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Last Debate Party: Galapagos.

14 Oct

Join us Tomorrow for the 
Final Presidential Debate LIVE!
Wednesday, October 15, 8pm

Galapagos Art Space presents the final Presidential Debate projected live on our 12’X12′ screen. With only 21 days left until November 4th, this is the pivotal debate. 

Buy a $5 ticket here and entry is guaranteed before 8pm, 
– and your first drink is Free!

DUMBO- Debate Watching Party, in 3D.

23 Sep

Taken from event details on

Click here to find a debate watching party in your area for Friday, September 26, 2008

“Come out and support Barack Obama at a Presidential Debate Watching Party! Meet people who are intrigued by politics just like you! Kick back, relax, and watch the debates with a drink in hand!

There is no cover charge for this event, no dress code (although, I suggest wearing “blue”), “Obama” and “McCain” blue and red drink specials, the debates will be shown live in 3D, voter registration for NJ and NY, and even TV coverage of this event!

Show the world that you support Obama for President! Come to 3-D Hack the Debates, sponsored by Current T.V. Presented by DUMBO Arts Under the Bridge Festival and Galapagos Art Space Location –

Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 Galapagos Art Space website:

The September 26th Presidential debate will be projected live at Galapagos Art Space, using 3-D technology. Audiences will not only get to watch the debates live in 3-D, with the fashionable red & blue glasses, but will see live commentary on the debates live via Twitter.

Current & Twitter have teamed up for the very first time to integrate real-time Twitter messages (aka “tweets”) over major portions of a live television broadcast. People can hack the debate by adding your Twitter posts to our live broadcast of the 2008 Presidential Debates. Current T.V. will broadcast as many of your debate tweets as possible right over Obama & McCain, in real time, on our live broadcast. details on how to Hack the Debate can be found here:”



Governor’s Island, in a different world.

11 Jun

This past weekend I went to Governor’s Island for a Jazz Age Picnic. It was out of this world. I took a complimentary ferry ride from Battery Park across to the usually-deserted island. Then found myself in an open campus-like space with free rein to venture anywhere, even to parts that are absolutely cloistered.

I love that there is a place to go in this city and you could be completely alone if you wanted to be. I took a tram-thing around the island and caught some cool sights. An old Theatre, some barracks, and nameless other old but well-maintained buildings. The views are very unique because you are sandwiched between the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island. It looks like a cross between a college campus and an old Army base.

We went to a large open area where people were picnicking and dancing. Many were dressed up in Jazz Age summer dresses and seersucker suits, doing the Charleston and holding sun umbrellas. The band that played was Michael Aranella and the Dreamland Orchestra. It was beautiful, but way too hot (The high was in the mid 90s)! See the pictures below to get a feel for the atmosphere. They even had a half dozen old automobiles amazingly restored.

Later this summer they are going to continue with some great weekend events, one of which I will surely return to; a performance from the Battery Dance Company (August 16-17). The island is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for its longest season ever. 

Click here to read a brief history of the island. It served a fascinating military purpose for the British and Americans for over 200 years, the Coast Guard being its last inhabitants, before it was turned over the the people of New York in 2003.

The Miracle Fruit, and where to get it.

30 May

This is amazing. I had not heard of this until today, when my mother sent me an email linking to a Slashfood and NYT article. There is a miracle fruit (berry) that can totally change the way your taste buds register sour foods.

According to Wikipedia, “”when the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule [miraculin] binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing bitter and sour foods (such as lemons and limes) consumed later to taste sweet. This effect lasts between thirty minutes and two hours.”

A dinner party in Queens used this fruit to “flavor trip” into drinking beer that tasted like chocolate, tabasco sauce like doughnut glaze, and lemons like candy! (check out the video here) The host of the party, Franz Aliquo, gave each guest one berry in exchange for a $15 entrance fee. Then the guests proceeded to test dozens of foods and beverages to see what kind of change the berry had on their taste buds.

The NYT article goes on to explain, “The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is native to West Africa and has been known to Westerners since the 18th century. During the 1970s, a ruling by the Food and Drug Administration dashed hopes that an extract of miraculin could be sold as a sugar substitute. In the absence of any plausible commercial application, the miracle fruit has acquired a bit of a cult following.”

And there is good news, you can purchase the miracle berries and try them for yourself! They are a bit expensive, but I think it is a must to at least experience this natural phenomenon. Here is some advice from Franz on how to enjoy:

“He believes that the best way to encounter the fruit is in a group. ‘You need other people to benchmark the experience,’ he said. At his first party, a small gathering at his apartment in January, guests murmured with delight as they tasted citrus wedges and goat cheese. Then things got trippy.

‘You kept hearing ‘oh, oh, oh,’ ‘ he said, and then the guests became ‘literally like wild animals, tearing apart everything on the table.’

‘It was like no holds barred in terms of what people would try to eat, so they opened my fridge and started downing Tabasco and maple syrup,’ he said.”

You can buy them from Franz here. 

And you can also buy them here. And here from a Florida grower.