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January 8th, 2015

2014 Park Slope 100

The Park Slope 100 is something I started in 2006. It is now a collaboration with Park Slope Stoop. I want to thank Mary Bakja for helping me continue this great tradition, which tells a nice story about our neighborhood. Kind of an archive of what goes on around here. I had fun coming up with a bunch of these. Great to hear about the people, places and things that Park Slope Stoop brought to the list. Hope this inspires people to seek out the new. It certainly inspires me.

In a neighborhood where you can easily find several inspiring new stories every day of the year, it’s hard to choose just a few that represent how Park Slope is such a special place to live.

But annually for the past eight years, Louise Crawford of Only the Blog Knows Brooklynhas managed to do just that with her Park Slope 100, choosing 100 of the most interesting people, places, and things that have made the past year unique.

For the second year in a row, we here at Park Slope Stoop and our sister site South Slope News helped compile the list, and we are proud to be able to share it with our readers and neighbors as well.

If you have any thoughts, corrections, or suggestions for 2015, let us know in the comments, or email us at editor@parkslopestoop.com or Louise at louisecrawford@gmail.com.

Here goes…

Brett and Ashley Affrunti for doing their absolute best for Dottie the dog.

Bishop Ford administrators and current and alumni students for their valiant effort to save the school.

Charles Blow for his consistently intelligent and powerful New York Times op-eds about racial justice and for the publication of his memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Blue Lightning for showing us that kids can rock the house, too!

Local bodega cats, in “their own” words.

Josh Breitzer for the glorious music as cantor of Congregation Beth Elohim.

The Brooklyn Cottage, for creating space for a variety of programs — storytelling evenings, cooking classes, meditation gatherings, writing workshops, art exhibitions, and creative “unleashings.”

Brooklyn for Peace for presenting Noam Chomsky as the special guest at their 30th anniversary gala in November.

The brown bins! Even if not everyone that can is using them…

Mark Caserta from the Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, for advocating for and promoting businesses along the commercial strip — and one of the most familiar cyclists we see zipping along 5th regularly!

Patty Cavallo for being such a tireless advocate for children’s cancer research, and for doing a beautiful job honoring her daughter’s memory. Ditto for Ellen Hollander-Sande and her son Caleb.

Neighborhood bar/cafe chalkboards…for giving us a laugh through our eternal winters, dog days of summer, and everything in between.

Those who preserve the memory of Sammy Cohen-Eckstein by maintaining the memorial to him at the 3rd Street entrance to Prospect Park. And to his parents Amy Cohen and Gary Eckstein, who have worked so hard to improve traffic safety and lower the speed limit.

Erin Courtney, the recipient of an Obie award for her play A Map of Virtue, produced by 13P and called “one of the most terrifying plays of the past decade” by Alexis Soloski in The New York Times. She teaches playwriting at Brooklyn College.

Amy Cunningham for The Inspired Funeral, creative ways to approach the inevitable.

Dianna D’Amico, who made well more than 45 pies in 45 days for locals in need at Thanksgiving.

Sensei Alex Davydov and the team at Amerikick Park Slope for treating the kids in their classes like family.

They were filming here basically all summer, but it was still fun to spot Robert De Niroon 7th Avenue.

For those of us without a car but with a hankering for nature, we’re glad David DiCerbo and his Destination Backcountry Adventures are here — super fun escapes with super fun people.

Sue Donoghue, the new head of the Prospect Park Alliance.

Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy for She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, the first documentary to tell the story of the birth of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1960s.

The incredible cast members of Dream Street Theatre Company, and those who work with them.

The old-school Brooklyn t-shirts made by Rob Feingold that spill out of the Mailboxes store on 5th Avenue.

Karin Feldman for keeping Jewish heritage alive at Oranim Jewish Early Childhood Program.

Julia Fierro for founding Sackett Street Writers and for telling it like it is in Cutting Teeth, an acclaimed novel about contemporary Brooklyn parenthood.

Michele Filgate for all the reading, reviewing, and writing, and her time behind the counter at Community Bookstore.

Isaac Fitzgerald, for editing the funny, touching, and beautiful book Pen & Ink, and for giving excellent hugs.

