A Day in Allentown, PA

Allentown has probably received very little attention since Billy Joel wrote the eponymous song in 1982. Once considered a historic architecture mecca of the area, in the last decade, Allentown has gained…

Walking Exploration of The Bronx

If you’ve travelled to every other part of New York City, if the airports are all closed, and the roads are washed out by the storm, you may consider taking the number two express train to the Bronx. Yes — the Bronx is the only borough in the city with a definite article in its name. There is Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and then there’s the Bronx.
Do not expect to find design shops, galleries, independent bookshops or espresso bars — the standard set of culture markers that we, urbanites, crave to connect with a place. What the Bronx offers instead, is plenty of visual material to understand the role of suburbia in a large city.

A Day in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint is one of the most charming places in New York City. For as much multi-culturalism there is to enjoy in the city, this neighborhood proves that a decent difficulty of getting there yet extreme proximity to the center allows it to carve its own authentic style and rhythm, unaffected by the turmoil of Manhattan. It is home to outstanding restaurants, and coffee shops and now an emerging hub for refined design culture with boutique shops and markets popping up on every corner.

Walking Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco is its own country with liberal values, handsomely manifested through visual cues scattered in all its neighborhoods. As one takes a closer look at the doors and windows, more unexpected elements pop up: buzzers are cocky, even avant-garde; door numbers in all possible colors and materials are crafted with a leisurely bravery only a San Franciscan can afford. For a careful observer, there’s plenty of material to see and capture — start with textures, artifacts, and signs.

Exploring Harlem

If you get bored of Central Park, head north to Harlem. While exploring the neighborhood today, I bumped into the park of my dreams — rocky, smart, beautiful place with public art, an amphitheater, and a swimming pool.

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