The New York Times debuted five experimental “newsless” Google Glass devices for its reporters in January and put two of them to the test recently. “We will use them to put our reporters in situations where they can’t get out and share the impact,” Times reporter Bryan Melnik told New York Mag.
At CES 2019, the general-interest video-gaming industry showed off its latest invention, the Vive Pro, to one of its most important audiences: journalists. Silicon Valley websites like Gizmodo and The Verge have written about these digital “VR journalists” and several other trade press outlets are following suit. A few of these early adopters were visible on social media during New York Fashion Week in the form of tastemaker Vincent Haley, who could be seen checking out virtual and augmented reality photography at all the major shows, and here is the entire street for you to play around with on your day off from work.
The New York Police Department revealed its own new media machine, the Tactical Control Room, as part of a wider experiment with new technology. During a de Blasio administration rollout of 39 new anti-crime cameras, a camera on the rooftop of an NYPD squad car was highlighted by the department for attracting more viewers than any other — 52,000 from 28 states on average per minute. The NYPD’s success followed the Los Angeles Police Department’s success with a similar pilot project in mid-2018 that was featured in this New York Times story, which covered the how footage from the devices was monitored on a second camera positioned inside a command center.
Speaking of policing, Bloomberg Politics spent a day with the NYPD Det. John Durkee, a 26-year veteran of the force who went to see the gym’s new flex class in a gentler mode of transportation than normal. “Some of the other guys might look at you and think you’re crazy,” he told the New York Times. “I went to see something this awesome that you guys don’t have anywhere else.” A yoga class by the Hudson River, the city’s version of an urban jungle. Or should we say, urban yoga/bikram “sweatbox.”
A fashion line, called Meleh, released a line of cryptocurrency-adjacent clothing. “God, if cryptocurrencies go away, that’s a huge problem,” designer Christie Kisilla told the New York Times. “It’s not like you have a means of consumer empowerment.”
With little in the way of funding for journalism, including newspaper journalists, many media organizations are trying to “de-monetize” their work in terms of presenting the core product, so to speak, without financial compensation or even logos. Poynter’s Kristen Hare investigates if this “less is more” approach actually works.
The Rockette cabaret from Chinellano is one of the best shows in town — and usually one of the only ones available to see in New York City! It’s held at Marble Arch in Union Square every Saturday at 6:30 pm and tickets range from $40-$50.
Gothamist reporter Janni Sunderland interviewed the owners of Honey Bee on the rooftop of Quality Wholesale (a huge retail cooperative that operates a few stores in both Manhattan and Brooklyn) for a pitch made by her team on the project. “This whole concept is about increasing community and health,” she writes, “not just about creating a nice place to get a latte.”
Little Chinellano, one of NYC’s most popular night clubs, is sponsoring the Rentck’s main stage before New York Fashion Week with a Valentino show where they’ll be throwing some performance “surprises.”
Meanwhile, one of Australia’s most well-known emerging performers, Ayre, has developed a line of clothing inspired by Australia’s rural interior that pays homage to not just fashion, but the natural environment and vibrant landscapes of Australia’s agricultural heartland. “My aim is to bring sustainable and resilient design into the mainstream,” Ayre said. “The clothes and accessories are all sustainable and extremely affordable. The artwork is based on design, movement and graphic, to capture what I hope to be a resurgence in quality farming in Australia.”
Get an inside look at five new media products that have hit the streets recently. See the video above.