• And you don't stop ...

    January 15, 2008

    Residents of a Bronx building where hip hop was born say they have a plan to buy it so that they can keep it affordable. Tenants at the building on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue got word last year that the owners wanted to opt out of a state affordable housing program, which could mean big rent increases for them. They want to buy each apartment for a few thousand dollars each.
    During the 1970s, DJ Kool Herc spun records at parties in the basement rec. room, ushering in the the hip-hop era. While a lot of today's hip hop annoys me, the stuff that came out of the Bronx in the late 70's and early 80's is forever ingrained in my mind (and soul.)

    I was never at one of Herc's basement parties or any of those classic sets in abandoned buildings in the Bronx of the early 1980's. But I can remember my utter amazement at seeing break dancers and rappers for the first time in pre-Disney Times Square (circa 1980.) I'm sure I had no clue at the time that I was witnessing the birth of a nation.

    Here's a clip of Herc from a European documentary on the birth of hip hop. Dig it. - David Cruz

  • Beyond IAJE - Mr. Goudas Ginger Beer

    January 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Ginger Beer

    Thanks to Toronto's sizable West Indian population, there's a lot of food and beverage variety. Mr. Goudas Ginger Beer is my new favorite guilty pleasure during long days and nights at IAJE. I've had ginger beer, but nothing like this. It will set your mouth ablaze.

    You gotta check out the commercial (RealMedia)

    Too rich... - Josh

  • Beyond IAJE - a look around Toronto

    January 11, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.


    Sox and Undies




  • Beyond IAJE - In Canada, it's the small differences

    January 11, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Being a bit of a 'techie' I think I tend to carry more stuff in my pockets than most people- keys (with attached miniature flashlight and flash drive), multiple pens, my wallet and whatever spare change I have. And here's the rub: in the US, small bills go in my wallet, where they are light and easily organized. But in Canada, you get both dollar and two dollar coins as change. Which means you very quickly get a full pocket of change!

    Metal Money in Canada

    - David Tallacksen

  • Toronto - beyond IAJE

    January 10, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Toronto has the second-highest percentage of foreign-born population among world cities, after Miami, Florida. At least that's what the all-knowing wiki tells me. I didn't know that when I went by this larger-than-life bronze statue by Tom Otterness (whose work can also be seen in NYC). It's called 'Immigrant Family.'

    Immigrant Family statue

    - David Tallacksen