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by Hal Walker| September 24, 2010

The Scoop:, the New York Times’ “Inside Guide” to NYC, and a nifty iPhone app, has just introduced “The Filter,” a column by Oliver Strand that shines a spotlight on notable coffee shops and cafes. Additionally, a new Home Furnishing section of the The Scoop features home shopping recommendations from Times reporters and editors. For the Culturalist‘s […]

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by Hal Walker| September 10, 2010

To celebrate the fashion industry’s fall assault on the Big Apple, 1,000 stores, shops and boutiques throughout New York City’s five boroughs are participating in Fashion’s Night Out, a mega-celebrity packed event on Sept. 10, from 6 p.m. to midnight. At Macy’s, you’ll meet singing sensation Joss Stone, designer Tommy Hilfiger, and the multi-talented Jennifer Lopez. Over at […]

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by Hal Walker| August 26, 2010

The Culturalist is thrilled that NYC burger institution ShakeShack is expanding throughout Manhattan, with outposts in Midtown, and the Upper East and West Sides of the city. Still, we were a bit flabbergasted when Pat LaFrieda (the genius butcher who created ShakeShack’s burger blend) appeared recently on a home shopping channel (ShopNBC), selling 16 six-ounce burgers […]

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by Hal Walker| July 13, 2010

Could the Apple be rotten? This week, Consumer Reports announced that it does not recommend the already popular iPhone 4 due to antenna design flaws that result in dropped calls. The Culturalist predicts a fix faster than you can say BP oil spill. Moving from smart phone screens to flat screens, the Culturalist recommends tonight’s […]

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by Hal Walker| June 29, 2010

As the temperature hit heat hotter than the pizza ovens at Keste, the Culturalist discovered some extraordinary heat in Times Square this past weekend. New York’s hottest megastore, a 90,000 square foot branch of retailer Forever 21, opened to thousands of shoppers in Virgin Records former quarters. With a décor that looks like Versailles on […]

When an Idea Is Bad

by Hal Walker| June 18, 2010

“We’d ask that whether you’re talking to a dealer, reviewing dealer advertising, or speaking with friends and family, that you communicate our brand as Chevrolet moving forward.” Those words, calling for the quiet burial of the Chevy name, recently ricocheted off the computer screens of thousands of General Motors employees, creating an emotional tsunami among […]