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The NY Post learned from a source describing, “Five pounds of cooked mashed potatoes, meanwhile, were left out at a temperature of 89 degrees, while 10 pounds of cooked rice and 50 turkey burgers were kept at 67 degrees”.

The source further added, “The refrigerator was at a rancid 60 degrees instead of 41 — jeopardizing the safety of 50 pounds of raw chicken wings, five pounds of raw shrimp and 100 turkey burgers”.

Right out of the latest “Kitchen Nightmares” episode, the 40/40 club, famous for its glitzy star studded events and for its famous rapper/producer Jay-Z, accumulated 69 health code violations before being shut down by inspectors for the second time.

The city has a health code violation tolerance of 28, until a vendor is relegated to a “C” status.

Couple of nights ago, the club re-launched celebrating its $10 million make over, with a star drenched gala. Highly respected guests, like Warren Buffett was a guest.

Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for the club, and commenting on the health violations indicated, there wasn’t any “interruptions to service”.

Now, the bigger question is, why hadn’t the city already given the violation ridden 40/40 Club a “C” rating, long ago?

Mysteries will never cease.

Kitchen Nightmare featurette:

Here is one of Jay Z classic vids:

And an adoption into Battlefield 3 game from EA.



Hoboken NJ. Looking towards mid-town Manhattan NYC (Vikas Bhardwaj)

Hoboken NJ residents and frequenters are young (25-40). It has a vibrant small business downtown. It’s a proverbial “stay-ground” for the NYC financial district jet-set. And from the outset, seems to be one of the best places for a family to live and thrive. So, why does some folks just don’t like how the city has changed? Or is this just an act of over zealous and dispassionate citizens (past citizens) whom just remember the “good” parts of the Hoboken past?

Public Opinion::

Here are some quotes from self-proclaimed former residents and visitors of Hoboken, sourced from the inter-web.

One notes, “…it has succumbed to the same blandness that has made parts of Manhattan (Murray Hill I’m looking at you) into chain-store filled repositories for Wall Street d-bags…who want to stay in NJ but want a “city-lite” experience. It does have some pretty good restaurants, but too many of the bars are your typical nondescript Irish Pub or sports bar filled with an immediately post-college clientele still acting like they’re freshmen and experiencing freedom for the first time.”

Another pontificates, “…so it’s either Uptown Snobbery or Downtown 23-year-old scene. Don’t get me wrong…Hoboken’s OK, I even hang out there sometimes. It’s just that Downtown JC seems to have more authenticity to it, if that makes any sense. 10 years ago, Hoboken was actually quite hip.”

Does Hoboken have a sizable populous of “trust fund types” and recent grad’s whose rent is being subsidized by their parents? Yes, it does.”

One harshly stamps Hoboken living as, “fake city living”.


As in any city living, there are the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Every city has the ‘highlights’ and the ‘blights’. It’s just a territory which is inherent to lands that house multiple thousands of human beings. It just is.

After all, a city is a civilizational excuse, with which is built for the convenience between individuals to individuals. And much of the time, like many things in the world, ‘machines’ get worn out, re-routed, broken down, re-thought and re-invented.

And some of the changes rubs some the wrong way.

Some will tell you, compared to just about 30 years ago, Hoboken was part of the coast cities in NJ to have an “edge”. And when stating Hoboken was “edgy”, it meant it had many empty decrepit buildings, sectors of the city was underdeveloped, citizens were a bit ‘seedy’, and Washington Street (current heart of Hoboken small business activities) was a fraction of today.

But this is a matter of opinion, of course. We all remember the 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s, and when a city was destitute it was very, very dangerous.

So, as in any incorporated business (yes, the township of Hoboken, is a business entity), it has to survive. There isn’t any surviving (thriving) without bodies living and paying taxes within its walls. And Hoboken had to re-invent itself.

And how did Hoboken achieve this? By marketing its fabulous location. Just needed ‘time’ to pass.

Just as realtors repeat “location, location, location”, Hoboken was destined to be valuable as it is now, again. The city’s primary “ace in the hole” is its location, and the undeniable property values draw new customers, left and right. 1970’s speculations started the land revolution, culminating into how Hoboken is perceived and treated in the current environment.

On the Waterfront. Marlon Brando. (1954)


Recognize this? “I could have had class. I could have been a contender. I could have been somebody. Instead of a bum…which is what I am.”

Many of us recognize the quote above. It’s the famous line from “On The Waterfront”. A film which was directed by the famous Elia Kazan, and the quote famously said by, non other than Marlon Brando. Did you know, the much of the filming was done on Court St, Hoboken’s Railway Station, Hudson St, and in the Waterfront.

Once, famous and overly recognized shoes walked in Hoboken.


It’s part of the human experience. The way we miss or reminisce about the past, of a city, we once live isn’t a unique explanation.

