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Category Archives: Theoretical

Always Do the Right Thing

I watched Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” a few weeks ago. Overall I found the movie well done and entertaining. A lot has been said about this movie and I don’t want to repeat what has already been said many times before, so I will only discuss a few pertinent points. My favorite character [...]

TED talks about gentrification

Barry Schwartz, the author of The Paradox of Choice gave a talk at TED where he explained the core ideas of the book. Fortunately this video is available for you to enjoy. At about 18:12 he says something very interesting. If some of what enables people in our societies to make all the choices we [...]

The chicken and egg problem

Most of the comments from my newfound audience thanks to the Times sought to explain the increased police presence. Honorable mention goes to KR in TX, emily from the mynt and Edie Spencer whose comments I will address in future posts. However things are not always as they appear and therefore deserve further attention. I [...]

Hypothesis shmypothesis

June was apparently a big month for this crazy yuppie spaceship. It got an article in the New York and LA Times. What publicity! And it seems like everything is going great for those wanting to live like Gordon Gekko on a budget. But au contraire baby bear, something is rotten at Myrtle Place and [...]

MTA

Here’s a haiku about the subway. It’s pretty obvious, but I like haiku so there. Do not lean on doors. Stand clear of the closing doors. Do not hold the doors.

Short and sweet

I’m obviously not the most prolific blogger in the world, I hope you weren’t expecting me to be. I’m sure that there’s far more local information I could be bringing to your attention, dear reader, than I currently am, but sometimes my ability to portray my experiences here on the corner of Myrtle and Nostrand [...]

Identity

In a comment Choco Man says: You need to tell us more about yourself. What’s your bio? (Did I hear you mention Texas? Is that where you’re from?) Tell us more… A few days later, bed-stuy banana had this to say about anonymity: My last post has been nastily commented on twice by ‘anonymous.’ I [...]

Restart

After being mentioned on Bed-Stuy Blog as one of the top eight excellent blogs by The Changeling I said to myself, “Self, you’ve really screwed the pooch in November.” After a compliment like that, I can’t just let this blog end up like a nice mini-muffin that falls under the couch, slowly getting staler and [...]

Blogscussion

Blogs aren’t specifically designed for dialog, so this might be a bit awkward, but I envision this post as more of a discussion rather than a normal post. Save for this: Figured it out Streetfaerie: If you are going to live in this neighborhood then plan on actually becoming a part of it. How offensive [...]

Controversy!

I got a great comment from Streetfaerie and I think it will be instructive to address it point by point. All quotes are verbatim. Im just finding this blog so I havent read all the posts but are you serious about living in the Stuy and being “independent” of the neighborhood, only venturing to “scurry” [...]