Morocco. The land of olives and oranges, dates, bread and harisa, strong mint tea, cookies laced with honey and almonds, lamb. A place were soccer is played in narrow alleys late into the night, neighborhoods are organized around bakeries and the hammam, and even the simplest of homes is a visual feast of painted tile, carved wood, chiseled plaster. The call to prayer. Men in … Continue reading morocco.
There are many ways to visit a place. This time, for our trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, we went with the lens of street food. Though we spent most of our trip exploring this deliciousness (stopping for the occasional temple, and to gawk, open mouthed, at what the Vietnamese can balance on a moped), we return knowing we tasted and tried only a small … Continue reading southeast asia.
A street view (which is but one view.) Continue reading cuba.
We celebrated the first day of summer this past Saturday June 21 with the eighth annual Make Music New York festival. With more than 1,300 concerts in parks, plazas, gardens, and on sidewalks across the five boroughs, it was quite the event. I was once again humbled by the talent, creativity, and artistic generosity of my fellow New Yorkers — it was an amazing day! … Continue reading make music new york 2014.
Urban farming is, at last, having its moment in the sun, and we hope it is a long one! The benefits of growing food in urban environments, both to the environments themselves and to the people who inhabit them, are enormous. And the practice has deep roots in New York City. Under the auspices of Organic Gardening, Gabriella Bass and I have spent the past … Continue reading urban farming.
We’ve just returned from three weeks in India: mostly in Rajasthan, the desert lands of Kings, with a brief interlude for a spectacular wedding, followed by a much needed respite in Kerala, God’s own Country, as they say. Ah, India. When I close my eyes, I see it still, patterned against my eyelids, red and vibrant as if I’d stared too long into the sun. … Continue reading india.
It’s been some time since our last post here on ¡dpm does! For that, you can blame Make Music New York, which has taken over every waking (and, sometimes, sleeping) moment for the past six weeks. The big day was June 21 — and now, we’re back! MMNY is the city-wide musical celebration that takes place in public spaces across the five boroughs annually on … Continue reading make music new york 2013.