We as animals have a propensity to pick and choose how we remember reality, in many cases. Certainly a psychological uniqueness.

There’s absolutely no fault in how we remember focused aspects about “things” surrounding us. Our brains are just built that way.

As for Hoboken, it is what it is. Expensive, haughty, noisy (at times), young, elite, historic, and ‘classy’.

Wouldn’t say it’s Marlon Brando classy, but it is one great alternative places to live. Just bring the wad of cash and you’re “in”.

Be classy, y’all!


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Hoboken NJ is a (not so) quaint and high powered town located in the coveted “Gold Coast” of NJ. What is the Gold Coast one asks? The coast is “Gold” because of its strength as a real estate powerhouse for the well to do. The “well-to-do” work up and down the North NJ coast and most distinctively, in Manhattan (NYC).

Nick named “The Mile Square City” unofficially, it has come through the decades from surrounding poverty, infrastructure degradation and up to the current financial triumphs. In the last 35 years, the town (and in sync with its neighboring Coast cities) has increased it reputation leapfrogging from strength to strength.


To many, when someone says baseball, no one equates it to Hoboken. However, the very invention of baseball was from and played in Hoboken NJ. Go figure, right? Except to the die-hard baseball fan, it’s pretty safe to say that this fact isn’t very well know. Kudos Hoboken, however, just like the “sports announcer” who’d never had any athletic experience, Hoboken has lost its “baseball” branding, a long time ago.

Transplanting Phenomenon:

Because of its incredible location to the Hudson River, its accessibility prowess, and closeness to its bigger and more well known city across the river (NYC), it had to be just a matter of time the benefits took fruit for Hoboken. And they did, starting from the 80’s to the current times. Today, Hoboken is one of the most prized and often reviewed for dwellings from college graduates to the already wealthy. The city of Hoboken, one can say, could not have become the way it is today, with out the Manhattan and its financial industry.


Another important trait of an up and coming city or an established city is the Rail and Mass transit system. For the sacrifice of paying for the privilege of living in Hoboken, there are a complete list of mass transit options, including: NJ Transit, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and PATH. Each one connects up an down the coast reaching from Newark NJ to NYC, and deep as South NJ and surrounding Gold Coast cities (especially Jersey City). And just like in any “financial transaction”, transaction of residents guarantees revenues.

The city’s done a great job of marketing and branding itself as one of the most convenient of Gold Coast cities to reside. It’s family friendly, business friendly, and transportation friendly. It’s a good start.

Just need some coin to live well, however.

Lets explore that in Part 2 of this article.  

Infographic by Peter Oumanski

At least from one point of view, there are a handful of start up ventured companies that will rule the 2012 roost.

List includes some already favorite companies, as well, as little known ones.

Simply, the year of 2012 will be another fun-go-around of a year for tech. Especially for mezzenine level startups, trying to prove their worth in the market for the long haul.
All the luck to them.

Now read the rest of the list written by Emma Haak, at FastCompany.Com

A young girl passes the body of a man assassinated in Cucuta, Colombia. The city has suffered a wave of killings at the hands of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing paramilitary group. The killings continue even months after the AUC supposedly disarmed in the Cucuta region as part of peace negotiations with the Colombian government. 9 March 2005. © Stephen Ferry (via WPP)

Stephen Ferry Artist Statement (via National Geographic):

Since the late 1980s, he has covered major historical processes and events, such as the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the rise of radical Islam in Northern Africa, the destruction of rain forests in Brazil and the United States, and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City, along with stories in nearly every Latin American country.

He is currently focused on documenting, over a period of years, Colombia‘s ongoing civil war. His work there is supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Knight International Press Fellowship, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Recognized as a distinguished teacher of documentary photography, Ferry is on the faculty of the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (founded by Gabriel García Márquez in 1995 in Cartagena, Colombia) and of the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2005, he received the prestigious Howard Chapnick Grant and a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant to help a group of indigenous leaders from Colombia use photography in defense of their land.

He is a winner of the First Bill Hetherington Grant from WPP & HRW.

Stephen Ferry was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


This video shows a presentation of the Violentology project as a potential model of grassroots journalism and an alternative to commercial media. In Spanish. Held at the TEDxCeiba x=independently organized TED event, July 31, 2011, at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá:

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, and is supported by Tim’s parents. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The application process was open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2011.

John Mulaney (via JohnMulaney.Com)

John Mulaney, a writer for Saturday Night Live,  and is one of my recent favorite comedians.

His delivery is right on, without so much stress and over the top delivery sweating.

And his voice sometimes don’t seem to fit his child-like facial features and as he puts it “feminine arms and legs”.

But he’s good, and has some great bits to tell.

The latest is named “New In Town” and the premier is on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central.

