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I have had the pleasure of calling Yonkers home for the past 10 years, some of the best years of my life. Years that saw new and old friends come and go. Friends that either way, will forever have a place in my heart. It is the place that I spent the best and worst of my 20’s and than one that ushered in my 30’s. I found my wife here (well sort of) and conceived my son.  I can’t wait to show him the place along the waterfront where I proposed to his mom. After four different addresses, finding my second family, and starting one of my own it’s time to call another city home.

To everyone who has helped make so many memories here and those who helped us turn our condo (and kitchen) into our home, thank you so much!  We are looking forward to having you all over to our new place!

ps. If you are looking for an amazing Realtor please let me know.  I have her to thank for the amazing photos and for putting up with us while we looked for the perfect place!




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There are a few apps developed by Morpholio that are becoming an increasing part of my professional life.  If you are in any kind of creative profession their apps are definitely worth checking out… especially Trace, which lets you sketch over drawings and photos on multiple layers just like… well trace paper.

Morpholio is currently hosting a photo contest through their Morpholio app called EyeTime.

EyeTime 2013 invites students and young professionals or enthusiasts to submit a collection of their photography comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, we invite you to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. The competition is free to all entrants.

In addition to being a great platform for sharing and critiquing creative work, the app features a section called PinUp which can measure the amount of time and ways images are viewed posted in the forum.  This data can not only used to judge this competition it also offers creatives a way to gauge the impact of their work.

The images in this post are the ones that I submitted for fun, I am by no means a professional photographer… unless you consider the iPhone professional equipment.  If you are interested in checking out the other competition entries or giving my images some EyeTime you can search EyeTime2013:ET in PinUp!

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Archtober is a month long celebration of Architecture and Design in NYC put on by the New York chapter of the AIA and The Center for Architecture.  Stella34 Trattoria, designed by my firm, was selected to be a part of this year’s events and I had the opportunity to host!

The tour was sold out!  In attendance was a mixture of people and professions, including contractors, engineers, architects, students and architectural enthusiasts alike!  Yes they exist.  Anyone who knows me knows that presenting is not my strong suit and I must admit I was a bit nervous at the start.  However, having ‘presented’ the restaurant to family and friends a few dozen times and being armed with a ton of Ted Mosby-esque Architectural Fun Facts, the tour went great.  I had a great time showing our work off and really hope I have the opportunity to do it again.

If you want to read an account of the tour by an actual blogger, check out Day 2 on the official Archtober blog here or to attend another one of the Archtober events, check out their calendar here.

A huge thanks to the Archtober staff for inviting us to participate!



I have a serious love for the panorama feature on my iPhone 5.  Here are a few of my favorites from our recent travels:

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Can you name where all 5 were taken from?





New Yorker’s don’t look up.

Tourists look up, the crazy people who wander the streets talking to themselves look up, architects look up (okay the last two could be one in the same). But by and large, your street-hardened average New Yorker doesn’t ever look up, probably for fear of being confused for one of the people mentioned above.

I have been trying to figure out why I love this sculpture by Leo Vilareal. It’s a tribute to Buckminster Fullers geodesic dome, currently occupying the south-east corner of Madison Square Park. You know right between the architectural masterpiece that is the Flatiron Building and… The Shake Shack.

It could be the LED lights that chase each other around the welded white steel frame. I loves me some blinky lights. Or maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the two perfect forms, one suspended inside the other. But after two months of thinking about it… It’s the seating.

The seating is not only almost ergonomically perfect, it puts you in the perfect position to appreciate the sculpture against the skyline of New York. Lifting your eyes above the Shake Shack (I have nothing against the Shake Shack other them that the lines are always too damn long)… It forces you to look up. You read the sculpted against the sky and masterpieces around it.

So my friends, join the tourist, the crazies, the architects, and take a minute every once in a while to look up. There is a lot to be appreciated up there! ps. The sculpture is only up for a few more weeks so go check it out!






My wife and I feel very lucky. Having taken the last train out of Yonkers on Sunday, we have been holed up in a few different hotels this week watching the devastation around us.

All of the pictures/ videos in this post were taken by my friend and fellow board member Dan (he is the guy knee-deep in the flood water with the giant muscles).

