Food, Travel & Leisure

seen. in NYC: Spur Tree


Just back from BK, I´d like to share a nice cozy spot which was recommended to us as a “wicked bar where I sometimes spin reggae tunes” by Neil Nice, a friend working at TurnTableLab.

It´s called Spur Tree and it´s located in the Lower East Side, NYC (the exact address is 76 Orchard Street, NY 10002, between Broome and Grand); easily identified by a big red sign with a black tree on it.

Wait a minute. A reggae bar and its sign is red and black? Where´s the gold and the green?

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Brent Stirton’s Gorilla Killings


Bukima, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo, July 2007.

Conservation Rangers from an Anti-Poaching unit work with locals to evacuate the bodies of four Mountain Gorillas killed in mysterious circumstances in the park, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo, 24 July 2007.

A Silver-Back Alpha male, the leader of the group was shot, three females were also killed. Two of the females had babies and the other was pregnant. The two babies were not found and it is thought that they will have died of stress and dehydration. The motivation for the killing is not known but it is suspected that there are political motivations. The local illegal Charcoal industry clashes with conservation efforts in this very poor area and embattled Rangers have been threatened, tortured and killed as a result of this clash of political and economic wills.

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Art & Design


Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 13 years. Rotterdam’s heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in cities abroad.

They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.

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