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The caffebene, giant Korean coffee chain opened the flagship location in Times Square, NYC, with the Misugaru Latte and its localized menu.
In the great war of coffee in New York City, there’s a new kid on the block. caffebene, renown for the mellow and nutty flavoring of its coffee brand, is setting up shop in Times Square.
caffebene, which originated in Seoul, Korea, is already a booming chain and a favorite hotspot for locals in Seoul. Since its founding in 2008 by entrepreneur Kim Sun-Kwon, the chain boasts over 750 outlets compared to the 381 of the veteran Starbucks. The success of caffebene is largely to due to the stellar taste of its coffees, which is a medium roast blend that is rich in flavor but without the bitterness often associated with other brands. Also popular are the signature beverages like the Misugaru latte, which is a Korean tea-based drink that combines five grains of black rice, brown rice, white bean, black bean and barley. Besides its sweet and salty flavor, the latte is also a famed for its health benefit, which is high in fiber and low in calories. This will be especially attractive to New Yorkers who are typically one of the most health conscious demographics in the US. Each store employs its own pastry chef and baker who prepare crafted menu favorites like the Belgian waffle, caffebene’s signature dish, served in two types of waffles: sweet waffles with sweet pearl sugar and savory waffles with bacon and Parmesan cheese.
More importantly, caffebene takes the sit and sip atmosphere of its rivals and brings it to a whole new level. All of its stores’ interiors styled like old European coffee houses with subway-tiled walls that boasts flat-screen TVs. There is even separate reading and WIFI-enabled rooms and thus the atmosphere of caffébene is a retrofitted hangout for people who like to relax, drink and be merry. According to founder and CEO Kim this is his favorite part about being a business owner. “I’ve never see people arguing in my coffee shop,” he says. “I just enjoy seeing people having a good time.”
The Seoul-based coffee franchiser, caffebene, started in April 2008 in Seoul, Korea and has since open 750 stores in the surrounding cities. Each store employs its own chef and baker who prepare fresh menu items each day. Kim Sun-Kwon, the founder and CEO of caffebene believes “trust’ and ‘faith’ are the most important keys to his success of business. He is already planning a second location on the West Coast and planning to open 100 outlets including 50 in Manhattan alone in the States in two years.
caffebene 1611 Broadway New York, NY 10019
“Carsten Höller: Experience” at New Museum invites audiences to be physically and psychologically engaged
“Carsten Höller: Experience” is the most comprehensive US exhibition to date of the artist’s engaging work. The current show gathers together a number of the artist’s signature works in an arrangement that transforms the viewer’s experience of time and space. Originally trained as a scientist, Höller is frequently inspired by research and experiments from scientific history and deploys these studies in works that alter the audience’s physical and psychological sensations, inspiring doubt and uncertainty about the world around them. His work often draws on social spaces outside of the museum such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, but the experiences they provide are always far from our usual expectations of these activities. Höller’s art takes the form of proposals for radical, new ways of living by creating sculptures and diagrams for visionary architecture as well as transportation alternatives, such as his renowned slide installations. These concepts may seem impossible in the present day, but suggest new models for the future.
Each floor of the exhibition explores a different general theme within Höller’s work to provide a carefully choreographed journey through the building and the artist’s oeuvre. The fourth floor focuses on the theme of movement—featuring the artist’s spectacular Mirror Carousel (2005), which provides riders with a notably different physical experience than the traditional fairground merry-go-round, while at the same time reflecting and illuminating the space surrounding it. The third floor gathers together works that seek to provide an altered or utopian experience of architectural space. For example, his Giant Psycho Tank (2000) invites viewers to float weightlessly in the water of a sensory deprivation pool, providing a tenebrous, out-of-body experience.
Over the years, the artist has employed psychotropic drugs, flashing lights, and other stimuli to potentially alter the viewer’s mental state. His new site-specific installation on the second floor, Double Light Corner, flickers back and forth on a central axis, creating an immersive, hallucinatory experience. The work is paired with a recreation of Höller’sExperience Corridor in which the viewer is given the choice to undertake a number of self-experiments. The sculptures,Giant Triple Mushrooms (2010), icons of the kind of personal exploratory journey that his work has always centered on, will also be on view. Taken as a whole, Höller’s work is an invitation to re-imagine the way in which we move through the world and the relationships we build as he asks us to reconsider what we think we know about ourselves.
The exhibition is organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, with Gary Carrion-Murayari, Associate Curator and Jenny Moore, Assistant Curator.
“Due to unprecedented attendance for the Carsten Holler exhibition and increased staffing needs, we have increased admission prices,” said Gabriel Einsohn, communications director for the New Museum. “It is most likely not a permanent increase.”
The new prices went into effect in early November. Previously, general admission was $12 and is now $16; admission for seniors increased to $14 from $10 while the student rate went to $12 from $8. Admission remains free for museum goers under 18, Einsohn said.
