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What is it worth? - The Appraisal Business

The last few lines of an article in the NYT explains very well the appraisal business, which tries to answer the question, "What is it worth?" ...

For Michael Ochs, sharing his collection of rock 'n' roll photographs with the occasional stranger is his passion, but sharing it with millions is his life. Over the last 30 years the Michael Ochs Archives has grown to become the premier source of musician photography in the world, every day licensing shots of hayseeds and headbangers to illustrate books (about half of recent rock 'n' roll books have included photos from the collection), dress up documentaries (like Martin Scorsese's recent PBS feature on Bob Dylan) and otherwise adorn television programs and feature films (in "Ray," session sets were based on images from the Ochs Archives).
With tips from industry friends, he would save troves of photographs from labels going under, occasionally rushing to empty file cabinets before the wrecking balls arrived. (Once, when he arrived too late, he researched which garbage trucks went to which city dump.) As Mr. Ochs became more prominent in the field, music insiders made sure extra material would be sent his way. Similarly, several retired and aging photographers, rather than throwing the material out, turned to Mr. Ochs to give their work a proper, permanent home.

"They Had Faces Then: An Archive Keeps Stars Ever Young," by Alan Schwarz, The New York Times, May 28, 2006

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Posted May 30, 2006 09:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Auctions and Appraisals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF) - May 29, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), an unrepresentative roundup of posts submitted by NYC bloggers ... to submit your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... use the Carnival Submit Form ...

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host a BABF, let us know ... The BABF appears irregularly ...


The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To submit your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... use the Carnival Submit Form ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached:

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Posted May 29, 2006 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Soft-shell crabs

Yesterday, I purchased 3 plump and juicy soft-shell crabs from a Chinese super-market at White Plains, for $2.50 each. The first for this season.

Heat canola oil in warmed pan, add garlic and paprika-salt, add a crab at a time, I hate to watch them make their final wriggles. After a few minutes, turn them over and viola. I made a bed of bean-sprouts with cilantro.

Kam Sen Asian Market, 22 Barker Avenue, White Plains, NY, 914-428-4500

"Chinatown for suburbia," by Julia Bonar, The Journal News, March 1, 2006

Posted May 27, 2006 08:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Luca wondering what is in that bag ... "I'll bet there is tuna fish in there" ...

Luca wondering what is in that bag

Life in the City is good ... why is that bag moving? ...

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Posted May 27, 2006 08:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in NYC Reviews - May 26, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For DC restaurant reviews, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog, and Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide ....

NYC Restaurant inspection results online


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Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] ... we're especially interested in hearing about mom and pop places from NYC bloggers ...

Link to TWIR

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Posted May 26, 2006 06:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

New blog, new books, This Week in Reviews

Posting has been light at A Guy In New York the last few months as Chug has been working on some large projects and Peter has been very busy with his appraisal business.

But now we see light at the end of the tunnel...

Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide is now in blog format.

Next month, Chug will publish two new books and a new poster:

Our weekly "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)" will be back soon ...

Posted May 23, 2006 11:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·     ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Loco looking blase ... "Just one more step pal, then SWAT!" ...

Loco looking blase, deadly weapons at the ready

Life in the City is good ... my claws are registered as deadly weapons ...

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Posted May 20, 2006 07:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

American Musical Theater Concert - FREE this weekend

The American Musical Theater Concert at the Manhattan School of Music, has a very exciting show this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm each night.

Stephen Schwartz Revue: Defying Gravity. Ms Carolyn Marlow, directing. I have been going to this concert for the past five years and they are so very good, singing and acting all the Broadway show tunes.

Free concert, no tickets required.

Manhattan School of Music, 601 West 122nd Street, northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, Concert Office: 917-493-4428 (directions)

Posted May 16, 2006 08:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Loco on alert ... that dust bunny is so caught ...

Loco on alert

Life in the City is good ... now that we've caught all the mice ... I'm reduced to chasing red laser dots and dust bunnies ... can't help myself ...

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Posted May 13, 2006 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (2)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Google's most expensive words

CyberWyre used Google's Keyword Tool to find the most expensive words in the Google program. Looking at the entire list of the top 300, it's dominated by personal injury lawyers, auto insurance agents, and lasik centers.

Here are the top 25. The figures are in Canadian dollars.

