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From Greenwich Village, by way of the Russian design studio
Mystake, for the beer drinker who can stand to have their
perceptions a little altered, comes the Hopside Down glass --
by the bottom of the second glass, the name
will begin to make a certain amount
The language of beer and
drinking is universal and simple:
it must be cold, it must be foamy.
Better yet if it's straight from the
bottle, a guilty pleasure, but just as
Double insulated and hand-blown,
the Hopside Down features the upside
down longneck bottle favoured by
American drinkers, sandwiched inside an
old-fashioned pint glass.
It springs from the vivid and fertile
imagination of Dima Komissarov, who
allowed for the preservation of both
At 354ml, its capacity is marginally
less than a full stubby, which will
therefore have to be emptied when no
one is looking.
From MXYPLYZYK, 125 Greenwich
Ave, New York. mxyplyzyk.com.
TAKE THE HIGHLINE
Walking in New York is a contact sport on its crowded footpaths, although still often quicker
than driving. It's exercise by necessity, rather than choice, since parks and open spaces are few
and far between.
Which makes this conversion of an abandoned, elevated railway line an act of civic and
The High Line traverses roughly eight city blocks on Manhattan's lower west side, a short
but sweet escape from ground level, and warmly embraced by both locals and tourists alike
since its mid-2009 opening.
In its former life as a thoroughfare for goods trains, the High Line was at one with its grimy,
But the former Meatpacking District has become the epitome of urban cool, and thanks
to a concerted community e ort, the once-abandoned railway line has undergone a similar
Now it's possible to walk not just through the city, but above it.
And not just a walk, that is part-garden -- with 210 species of grasses, vines and shrubs --
part-sundeck, part-water feature, part-public art display, with a trail meandering through.
The second stage of the High Line, extending 14 blocks north, is due to open by mid-2010.
CUT IT OUT
There are times, as any aspiring novelist would tell
you, when the act of writing is like extracting blood
from a stone.
Better by far then, to pull a knife out of steel,
which is the path Joel Bukiewicz chose when the
words wouldn't come.
Five years and nearly 500 knives later, Joel can
consider this blade among his legacy.
It's his Prospect 8 all-purpose chef 's knife, a work
of art that happens to be a tool as well as a story, not
to mention a catchy label: Cut Brooklyn.
The blade is high-carbon steel, the grip a glass
fabric laminate, bonded with coloured resin.
This, apart from its functionality, has made it
especially popular with professional chefs, who can
personalise their knives by handle colour -- black,
blue, burgundy, orange, pink, tan, forest green, olive
green, and yellow.
That the finished product is handsome as well as
functional is incidental.
Joel explains: "I've found that when you chase
performance like that and work to create the simplest
tool for the job with the fewest lines and superfluities,
the beauty and elegance of a piece take care of
Prospect 8 all-purpose chef's knife, $US375,
Joel Bukiewicz, cutbrooklyn.com.
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