Freddy’s Bar — great live performances, a dog fashion show, weird video art over the bar and projected outside, a tank full of frogs, excellent tater tots and conversations. We’ll say it: We’re glad you got displaced by Barclays because we couldn’t imagine 5th Avenue without you now.

Ellen Freudenheim for knowing and writing all about Park Slope for About.com.

Everyone trying to allow dogs back at The Gate — don’t give up!

Cathy Gigante Brown for publishing her novel The El, a story of joy, loss, desire, and food in depression-era Brooklyn.

Deb Goldstein for making tasty gluten-free options more accessible around the neighborhood.

The Gowanus AllianceCouncilmember Brad Lander, and all the community members who rallied to save and restore the letters from the Kentile Floor sign.

Melinda Greenberg Morris for her well-named shop, Lion in the Sun, filled with perfectly curated cards and things.

Jeanne Heifetz for her intriguing works on paper: Surface Tension, Working the Line, and Geometry of Hope. She is also a great connector of artists and friends.

Jessica Hernandez and Munisa Akhmedova, both 8th graders at New Voices Middle School, for helping locally while thinking glabally by taking a lead on making their school more environmentally concious.

Michael Joyce, for starting up a great (and free) weekly comedy show with friends at Bar Reis.

Blue Breath, an exquisite album by born and bred Park Sloper Oliver Kalb (aka Bellows) selected by All Songs Considered as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2014.

Kale Chips graffiti for showing us that even the Slope graffiti is gentrified now.

Marc Katz for becoming assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim, a role he was meant to fill.

Steve Keene painting live in front of the Central Library!

Nathan Kensinger for continuing to artistically document the abandoned and industrial edges of the city, including Far Rockaway and Staten Island, NYC after Sandy, and our very own Batcave. Oh, and he runs the Brooklyn Film Festival. More props.

Kolot Chayeinu for marching through the streets of Park Slope to show solidarity for workers from Vegas Auto Spa, who filed a lawsuit against their employer for wage theft.

Letter of Marque for bringing free theatre (with a hint of pirate flair) to area bars.

Judith Lief and Gilly Youner, the new “dream team” co-presidents of the Park Slope Civic Council.

Goodbye to Lisa Polansky, 40 years selling clothing, shoes and whatnot to Park Slopers. How’d did you fit it all into that shop? And never a sign. Cool.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, for writing that Oscar-winning Frozen song that every kid knows the words to, and every parent probably wishes they could forget the words to.

Kim Maier, for helping to make The Old Stone House what it is today, and for continuing to help it grow and bring us some incredible programming.

Lisanne Mackenzie for Parish, the stylish and comfortable bar we really, really needed for cozy cocktails on 7th Avenue.

Julie Metz, for writing “My Daughter, Her Rat” for the NY Times Opinionator about taking her daughter’s white rat to college.

Paul and Dee-Byrd Molnar for bringing free Shakespeare to the street for another summers.

Morbid Anatomy Museum for exploring the intersection of death and beauty, and that which falls through the cracks.

They’re pretty much gone now, but the faces of MS 51 students and faculty posted to the outside of the school as part of the Inside Out Project were a fabulous addition to 5th Avenue while they lasted.

The bright and happy “What’s Your Brooklyn” mural on 5th at Union, much better than a brown wall.

Neighbors who stepped in to help when a woman was mugged on 12th Street.

T.J. O’Connor may be a bit cranky sometimes, but he’s a terrific local character who makes delicious pizza at Pauline & Sharon’s.

Ian Olasov, for making us think with his new Brooklyn Public Philosophers discussion series at the Central Library.

Christmas Eve at Old First Reformed Church for bringing together spectacular classical and bluegrass musicians and even a Scottish harpist for a beautiful night of story and song.

David Oppenheim, for taking wonderful photos of the neighborhood now, and in the past.

Being transported to Grover’s Corners during Our Town at Green-Wood Cemetery.

Cerulean Ozarow, the 11-year-old Jeopardy champion!

Penelope the pregnant Mexican Red Rump tarantula for reminding us that life could be worse.

