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-Jean-Luc Godard

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We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.

Jonathan Harris

THIS IS WHAT GENTRIFICATION LOOKS LIKE

Photos, by photographers James and Karla Murray, taken 10 years apart.

Found via 22 words

From top to bottom:

E 14th St & Union Square W, Union Square

Grand St & Ludlow Street, Lower East Side

2nd Ave & 10th St, East Village

2nd Ave & E 1st St, East Village

9th Ave & W 46th St, Hell’s Kitchen

Bleecker Street & Carmine Street, Greenwich Village 

Bowery & E 2nd St, East Village

Hester St & Essex St, Lower East Side

Creative Artworks by Alex Solis

Things I’ll never be happy without, once knowing about: PETCHATZ

PetChatz is a newly presented pet communication system that enables you to interact with your pet from any place in the world throughout your day. Unless you work from home, your pet will spend many hours alone during the work days, but with PetChatz, you can interact with your pup or kitty making your day and your four-legged friend´s day become a little easier. Not only does it feature a two-way video system, it also allows you to dispense a small treat onto the floor with a push of a button, or dispense a scent! yes you read it well, the device features a scent dispenser. PetChatz also has sound and motion detection, so you´ll know when your pet is around. The system is remotely controlled through the PetChatz Web site.

Today’s cool photo series: Raw and poignant shots of NY in the 70’s & 80’s via MyModernMet via Reddit

Photo Cred: Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson, Richard Sandler, John Conn

3 days later, this is still everything I ever needed to get by in life. via gawker

There’s something refreshingly human about this photo series by Dutch photographer Janus van den Eijnden.  

He writes to Slate via e-mail: 

"After spending lots of time underground taking photos, I noticed all these subway conductors making long hours underground, looking tired but being friendly to all."

Fun interesting fact: Laid end to end, NYC transit train tracks would stretch from NYC to Chicago. 

Today I’m Loving: These Photos Of Our Favorite Stars In Their Younger (Read: Better) Years

1. Helen Mirren Aged 25 

2. George Clooney Aged 15

3. Larry David Aged 20

4. Jamie Foxx Aged 17

5. Sean Connery Aged 23 (Hunk)

6. Clint Eastwood Aged 26 

7. Ryan Seacrest Aged 13 (OMG) 

8. Charlize Theron Aged 14 (Seriously?) 

9. Eminem Aged 16


All photos via SoBadSoGood via Bored Panda

Insanely Cool Photo Series Compares 1985 Meatpacking District to Today

Photographer Brian Rose recently traveled back to the Meatpacking District with a batch of photos he took in the area nearly twenty years ago, looking to recreate the shots in the present-day landscape of the neighborhood. 

Needless to say, the transformation is pretty epic and he documents it well in this photo series: 

Rose recalls: 

"In the early to mid 1980s large parts of lower Manhattan felt abandoned, desolate. Although the Lower East Side could be scary, particularly east of Avenue A in the East Village, you could wander the empty streets of SoHo and TriBeCa without concern for safety. The Meatpacking District, like the Fulton Fish Market, was only busy in the early morning. Big burly guys in blood smeared white smocks wrestled sides of beef hanging from hooks on conveyors beneath the sidewalk sheds.

You can still see some of the sheds today. By 10 a.m., the storefront gates were rolled down and the streets were empty. The stench of decaying meat hung in the air 24/7. As the sun went down, transvestite prostitutes took up positions on the corners—tall, high-heeled, in wigs. Men in leather motorcycle gear slipped in and out of unmarked doors to sex clubs like the Mineshaft and the Anvil.

New York had a primal rawness in those days. Many people who lived through the ’80s miss that landscape, that urban playground, which allowed one the freedom to explore and experiment. But there were victims as well. Crime, drugs, AIDS. The city was either going to go down like present-day Detroit, or rise out of the ashes. We all know which way it went as seen in my pictures of the Meatpacking District.”

Found via Gothamist

Find more photos on his Web site

James Dean in an NYC diner in 1954. Photograph by Dennis Stock. 

Oh, Meryl. 

Found via Pinterest 

Gregoire Alexandre for Westin 

Reflections: Portraits Of The Elderly As They Once Were

This beautiful and mesmerizing photo series by Tom Hussey, in which he portrays the elderly as they reflect upon their younger selves in the mirror. 

Found via Wall to Watch

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