Googa Mooga 2013 – Reflections on Googa Mooga 2012 by Derek O’Connor

Googa Mooga 2013

With the date nearly upon us for Googa Mooga 2013, as much as we have learned, New York still seems to have a great way of keeping secret the best things it has to offer and then letting the world know it happened afterwards via friends twitter and Facebook accounts. You may have missed it last year but a free mini festival that celebrated craft beer, fashionable food and the service industry artisans started to … Continue reading

Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas

jin soon nail polish

I was first introduced to Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas by my friend Maria from Liz Claiborne.  We went to the tiny West Village location on Jones St. between Bleeker and West 4th Street years ago.  I remember at the time thinking it was pricey but more than that it was extremely cramped with only two children’s desk stations.  I thought it odd and it didn’t feel quite so luxurious.  I knew nothing about … Continue reading

Lazaro Soho

Lazaro Soho

Lazaro Soho can best be described as a rock ‘n roll jewelry store, primarily for men.  The designer, Lazaro Diaz, has been in business since 1981 making hand-crafted jewelry for the stars.  This single flagship store has a rather robust inventory of super cool jewelry and rockin’ apparel. Leather, silver, onyx, lava, diamonds and black diamonds are the primary materials, although there is a fair amount of over-the-top precious jewelry for ladies as well.  The … Continue reading

Gudrun Sjoden Soho

Gudrun Sjoden Soho

Gudrun Sjoden Soho is the US Flagship of this Swedish organic ‘green’ clothing, accessory and home store.  The story here is color and print.  Did I say color and print?  This is a cross between Spring 2013 Anthropologie and Eileen Fisher.  It is most definitely geared for the 45+ crowd most likely not urban-dwelling.  Tragically unhip stuff, but certainly happy looking.  The home products are far better and would add a nice pop of color … Continue reading

Dumbo Arts Festival – Brooklyn, NY

Dumbo, Brooklyn We’ve been attending the Dumbo Arts Festival for a few years and generally enjoy a full day there.  But for the past two years we’ve noticed a steep decline in the quality of the ‘Open Studio’ art.  There are plenty of other things to check out, but isn’t the artist kind of the point of this whole thing?   Perhaps not anymore, with the rise of the corporate sponsor.  There were signs … Continue reading

Free Stuff Downtown, Wednesday July 11 – Saturday July 14, 2012

July 11, 2012 @ 6:00PM – 9:30PM Blues Downtown, World Financial Plaza, North Cove, Outdoors Celebrate the Blues downtown at the World Financial Center’s waterfront Plaza as new stars join great legends for a two-day musical tribute to the history and continuing legacy of the Blues on July 11 – 12, 2012. BUDDY GUY – At age 74, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock … Continue reading