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New York’s Smorgasburg offers adventurous food on a plastic plate -
Sep. 09 2013 | The Globe and Mail | BARBARA RAMSAY ORR

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday,
Brooklyn  New_York_City  food  gourmands  things_to_do 
september 2013 by jerryking
For Martha Stewart’s New Fans, Tattoos Meet Appliqué -
November 24, 2012 | NYT | By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY.

Ms. Stewart’s company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, has faced some difficult blows lately — substantial financial losses, and layoffs and cutbacks at its magazines and television programs. But Ms. Stewart, the 71-year-old founder, has emerged as something of a patron saint for entrepreneurial hipsters, 20- and 30-somethings who, in a post-recessionary world, have begun their own pickling, cupcake and letterpress businesses and are selling crafty goods online.... In and around the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Martha Stewart has spawned meet-up groups for people who want to work on crafting, blog items about her sighting at the Brooklyn Bowl rock club, sales of her books at the Brooklyn Kitchen cook shop and decorative displays in the shop window of Urban Rustic, a market and cafe.

Beyond Williamsburg, Ms. Stewart has drawn crafting and baking fans from Saratoga Springs to San Francisco who have made the most-shared site among its rivals on the social site Pinterest, according to Pinfluencer.

While some Martha Stewart fans abandoned their magazine subscriptions and Ms. Stewart’s high-thread-count sheets after she went to prison over her 2004 conviction for lying to federal investigators about a stock sale, this new generation of fans say her prison time only gives her more street credibility.
artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  New_York_City  Brooklyn  Martha_Stewart  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  craftsmanship 
november 2012 by jerryking
Culture keepers
September 15, 2002 | Library journal | Andrew Richard Albanese.

An archival challenge

With the conference firmly focused on what lies ahead for African American librarianship, securing a brighter future, librarians said, requires preserving the past. ln that regard, African American librarians face a massive challenge and one that needs action. Over the course of the conference there were a number of sessions that focused on preservation issues, including digital archive initiatives. One session, "Preserving Cultures," summed up the archival issues at hand and detailed new problem-solving efforts. Librarians are particularly concerned about how little is currently known about the wealth of important historical materials pertaining to black history that is moldering in attics or being put on the curb. Brooklyn College's Chantel Bell captured the challenge of black librarians in discussing her effort to archive the records of Brooklyn's large Caribbean population Through her efforts, which include archiving as well as offering archival advice, she is attempting to keep the history of a vibrant community from being "permanently lost."
African-Americans  libraries  marketing  archives  historical_amnesia  preservation  cultural_institutions  history  Caribbean  Brooklyn 
august 2012 by jerryking
Food Start-Ups Flock to Old Pfizer Factory in Brooklyn -
March 27, 2012 | NYT | By RONDA KAYSEN.

Pfizer’s decision prompted a feverish community effort to convert the property to a mixture of affordable housing, retail and manufacturing. But those hopes were dashed when Pfizer abandoned plans to convert the factory to affordable housing.

In February 2011, it sold the eight-story plant and adjoining parking lot to Acumen, a firm that specializes in adapting industrial properties for new uses. Pfizer is still trying to sell several remaining parcels.

Pfizer provided Acumen with financing to purchase the factory and parking lot, a decision that Pfizer officials point to as an example of the company’s commitment to the neighborhood.
affordable_housing  Brooklyn  economic_development  food  incubators  manufacturers  New_York_City  Pfizer 
march 2012 by jerryking
For Ex-Nurses, Real Money's in Takeout -
By Louise Kramer
Published: April 4, 2004

Restaurants are notoriously challenging to run. An owner must juggle customer service, logistics, management, accounting and other tasks. In franchising, entrepreneurs buy into existing concepts and follow strict guidelines for operation in exchange for a fee and royalty payments on sales.
immigrants  franchising  Second_Acts  fast-food  New_York_City  owners  restaurants  Brooklyn  nursing  Caribbean 
november 2011 by jerryking
Water-saving in the north-east: Trees grow in Brooklyn
Nov 11, 2010 | The Economist. NYC has a serious sewer problem,
spilling more than 27 B gal. (102 B L) of untreated overflow into its
harbour each year.U.S cities rely on decrepit sys. that collect
storm-water run-off, industrial waste & human sewage in the same
pipes.Usually these pipes take waste water to treatment plants.But any
overflow is released into rivers & streams.Time, erosion &
increasingly erratic weather have made this a national issue. NYC
recently unveiled a plan to clean up its waterways.Instead of spending
billions on new tanks & pipes (i.e, “grey infrastructure”), which
take yrs. to build & never quite address the problem, NYC will
invest in “green infrastructure”, e.g. roofs covered with vegetation,
porous pavements & kerbside gardens.Instead of treating rainfall as
waste to be quickly whisked away, NYC will let it sink usefully into the
ground: helping to make the city greener, improve air quality, raise
property values, increase jobs & lower water & energy costs,
green_roofs  water  infrastructure  New_York_City  Brooklyn  wastewater-treatment  overflow  environment 
november 2010 by jerryking

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