Mr. Mandela, a hero who changed the world, passed away yesterday – December 5th. He carried many titles throughout his life – former political prisoner, first president of post-apartheid South Africa, hero of South African Democracy, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and most well known as a global symbol for human rights.
“His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love.” (The New York Times) Unfortunately, his death is concurrent with a period of unease in South Africa. We send our thoughts and prayers to the people of South Africa, as this loss leaves a void in their ‘world’ and across the globe. His humility and compassion will forever be remembered.
*Images via (1) Mike Hutchings for Reuters (2) Adrian Steirn (2011)
*Quote via Walter Sisulu’s 90th birthday celebration, Johannesburg, May 18, 2002 via “Nelson Mandela by Himself; The Authorized Book of Quotations
It’s Christmas Time in The City, and my favorite time of the year! However, there are so many festive and fun-filled events planned the season can be a bit overwhelming. With that, a Top 10 Christmas Activity List for my fellow New Yorkers, and the never ending crowds of tourist too – you make our city “full”!
2. Greenwich Hotel • “Spend a weekend as a stylish Tribeca resident at this Downtown Sanctuary” (via lovethiscity). Have a romantic dinner at Marc Forgione. Meander through the well-being aisles at Tribeca Whole Foods. Brunch at Bubbys. Grab drinks at Brandy Library, Weather Up and/or Smith & Mills. Burn it all off at Soul Cycle Tribeca. Oh and of course shop at all my favorite neighborhood spots.
3. Hit the Ice • Go Iceskating at Wollman Rink at Central Park, The Rink at Rockefeller, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, or the new Rink at Brookfield Place in Battery Park. This is a must for me this year!
7. New York City Ballet • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Guys…I promise you will enjoy too!) Or perhaps support the Ballet (by way of their artist residency program) by checking out an upcoming exhibition at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Cosmopolis: 49 Waltzers for the World is a Video Installation by Roberta Friedman + Daniel Loewenthal. Opening Reception Thu, Dec 12 / 6-9pm • on view Dec 11-15. Not to be missed.
8. Christmas Decoration Sightings • Do not miss out on all the lovely trees in the city: American Museum of Natural History Origami Holiday Tree, MET Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Holiday Lights in Battery Park City, The Park Avenue Christmas Tree and Madison Square Park Christmas Tree.
10. Do you just want to escape the cold? • Visit the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) any Friday from 4 until 8pm for FREE. Or perhaps enjoy a little indoor holiday music at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center’s giant atrium. Check out the full schedule of free holiday performances right HERE.
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Amazon Prime Air. One thought…crazy stuff! What in The World is Our World coming to? As much as I love Amazon Prime, to be completely honest, well…this whole idea kind of freaks me out. Essentially, the new delivery system (developed by Amazon R&D) will get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. What? Nevertheless, the footage of a recent ‘test flight’ by Amazon Prime Air is worth a watch…
In case you are a bit in shock like me – A few Q&A’s with Amazon:
Q: Is this science fiction or is this real?
A: It looks like science fiction, but it’s real. From a technology point of view, we’ll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is actively working on rules for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Q: One day we’ll see a fleet of Prime Air vehicles in the sky?
A: Yes. One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.
Q: When will I be able to choose Prime Air as a delivery option?
A: We hope the FAA’s rules will be in place as early as sometime in 2015. We will be ready at that time.
W: How are you going to ensure public safety?
A: The FAA is actively working on rules and an approach for unmanned aerial vehicles that will prioritize public safety. Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.