Shachi's Restaurant - Williamsburg Brooklyn

This is great news!!!My friend's restaurant was reviewed by NY Times's famous food critique Peter Meehan, today. Check it out!

"Crusty on the Outside"

197 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (718) 388-8884
Shachi Restaurant serving brunch every weekend


Flatiron Building - 23rd Street & Broadway

"Your diamonds are not in far-away mountains or in distant seas, they are in your own back yard if you will but dig for them."

Russell Conwell.

They're Back!

just received this fantastic news from Serdar Ilhan;

NY Gypsy All Stars, Luminescent Orchestrii & The Tiptons

Event Info
NY Gypsy All Stars, Luminescent Orchestrii & The Tiptons
Gypsy all night

Time and Place
Start Time:
Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 8:30pm
End Time:
Friday, April 18, 2008 at 3:00am
85 Ave A
New York, NY

Contact Info

3 concerts for $ 12.00


The Tiptons are an all-female sax quartet with percussion, based in New York and Seattle. The group features Jessica Lurie and Amy Denio, original members and lead composers of the internationally renowned Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ), along with Sue Orfield, Tina Richerson and drummer Faith Stankevich. Following their 2004 release of TSUNAMI, they were featured on "The Next Big Thing" (National Public Radio), busking in the subway of New York.

Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats and Appalachian fiddle, all eaten and spit out by two violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica and bass. The members of the Luminescent Orchestrii come from different scenes in New York City, yet come together through their love of Balkan and Gypsy music.

Under the leadership of the young Macedonian / Turkish clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski, the New York Gypsy All Stars Band has amazed audiences in NY, ready to take the world music underground by storm. The band was born out of the annual NY Gypsy Festival, playing jazz-inflected Turkish, Balkan and Mediterranean Romani (Gypsy) songs to frenzied crowds.



Oh, how much I missed my hometown these days... I just cannot wait to be there.
Until then I am just looking at dreamy photos of Dear Zeynep @ Zeynep'in yeri... When you have a moment check her website and you'll understand why I want to go there so badly. It is all her fault!!!!

Confused Muhtar

PS: 44 more days to graduation and for the first time in my life, I am failing in a class....I am so upset. What if I cannot graduate? I am having nightmares in broad daylight.....


Mayfest "08 - The Music of Turkey

Friday, April 18, 2008
6:30 pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall*
209 Joralemon Street
(At Court Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

* Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, M or R trains to Borough Hall.

Free Admission

Dunya weds contemporary technology with the traditions of Ottoman music in original pieces for instruments and voices. With a fresh but reverent outlook, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol , Robert Labaree and Cem Mutlu breathe new life into the time-honored genres of mehter (Janissary music), sema (Sufi devotional music) and ince saz müziği (instrumental music).


When I'm gone...

When I'm gone from your side,
And all your tears have been dried ...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.

And when you stroll in the evening hours,
And smell the aroma of beautiful flowers;
There'll be no need to sob and cry ...
I am not there, I did not die!

~ Author Unknown ~

Credit Suisse Building - 24th Street & Madison Avenue

Credit Suisse Building - 24th Street & Madison Avenue



Rock Müziği' gruplarından Duman, ABD konserler serisinin ikincisini New York'ta düzenlenecek olan konserle gerçekleştiriyor.Konser biletleri Blender Theatre at Gramercy bilet gişesinden ve TicketMaster web sitesinden temin edilebiliyor.
Tarih: 27 Nisan 2008 Pazar

Yer : Blender Theatre at Gramercy , 127 East 23rd Street New York, NY

TURKISH ROCK GROUP DUMAN WILL BE IN CONCERT ON SUNDAY 27 APRIL 2008 @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy , 127 East 23rd Street New York, NY


Brooklyn Flea will be opened this sunday

from their website:
Brooklyn Flea will take place every Sunday from 10am to 5pm—rain or shine—starting April 6, 2008, at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave. The Flea will feature 200 vendors of vintage furniture, clothing and antiques alongside new designs by local makers of everything from jewelry to textiles.
Just a quick note to check the weekend subway changes on the A/C and G lines this weekend at the MTA site before heading out to Fort Greene. Seems like the F is running on the A/C line from Hoyt-Schermerhorn to the Flea (use the Lafayette Ave. stop, 5 minutes away), and buses are replacing the F/G from Bergen St. to 7th Avenue. The G is stopping normally at Clinton-Washington Ave., which is literally a block from the Flea (use Clinton Ave. exit).

Your other subway option is any train that goes to Atlantic Ave.-Pacific St., which is at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue. The 2/3, 4/5, B/D, M/N/Q/R and Long Island Railroad all stop there--the Flea is a lovely 10-15 minute stroll from there.


one day...

