrived in Amsterdam, and now, after settling into our hotel and freshening up from the flight from NYC, we’re enjoying a coffee in front of the Christmas tree in the lobby, pictured below. We’ll be spending a few days here hanging out with old friends, collaborators and creators, and checking out new spaces and checking in at the museums and galleries before celebrating New Year’s.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from New York’s Lower East Side!

Merry Christmas! Happy holidays! We’re in NYC this Christmas day and although we don’t usually get caught up in the holiday traditions — it’s just not our thing —  it’s nice to see a Christmas tree as we sip a hot Blue Bottle cappuccino on this very cold Christmas afternoon in New York’s Lower East Side. It’s also really nice to see the downtown streets so quiet, as most businesses are closed, except for this recent cafe addition to the LES espresso coffee scene called Whynot on Orchard Street.

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