Posts filed under ‘Beauty’

3 Years, 3 Months, 8 Days.

highlineopening2That is how long we have gazed out of our window at the High Line, dreaming of the day when we might have morning meetings amidst greenery.

IT’S OPEN. Once forlorn, it is now resplendent, and we had a chance to take a stroll on the park’s opening day yesterday. The pictures speak for themselves, but in a nutshell, we thought it was fabulous and well worth the wait.

Huge congratulations go to Joshua David and Richard Hammond, who conceived the idea and formed Friends of the High Line in 1999. Designed by Field Operations (Jame’s Corner’s landscaping design firm) and Diller Scofidio+Renfro, beautiful renderings of the High Line have graced the pages of NY publications for years. Since then, budgets have been slashed and snazzy features have been sacrificed. Nevertheless, the creative juices kept flowing, and there are many elements (undulating and pronged paving, oversized rolling lounge chairs, water features, plants you have never seen before) that will surprise and delight. We particularly love the re-introduction of wild grasses that were found on the High Line when it was deserted.

Come and see for yourself! –Kat

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June 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

The Amazing Year That Was

Obama crowd

2008 was an unforgettable year for us at People Are Amazing. Aside from Kat getting married, and me getting typhus, we launched this very blog and (despite our best efforts), it is still up and running! Since then, we’ve been privileged to interview a number of amazing people from Kalliopi Kohas, owner of Greek pine sap purveyor Mastiha to Tony Dusko, 5th grade teacher by day, whimsical web animator by night. A personal highpoint was hearing the wise words of 90 year-old Dave Crawford on growing up during the Great Depression and how best to navigate a crumbling economy.

But the recession didn’t keep us from visiting some intriguing places. John took a trip to Brooklyn’s own Fine and Raw for a taste of artisanal, dairy/sugar/preservative-free chocolate. He brought back some perishable, refrigerated samples and we made sure they never reached room temperature! Kat found herself in the Mid-West wandering the aisles of Cincinatti’s own supermarket/amusement park Jungle Jim’s. Food, it seems, is a minor obsession at P.A.A.. Kat’s post about local panini-makers S’Wich found its way onto foodie blog Eater in May. I wrote about an awful new bottled tap water I came across at a bodega; in turn, that company curiously linked to our post, “Tap’NY Must Think You’re Stupid,” in their press section.

Surprisingly, our most popular post ended up being about a miscolored canine. In early May, I was experimenting with ways to boost traffic and I noticed that the search term “green puppy” was “volcanic” in popularity on Google Trends. Apparently, a Labrador with a pea-colored coat had been born in New Orleans and really people wanted to see the pictures. I posted the two images available at the time, unaware that moments later the popular site Buzzfeed would link to our post. Within a matter of minutes, we had thousands of viewers visiting our humble little blog. Thus, the “Green Puppy Effect” was born.

Obviously, you never quite know where a year will take you. This time last year, People Are Amazing didn’t even exist. But between blogging about diabetic rappers and Colorado grease thieves, we were thrilled to ride the ups and downs of 2008. Luckily for us, amazing things are always on the horizon and 2009 is sure to provide hearty fodder for the blog. Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

— Johnny

January 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Diamonds Are Forever, Unless…

Singer Jackie Wilson once famously asked, “what becomes of the broken-hearted?” Well Jackie, apparently, they become web entrepreneurs. Take for instance Ex-BoyfriendJewelry.com, a new site that allows women to buy and sell jewelry from their expired relationships. With commodities prices soaring at the moment it’s no shock that the black market for such sentimental goods has come out of the shadows. The Boston Globe even did an interesting video piece on what they call “The Ex-Boyfriend Economy.” Man, that Cubic Zirconia never looked so good. –Johnny

June 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Who Can Resist a Green Puppy?

With plenty of unwanted corporate greenwashing going around, it’s refreshing to see a “green” story as organically innocent as this one. The puppy, recently born in New Orleans, turned green after its amniotic fluid mixed with its mom’s placenta during birth. Rumor has it that BP is already courting the puppy to be their new mascot. — Johnny

P.S – Buzzfeeders, thanks to you People Are Amazing has officially blown up! Be sure to browse our homepage for more cuddly cultural commentary…

May 9, 2008 at 12:32 pm 3 comments

Good Enough to Eat

Retro-styled, food-inspired lip balms from on10 cosmetics are now available exclusively at Sephora. While edibles and cosmetics have had a long history together (think of teenyboppers and their strawberry lipgloss), it is interesting that on10 has chosen to work with brand names (Hershey, Dr. Pepper) as an indicator of flavor and perhaps heritage. I’m a Burt’s Bees fan myself, but the Hershey’s Almond smells good enough to eat with a spoon. –Kat

April 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment