Investigative Reports: NYC Bag Lady.

We’ve all heard about New Yorks “Bright Lights-Big City” slogan.

Well what about “Big Stench-Bag Lady”? Thats right, the neighbor from hell.  Those of us who live in apartment buildings know what it’s like to have a neighbor who occasionally litters, doesn’t put garbage all the way down the chute or cooks foul smelling meals.

The NYC Bag lady tops them all.  She has a problem throwing things away. Especially bags. She has lots and lots of bags.

She’s amassed such a large “collection” of bags that her apartment now looks like a landfill, after an H-bomb went off and a hurricane hit.

The neighbors have complained tirelessly to local politicians and to the landlord, who finally threatened her with eviction if she didn’t have the place cleaned.

Some of those neighbors decided to document the clean up effort and share their living pain with the world.

Take a walk on the wild side:

Keep in mind. This place is not abandoned. She’s been living here for 20+ years!

The bathroom looks terrible and unused. So where did she go, when she had to um, go? Try Snapple bottles and then she tossed them in the corner.

Noooww you got a picture of the smell huh?

What more can we say about this woman’s apartment that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan? It looks bombed out and depleted.

For more on the NYC Bag lady, check out her out here:  nycbaglady


Investigative Reports: Uptown Phenomenon part 4

^^ Peace to my boy Max from Cherry Valley who saw this Nutcracker in a liquor store and had to pick one up for me. Thanks Bro!

^^ Tck “Firecracker” prototype.

Investigative Reports: Uptown Phenomenon part 3

The Competition

When I first started to research about the street drink called “Nutcracker”, I was also told of other drinks sold on the streets of Washington Heights and El Barrio called “Elmos”, “Cookie Monsters”, and “Finding Nemos”.

A few days ago, I found what may be The Mighty Nutcracker’s biggest foe. “Dog Water”.

Now, eventhough Dog Water is based on, and basically another version of Nutcracker, peep what the “creator” has to say.

“Dog Water™ was started in SPRING of 2001. While walking around the hood, I kept hearing about a drink called a Nutcracker. I was curious and wanted to know more. So, I spent a considerable amount of time talking to people and learning about mixed drinks. I also remembered what a big liquor company once told me about the making, blending and mixing of different types of liquors. As an entrepreneur, I understood the effort and risk of venturing into new territory. However, I decided to put my own spin on it. It took a lot of time, effort and other resources during the initial phase to mix, test, and sample until a premium beverage was arrived at. Dog Water™ was worth the plunge into uncharted waters. Try one today and enjoy one of the industry’s finest new mixed drink sensations.”

^^ Those sound like fighting words to me…

Anyway, we have seen that the “hood” is all-encompassing and there is room to coexist with the original. Both have been around over 7 years and are still kicking.

While Dog Water may not have the total appeal of the Nutcracker, they do seem to have a fanbase.

Where my dogs at?

Peep the flix below.

^^ Fatboy might just be drinking a lemon iced tea in that wonton soup cup, but he looks happy as hell. As do the people with the dog waters.

Nutcrackers and Dog Water.

Can it be that it was all so simple then?


Investigative Reports: Uptown Phenomenon part 2

As I continue my search to find the origin and recipe of the drink “Nutcracker”, I’m told about a similar drink called The “Apollo”.

I’m also reminded of hood classics “Incredible Hulk” and “Thug Passion”

Hmm.. I think I’m on the right track.

Apollo = son of Zeus, and god of the intellect, the arts, prophecy, healing, and light.

Apollo Drink Recipe

Ingredients My Bar
3 1/2 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz Gold Rum
3 oz Bacardi Breezer Orange
1/2 can Monster energy drink
Apollo Directions
Pour the Bacardi and Gold Rum into a martini shaker with ice. Mix and when finished, place in glass without the ice. Add Hpnotiq and stir. After you have finished, pour in half of a can of orange monster. Once completed, add a yellow/green glowstick for a glowing sunlike effect. Enjoy!

Incredible Hulk Recipe.

1/4 oz Cognac image
3/4 oz Hpnotiq image
Green Hulk Directions
Pour Hpnotiq and cognac into a shot glass, watch as it turns green, and serve.


Nick Storm explains:

“When we launched Hpnotiq on the market we were throwing these parties in the Bronx and Brooklyn. There was one party at Justin’s [rap star P Diddy’s restaurant] where there were about 500 people. I noticed that all the women were drinking Hpnotiq but the guys weren’t so much, because they were saying that it was too fruity, it was blue and just seemed too girly for them. So the bartender Victor Alvarez had a brainstorm and poured Hennessy into it.” The drink turned green and was an instant hit. Not long after the party, Nick was hearing back from liquor stores that customers were coming in to buy the ingredients and were referring to the drink as “the Hulk.” That was when Heaven Hill decided to officially baptize the cocktail the Incredible Hulk. Once the movie was released it wasn’t long before the drink went mainstream. link.

Thug Passion Recipe.

This drink is referenced in the song “Thug Passion” by rapper 2Pac in which the ingredients are “alize and cristal”. Cristal is the brand name of a well-known Champagne produced by Louis Roederer, Since we don’t expect everyone to have $350 for a bottle, we listed generic Champagne.

2 oz Alize® liqueur

Shake ingredients over ice and serve.

It should be noted that in NYC, the Thug Passions were made Alize and Hennesy.

Anyway, peep Pac’s lyrics for his Thug Passion song. Funny as all hell.

I feel myself getting closer to they mysterious “Nutcracker” ingredients. I also hope to find out where the name came from.

Stay tuned.

Investigative Reports: Uptown Phenomenon.

For the past few years, when I hang out Uptown (Harlem, Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights), I’ve been seeing people selling and buying nutcrackers. Everyone up there seems to be in the know and enjoys them.

A few questions..

1. When did people start making them?
2. Wtf is in em?

All my friends from uptown say they are good, but to “be careful cuz people sometimes put shit in em”. WTF??

How’d something that seems so simple and colorful become such a phenomenon?

I’m on the case to find out exactly.

Stay tuned…