$78.30 chicago personal injury lawyer
$73.01 chicago personal injury attorney
$69.17 lasik new york city
$64.27 new york personal injury lawyer
$64.17 new jersey car insurance
$63.10 new york personal injury attorney
$61.64 chicago personal injury lawyers
$61.17 mesothelioma lawyers
$60.74 atlanta personal injury lawyer
$60.29 new york personal injury lawyers
$59.00 lasik dallas
$58.68 new york personal injury lawyers
$58.38 miami personal injury attorney
$58.25 what is mesothelioma
$58.08 best equity loan
$57.95 lasik new york
$56.88 whole life insurance quote
$56.75 new york car insurance
$56.55 the lasik vision institute
$56.40 what is mesothelioma
$55.98 mesothelioma attorneys
$55.39 peritoneal mesothelioma
$54.81 new york personal injury attorney
$53.74 lasik nyc
$53.46 whole life insurance quotes

Yankee Fog has put together some poems and limericks using the words. We like "A Song Parody On The Theme of 'Lasik New York City'"

Hat tip to BoingBoing

Posted May 12, 2006 06:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Summer on the Hudson - lots of free fun


Summer on the Hudson is gearing up for its 6th season of free cultural and recreational events in Riverside Park South. This summer we have a great line-up of world class musicians for Acoustic Sundays, river themed movies for Movies Under the Stars, special all-day events, including the 1st Annual Main Squeeze Accordion Festival on July 8th, plenty of activities and events for kids, including Mamapalooza on May 21st, plus, yoga, pilates and kayaking.

Summer on the Hudson

Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: The Rail Yard History of Riverside Park South, Riverside Park South - Pier I @ 70th Street

Saturday, July 8, 2006, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm: 1st Annual NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Festival

Sunday, July 9, 2006, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Acoustic Sundays - Metropolitan Klezmer

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars - On the Waterfront

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars - The African Queen

AGINY Recommended

Posted May 9, 2006 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Holidays & Festivals , Music , Riverside Park , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Luca loves blue ...

Luca loves blue

Life in the City is good ... and this rug looks good under me ...I need a matching collar ...

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Posted May 6, 2006 08:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Gas crisis"

The gas “crisis” reappears for the summer driving season, right on cue. Washington is naturally “shocked” at the obvious market manipulation and price gouging, and politicians stand in line for photo-ops at local gas stations, venting their righteous indignation and ignoring the fact that America has gone out of its way in the past to allow domestic drilling or the building of new oil refineries, so voila! Now they’re going to fix it with a rebate or some showy hearings where oil execs are lined up with their right hands raised (the ultimate photo-op).

It is all just too pathetically predictable to warrant serious comment. Our crisis is nothing more than the piling up of our consumer choices over the past several decades, our willingness to make investments within our own country (especially in refining), and this weird public sense we have that cheap gas is an American right.

So now the market corrects many of those assumptions with the same level of indifference we've long displayed on the subject. And politicians are going to make this process better somehow? Or are they just likely to confuse the issue, as they so often do?

"The gas 'crisis' won’t be solved by politicians," Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, May 5, 2006

Posted May 5, 2006 09:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Joe's Shanghai

The food at Joe's Shanghai in Flushing is very good and refined for a very simple reason ... pure Shanghai with no compromise because you are eating in the heart of Chinatown in Flushing ... their customers expect no less ... crab/pork soupy dumpling ... bowl of noodles with shrimps ... scallion pancake ... vegetables ...

Joe's Shanghai was superb, especially the crab and pork of the best Chinese meals I have had in the US...
-- Tyler Cowen

Besides the crab/pork soupy dumplings, try the fish-head casserole, Lion's Head casserole, and pig shoulder stew ...

Joe's Shanghai, 13621 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 718-539-3838 [NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Yelp | Citysearch]


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Posted May 4, 2006 07:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Flushing , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Impressionist & Modern Art - Christie's

Exhibition of Impressionist paintings at Christie's, Rockefeller Centre, New York, tomorrow, 10:00 am - 12 noon ... worth a detour ...


Sale, No. 1655, May 2, 2006, 7:00 pm

Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-636-2000

Please note that links to auction items usually stop working within 30 days after the auction concludes ...

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Posted May 1, 2006 04:44 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Auctions and Appraisals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)