The Place to be. (Hip.) The McCarren Pool Here they are, rocking hard - The band constantly changed their style from nice indie-soft songs to e-guitar smashing hard rock. So I actually just liked half of the songs Yo La Tengo played, but anyhoo, it was the final poolparty at McCarren Park, cause they gonna turn it back into a pool again next year (I can't wait to see the hipsters in tight swimming trousers...) and gladly we made it there right in time after having a delicious iced coffee at Caffe Capri - still the best one in town. Hoorgarden Summer Ale, Sunshine, free Rock-Music and cheerful people - what a great Sunday. My camouflage shoes are almost invisible on the ground of the McCarren Pool. Yvonne's not really. But they look good too. Alex is hiding his finger somewhere in his nose while watching the beautiful night-sky-line from that little spot on the east river in Williamsburg. And Maxie rather looks into Camera Diaz then across the river. Fair enough. Camera is pretty pretty. And here another giveaway wallpaper for your desktop - it actually is kind of a wallpaper, but an analog one, turned into a digital one via a digital camera. Zeros and Ones but still streetart. Weird...
As you can see - dear reader - my brain is a bit fried after working quite a lot over the last days so please excuse the lack of thoughtful information and text in this post. Cheers.
Almost the whole office went to the pretty area of Schwenksville close to Philadelphia on the weekend to attend the PF - the Philadelphia Folkfestival. And it was - well - interesting. And exiting. I don't wanna put a cynical tone in that post (hopefully that doesn't offend anyone) so all I am saying is that I wasn't really into the music althought I actually love Folk music, but I guess more the modern stuff like kings of convenience or jose gonzales rather than some banjo-fidel-world-music stuff with dancers expressing the lyrics in a musical kind of style. Also it was the first festival I ever went to and maybe I expected something different - like having at least a bit of space between the tents, but they were almost built over another. Usually you trip over the strings that hold the tent steady - well, I tripped over complete tents at night. The nature around the festival area was amazingly beautiful, so we spent most of the time recharging our greeness-batteries at a close-by river chillaxing, drinking (yes - in public - please dear reader, don't call the authorities now) swimming and walking. After a while in the concret beauty of ny one starts to appreciate the rustling leafs on the huge old trees and the sun that shines through it, underlined by singing birds. But of course even in the countryside you can find dangarous things lying around - like streets. So luckily the pensilvanian guardians of helpless walkers and mountainbikers put up these helpful signs to protect them from the scary streets. You might not spot it on the first sight - it's that greyish long thing between the path... The Food was pretty amazing too. After experiencing an american Autobahnraststätte (which was like a fast food mall in bright neon light) on the way down there I was already over fast food so I skipped the amazing variety of greasy and neither really organic nor healthy food always thinking about the great restaurants one can find in ny. Fortunately we had our fancy Volunteer batches the allowed us to eat backstage, where friendly other volunteers cooked for us. I'd wished there were even more volunteers to take care about the visitors diet. Without a doubt - I saw many many fat people. I never really believed in the prejudice of the fat nation until I realized this weekend that it is scarily true. Not only huge, but also without any sense for style nor a smile on the bright red shiny faces - maybe it's too much of an exercise to get up these muscles in the corner of the mouth. I spent long times just watching people passing by and tried to understand how this beautiful country with it's lovely inhabitants became like it is today. I gonna read through it and keep you - dear reader - up to date. And you were no one without a mug. We saw them in every size and style, some glowing, some shiny and most of them filled with healthy softdrinks. Well, this one right here only got pure booze in it. And that is without a doubt the best thing to put in there. And that's what happens after having one of the mugs... Peolpe turn into lions and guitar-playing flowers. So, Kids, don't try that at home! Pete and Rosie enjoyed themselfes very much, also did the 3 other couples I went with. Not that it is not great to hang out with four couples, I love every single one of them, but a wingman couple - that just doesn't work. The volunteer status didn't come for free - we had to work hard for the batches. Thomas and Danielle are giving quite a good example of that I guess. Well, anyways, it was fun, no doubt. Something different for sure, but an experience that made me personally appreciate the life in new york very much. Not only that we got great food and the best coffee in the world here - it is also really hard to actually find poo to step in. Next to the river - no problemo. Peace! PS: Thanks to thomas for letting me use his picture. Camera Diaz was chillaxing and smoking pot most of the time. I think she's getting dreadlocks now.... And of course to Alexis and Ben for organizing the whole trip for us and for driving on the overloaded highways.
It can be more or less difficult to get on roofs in the city. The french guy Philippe Petit chose to walk on a wire to the roof on the other tower of the WTC in the 70s - and because people think that this is a big deal - they made a movie about it. And you - dear reader - should totally check it out. It"s amazing, funny and makes you wanna become a rebel fighting the stiff society...
So after seeing people climbing around on roofs, Kim and I decided to try the same and - here comes the cracker - it is super easy to get on rooftops in the city. Well, actually we only tried two, cause we went to the wrong building for a rooftop party, but the doorman didn't even ask where we were going. So next time I am having a party here I'll just conquer a roof in the city. Pretty rebellious. And that's one of the reasons to hang out on roofs. And the great view as well. This here is just a giveaway wallpaper the TAJ Photographer Camera Diaz took last night on her way home. And: New favourite song of the TAJ Team: "The Makings of You" by Curtis Mayfield
It was a bit stressful at the office over the last couple of days and after long hours in front of the screen the whole TAJ-team felt too drained to keep you - dear reader - up with the latest in nyc. So first of all: Good bye Roman! Althought he left the office and new york one week ago, I think it's never too late to say: farewell my friend, take good care and rock the austrian industry! It was a pleasure working with you and sorry again, that your team didn't win the european cup. For more info about his work and live: The official Website and his lovely Flickr albums. Then the TAJ team went to see sebastien tellier live - and - well - it was - well - kind of weird. I think he is super famous in France, regarding a 100% french audience, but nothing more. Weird guy althought he was produced by one of the Daft Punks... Then the whole office beach trip (2weeks ago - jesus - the TAJ was lazy!) didn't happen because of crazy rain showers - and apparently it's becoming kind of a weird habit of the weather here to rain the hell out of it every sunday afternoon. Right now it's raining again. Strange. Anyhoo, after going down Brookyn all the way with 6 people in a small Saab car (and that wasn't a pleasure) we turned right before actually seeing the water and had drinks and amazing food (schwäbischer kartoffelsalat) at Kate's beautiful place. So after all a killer afternoon, just without any sand or water - apart from the rain-water of course. Oh Yeah, the Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat - delicious
At the same day in the morning our most favourite Kiwi just ran half a marathon in Manhatten, which makes him officially the sportiest person in the office, followed by Basketball-Pete and maybe I am getting close to the third place, with riding Tyron and - having new running shoes - running 3 times a week at prospect park (You can easely spot me, I am the sweaty one with the red head who smokes at least 2 cigarettes while he's running - european style!) But I am very proud of G-Diddy (1:50h for 12 Miles I think) and the plan is to join him next year. Maybe... Sporty Spice Then: You might already have it, but if not - the Diplo vs. Santogold Mixtape that takes circles on the Super Data Highway is a must have summer mixtape. We are listening to it all the ime at the office - so get it here (klick on the picture below) and enjoy! Okay, that's it for now. I am sorry for the inconvenience of a delayed post - I hope it won't happen again. Ooops, no - Thats not it - Eva arrived in NY, so welcome Eva, hope you gonna have an awesome time here! Check out her and Rob's Blog here: KLICK