Posts Tagged ‘city life’

Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

April 19, 2013

Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

Gourmet cupcake shops infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend has been rising with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The cupcake fad is officially over. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” says the Wall Street Journal, noting the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc.:

“After trading at more than $13 a share in mid-2011, Crumbs has sunk to $1.70. It dropped 34% last Friday, in the wake of Crumbs saying that sales for the full year would be down by 22% from earlier projections, and the stock slipped further this week.”

—  “Forget Gold, the Gourmet-Cupcake Market Is Crashing,” Emily Maltby and Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal

More:

“The cupcake bubble has finally burst,” Carmel Lobello, The Week

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Bike Helmets Optional

October 13, 2012

Bike Helmets Optional

“In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke. Cities are aggressive in helmet promotion.”

“Yes, there are studies that show that if you fall off a bicycle at a certain speed and hit your head, a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury. But such falls off bikes are rare — exceedingly so in mature urban cycling systems.

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Dear Bike Thief

September 12, 2012

Dear Bike Thief

Sign in front of a house near the Potomac Avenue Metro Stop, Washington DC:

“HEY! YOU STOLE MY BIKE! THAT’S HOW I GET TO WORK. IT DID NOT BELONG TO YOU AND YOU TOOK IT FROM MY PORCH. BRING IT BACK AND YOU WILL RESTORE MY FAITH IN HUMANITY. IF YOU NEED A REWARD, WE CAN NEGOTIATE. THANK YOU, OWNER OF THE BIKE YOU STOLE.”

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Times Square

May 2, 2010

Times Square

The car bomb in Times Square was discovered by street vendors Lance Orton and Duane Jackson. Suburban visitors often think of street life as a nuisance, but city dwellers know it can mean safety. Now you do, too.

 

 

The NYC Government sells replica street signs like the one pictured. Mayor Bloomberg paid us nothing to mention that.

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