Ooh wah, ooh wah, cool, cool kitty,

Tell us about the boy from New York City

Whoo-eee! Ain’t nothin like it. After a restless red-eye flight, no sleep (in fact about 3 hours sleep in 2 nights), got a $20 van ride from JFK in to the hotel, Lexington and E 51st, and voila, the room was ready at 9 AM, so I’m now set up at Shelter Publications East Coast headquarters for the next 7 days.

I got cleaned up, checked email, got B. B. Kings Bluesville station (Sirius satellite radio) playing on my MacBook, and I am stylin…

I took a 30-40-min walk to check out the immediate hood. The people. The people. There are so many more people of substance on the streets than you see in California. They’re low on lame-os. A huge black guy, maybe 6′-9,” 285 lbs of muscle; an elegantly dressed guy speaking Italian; a 12–year-old girl dressed to the nines, walking down the street with her Dad, talking like a college grad; great-looking women of all persuasions, exotic tattooed punks…

The great depth of cafes and restaurants, the killer traffic, an ambulance went screaming down 3rd, bagel and hot dog stands, a lot of street food, the weather is actually perfect, overcast, maybe 70 with a breeze and a few refreshing raindrops. When she’s good, she’s very, very…

I’m about to set out for some reconnoitering…Oh boy!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Ooh wah, ooh wah, cool, cool kitty,

  1. Hey Lloyd ~

    Welcome back to NYC. Any chance you'llbe hitting up your favorite coffee spot down in the village?

    I'm a shelter fan and would be thrilled to buy you a coffee and meet you. Would love to see the progress to date on "Tiny House" book if possible.

    I work on 9th st. so any time is good.


    Phil M

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