Monday, January 31, 2011

Serious Eats: In Vino

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Polpette al ragĂș, In Vino

This week's Date Night finds us at In Vino, a winebar styled to look like a wine cave in the East Village [read more].
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Rabid Hands: Sequence of Waves

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

This weekend, the collective Rabid Hands took over St. Cecilia's Convent in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, filling it with sound sculptures by more than 40 artists. A few of the pieces were downright frightening, to be honest (and being in a rickety old convent reinforced the horror movie atmosphere). Others, however, like the interactive sound objects by Steven Milton and Terence Caulkins --- bottles, piano pieces, and cymbals attached to transducers and meant to be manipulated by visitors --- were ingenious and captivating, a clear note of intelligence in cacophonous times.

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Sequence of Waves show by Rabid Hands, St. Cecilia's Convent

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paris / New York Crisscross Views at FIAF


Paris and New York have been fertile grounds for photography. Crisscross Views, closing today at the FIAF Gallery in Midtown, brings together some of the countless pictures of the two metropolises, but with a twist: the New York images are all taken by French photographers, and those from Paris by Americans. Our favorites were those that, like Bernard Pierre Wolff's above, hover ambiguously between the old world and the new.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Liquid nitrogen-cooled DNA sample storage container, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Gene sequencing lab, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Many visitors to the American Museum of Natural History remain unaware of how much scientific work actually gets done in those grand buildings on the Upper West Side. Most of that research happens out of public view, in places like the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, home to more than 70 scientists and technicians reading the grand story of evolution in the genes of countless animals, plants, viruses, and bacteria. Given the chance to peek behind the laboratory doors, we were struck by the boundless enthusiasm and passion of the researchers ("I have the best job in the world," we heard multiple times) and the way in which one of the great intellectual endeavors of our time --- complete with all sorts of cool paraphernalia like liquid nitrogen storage tanks, lasers, jaguar scat samples, and tubes of malaria --- is simply a mundane reality.

Laboratory, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

DNA Away, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Robot log, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Croc DNA sample, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Gene sequencing lab, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Chart, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Gene sequencing lab, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Workbench, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Workbench, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Gene sequencing lab, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Dry bath, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Gene sequencing lab, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Felid scat samples, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dajeh

Chicken and waffles, Dajeh

With this winter's seemingly daily snowfalls, we find ourselves wanting hearty comfort foods pretty much constantly, but we don't want to have to buy bigger pants come spring. Thankfully, there's Dajeh, a combination soul food and Caribbean restaurant in Clinton Hill. On the artery-clogging, craving-fulfilling side, we get the chicken and waffles and relish its savory/sweet, crunchy/soft simplicity. The waffles could stand to be a bit fluffier --- actually, waffles could always be fluffier, as far as we're concerned --- but the chicken, slathered in buttermilk and rolled in a spice-and-herb-packed breading, comes crisp and juicy.

Vegetable roti, Dajeh

On the side of good conscience, we ordered the veggie roti. The thin, pliable roti skin comes wrapped around its filling like a tasty present; tear it open and out pours a mix of chickpeas, peppers, carrots, raisins, peas, zucchini, corn, broccoli, and potatoes, all swimming in ginger-, curry-, and cumin-laced gravy. The Indian-ness of West Indian food is one of our favorite things about it, and this dish would happily fit in on the subcontinent.

Vegetable roti, Dajeh

And as for the plantains, they're the fence we balanced on: fruit that's fried, half-admirable and half-indulgent. But all good.

Fried plantains, Dajeh
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vadim Rubinskiy at Bargemusic

Steinway

Bargemusic is a chamber music concert hall-cum-barge tethered to the pier alongside the Brooklyn Bridge at Fulton Ferry Landing. Yes, it's actually a ship, and, yes, it rocks with the water during the performances.

Up and down we bobbed as we watched Vadim Rubinskiy play the heck out of the piano, grimacing and gesticulating and, at one point, raising his arms in a victory salute. He was brilliant, lighting up Liszt and Bach and Schulz-Evler and his own fiery compositions. At the end, the audience demanded three encores --- no one was ready to return to steady ground.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Serious Eats: Umi Nom

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Longsilog, Umi Nom
This week's Date Night finds us at Umi Nom, a hip Filipino spot in Clinton Hill [read more].
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Maharaja Sweets and Snacks

Kesar pista, Maharaja Sweets

Like Indian food in general, Indian desserts are less a culinary canon than a universe of possibilities, and one of the best places in town to explore them is Maharaja Sweets and Snacks in Jackson Heights. The glass cases barely contain a riot of colors, shapes, and textures, including kesar pista, gajar burfi, coconut jamun, and the nuclear-fallout-hued pink cham-cham.

Gajar burfi, Maharaja Sweets

Coconut jamun, Maharaja Sweets

Pink cham-cham, Maharaja Sweets

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