Video: New York Comic-Con

Who says blogging is without its perks? Thanks to my lofty status as managing editor for OverthinkingIt.com, I was able to get a press pass to New York Comic-Con for the second year in a row. Words alone cannot describe the bizarreness that is Comic-Con, so this year I put together a video to share the experience with the uninitiated:

All footage was shot on an iPhone 4 and edited with Final Cut Pro.

You can see more of my Comic-Con coverage, including lots and lots of wacky costume pictures, here on OverthinkingIt.com.

Play Me, I’m Yours – Pianos on the Streets in NYC

In early July, the ambitious “Play Me, I’m Yours” public art project placed 60 pianos in parks and other public places throughout New York City and invited anyone to come up and play. I managed to get my hands on these pianos about 4 or 5 times, and each time, it was nothing short of magical. My favorite spot was the piano at the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was placed right on the waterfront and offered the player a breathtaking view of the East River and the New York City skyline.

I managed to take a few pictures of other people playing the piano, and also wound up on camera in a couple videos.

This first one’s from Time.com, and I make a brief appearance at the 3:50 mark playing “Hey Jude”:

I get some more camera time in this second one; you can see me playing “New York, New York” and saying a few words at around the 3 minute mark:

Lastly, here are pictures that I took in City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Grand Army Plaza:




Video: Grand Army Jazz

Now that I’ve got one of those fancy new iPhones, I find myself using the video recording feature almost daily. Finally I’m able to capture all of those random moments that define the New York experience. Here’s the first of many: jazz and dancing in Grand Army Plaza, right outside the Brooklyn Public Library: