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Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge: Which City Could Have Become the 51st State?

July 11, 2016

NY Token Watch | UncommonGoods

It would make sense that the novel idea of slicing off the Big Apple from the rest of the state would come from a novelist.

In the 1960s, New York City was suffering as crime rates climbed and the mighty metropolis lurched toward bankruptcy. While long-standing politicians offered few new ideas on how to wake the City That Never Sleeps from its fatal slumber, the unlikely duo of novelist Norman Mailer and columnist Jimmy Breslin seized the opportunity to shake up the status quo during the 1969 Democratic Mayoral Primary election–by running for Mayor and City Council president, respectively.

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The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Rebekah Krikke

October 22, 2015

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Rebekah Krikke, Assistant Production Manager, Product Development

My hometown…
A hybrid of central Illinois and Kobe, Japan.

I’m inspired by…
Long walks, new perspectives, gratitude, and the color orange.

What I love about Product Development is…
Seeing a product take form as it moves from concept to reality.

When I’m not at work, I’m usually….
Exploring random neighborhoods in New York, relaxing at home with my husband, or being “productive” at a local coffee shop.

My favorite place to bring out-of-towners is…
Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I’m most looking forward to _______ this summer.
Going to my first Indian Wedding in Bangkok.

An uncommon fact about me is….
I studied Japanese tea ceremony for a few years in high school. I love green tea, so much so that my family named our Boston Terrier “Matcha.”

If I could put my desk anywhere in the world it would be…
An ocean view office where you can hear the waves from your desk and go on occasional swim breaks for inspiration.

My favorite uncommon good is…
Our Personalized New York City subway signs.

The Uncommon Life

Mapping Manhattan Contest Details

January 1, 2014

Mapping Manhattan Contest DetailsBecky Cooper’s Mapping Manhattan Project is not yet complete. She wants you to illustrate your special New York story in a map so her project can grow, and doing so could earn you a copy of her book and a framed print of your choice. Here’s how to participate:

1. Print out the blank map.
2. Illustrate your unique New York story.
3. Say that ten times fast.
4. Mail your completed map to Becky by May 31, 2014.

Becky Cooper
PO Box 302
New York, NY 10163

Becky will choose her favorite illustration and the UncommonGoods Social Media team will contact the winner in early June.

Maker Stories

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Emilie Shapiro

August 5, 2013

Jewelry designer Emilie Shapiro | UncommonGoods

 

I would definitely consider it love at first sight. The moment I saw the ragged edges and claw-like setting of the Raw Gemstone Necklaces, I knew I wanted to meet the designer. (And get one for myself.) So I invited myself to her Long Island City office and studio for a meeting.

Whenever I meet one of our incredible artists, I try to find similarities between myself and these seemingly normal people making extraordinary things. Our artists can make us all feel so much from a necklace or a wine glass that it makes me wonder if there is some super-human element they possess. Finding a common ground might indicate some greatness within myself. So I always look for a connection.

With Emilie Shapiro, it’s the love of treasures -digging through her rock and shell collection, hunting for pieces in her grandmother’s jewelry box, rediscovering something others have overlooked and bringing it all back to her worktable to create something new – that keeps her ticking. I too share her love of found objects and breathing new life into them.

Meet Emilie, lover of found objects and handmade jewelry designer.

Emilie's essential tools | UncommonGoods

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Design

NYC Green Resources

February 7, 2013


For those present at our How To Make It event panel on Tuesday, February 5, and those interested in learning how to implement greener practices in their home and their work space, here is a list of green resources in New York City from Rebecca Krauss of the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s EcoBiz program.

ConEd provides free energy assessment
www.coned.com/energyefficiency

Choose an ESCO (energy service provider) to save money and/or go green
www.greenmountain.com
www.viridian.com

Find your recycling rules
www.nyc.gov/nycwasteless

Where to recycle everything else
www.earth911.com

The Uncommon Life

Help City Harvest Feed NYC After Sandy

November 13, 2012

We have been proud to work with City Harvest through our Better To Give program, donating on our customer’s behalf to an organization that helps feed New York’s hungry. The amount of people living in New York City who are considered Food Insecure is about 1.2 million (source), and that number has increased since Sandy has left many without electricity and some without homes.

