Just a reminder that the blog is LIVE and we'll be continually posting pages from the scrapbook as it gets mailed from one end of the Earth to the next. You can see the pages and track the books here:
And don't forget to check your email, we send out a heads up before the book comes to you. Thanks everyone!
Where is the "2nd Ave" sign that once graced Abe Lebewohl's original deli on, well, 2nd Avenue? Here's a hint: it's in the back room of a place in Williamsburg with a Statue of Liberty orgy going on in the front.
I'll let you mull that over for a moment and will share some more photos of the hullabaloo on Second Avenue on Sunday. That's Bina M., a longtime resident of the Lower East Side who catered her son's 1950's bar mitzvah at Town and Village Synagogue from, where else? The 2nd Avenue Deli.
The photos were taken post-processional at Abe Lebewohl Park, the .155 acre expanse in front of St. Mark's Church, where the Knish Alley Processional began. Read about the place and its namesake on the NYC Parks Department's historical sign.
"2ND AVE" on Metropolitan
And that 2nd Ave Deli sign (minus the "Deli")? It's at the City Reliquary. I met City Reliquary founder Dave Herman at the institution's Collector's Night last evening and he explained how the sumptuous storefront museum got its hands on the lettering. Some guy was driving by when the sign was being dismantled. The chap rescued the letters before they hit the dumpster, but could only fit 2, N, D and A, V and E into his car. The Reliquary convinced him to display it by them and they haven't heard from the guy in a few years.
So, yep, they're still with us. As are strains of the Yiddish Theater and, of course, the knish.
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Thank you all so much for your support!!! I'm so grateful and I can't wait to continue with my work.
Check out the new video update of me talking about Reverence.
I met with the architect, Shigeru Ban, yesterday and he's fully on board. He's very excited to create something new and I'm honored to be working with him. Taschen just published a gorgeous book of his work to date, so check it out:
And when I have the concept design in hand I can approach the city for permissions. Or maybe I'll start to do that now because it may take a while...do you think the mayor likes bugs?
There are also plans to take Reverence to London, Kyoto and Berlin.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I've posted nine new pieces of Project Springfield on our website, http://www.midnight-buffet.com !
The pieces include the Power Plant, Retirement Castle, Observatory, Stonecutter's Lodge, a new city block, The Hospital, KBBL Radio Station, the Tire Fire and more!
As for Project Springfield, I'm currently waiting on my supplier to send me the last shipment of materials I need to finish every piece (not to mention all of the requested characters!). This project started over a year ago and it feels good to be so near the finish line!
In regards to the unveiling party, I would have loved to have it before everyone's schedule gets crazy for the holidays, but due to a slight delay with my supplier and my preference to take my time and get it right instead of rushing to finish, it seems unlikely that the event will take place before the end of the year. I also feel that everyone, especially my backers, deserve to know the time/place well in advance as many of you have e-mailed me that you'll be making a special trip to NYC for it (that's awesome, by the way).
As of now, I'm planning on hosting the unveiling in early 2011, just a few months away. I suspect I should be able to start sending out your characters well before that.
Thanks once again for the overwhelming amount of support!
Welcome to our 5th day that our Kickstarter page has been in existence. Guess what? In only 5 days we have gotten over 40% to our goal... that's so close to half way there. And half way there is the glass half full if you know what I mean... or is it you know what I'm saying?... Anyway you catch my drift?
By the way... How sick is this Kickstarter site?! Right? I KNOW!
So a couple of people have written in and asked some questions about "Mike's(my) cooking". They wanted to know if this is something that is worth their hard earned money, what kind of food?, and ... really?. Well, here is what I can tell you... I really love to cook, and think I'm pretty good - but they say a picture is worth 1000 words... so here is a 9000 word essay on how some of my food looks.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!
Thanks again for being part of our Kickstarter!
Mike & Julius C
oh yeah... the food tastes alright too :)
Printing. All done, and I received two advance copies of Cadence & Slang today. They look awesome. After so many months of fretting about the final product, it looks like things have finally paid off. I'll be mailing one of the copies to the Library of Congress tomorrow. Here's what they look like:
Shipping. On October 08, I paid the printer in full, and they shipped three hundred copies to my apartment. They should arrive by Wednesday the 13th at the latest. The other 700 are being sent to my super fancy climate-controlled dog-patrolled underground holding vault, also known as the basement of my parents' house an hour's train ride away. As I sell more copies, I'm going to head out there, pick up a crate of books, come back, and pack and ship them.
Once the book arrives, I'll spend the rest of the week stuffing envelopes and getting packages all set. The ship date will probably be sometime between October 16 and 25. Regardless, I'll notify you when your copy has been shipped. Orders from the United States should go out shortly before international orders - but not by more than a day or two. I'll be updating my Twitter with more details as needed.
Release party. If you live in Chicago, I'm going to be at New Wave Coffee (the southeast corner of Logan/Milwaukee) on Thursday, October 21 from 6p to 10p for a little release party. I'll have copies of Cadence & Slang on hand, and you can come with a credit card - I take them with Square, an app that fits Cadence's principles rather wonderfully. If you don't live in Chicago, tell your Chicagoan friends to come out and support.
One more thing. You've probably already ordered your copy if you're reading this, but it bears repeating that the rest are on sale at the book's official site, and they'll ship in the same way as those betrothed to Kickstarter backers. If you like the book, do tell your friends and colleagues about it; word of mouth is all we have as promotions go.
How's your fall been? Good?
Episode 4 of Bread for Dough is in support of the Live or Die web series Kickstarter fundraising campaign.
Today’s challenge is to make a white bread with some muscle, or at least a bit more protein. Just because you’re a fan of white bread doesn’t mean you need to be eat something with the consistency of marshmallows. The answer is a flavorful, protein and fiber supplemented bread.
Music by Greg Stitt from the Manhater Soundtrack (available on iTunes).
Today's recipe: 2 cups white flour, 1/4 cup instant potato flakes, 1/4 cup quinoa flakes, 1/2 teaspoon powdered butter flavoring, 6 tablespoons wheat gluten flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 3/4 cup water, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons oil.
For donations $10 and above, we've added admission to the wrap party scheduled for January (if funding is successful) with performances by soundtrack artists, DJs from the movie, and more! Secret location TBA (nyc only). One ticket per person, and of course, everyone who's donated $10 and up is on the list!
Hearts and hugs,
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