I’m honored (thus far) to have an amazing group of friends and colleagues who pen their thoughts. The fabric of the site.

THE LINE UP (in alphabetical order):

Dan Alcala is graphic designer, producer and DJ.

Kitty Bawler is back…finally. After a five year stint of silence, the hip have once again spoken. Having been around the block, she’s studied the trends and inner-workings of all the uber-pretentious, black labeled culture of the downtown New York crowd.  She’s cynical and a bit jaded. She detests aviators. She’s patient and doesn’t mind writing about, you know, cool people.

Borbay. Voted Time Out New York’s Most Creative New Yorker in 2009, Upper East Side artist Borbay has painted on-location around the world, including The Guggenheim, TriBeCa Grand, Woolworth Building, Elaine’s, Chrysler Building, Hancock Tower (Chicago) and San Marco Cathedral (Milan). His work is composed of collaged New York Post headlines, and layer upon layer of acrylic paint. Follow @borbay.

D-GIRL was a development girl in Hollywood and New York City for many years. While finding projects for actors, directors and producers to make into movies, she amassed a number of salacious tales of questionable morality that became an internet column entitled “D-Girl Diary.” She left show business to become a full-time writer in 2001.

Retta Leritz DiFate.Retta interned for Betsey Johnson and later helped design the home collections for both Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller. In 2004, Retta Le Ritz, was born, specializing  in hand-illustrated stationery and wrapping papers.  Her work has appeared in House Beautiful, Domino and Blueprint magazines. Retta’s back to her roots and now boasts her new design collaboration, Schoen Wahl Design Lab.

Kate Donnelly is a pop culture freak and freak in general.  She still reads work scripts and books for New Line Cinema. She’s worked for Revolution Studios and later was “passed” on assisting Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair. In 2000, Kate was the chief coördinator for New Line Cinema’s Millennium Cruise on the Amazon River, during which she managed the workings of guests and crew. Kate’s a contributing writer to Dave Eggers’ The Believer magazine, where she interviewed filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election).  Currently, she’s writing a book about an urban hunter. She loves tacos.

Daryl Freimark grew up in NY in the 80’s and early 90’s.  He spent his teen years drinking 40’s of malt liquor and watching his friends catch tags on the sides of buildings on the dangerous Upper West. Daryl moved from his hoodlum youth to attend Vassar College and eventually co-produced Hairspray (2007). He recently produced a music video for The Lonesome Heroes, along with several promotional spots for MovieHatch.com (check website here).  Daryl’s to make his acting début in the short film PINKiE (which will be available online shortly).  Naturally, he’s an avid Mets fan still longing for the days of Doc and Darryl.

Rasta J is old New Yorker, an East Village legend, and LES spliff master.

Todd Johnson– A Chicagoan at heart, now writing in his spare time in St. Louis. His most recent project is a memoir that includes recollections of addiction, recovery and his 25 year journey with HIV. Todd continues to be inspired by many writers/poets…two of whom are his father and brother, both published authors.

Michael Kimmel is a theater director in NYC, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He is currently developing  The Last Goodbye, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the music of Jeff Buckley for a commercial production early next year.

Darin Link is a Court of Master Sommelier’s Certified Sommelier. He has worked at the Mobile Four-Star restaurant, Tony’s. He also served as the sommelier in the over-the-top restaurant, Busch’s Grove, where he received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in just two years.

John McCrory has been leveraging the internet in marketing and communications for 17 years in industries including publishing, technology, nonprofits, and education. He develops strategy, design experiences, build web presence, and monitor outcomes. FOLLOW@ http://twitter.com/johnmccroryand check his ten logos here.

Frank Ozmun is Freelance Creative Director, Trend Consultant & Graphic Designer living in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, Robin Zakoura. Look for his upcoming lines Archers Fortune this summer and Blackletter late Fall 2010. He’s also an up-and-coming contributor to I Loved New York.

Abbie Kunath Park was bred on cheese steaks in center city Philly and spent her younger years on the shores of Lake Michigan. She landed in suburban NY just before the 80s hit. Post grad she hopped to the big city landing her first low rent apt on 6th Avenue just across from the famed 4th Street basketball courts and above Dallas Jones BBQ then on to Spring and Thompson and her last low rent score on Mott street before marriage, pregnancy and current residence where Tortilla Flats serves as mess hall and childcare center to her two young children.

Christina Dalle Pezze: After 10 years in Manhattan she defected to Brooklyn, but ventures back on the island every day to care for her thriving business, Simple Silhouettes in Soho.

Ilene Rosen is a theatre guru extraordinaire with long stints at the Drama Department (sadly shuttered although a GREAT article in the New York Times here),  Public Theater and now as Director of Business Development Spotco, an entertainment advertising agency in New York.  She’s already worked on Rent and Avenue Q. She was just hitched to a dynamite guy and Ilene herself is a 10 plus year loyal friend+ New Yorker.

Tony Vontz lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend and his brother.  He enjoys music and fresh-baked cookies.  He will not apologize for being a fan of Crowded House.  Follow him at twitter.com/tonyvontz .

Pam Zimmerman is a gold star New Yorker in every way.  I mean…she still LIVES in the city. Pam is a former theatre actress turned sharp-as-a- whip attorney.  Her “baby daddy” Michael Kimmel.  Pam graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison and is most importantly the proud mama of a baby girl best know as the Madness.

Robin Zakoura, A Midwest friend, New Yorker, Bumble & Bumble Vet, wine enthusiast, herbal food chick + author of the fun lifestyle blog entitled; lateblooms.