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Smog in Prague

Written by Jeff Koyen on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Prague – Indie rockers are the same the world over. Here at Prague’s Barácnická rychta, nerdy Czech guys lean against the wall, and there are more than a couple pair of thick black glasses. Ratty band t-shirts on expats, thrift-store shirts abound. It’s a nice crowd, about half Czech and half import, very relaxed, very [&hellip
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Searching for Eden Among the Tourists on the Greek Island of Zakynthos

Written by Jeff Koyen on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The last time I looked at the odometer, I was 5 kilometers away from what could be called "civilization" only as a punchline. Three miles could actually kill me right now. Walking the distance isn’t the problem, but rather the unforgiving, unrelenting heat. At 2 p.m., the sun in Greece is a bitch and a [&hellip
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Adding It Up

Written by Jeff Koyen on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop had a house in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ, and it was perfect. Everything a summer house and a grandparents’ house should be. One block from the ocean, one block from a fishing lake, on a lively street with a beautiful grass median. Most importantly, it was tricked out grandparent-style: at the drop [&hellip
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Eddie Breen, the Paint Machine: “Outsider Art” or Not, His Work Sure Sells

Written by Jeff Koyen on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

“If you’re a regular artist, you’ve gone through art school and all that, I think it’s kind of anathema to paint on somebody else’s hard-painted painting. But I don’t have any such inhibitions, not knowing my ass from my elbow. I can just do it.” Eddie Breen speaks from experience. In the last two years, [&hellip
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Brooklyn Evictions Put Hipsters in the Snow

Written by Jeff Koyen on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Nonetheless, quite a few people are crying foul over last week’s Fire Dept. evictions and threats to evict. As reported in the Dec. 19 Daily News, the FDNY has compiled a list of some 100 places targeted as commercially zoned buildings outfitted with dangerous (but "trendy") lofts in some of New York City’s desirable B&T [&hellip
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