This week we a take look back at a local legendary electronic store. ‘The Wiz’ was started by four brothers in 1977 and was headquartered in Carteret, New Jersey.  Douglas, Lawrence, Marvin and Stephan Jemal were from South Brooklyn.  The Jemals were actually from the same Syrian immigrant neighborhood as Eddie and Sam Antar, the founders of Crazy Eddie. ...
New York City is officially entering the future.   In the summer of 2020, The MTA will begin rolling out 10 newly designed subway cars.  The new Kawasaki-made cars will feature large LED and digital advertising that can change color to match any color scheme.  This is a far cry from the "garbage can-like cars" with gold and blue that we...
MANHATTAN The NYC start-up and business accelerator ecosystems has been on fire for the last 5 years especially with IT and Robotics.  Venture Capitalists invested a reported $15 billion into NYC start-up’s last year, a number that has increased for the last 9 years in a row.  Now a brand-new AI simulation called Crucible is looking to virtually train start-up...
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Brooklyn, NY On this throwback Thursday we take a look back at "Crazy Eddie" a consumer electronic chain of stores that was started in Brooklyn in 1971 by Eddie Antar.  Before Best Buy, Circuit City and the internet, Crazy Eddie had carved out a large niche with 43 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and reportedly brought in...
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Go to any pizzeria or deli in New York and you're liable to find an assortment of flavors of Snapple Iced Tea, however it wasn’t always this way.  Snapple was founded in 1972 by Leonard Marsh, Hyman Golden, and Arnold Greenberg in Valley Stream, Long Island. They debuted the classic lemon-flavored iced tea in 1987.  By the early 90’s...
Black history has been whitewashed and portions selectively removed from New York’s history.  Like, black slaves building Wall Street and the destruction of Seneca Village to create Central Park. For Black History Month, we decided to highlight 5 notable African-Americans that changed New York. 1.  Gladys Bentley Gladys Bentley, Harlem’s most infamous lesbian performer in the 1930s.  “Bentley sang her bawdy, bossy songs...
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The Impossible Dream, a 60-foot, wheelchair-accessible catamaran that sails the entire East Coast of the U.S., has visited ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, where it will be in port until Sept. 11, 2019. It is the 10th stop on the vessel’s Summer Voyage, encompassing 4,000 miles across 15 destinations along the East Coast. Since launching on May 29 from Miami, Fla., the...
Mutrics
Mutrics has officially launched its smart sunglasses that connect users, via Bluetooth, to amazing surround sound audio. With built-in speakers and microphone, these contemporary sunglasses are not just smart-looking but are a truly intelligent must-have accessory that makes life easier and more pleasant. Mutrics Smart Sunglasses Beats Competition It is fitting that a company that specializes in intelligent voice interactive technology...
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On June 24, Iron Culture, New Jersey’s first and only high-end hardcore gym, held a grand opening event to celebrate its new 7,500-square-foot fitness center in Cedar Knolls, N.J. The grand opening event featured officials from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Iron Culture’s management team and top bodybuilder Shaun Clarida, an award-winning IFBB professional who regularly frequents the...
Girls Rising
Paula Cole, as a groundbreaker for women in music, certainly deserves the 2019 Game Changer Award bestowed upon her by the Girls Rising charity, on Friday evening, June 21, 2019. Cole inspires girls as a leader proving that females can win in life – even in a male-dominated industry. The talented Cole is noted to be the first woman historically...
This week Amazon opened its first cashierless store in NYC and its 12th location in the Unites States.  The opening was not without controversy as critics argued that the cashless stores would discriminate against customers without a bank account.  According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 8.4 million households, or roughly 6.5% of all households in America, were unbanked...
StringFlix
StringFlix unites people through video by providing users with a simple mobile app where they can easily create group videos. Unlike other platforms, that leave a soul isolated as a person creates a video alone, StringFlix allows for groups of people to work together on a video. StringFlix Creates Group Video for Social Interaction The human experience of partaking in true...
Once upon a time (2014), it seemed digital currencies were only used for a down payment on getting someone whacked. Nowadays, everyone and their grandma have taken an interest in cryptocurrencies especially after the explosion of Bitcoin.  There's only one problem with all this digital money, how do you turn it into good old US dollars.  Que, BelcoBTM, a...
For Black History Month, we are highlighting 5 notable African-Americans that changed New Jersey. 1.  Gus Heningburg Gus Heningburg was the host and creator of ‘Positively Black’ a popular long-running NBC public affairs show starting in the 1970’s.  He was also monumental in integrating New Jersey’s construction trade and breaking racial barriers. “Gus’s contribution was multilayered,” says historian and Rutgers University professor...
Golden Nugget Spa
With the mission statement for the Golden Nugget Atlantic City Spa & Salon being, “Relax. Renew. Revitalize,” this day spa truly lives up to its promises. The goal of offering an array of services and experiences that leaves one feeling relaxed and revitalized is absolutely met the moment one takes a step into the soothing space. Golden Nugget is a...
Keenen Ivory Wayans saw that there was a huge hole in the comedy world and felt that minority comedians were unrepresented. He saw this opportunity and ran with it. Fresh off his success from Hollywood Shuffle and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Keene pitched the idea to Fox execs and they loved it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V-EKx4XNxE In April of 1990, 'In Living Color'...