Muji Store

Muji Store, originally uploaded by micahcraig.

I stopped by the new Muji flagship store on a mini Japanese retail pilgramage to Times Square.  The New York branch of Kinokuniya moved to 40th & 6th from Rockafeller Center a few months ago, and I also visited their new store.

Both stores were great, but the Muji store, despight the great light, open plan, and glass shelving, still seemed too small for the range of their products.  The flagship Muji store in Tokyo is enormous, and even includes a grocery section.  If they opened a store like that in Brooklyn I might never shop anywhere else.

Astronomy: today at sunset, NYC turns into Stonehenge

Happy belated New York Stonehenge Day everyone.

Xeni Jardin:
An unusual sunset in Manhattan. Snip from NASA “astronomy pic of the day”:

Today, if it is clear, Manhattan will flood dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely on the centerline of every street.

Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City’s tallest borough will hide the setting Sun.

This effect makes Manhattan a type of modernStonehenge, although only aligned to about 30 degrees east of north.

Were Manhattan’s road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, today’s effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 21 and September 21, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

If today’s sunset is hidden by clouds do not despair — the same thing happens every May 28 and July 12.

Link. Image: 2001, Neil deGrasse Tyson. (thanks, Andrew, via ninjaslice)

Originally from Boing Boing by noemail@noemail.org (Xeni Jardin) reBlogged by micah to new_york on Jul 12, 2006, 11:45AM

Mobs beats up NYC cab driver, then beats up fare

Look, Brooklyn is hard, and we protect our own first and ask questions later. Don’t forget it.

Mark Frauenfelder:
Yesterday a cab driver in NYC hit an 8-year-old kid on a bike. Then the cabbie crashed into a wall, and a mob pulled him out of the car and beat him up. When the cab driver explained that he lost control of the car after his fare hit him in the head with a metal bar to rob him, the mob beat up the passenger and tightened a belt around his neck. Link (Thanks, Rob!)

Originally from Boing Boing by noemail@noemail.org (Mark Frauenfelder) reBlogged by micah to nyc brooklyn on Jul 1, 2006, 2:17PM

The Viele Map of Manhattan was made in 1865 and shows the original boundaries and waterways of the city

Hooray for old maps.

The Viele Map of Manhattan was made in 1865 and shows the original boundaries and waterways of the city. Here’s a thumbnail view (with prints for sale) and the David Rumsey Map Collection has a zoomable version that you can explore. (thx, meg)

Old maps are almost as exciting as typography –L.N.R.

Originally posted by jkottke from kottke.org remaindered links, ReBlogged by LNR on Jun 12, 2006 at 10:07 AM

Originally from Eyebeam reBlog by jkottke reBlogged by micah to map on Jun 12, 2006, 8:07AM

Then You Might Actually Stay Upright

Girl in bathroom: Well, my friends live out here, but I’m from Manhattan, so I asked them what I should wear and they said this place was really casual. So I asked if I could at least wear heels..and they said no…but I can’t drink in sneakers!

–Astoria Beer Garden

Overheard by: melissa

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Originally from Overheard in New York by Jenny reBlogged by micah on May 27, 2006, 2:01AM