The Top of America

The fascinating story of what Time magazine’s reporters did in order to take an unprecedented 360-degree interactive image from the topmost point of what is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Full story and the pictures are here.

PS. the video makes use of flash technology; it won’t work under iOS devices.

Places in New York

Just a short post to remember a couple of sites visited last week.

Eataly (@Eataly) is a great place to visit. It’s a piece of Italy (large piece: 50,000 sqm) in Manhattan, in the hearth of the Flatiron district. I found here most of the products I see on the shelves of food stores in Milan. With some interesting additions (“Lidia’s marinara” sauce and a series of pseudo-Italian brands not well recognized). I am expecting the new store in Milan (@EatalySmeraldo) replicating the same model.

Sarge’s (@SargesDeli) is a deli. A special deli. House of the best cheesecake in town (which is a challenging statement, considering how good is cheesecake everywhere in NYC). Lonely Planet NYC’s guide comments that “…you should leave space for the pornographically good strawberry cheesecake…“. Once in Sarge’s you can replicate Man vs. Food’s experiences, trying to beat the Monster (the largest sandwich in town).

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The Blue Note in NYC (@BlueNoteNYC) is the father of all Blue Notes jazz clubs around the world, including the one in Milan (@BlueNoteMilano). Great place for food and live Jazz. Well, mostly for live Jazz. Small venue, less than one third of the club in Milan, you need to reserve in advance and show up at least 30 mins in advance – otherwise you will lose your reservation (as we did).

The other face of New York

Last time I was in New York was before year 2000. Before the attack. Before 9/11. Before 2000 people died. Before the years of controls and terror. It was before Obama and the new hope. Before the recession. Before the years of crisis and inequality. Before Occupy Wall Street. Before Zuccotti Park. Before Chomsky and Naomi Klein.

Last time I was in New York was before year 2000.

Fourteen years profoundly changed this city to the eyes of observers like I am. Still fascinating, but human, and friendly, as it never was before.

14H 20M

Last night in Dubai. Tomorrow early morning flying to New York. The longest flight of my life: 14H 20M no stop. Previous records: a trip to Singapore (about 13H) and several to LAX (12H). So strange to spend one full day up in Airworld. Back to Earth soon.

Ready

Ready to leave – Dubai, then New York. Back to Milan next Monday. Meetings. Then a couple of days of relax. Time to go.