Should satisfy for some giggling, for sure. His Website is:      JohnMulaney.Com

Here’s a sample of his past work. Take a look see.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Lady Gaga celebrate the new year in Times Square (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

Did you guys see it?

It was at the New Year’s Eve party in Time Square midtown Manhattan, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and pop star Lady GaGa smooched the (in)famous one. Even better was that it was done near in vicinity to Bubba Gump restaurant (I just like saying that name so).

Unfortunately, I missed the live broadcast (although I did catch their “dancing” together, which was very very awkward to watch).

But fortunately, one of our fine photojournalists named Jason Kempin captured the good smooch on his fine digital goodness. Yum.

Kudos to both Bloomberg and GaGa. Kudos. Both a match made in New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Eve Rock & Roll!

And Happy New Year to all. Hope the first new year’s days have gone fine, so far.

Occupy Wall Street prostesters. (mediaform jasonkim photograph)

It was just a matter of time when highly regarded New York academic institution, known for their progressive and creative actions on higher learning, was to offer credit courses on the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The protests which sparked such heightening of consciousnesses throughout the US and in the world, will be taught in classes at two acclaimed institutions, New York University and now at Columbia University.

NYU was the first to announce such an offering. Not to be passed by their down town rival, Columbia University followed suit with their own courses. Both offerings will start in Spring semester 2012.

One thing’s for sure. This tells us how New Yorkers take pride in things that bloomed to significance in NYC.  And why not.

Read rest here:  Gothemist.Com

Concept kiosk (MetroChange.Org)

For those of us who take the metro (subway), we’ve had those days when we had some money left over.

It is just an odd amount and never enough to hit zero. It is by design, of course by the vendor and the city who has these infernal machines working. “The flimsy plastic MetroCards are often chucked or ignored when the balance runs below the value of a ride, amounting to more than $52 million in unused fares each year,” Zak Stone, editor for The Daily Good.

It is part of city mass transportation life, however.

But what if there was a way to make use of that amount to help a good cause.

A group of NYU students have come up with a concept. It’s called the “MetroChange”.

What it is, is a transactional kiosk which enables the commuter to donate amounts from that metro card.

“There is a kiosk with Arduino, ethernet shield, LCD screen, IR transmitter and receiver, and mag-stripe reader”), and that each person donating would be able to choose on the kiosk which charity to donate to.

Easy peasy, I do declare.

“According to MetroChange, the idea would work best if the kiosks targeted tourists, who are less likely to refill their cards. But while it sounds like a simple, effective idea, founders Stepan Boltalin, Genevieve Hoffman, and Paul Maywill need to convince a key partner to sign on: the MTA.”

Pretty sure the MTA and the city will be hard nuts to crack, but lets see how things shake out.

Additional reading here:  Good.Is and here: SpringWise.Org

Their website is:

MetroChange.Org’s Flickr page:  Flickr

Swipe and Donate. (MetroChange.Org)

LCD info. (MetroChange.Org)

Veterans supporting OWS on Veterans Day.


Our modern Veterans Day evolved from the first days of inauguration by Woodrow Wilson and his administration way back in 1919. Which is, for practical sake, another time.  The point of the day, of course was to celebrate and remember the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers who died fighting in the first World War.

Fast forward to 1953, a man in Kansas had the timely idea of celebrating and honoring the fallen soldiers and the currently living. His campaign started in his home town, which reverberated through to the national stage. From there in 1954, Dwight Eisenhower helped pass it to the current form we see it today.

2.5 Million

There are many estimates, but the general number of dead & wounded soldiers is around 2.5 Million. This is including many of the foreign ‘conflicts’ and to all of the well known wars we have heard about in modern times (i.e. Revolutionary, Civil, Vietnam, Korea, WW 1 & 2, etc).

Top 3 Wars

The top ranked war/conflict which caused most of the fallen and wounded are:

1. American Civil War with around 650,000

2. World War II with around 410,000

3. World War I with around 120,000

Top 3 Wars compared to TTL Population

The top ranked war/conflict which caused most compared to the TTL population at the time are:

1. American Civil War with close to 2% of TTL pop

2. American Revolutionary War with close to 0.89% of TTL pop

3. World War II with close to 0.31 of TTL pop

TTL dead and wounded in the War on Terror (2001-present)

In Afghanistan, there have been TTL of 1,803 who have died and TTL of 9,971 who have been wounded. For a grand TTL of 12,035.

In Iraq, there have been TTL of 4,477 who have died and TTL of 31,965 who have been wounded. For a Grand TTL of 36,395.


Whether one agrees with the protests of Occupy Wall Street or not, there had been real support from veterans who’d attended. It posed some poignant moments and significant assertions, provided by living and proud soldiers.

And at the least that means something, doesn’t it?

Sure does.

Joan Baez lending some time to the cause.

Joan Baez.

All images copyright mediaform jasonkim photograph



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