City Harvest is working hard to support Hurricane Sandy victims while continuing to feed the hungry men, women and children who rely on it every day. In addition to daily deliveries to soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs, City Harvest is making emergency food drop-offs in especially hard hit areas in Staten Island, Coney Island and Red Hook in Brooklyn, and Breezy Point and Rockaway in Queens.

Since the storm, City Harvest has been accepting donations of non-perishable food from citizens and prepared foods from partnering restaurants across the city. They have rented additional trucks and hired additional temporary staff to keep food moving to where it is needed most. In the week following the storm, City Harvest delivered over a million pounds of food from their Long Island City, Queens location to emergency food partners across the city – the most ever for City Harvest in a week.

Want to get involved?

  • If you’re in the NYC area, you can volunteer with City Harvest to sort and deliver food.
  • Purchase the Plate With Purpose. UncommonGoods will donate $25 for each plate sold to City Harvest.
  • Choose City Harvest at check out and UncommonGoods will donate $1 from your purchase to help feed NYC’s hungry.

photos courtesy of City Harvest

 

The Uncommon Life

UncommonGoods Crew Braves Sandy

October 31, 2012

This morning the UncommonGoods staff reunited after a long weekend battling Hurricane Sandy in New York City. We shared our stories of terror, adventure and community. Here are some of our stories.

Our CEO,  Dave, spent the night at UncommonGoods headquarters in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, right on New York harbor, and saw the tides rise over the nearby fishing pier.

inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal

 

In the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, known for its streets lined with century-old trees, a tree fell near the apartment of Heather on our merchant team. Her roommate, Peter, helped with the cleanup.

Norma, from our Customer Service team, lives in the West Village where there is still no power. When she and her roommate, JR, found out that there was power uptown, they walked more than 30 blocks to a KFC to charge their phones. At an electronics store on the same block, they bought the last power strip and offered the other plugs to passersby, allowing for trapped tourists and frightened coeds to speak with their families. “Chatting with them and making them laugh was a needed relief for all of us”, Norma says. “It ended up being a good time at the KFC yesterday.”

Senior Graphic Designer Jessica and her fiance, Conor, took a walk on Monday through their Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus, named for the local canal. Conor had his camera in hand and took some stunning photos of the damage and the calm after the storm.

Sadly, the canal doesn't look much worse than it normally doesA rainbow over Brooklyn

Inbound team member, Quincy, spent all day Monday helping neighbors leave their flooded houses in his Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie, offering his home as a comfortable, dry space for them to wait until the tides receded.

Children’s & Leisure Buyer, Melissa, didn’t make it into work today. She has been stuck in Lower Manhattan without power but was able to share some photos of her neighborhood and the meals she and her friends have been making for each other.

Payphones. Remember those?

 

We hope that you and your families are safe and sound.

The Uncommon Life

Meet Pasqualina Azzarello of Recycle-A-Bicycle

September 19, 2012

Meet Pasqualina, Executive Director of Recycle-A-Bicycle and one of our judges the Bike Lovers Design Challenge.

What is one uncommon fact about yourself?
I’ve traveled to 47 of the USA’s 50 states

What is Recycle-A-Bicycle? Recycle-A-Bicycle is a community based bike shop and grassroots non-profit organization that utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living. Through retail storefronts, social entrepreneurship, innovative programs, and an annual Youth Bike Summit, Recycle-A-Bicycle empowers the youth of New York City and beyond.

What kind of bike do you ride?
I ride a Fuji touring bike that fits like a glove. From the mountains in California to the city streets of NYC, this bike is both speedy and solid, good for distance riding and strolls.

Where is your favorite place to ride?
The Rockaways!

How do you define good design?
When every part informs the whole.

Cast a vote for your favorite Bike Lovers Design Challenge design and leave a comment to help Pasqualina and Emily decide the winner.

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