I wish,
people will come and see my photos in a place like this.

PS: The photo within the photo is mine, thanks to technologic advancement in digital photography, I was able to use an online tool to frame my photo and put two people looking at it in a museum setting.

Tonight Meet Richard Price at Upstairs @ Barnes and Noble

Richard Price: Lush Life
April 03, 20087:00 PM

Location Barnes & Noble Booksellers Union Square
Union Square 33 East 17th StreetNew York, NY 10003 212-253-0810

AT Offline Design Meetup: Tonight at 6:30!

• What: AT Offline Design Meetup
• Members: 559•

RSVP for Tonight: 82 yes, 21 maybe•

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, April 3rd

Where: DWR SoHo, 142 Wooster St. (Prince/Houston)

Tonight we start at 7pm sharp, so please be on time. This month we're all about Small Space Design: Problems & Solutions and we've got some great guests lined up from within and without our group...

Finally Murakami is coming to Brooklyn!

From the Brooklyn Museum's website :
April 5–July 13, 2008
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 4th and 5th Floors
The most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami includes more than ninety works in various media that span the artist’s entire career, installed in more than 18,500 square feet of gallery space.
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century, creating a wide-ranging body of work that consciously bridges fine art, design, animation, fashion, and popular culture. He received a Ph.D. from the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he was trained in the school of traditional Japanese painting known as Nihonga, a nineteenth-century mixture of Western and Eastern styles. However, the prevailing popularity of anime (animation) and manga (comic books) directed his interest toward the art of animation because, as he has said, “it was more representative of modern day Japanese life.” American popular culture in the form of animation, comics, and fashion are among the influences on his work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, and animation, as well as a wide range of collectibles, multiples, and commercial products.
The exhibition © MURAKAMI explores the self-reflexive nature of Murakami’s oeuvre by focusing on earlier work produced between 1992 and 2000 in which the artist attempts to explore his own reality through an investigation of branding and identity, as well as through self-portraiture created since 2000. Two works examining these subjects were a part of a group show, My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation, presented at the Brooklyn Museum in 2001.
Among the works included in this large-scale survey tracing the trajectory of Murakami’s artistic development are many of his acclaimed sculpture figures including the 23-foot-high Tongari-kun (2003–4); Miss Ko2 (1997), a long-legged waitress who has become one of the artist’s signature characters; and Hiropon (1997), a Japanese girl jumping a rope created by milk spurting from her gargantuan breasts. Among the paintings on view will be Tan Tan Bo (2001), as well as Tan Tan Bo Puking—a.k.a. Gero Tan (2002).
Tickets for © MURAKAMI are $10 for adults, $8 for older adults and students with valid ID; children under 12 are free. © MURAKAMI tickets include the cost of general admission and are available at the Brooklyn Museum Visitor Center for the day of purchase.
Tickets can also be purchased online.Become a Member to receive 2 free tickets; additional discounted tickets can be purchased by Members for $8.

This saturday > Party at Brooklyn Museum

At the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5–11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m.At the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5–11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m.

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Dance Party Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Japan's top DJ, Muro aka King of Diggin', spins his legendary mix of hip-hop, funk, and soul.



Murat Kurnaz

An evening with Baher Azmy, Bernhard Docke, Philippe Sands, Michael Ratner & James Yee with a reading by Wallace Shawn

Friday, April 4, 2008at 7:00 PM
South Court Auditorium
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
5th Avenue and 42nd Street (directions)

In October 2001, nineteen year old Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, traveled to Pakistan to learn more about his Muslim faith. A few weeks later, on the day he was to return to Germany, Kurnaz was arrested at a police checkpoint without explanation. Kurnaz was then handed over to the U.S. military and transported to a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. After two months, Kurnaz was taken to Guantanamo and held prisoner for five years. Murat Kurnaz’ memoir, FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo, with an introduction by Patti Smith, is a powerful reminder that every day human lives are at stake.

During his imprisonment, Kurnaz suffered solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, physical abuse, and sexual humiliation. Despite his best efforts to communicate his innocence, Kurnaz was charged as an “enemy combatant” by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal in Guantanamo in September 2004. This evening will bring together the lawyers in Germany and the U.S. who fought for Murat’s release, an ex-Guantanamo chaplain who was accused of espionage and imprisoned, and Guantanamo experts. Together they will help us understand the political and legal context, give us the perspective from the “other side of the wire,” and deliver a picture of life in Guantanamo today.Wallace Shawn will read from Murat Kurnaz's memoir and take part in the discussion.


Wall paper anyone?

My favourite website AT just posted about a turkish company (Studio Nommo) located in Istanbul.

Check out AT website to see the original post or the company's website too see more of their work or if you are interested covering your walls with these beautiful wall papers.