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Apple Architecture

Posted in Trends on July 20, 2010 by Bright Lights

Some of you may have noticed an overt trend throughout New York City where many of our newest buildings look like an Apple Store.  The glass panels can be seen on recently built office buildings, theatres, and even condominiums.   While it may seem that there is no such thing as too much glass, I think the long-term outcome of this period in New York development will be that these structures will be very easily dated.   Much like the rise and fall of corduroy, this look won’t stay at the level of uber popularity forever.

Below are some pictures of The Link, which is a condominium at 310 West 52nd Street in Manhattan.

The new Bank of America building at One Bryant Park:

Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center:

Apple products are known for their sleek and stylish design.  Most Apple Stores are worth visiting just for the visual experience even if you have no intention of buying any of their products.

It makes alot of sense that developers would follow Apple’s lead and try to create a similar (but different) visual experience by utilizing glass paneling.  Lets just hope that an Apple a day, doesn’t churn our stomachs when this trend turns on its heals.

Bright Lights, Big City.


Coffee is the new black?

Posted in Trends on June 2, 2010 by Bright Lights

Well folks, on my way to work this morning I played a game.  I would spot a well dressed girl, and before seeing if she was holding a coffee or not, I would guess.  While I didn’t tally my exact success rate, I can honestly say it was better than 75%.  Could it be that coffee is actually an accessory for the fashionista ladies of New York?

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If coffee is an accessory, what message does it convey?  A sense of confidence perhaps?  Or maybe it sends the message that this urban cowgirl is ready to face the world now that she has her caffeine pick-me-up.  If you think that my premise is silly, then consider this.  Why would so many celebu-princesses be willing to be photographed holding coffee if they didn’t think it was flattering?

Maybe I am being facetious when I call it the new black, but honey, if you want to look the part, you’d better stop in at Starbucks if you want to own the Avenue.  And hey, you don’t want to be walking down the street and have someone say “that outfit is hot, too bad she didn’t accessorize with some Dean & De Luca.”

Keep it caffeinated New York.

Bright Lights.  Big City.