Cycling to work can cut risk of cancer by 45 percent

Cycling to work can cut risk of cancer by 45 percent

 

For all the people I badger and annoy endlessly about Citibike: Listen Up!!

  • Research from the University of Glasgow, based on 264,000 people over the course of 5 years, has highlighted the benefits of cycling and walking to work.
  • Compared to “a non-active commute”, riding a bike to work was associated with a 45% lower risk of cancer and a 46% lower risk of heart disease.
  • The World Health Organization says that 8.8 million people died from cancer in 2015, and that 30-50% of cancers could be prevented by regular exercise, keeping a healthy body weight, and cutting alcohol consumption.
  • Walking to work is also beneficial but lags behind cycling.
  • Walking to work was associated with lower risk of heart disease, but unlike cycling was not associated with a significantly lower risk of cancer or overall death,” the university’s Carlos Celis-Morales said.
  • This may be because walkers commute shorter distances than cyclists – typically 6 miles per week, compared with 30 miles per week – and walking is generally a lower intensity of exercise than cycling.

Read on below for two new reports on health that are quite controversial.

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One More Reason to Love Bushwick: Amazing Street Art Murals

One More Reason to Love Bushwick: Amazing Street Art Murals

 

  • This past weekend’s trip to Bushwick for brunch at Carthage Must Be Destroyed also yielded a quick update on all the cool large scale street art murals in the neighborhood. I haven’t been out there in a while so not sure which are new (if any).
  • But, new or not, they are fabulous and definitely worth a trip. Almost any street you amble down will be awash in murals. And in reviewing my photos, I am clearly a fan of Kremen Art. He appears to specialize in wild animals – monkeys (above) as well as tigers and ostriches!
  • Streets I know we definitely hit up included Bogart near Ten Eyck and Meserole at Waterbury.
  • We could not make out the names of some of the artists. Should anybody reading this have correct names for attribution – let me know, I will definitely add.

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This Secret Bushwick Café Is Crazy Beautiful

This Secret Bushwick Café Is Crazy Beautiful

 

Carthage Must Be Destroyed is MAJOR!

  • This 5 month old café – with no street sign – is out-of-this world beautiful. And eclectic. And very pink.
  • Once you find the unmarked driveway, look for the pink ducting and venting on the side of a warehouse and you’ll know you’ve come to the right spot.
  • There is also a worn out numeral 222 on a pole on the side of the driveway (see pic below)
  • The décor and ambiance is unlike anything I’ve seen before. They’re not too keen on having you take photos although I did get in quite a few as well as video before they told me that was verboten.
  • In the meantime, follow their instagram (it’s really good!).
  • They only serve brunch at the moment – hours are limited: 9am-2pm weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends. The trek there is absolutely worth it. Thank you Emma Forster for the heads up on this amazing find.

Those of you who know me well, know that when I find something that I believe is going to be MAJOR, I literally have a physical reaction. I get short of breath and get agitated because my senses can’t take it all in – this is exactly what happened to me here.

Carthage Must Be Destroyed has the potential to be as influential on the culinary and design fronts as Roberta’s was back in 2008.

Here are the details:

222 Bogart Street (at the intersection of Ten Eyck and Bogart)
Hours: 9am-2pm (weekdays), 9am-4pm (weekends)
Menu: Very substantial brunch dishes – eggs, avocado toast, porridge etc. Everything we had was delicious
They take charge cards.

See below for more photos plus a video I snuck in of the interior.

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Around The World Here I Come: But There’s More…..

Around The World Here I Come: But There’s More…..

 

Today, I am leaving on my 22-day Around The World Trip (Northern Route) with Nat Geo.

Seems like the perfect time to get the word out on my travel goals for 2018 and the one country, in particular, I am determined to visit next year. Also, want to share the info I’ve found on all the ways that we, as travelers, are changing:

We are more independent and adventurous

  • Although my Nat Geo trip is uber-deluxe, we are heading to fairly remote and un-traveled parts of the world (hello, Mongolia and Siberia!).
  • I’ve noticed younger travelers are especially adventurous e.g. my friends Chris and Anni have been in Thailand for the last several months, getting certified for all manner of diving. They’re staying in fairly random boarding houses, renting mopeds, living the nomad life. I would never have the gumption to do their trip.
  • And then there’s the trip a young British couple did – traveling all over Asia using Instagrammers as their guides. They’re planning a similar trip in the Southern States of America this year (“Secrets of the South”). Check out the photos in this link, they are spectacular.

We are picking destinations based on specific interests vs. sightseeing

  • Many more people are traveling to follow their passions e.g. Venice for the Biennale, Palm Springs for the mid-century architecture, Cuba for the time-capsule cars.
  • A group of my friends are exploring America via State Fairs. Last year it was Dallas for the Texas State Fair, this year we’re heading to Iowa (August).