Dean Perry for recognizing that, although Grand Prospect Hall is the least rock and roll place in South Slope, they will make your dreams come drue.

Goodbye to Joyce Pisarello and Danielle Mazzeo, the two lovely moons who brought us 4th Avenue’s Two Moon Art House & Cafe. Thanks for all the culture, the fun, the sense of community, and the delicious shortbread.

The Pooper Snooper.

Rest in peace Alex Pozzan, owner of the now-closed Parco cafe on 7th Avenue. And a big thank you to the family who adopted his dog, Luca.

Tom Prendergast for all of his amazing neighborhood photos.

The PS/MS 282 rugby teams, for making the neighborhood proud as 2014 NYC Rugby Cup Champions, and their chess team for continuing to make us proud at state andnational competitions!

PS 295 Farmers MarketPark Slope Farmers MarketGrand Army Plaza Greenmarket, and Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket for keeping us stocked with farm-fresh goodies.

All the PS 321 and PS 107 Mighty Milers (and their coaches) for their impressive dedication to a sport — keep running, kids!

PTA parents for working so hard for our neighborhood schools!

The R train going through the tunnel again, phew.

Grace Rauh for reporting smart and fair news on NY1.

To Royal Palms Shuffleboard ClubAmple Hills Creamery, and Threes Brewing for helping to turn Gowanus into an area we hang out in more and more and more.

Suzanna Schumacher for telling the stories of how homeless pets find their owners, and what their lives are like now, in The Sidekick Series.

Pastor Emily Scott, who is trying to make mass a more communal experience by combining cooking with the religious ceremony at St. Lydia’s Church.

Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, who bring passion and humor to animal advocacy through their website and Brooklyn Independent Media show Our Hen House.

Katherine Slingluff, the local runner who became the millionth person to ever finish the New York City Marathon.

Patrick Smith for his poetry blog Not in the News Today, and for organizing his yearly poetry extravaganza at The Old Stone House.

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, a best-selling novel and finalist for the National Book Award, about a troupe of Shakespearean actors roving through a dystopic post-pandemic world.

Darcey Steinke for her wonderful novel Sister Golden Hair from Tin House, about growing up in the 1970s, full of amazing powers of observation and a deep desire for the sacred.

Eleven-year-old Laura Sternbach for raising money for our local library with a lemonade stand!

Tea LoungeLeaf & BeanBoing Boing, wow…RIP.

All of the teenaged members of Unlocking the Truth for rocking so hard, but in particular Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, who goes to PS/MS 282, and bassist Alec Atkins, 13, who goes to MS 88.

Alex Uys, the 15-year-old self-described “cub reporter” behind The Park Slope Dispatch — we hope he gets back to local crime reporting again soon, because he’s damn good at it.

End of an era: We lost our last video store when Video Gallery closed. Best of luck to Kathy on her new endeavors.

Creative wifi names!

Keith Williams, for writing thoughtful and compelling pieces on his own site and for other outlets, and for helping to create a Jeopardy villain.

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December 31st, 2013

The 2013 Park Slope 100

Here it is: The 2013 Park Slope 100, the  seventh annual alphabetical list of 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope a special place to live. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world.

This year we had help from OTBKB readers, Facebook friends, and our colleagues at Park Slope Stoop, who will be running this list simultaneously. Much gratitude to Liena Zegare and Mary Bakija. 

For me, it’s about the people around here who contribute in some way large or small or even teeny tiny to the greater good. Who made you feel good this year? Who did something kind, something smart, something creative, something interesting?

Something inspiring?

A few things on this list divert from that but for the most part that’s what it’s about.

Please send your comments, your typo and bad link discoveries, your fact checks and your comments to louisecrawford@gmail.com.

Wow, seven years of the Park Slope 100. If you combine them, that’s 700 people, places and things to know about, think about, be inspired by.

Here goes…

His Honor the Mayor of NYC Bill De Blasio: Park Slope’s mayor. Now and forever.

 Lawrence Abdullah, the good Samaritan who helped police catch an alleged groper; as Council Member Brad Laner said, “he’s a “model citizen hleping to ensure the safety of his neighbors here in Park Slope.