We are very fortunate that we personally didn’t suffer any damage, as the first floor of our building is completely destroyed. Thanks to the efforts of Dan and a few other guys who help run our building we have also managed to get back on our feet pretty quickly. We walked in and one of our doormen was filling up a bowl with candy surrounded by destroyed floors and walls. It’s hard to believe this is what our lobby looked like a few days ago.

So with half of Manhattan still in the dark and the devastation that parts of Queens and New Jersey are still experiencing we are very grateful that this scene outside of our building didn’t turn into something much worse.

Good news is all that water didn’t take our car into the Hudson as I predicted in my last post.

Thanks to all of our family and friends for all the texts and emails. Our thoughts are with everyone else.




Thanks to hurricane Sandy, I am stuck in Manhattan, my office has no power, my apartment is flooded and there is a good chance that my black Honda Civic is floating down the Hudson. For as bad as that sounds its nothing compared to what other people in the area are experiencing. My thoughts are with them.

Hurricane Sandy also gave me the opportunity to wander around Manhattan with nothing to do or places to be today. I’m sure that has never happened before. There are a coupe of things that struck me as interesting.

– People have no idea what tempered glass is and why taping your windows is ridiculous.


– There are a lot if famous buildings that I have never seen the base of. The Hearst Tower for example, I didn’t know that the signature diagrid framing designed by Foster + Partners grows out of a classical cast stone base that was built during the Great Depression.

– There are a lot of famous people wandering the streets during the day. Maybe they are in the same boat as I am with nothing better to do, but more likely is that unlike regular people with regular jobs they occupy the streets Manhattan at opposite hours then most. Two celebrity sightings. Check.


– Chain restaurants and stores are too big to handle storms. Every Starbucks, McDonalds and DuaneReade in the city are basically closed. But every neighborhood coffee shop, bodega, and souvenir shop in the city is open. I am comforted to know if the world is ever about to end again I can get a cup of coffee and a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty before we go.

– Last but not least I learned that it shouldn’t take a natural disaster to bring people together the way I have seen today. Treating each other civilly, waiting their turn and helping those around them. This is what we should look like as a society all the time.

Best of luck to everyone effected by the storm, especially the people in our building. If anyone ends up with our car in their back yard, give me a call.



I used to sit and stare from the outside in,
tearing myself inside out.
Listening to the creative demons inside,
that filled the stomach with self doubt.

The fear of failure for dreams not reached,
staring at the ceiling up at night.
For some it’s not a voice inside,
but a soul searching endless fight.

Not with one giant leap,
but with one step after another.
You find faith in yourself,
and find faith in others.

Shuffling my feet forward,
after the souls who shuffle before me.
Across the painted lines,
on a canvas for all to see.

So now it’s the beat of the train,
sun beating through the plexi on my face.
Staring out to the city,
and joining the aspiring pace.

Not a race for recognition,
or accomplishments to tout.
I’m on this path not to be heard on the outside
But to hear the voice on the inside, out.



I am generally pretty skeptical of photo filter apps like Instagram. I equate them to the clip art that made everyone a ‘graphic designer’ in the 90’s. That is, until I read this great post on one of my favorite architecture-nerd blogs: written by one of my favorite architecture nerds, Bob Borson. ps. I don’t know Bob personally, but after a few years of reading his blog, I know he would wear that title proudly.

Anyway, inspired by his post, I ran a job site photo that I took yesterday through the Camera+ app on my phone just as he did.  I must admit, I’m pretty happy with the result.

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Camera: iPhone4
App:  Camera+
Filters: Sunset & Magic Hour

Bob also made a great point that hit at the heart of my distaste for easily manipulated images; that a designer must be able to not only recognize that something looks good but also understand why:

‘This ability is what makes you a professional in my opinion because this level of knowledge means you can duplicate your successes without having to recreate them.’

At some point I hope expand on this idea because its been something I have been thinking about a lot lately: What makes ‘good design’ good?

But for now, what do you think of photo filter apps? Do they make producing more compelling images accessible to more people or allow amateurs to clutter photographical landscape with over manipulated (frequently old-timey looking) images?

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