Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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The Department of Transportation can't fudge the numbers any longer thanks to the hard work of Nancy Gruskin and Jack Brown . For possibly decades now the Dept. of Transportation has relied on faulty data when reporting on the the number of accidents between bicycles and pedestrians in NYC. It's no wonder then that bike lane and cycling advocacy groups used this faulty data, without bothering to check its legitimacy, to further their agenda regardless of impacts to small business and resident opposition. It's dangerous when our City government relies on dubious data, it's even more dangerous when non-profit groups use that data to install permanent changes to our City streets.
Now that actual recording of bicycle on pedestrian accidents will be kept, at least while the pressure is on, seniors, children and the disabled community can begin to see hope in reclaiming their sidewalks, crosswalks and streets from ill-informed transient zealots.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
We just heard this great news from pedestrian safety advocate Nancy Gruskin.
Great News! CBS-TV's Tony Aiello will be reporting on TODAY'S news at 5:30pm (Wed. Oct. 20th) that the State DMV will be changing their MV-104 reports as of April 2011 to include the data collection of bike on pedestrian incidents. This change came as a direct result of the "Bike Bedlam" series where we were able to prove that there were no accurate stats of bike on pedestrian stats in New York City. This represents a major step forward for pedestrian safety and the goals of the Foundation!! We are still trying to work on short-term data collection as the results won't be public for at least 2 years, but this is wonderful news for the long term...
Nancy Gruskin CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRUSKIN FOUNDATION
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Terri Lu and JohnWu are among the new generation of Chinese American entrepreneurs who have, despite being able to locate elsewhere in the City, decided to plant themselves firmly in Chinatown with their new bakery Everything Frosted. "I grew up here, my mom works around the corner, I went to school here, I feel very comfortable here."says Terri.
John has a similar relationship to the area "When I first came to Chinatown I lived on Bayard St. , then I moved around, but always in this area. Most of my life has been spent here in Chinatown."
"Being close to home was actually important to us because of the amount of hours we knew we'd be investing" said Terri. Chinatown, only minutes from where they live, was the best of both worlds in terms of being close to their community, and finding inspiration from native ingredients. Both partners knew early on in their careers that they would be bringing their talents back to the neighborhood they loved as kids.
Terri's background as a professional event planner for a midtown business laid some of the groundwork for Everything Frosted. "At my last job we had a primarily Jewish clientèle, we did a lot of Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, and some corporate events as well. After my career with that company I was inspired to do events for the Asian community because there are so many more traditions that I wanted to explore. Even though I know a lot about my own culture, I found that there was more to learn about what the Chinese community wants in an event." said Terri.
John's career began in a Chinese bakery. It was there that he thought to explore the larger repertoire of baking, after exposure to the various flavors native to the Chinese culture.
He wanted to eventually bring his knowledge and experience back to the Chinese community to see what they would think about combining his newfound techniques with traditional and familiar ingredients such as red bean, green tea, and jasmine. Over a decade later, and apprenticeships with two French masters, he has achieved his goal.
Looking back John recalls one of his teachers who spoke only French. "It was very challenging, but I picked up enough French from him, at least what he needed to teach me. I learned a lot from him. He tried so hard to teach me, that I put my entire heart into it. Within a short time he left that restaurant and called me to join him at a new place. That is how I met Bill, (the Whitehouse Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses.) The two chefs were friends, and I started working for Bill at Joseph. (Joseph Gurrera, owner of Citarella)" said John. Yosses who joined the Whitehouse in 2006 worked shoulder to shoulder with John prior to landing his prestigious position at the Whitehouse.
Whitehouse Executive Chef Bill Yosses and John Wu
John continued "I like Asian desserts and I love tea. What I learned from Bill is that I have to create my own flavors.
"I like to use Asian ingredients and come out with things people have never tried."
"You don't see a lot of bakeries with black sesame frosting. Over the summer we had a lychee frosting that was very popular."
John introduced jasmin, lychee, black sesame and red bean to many of his non-Asian customers who are often on a lunch break. 90% of the flavor combinations of cupcakes, which are appetizingly displayed at eye level, can be adapted to wedding or birthday cakes, jasmin cake with green tea frosting for example.
In the nine months since they have opened Terri and John's "hidden gem" of a business has reached beyond their professional Asian clientèle. With recent press and very active word of mouth advertising they are enjoying a comfortable level of success in their first year in Chinatown.
Everything Frosted is a full service bakery providing wedding cakes, birthday cakes, mini cheesecakes, cupcakes, mousse, and even tiramisu and banana pudding. John's desserts are based on traditional French techniques.