Midtown. It’s Movement.

The New York City Reason To Be

We are New Yorkers because we walk. I don’t drive. I have been full of good intentions to get my driver’s license since I was sixteen, but only managed to let my learner permit slowly expire along with said good intentions. It will happen one day because I know that having a car and being able to drive is useful in some universe somewhere. However in New York, you don’t need to drive because we walk.

Hot Hot Heat: Canadian Residence in the ‘Burg

Music Happenings

For the past three Wednesday nights, Canadian dance-punk band Hot Hot Heat has gathered Brooklyn scenesters to Williamsburg’s Public Assembly to preview of their highly anticipated new album “Future Breeds” on Dangerbird Records. The new album also welcomes the band’s newest addition, bassist Louis Hearn and the residency and album re-aquaint and remind us why we loved them back in 2002!

Inner City – Joker on the Balustrade

Inner City

I pored over the maps, with their codes and symbols as prominent as the streets and buildings. Every inch was measured, it seemed, and everything rippled with information referenced and cross-referenced elsewhere. It was August of 2005, and I lived in New York City. For three months from having arrived out of school, this was my life: study the maps, learn the code, stay inside.

BYO–BBQ?

Food Looped In

I’m not much of a sports fan but I do like to gather with friends at a bar after a hard day’s work, bringing home the bacon, so to speak. I can get my weekday fix of charred flesh with the self-service grills on the patio of East River Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Bike Culture Summit

Cycling For Life

On May 6th, I attended “Bike Summit NYC 2010″, an event sponsored by the NYC’s month-long bike-centric series of events used to address biking in NYC. I was fashionably 10 minutes late – since I can’t afford nice clothes, tardiness is one way I express my cool sense of style. My experience at the bike summit, however, wasn’t what I expected.

May 2010: The Identity Issue

Our First Born!

Our May Issue is our first, and represents a lot of aspirations for what we hope to achieve as a web publication. While we may support that need for immediacy through our regular columns, our monthly issues and features aim to craft more detailed, emotionally tinged experiences for you, our reader.

FEATURE: Visual Identification

A Photo Curation

A first curation. Photo Editor Lemia Monet Bodden and Senior Editor Jon Michael Anzalone share a selection of photographs that outline their work and identities as photographers.

FEATURE: Mama Bear

Friendship Meets Food Meets Music

What do sweat shops, fried chicken, and folk pop have in common? Mama Bear – An emerging do-it-yourself Brooklyn band that loves food Just as much as they love music. A band that says, “We’d rather be cheesy than cool.” The Hoop sits down with the DIY band for a fun interview!

Party Basics – Knowing Your Promoters

This Beat is Mine

A lot of people ask me the best way to find good nightlife events in New York City. I think the biggest tip that I could give is to seek out the city’s party promoters and get on to their lists.

Hoopla Hooper: Natalie Connor

Fashion Evolutionist

I have always loved playing around with fashion. When I was seven, I was mixing tie-dyed tees with neon pants and have continued to experiment with clothes, trying all different types of styles. They range from Boho to retro to edgy; the possibilities of creating different looks and images are endless! Moving to New York City about nine months ago, I was overjoyed to discover that it is not only a melting pot of culture but of fashion as well. The diversity of this city is extremely exciting; the varieties of looks you can see on just one block are so vast! I feel that New Yorkers get inspired by one another as well as the assortment of styles found here. I think it’s impossible not to! That is definitely one thing that has made me fall in love with my new home.