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Intercity Rail in China

Intercity Rail in China

I’ve been following general political and business developments in China for the past three years, and specifically looking at public transit infrastructure for about the last 18 months. I would be exaggerating if I said I had gained more than a superficial outsider’s understanding of either. At the moment, I still rely on English language...
Transit Oriented Development in New Brunswick

Transit Oriented Development in New Brunswick

As I work my way toward the point when I’ll begin to pitch Third Place Media services in earnest, I’ve been busy putting together pieces that I’ll use to explain what I’m offering to prospective clients. At the same time, I’ve been using these excursions to develop my approach and visual aesthetic for capturing what...
Hokkaido Food Fair Fall 2012

Hokkaido Food Fair Fall 2012

Mitsuwa Marketplace’s Hokkaido Food Fair made its annual stop in Edgewater, NJ last weekend. We’ve elevated our arrival technique to pro level, this time picking up bowls 2 and 3 of the day at 10:30 am (the guy in front of us was apparently even more of a die hard fan). Kagetora Ramen is back...
South Orange Special Improvement District

South Orange Special Improvement District

Exciting changes are happening to the way South Orange, NJ goes about cultivation of the character of its community. These changes have also opened the door for me to get a first crack at producing prototype content for use as proofs of concept as I begin to pitch Third Place Media services to potential clients....
Newark Light Rail

Newark Light Rail

I’ve moved into the thick of things with a full slate of practice and media portfolio building projects for my new company, Third Place Media. The rough schedule is to start with a handful of small and medium sized photo and video based pieces around New York City and Northern New Jersey over the next...
Meet Me in Maplewood

Meet Me in Maplewood

Can a train station be a great public space? With a little thoughtfulness, I think the answer is very much yes. There are prerequisites, such as being clean, well-maintained and well-lit. It also makes a great difference if the station is integrated into the fabric of the community it serves, rather than being surrounded by...
Kyushu & Okinawa Food Fair Summer 2012

Kyushu & Okinawa Food Fair Summer 2012

The latest Mitsuwa Marketplace food fair, featuring specialties from the Kyushu region and Okinawa, pulled into the Edgewater, NJ location this past weekend. While there are many vendors with foods available for the tasting and taking at these events, the featured ramen guest always draws by far the largest crowd. The line usually begins forming...
6 1/2 Avenue

6 1/2 Avenue

Between 6th and 7th Avenues, running from 51st up to 57th Street in Manhattan, can be found a collection of public access building lobbies and passageways that create a continuous path for pedestrians. The city recently bestowed the lane with a formal street designation (the cheekily named 6 1/2 Avenue), as well as street crossing...
Ivan Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar

Ivan Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar

With an hour still to go before the doors opened, a line of about 50 deep had already formed along the 1st Avenue sidewalk leading to Momofuku Noodle Bar. “Good, I’m not the only crazy person here,” I chuckled to the man in red. “Oh no, those guys in the front were here since noon,...
Minca Ramen Factory

Minca Ramen Factory

This post appears as a guest contribution on Brian MacDuckston’s Ramen Adventures blog, some of the most comprehensive and beautifully photographed coverage of the the Tokyo ramen scene. If you enjoy this article, please check out the treasure trove of material on his site. Few would confuse this mostly residential block of 5th Street in...
Launching new company: Third Place Media

Launching new company: Third Place Media

Just a short note here, as you’ll be hearing plenty more about this for the foreseeable future: I decided to take my list of “stuff I want to do when I have the time and money, someday” and just do it. I left my position at the Corporate Eco Forum and am launching my own...
It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

The unabridged name of the municipality in which we live is Township of South Orange Village, a bit of a mouthful. For the purposes of federal revenue sharing, we fall under the township classification. The village part refers to our type and form of government in the New Jersey nomenclature, the specifics of which I...