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Levis 511 Slim Commuter: The same qualities you expect from any pair of Levis plus reflective seems, reinforced gusset and a U-Lock holster.
Gradient Socks: Roll up your cuff, reveal your reflectors. Simple and brilliant.
Lightpost: Leave your lights on your bike in this town and there’s a 90 percent chance they’ll be gone when you get back. That’s just the way it is. This seatpost has integrated lights so you don’t have to worry about that. Again, brilliant.
- Dennis Hopper's Drugstore Camera (AnOther)
- BMW R100R by Urban Motor (Silodrome)
- Inside Queens’ Brewery Darling, Rockaway Brewing Company (Brooklyn Magazine)
- Learn how to set up your acoustic guitar with Dan Krugman (Pioneer Works)
Tall Cotton Supply’s Jim Morgan has a unique view of development in New York. He runs a salvage company that reclaims whatever it can from so many old buildings being torn down here in the city. His business boomed in the recession and he’s been busy ever since. Though no journalist has ever written about Tall Cotton Supply, Morgan was kind enough to let the Hand & Eye come along and see what salvaging NYC really looks like.
- An NYC oyster barge from the 1850s will soon be back in action on the East River. (New York Times)
- Inside The French Laundry’s new kitchen (FastCo.Design)
- Dire Straits is HUGE with North African Tuareg communities. (Africa is a Country)
- If you’re not watching Casey Neistat’s video blog, start now. (YouTube)
The bicycle is on my mind today, the beautiful bicycle. I spent a few hours searching for a replacement for my beloved Surly Cross Check, which was stolen by a miscreant a few months back. Not having a bike was all right for a little while, but now with the days warming, it’s a must. There is just no better way to get around. The new bike has to be tough, with gears, riser bars and hopefully disc brakes. That's sort of it.
The search continues, but in the meantime let this man inspire you. 80 years and still riding.
Friend of the Hand & Eye and New York Times Reporter David Gelles has just published a book called Mindful Work that looks at mindfulness in the workplace. As someone who occasionally dabbles with mediation, I find it to be a fascinating topic. I got to speak with Gelles about his book for a story that’s up now on The Manual. You can read the interview here, and find the book here.
I first heard about the Victor Athletics Kickstarter over at ACL, then again over at Selectism as well. These are both sites that don't typical cover Kickstarter campaigns, so it caught my eye. The idea is pretty simple: American-made sweats. The team behind Victor have earned a lot of respect through their previous work at Noble Denim, and now they're taking on this new mission.
After taking a quick look, I had to kick in as well. The gear looks simple and durable, affordable and really because America-made sweats are a must.
As of this writing, they're very close to their goal. More here.
There's so much going on in this latest documentary offering from the New York Times and Kickstarter. Why we cling to disappearing trades. The changing landscape of work and the climate, how technology effects both of these. All things I'm thinking about after watching this great documentary.