Millennial vs. Older Travelers (Source: MediaPost)

  • Millennials view travel (especially international travel) as vital to their personal growth and life experiences. Older travelers consider it more of a luxury.
  • The experience is key: 55% of millennials say travel is all about discovery and adventure. When they hit the road, they don’t see themselves as tourists — they are experience pioneers.
  • Millennials are digital travelers: 75% have travel apps on their phones. Raised on Wi-Fi and smartphones, digital connectivity is as vital as food or shelter.
  • Travel Hackers: Millennials are savvy travelers. They’ll use apps, online travel agents, the sharing economy to bypass expensive taxis, restaurants, and tours for more accessible alternatives e.g. foregoing a five-star hotel for cheaper accommodations in order to afford a culinary experience or diving accreditation.

See below for my top 5 bucket list destinations plus Pinterest’s top trending spots.

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Business Networking Today? Alive and Well, Just Not Over Lunch

Business Networking Today? Alive and Well, Just Not Over Lunch

 

I am not a big fan of business lunches – breaks up my flow, takes up a huge chunk of time and makes my entire day less productive.

  • Sometimes, of course, lunch is the only option. My favorite spot for a business lunch in NYC is Carbone. Love the vibe, the service and the food.
  • The same group that owns Carbone also just opened The Grill in the former Four Seasons space in the Seagram Building (an even more difficult reservation to snag than Le Coucou – and that’s saying something!).

Although power lunching is dying (along with golf – another time waster), networking is alive and well albeit in a radically different format.

  • Instead of networking at a power lunch, today’s young executives are walking & talking, sweatworking” e.g. at SoulCycle, and attending festivals e.g. Burning Man, Coachella, or SXSW.

Read on below for more networking alternatives among the startup crowd.  And, btw, it’s not just the power lunch that’s dying, it’s lunch in general. Americans took 433 million fewer lunches out last year, a drop of 2% from the year before.

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Bitcoin Up 40% In One Month. Market Cap Now $30.8 billion

Bitcoin Up 40% In One Month. Market Cap Now $30.8 billion

 

Bitcoin is a very fluid story.

  • I wrote this post last Wednesday (May 24) as bitcoin reached $2100 – up 40% in just one month.
  • If you had bought $100 worth of bitcoin on May 22, 2010, you’d have been sitting on $72.9 million as of May 24, 2017.
  • On Thursday (5/25) bitcoin went up even more – to $2800.
  • But then, over the next four days through Monday (5/29), it fell 19% wiping out $3.4 billion in value.
  • What this correction foretells is anyone’s guess. But despite the volatility, there’s a lot of bullishness around bitcoin – some expect it to go as high as $6000 this year!

Read on below for what’s driving the rally and a step-by-step guide on how to buy yourselves some bitcoin just for the experience!

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The Wellery at Saks Fifth Avenue: How Can This Be So Lame?

The Wellery at Saks Fifth Avenue: How Can This Be So Lame?

 

This new concept shop, focused on wellness, takes up most of the 2nd floor of the 5th Avenue flagship and will run thru October.

  • I checked it out a few days after it opened and based on the vibe at midday, this is going to be a tough slog for Saks. Only one other customer besides me: and she was looking for Laura Mercier cosmetics.
  • And it’s not that the streets outside were desolate at that time of the day. Right across from Saks, Rockefeller Center was jammed with visitors taking in the Jeff Koons’ Seated Ballerina art installation.
  • The Wellery feels sterile, it’s not instagram-worthy, there is nothing remotely engaging about it.
  • The sole exception is the ConBody area where a bootcamp class was underway. However, those were ConBody employees – I can’t see anybody coming into Saks and wanting to get all sweated up taking this class before getting on with their day.
  • I have no idea who did the installation but they might have been better off partnering with the designers at Equinox or SoulCycle or even a food hall like Eataly – all of whom excel at energizing a space.
  • In theory it sounds good: Women are shopping less for clothes, they’re into health and fitness, and they’re into experiences.
  • In practice, this set-up doesn’t project Saks as an authority on wellness. I am doubtful that it would tempt anyone to make a $5-10K Technogym purchase.

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Colin Beavan: Thanks For The Inspiration To Be More Alive!

Colin Beavan: Thanks For The Inspiration To Be More Alive!

 

Colin Beavan, author of How To Be Alive, was an awesome speaker at last week’s PSFK Conference.

  • What especially resonated with me was his belief (as it is mine) that friends and community are key to a successful and happy life. Every great and amazing thing that has happened to me has been connected, in some way, to my friends.
  • Another important point he made was that your friends need to know each other and be actively interacting with each other for the real “friendship magic” to happen. I couldn’t agree more. There is something very powerful about having an interconnected network of friends around you.
  • One of my greatest joys and proudest achievements has been seeing so many of my friends strike up friendships separate and apart from my dinner table. I don’t know why, but I just love seeing that happen.
  • Colin’s talk made me aware that I’ve dropped the ball on the entertaining front. So to all of my friends who have been asking when I will get back to my dinner party routine! Soon!
  • I can’t believe that I’ve let this joyful aspect of my life dissipate. I’m still ultra social but it’s all been at Ludlow and Soho House. I had forgotten how my best friendship-building has always been at my own house.
  • But I am back. Expect numerous invitations as soon as I return from my trip.

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