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UNIQLO LAUNCHES “UNITED IN WARMTH” PRO-SOCIAL PLATFORM

December 13 |

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, UNIQLO is reaching out to those affected and spreading some warmth with a volunteer and donation program that will distribute 100,000 Heattech items and 10,000 Ultra Light Down jackets to those living in the areas of New York and New Jersey hardest hit by the storm.

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RIP A RIDE

February 23 |

Australian riders, Marion Law and Dane O’Shanassy, wanted to create an efficient way for surfers to travel and accomodate their wave needs. The solution? RipARide, a niche travelling community centered around just that! The site is an online hub for surfers looking to connect to other surfers around the world for a room, surf equipment, or even extra cash renting out their own gear.

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AIR BNB GOES PROFESSIONAL

October 10 |

Online space rental community, AirBnB, is now offering free professional photography to help customers successfully list their pads. The San Franciscobased startup claims that listings with professional photos are 2.5 times more likely to be booked. That means more rentals for users and more revenue for them. Smart!

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A PRIVATE ISLAND NAMED RATUA

May 2 |

About six years ago, French traveling couple, Isabella and Marc, stumbled onto an undisturbed island known as Ratua located in the Vanuatu Archipelago. They fell in love with it instantly! Several meetings with the the local elders of the island later and the couple was set on turning the 146acre land mass into a magical, ecologically conscious getaway, where 100% of the profits are invested into local community projects! So for 600 Euros a night you too can enjoy your very own private Indonesianvilla styled island and know that the proceeds are going to the right place. Not bad! Check out all of the details and rates here.

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SOUL FOOD JUNKIES

April 27 |

The tradition of Soul Food runs very deep in the African American community, from slavery’s chains to modernday restaurant chains. The unique and often sought out cuisine is now the subject of a documentary. Soul Food Junkies explores the connection between the food and the people, including some of the arguments against its detrimental health effects. Check out the trailer!

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BRIGHTON’S BRIGHTEST

September 14 |

It’s only a matter of time before some of Brighton, England’s graffiti crew “All GIrls Crew” members start to pick up bigname attention from supporters. With female writers as young as 8 and 11 yearsold it’s almost mindblowing to consider how talented they are! But don’t take our word for it, peep the cancontrol:

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HARLEM NIGHTS (1932)

September 14 |

Check out this original rendition of Harlem’s 1932 club scene, complete with “speakeasy” info, courtesy of Manhattan Magazine. The map is the work of Elmer Simms Campbell, the first AfricanAmerican cartoonist to get published in national periodicals like The New Yorker, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan. (Click map for original size format)

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BIKE “PEDALR”

August 26 |

Bikeenthusiasts rejoice as a new marketplace for all things bikerelated opens up online. Pedalr, similar to Tumblr in name only, prides itself on creating an intimate online community for buyers and sellers. The difference between snagging a bike on Pedalr as opposed to say, a Craigslist, is that Pedalr allows users to create a personal profile along with an account, this way other users can acquaint themselves with one another. Pedalr then grabs a 5% commission off of each transaction, a small price to pay for what looks to be the future of online, peopleoriented bike exchange.

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03.06.10 | 12-3PM | LIVE YOUR LIFE CARNIVAL

February 23 |

Join the Washington Heights/Inwood community for some FREE, fun, and healthy kidfriendly activities! Bike lessons, exercises, dancing, yoga, cooking demonstrations, tasty snacks, exciting raffles for parents and kids, and so much more! Special raffle to those who RSVP and attend! Connect to resources and
join the campaign.

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FILM PROJECT “WHOSE BARRIO?” IS SEEKING MUSIC

July 1 |

WHOSE BARRIO? is an emotionally charged look at the changes in Manhattan’s Spanish Harlem as real estate speculation pushes rents and property values past the point of affordability for most area residents. By interviewing longtime East Harlemites and new arrivals, and digging deep into the flavor of a neighborhood long regarded as a cultural homeland for Latinos and other ethnic groups, the film reveals a complex web of individual and community interests. Directed and produced by Ed Morales and Laura Rivera, WHOSE BARRIO? is having its world premiere at the New York International Latino Film Festival on August 2, 2009.

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