Admission also remains free for everyone every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m..
Photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Nearly 150 Years, McSorley’s Ale House Continues Its Legacy, Light or Dark, as an Landmark in East Village, NYC.
Established in 1854 by Irish John McSorley in East Village, NYC, McSorley’s Old Ale House has been a gathering place, a drinking hole, the subject of art and literature and even a United States supreme court controversy. Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have indulged in a “One and One.” Woody Guthrie rallied the early American union movement from a table in the back – guitar in hand while constitutional attorneys Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow had to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court to gain access – women finally being allowed entry in 1970! From it’s humble origins as an Irish workingman’s saloon – cheese and crackers on the house-ale for pennies more, to its discovery by the mainstream in a 1940′s LIFE magazine pictorial, McSorley’s is steeped in a cultural cacophony of Americana. Presidents, residents, authors and thieves – the lot of humanity has sat and shared, all obeying the McSorley’s golden rule “Be Good or Be Gone”.
When McSorley’s first opened in 1854, it was one of 2,400 saloons in New York City. Now, it is the ONLY saloon where still serve up dark and light ale to the locals and tourists. Nothing much has been changed at McSorley’s since its opening. The interiors and food are almost about the same. Two mugs served for each order and their signature burgers and chili are still reasonable in price as well.
No women were allowed in 1970. With feminism was high in the movement, Faith Seidenberg and Karen De Crow won the Supreme Court appeal to legalize the allowance of females to McSorley’s. Although the place was not and still is not kind of place where women would like to hang out, this remarkable change in 1970 sure turned the place into something else.
McSorley’s Ale House 15 East 7th Street (bet. 2&3 Avenue) New York NY 10003
Prophecy in arts shown in Ha Lee’s art series of “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” at SB D Gallery in East Village, NYC.
Art reflects the philosophy of the age.
Art records the voice of the era.
Art influences the history in the making…
And a lot of times, art foresees the decades in coming.
Like shown in Ha Lee‘s two specific pieces of art series, “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” that are being presented at SB D Gallery in East Village, NYC from April 30th till May 20th, 2011, the innocent coincidence brought upon serendipity.
His project is to highlight and emphasize on world peace regardless agenda, ideology, religion, race and beyond, however, it happened to have predicted the ending of hunt for Osama Bin Laden (March 10, 1957 – May 2, 2011), the founder of al-Qaeda, the organization responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States.
These two specific pieces, Osama Bin Laden and President Obama, were done months prior to the historic death of Osama Bin Laden. Ha Lee selected nine top political figures in his series, and Obama and Bin Laden are parts of them.
There was no speculating metaphor beyond the surface according to Ha Lee. President Obama is cartoonized as Rambo, the hit Americian action hero in the movie directed by George P. Cosmatos and Sylvester Stallone starred in 1985 while Bin Laden is disguised in the biblical theme when he is muslim. Pretty unusual and paradoxic choices of theme Ha Lee made which are also found in the rest seven other political figures in his series.
It seemed to be nothing more complicated than art itself, at least until this year’s one of the world’s biggest breaking news of Osama Bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011; a day after Ha Lee’s “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leader” exhibition opening recepted at SB D Gallery in NYC on April 30th, 2011.
The more you look at the art pieces, the more complexed it gets.
What you see is what it may not be, and what it may be is what you don’t see.
Well no art can be fully depicted in words as it delivers emotions rather than logics. If you are trying to get the most making sense out of Ha Lee’s series, yes, I wish you the best luck.
Art is prophetic and repeating itself…
Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911:Downtown Art, FAB and NYU in East Village, NYC
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who either died from the fire or jumped to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent immigrant Jewish and Italian women aged sixteen to twenty-three.
Many of the workers could not escape the burning building because the managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits. People jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.
As the centennial of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire is commemorated, Downtown Art and FAB invite our neighbors to join us for a brief commemoration to Rosie Friedman, who lived on our block, and her co-workers at the Triangle Factory
1) Downtown Art
Friday, March 25 at 4:30pm, Outside 64 East 4th Street
East 4th Street was home to Rosie Friedman, 18, who perished in the fire; we are also the birthplace of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, her union.
Ringing of bells to mark the time of the fire alarms going off
“Wide Ocean” sung by Alice Quinn Makwaia, 15
Brief remarks by Ryan Gilliam, Downtown Art
‘A Letter to Rosie Friedman’, by Lena Feliciano Hansen, 17
‘Twelve Dollars a Week’, composed by Michael Hickey,
sung by the teen company of THE WAISTMAKERS’ OPERA
We invite you to share rugelach and hot chocolate at the FAB Cafe after the remembrance.
2) NYU exhibition
“The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: One Hundred Years After,” is on exhibit at New York University through May.