One thing that I first noticed when I moved to New York three years ago was the presence of so many fire escapes framing each building.
When I moved into my apartment I remember one of things that I loved the most was that two of the bedrooms have beautiful fire escapes that look out over the manhattan skyline. To me, fire works are a way to observe the city outside, even if you’re not lucky or rich enough to have a yard. I remember dancing on my fire escape with my old roommate G. when Obama won for his second term while looking at the Empire State Building colors change to blue.
I was really disappointed then to read an article recently published about how landlords in iconic SoHo and Lower East Side are going to start removing the fire escapes from buildings in the manhattan neighborhood. I guess the reasoning is that now that fire codes dictate that hallways in apartments are fire proof there is no legal reason to have the out dated fire escapes.
To me this is such a loss as what I think of when I think of the city and it’s buildings are the metal scaffolding that coats each building. To be honest, I would be hesitant moving into a place without the easy access the the outdoors in a way only New Yorkers appreciate.
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Hi Hart Beat. Welcome to the newest installment of the new Instacrush series that I’ve been holding here on ye’ old blog. Pervious series highlights have included photographers Cambria Grace, Fawn DeViney and the brilliant man behind The Dogist. Today I want to share with you a brilliant New York artist who is taking Instagram to the next level by displaying his incredibly funny and breathtaking collage work via iPhone photography.
I discovered Kalen Hollomon through a couple of different art blogs and was particularly struck by this interview that the artist gave for the Capsule show’s website. The beauty of Holloman’s work comes from using vintage and current advertising and using them in the familiar snapshots of New York City. The images are placed so perfectly into the frame that even seeing Holloman’s fingers propping the cutout up adds to the charm of these images. Lucky for us, Holloman posts a few of these magic works of art daily on his Instagram feed @kalen_hollomon. This is one that you should most definitely check out Hart Beat.
Hey Hart Beat. I just came across this hilarious and typical New York City art piece/film collection that I had to share with you. Have you heard of “40 Days of Dating“? Watch the video below for an introduction..
The Dating Rules
from 40 Days of Dating
The premise of the project is two friends, Timothy Goodman
and Jessica Walsh
, are both tired of the New York City dating scene and their own personal dating problems. They decide to date for 40 days and document the project with videos
. It’s a hilarious idea and I especially love what each of them says about their personal dating history in New York. Oh, man, do I feel you two. While I guess the match didn’t last between Timothy and Jessica, it’s still fun to see them go through the different stages of getting to know someone and seeing if they are a good match for you.
What is difficult about dating in NYC?
Everyone is too busy and thinks they can do better. I can be shy around new people, so I’ve had a hard time meeting guys here. For a long while the only interest I was getting was from a construction worker who would catcall near 15th street. Eventually I tried online dating, and I did meet some great guys, but it didn’t work out with any of them.
I think the dating life here is only difficult if you’re looking to settle down. If you’re looking to date, it can be perfect. Everyone is so career hungry, and it’s hard for some men to stay focused when there are beautiful and interesting women everywhere.