Swati Argade for bringing ethical, yet still fashionable, clothing, jewelry, and more to her new shop, Bhoomki.

Jennifer Jones Austin, named co-chair of Bill de Blasio’s transition team, she has an impressive resume filled with public service, but that’s not all. A few years back, she had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. It was difficult to find a donor but she did it. Her energy amazes…

Barclays Center. Love it or hate it: it’s here with Jay Z, Beyonce, Streisand, Bieber, Rihanna, Miley, McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruno Mars, Cold Play, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, and the Video Music Awards. Oh yeah, and the Nets!

The BEAT Festival with its immersive art all over Brooklyn, including Dispatches from Sandy, reflections from relief volunteers at the front lines of Hurricane Sandy.

The Benches that have appeared throughout Park Slope, courtesy of the Department of Transportation as requested by diligent members of the Park Slope Civic Council.

Bklynr, Props to Raphael Pope-Sussman and Thomas Rhiel who produce journalism about all of Brooklyn. Twice a month, BKLYNR publishes stories that cover the political, economic, and cultural life of the borough. Each issue contains three pieces, which is designed to look beautiful on your computer, tablet, or phone. Subscribe.

Sarah Brasky, who runs Foster Dogs NYC — she lives in the neighborhood, and has not just placed a lot of dogs not just with foster families (many in the Slope), but has found lots of them forever homes. Plus she organized a great scavenger hunt over the summer!

Bogata Latin Bistro for the food, the service and the atmosphere. I always feel welcome, well taken care of and well-fed there. Gracias.

Brave New World Repertory because of their site-specific performance of “Street Scene,” a 1929 Elmer Rice play, using real residential buildings as an interactive set on a Park Slope Street.

Breaking Bad at the Gate. Again. Another summer with Walt, Jesse and the BB gang plus great bartenders, and a hushed crowd at Fifth Avenue’s best dive bar.

Brownstone Dreams, Kevin McPartland’s gripping novel about growing up on the mean streets of Park Slope in the early 1960s. It took five years to write, ten years to publish and a lifetime to live it.

Ann Cantrell of Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, for bringing a sense of fun for both kids and grown-ups to 5th Avenue. We could stop in every day for a piece of candy, alone.

Dr. Cao at South Slope Pediatrics for creating such a warm and loving practice. They totally succeed in making their patients feel more like extended family members than names on a chart.

Ken Carlton for his self-published novel Food for Marriage. The Big Chill meets delicious food and juicy secrets and lies.

John Ciferni longtime owner of Tarzian Hardware, where we go when we need anything.

Citibike because biking is an awesome way to get around this city.

Sammy Cohen-Epstein: “Sammy was a remarkable kid. We heard heart-wrenching, beautiful stories at the funeral, and from kids and adults all around the neighborhood, about his young wisdom (some in his class called him “the philosopher”), his compassion and his smile, his skills as a soccer and trumpet player, and the rock-solid support he gave as a sibling and friend. His bar mitzvah was going to be November 16th,” wrote City Councilman Brad Lander in remembrance of this son of Park Slope who died. RIP.

Jill Cornell because she used her corporate and theater background, street smarts and network of friends to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.”

Dante!

The Dolphin that found its way into the Gowanus. The borough watched as this seven foot long mammal turned up in the filthy headwaters of the Superfund canal, more than a mile from the harbor, and struggled for a day before he died. RIP.

Chiara De Blasio because she bravely shared her story about depression and substance abuse. It can’t be easy to be in the spotlight. Bravo.

EidolonPark Slope’s original indie design boutique since 1999 is closing. A fifth Avenue treasure for 14 years, Eidolon  was a cooperative venture with Andrea’s clothing designs, Yukie’s handbags, Mimi’s jewelry and Amara Felice’s own variety of clothing and accessories plus all of the designers who have consigned their goods to the store. Big closing sale in January.

Lucy Farrow, the South Slope 3-year-old who is showing cystic fibrosis who’s boss.

Marc Russ Federman, author of the marvelously entertaining and appetite inducing book “Russ and Daughters”.

The 5th Brooklyn Scouts at the Brooklyn Pride Parade. The group is committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented Scouting experience. They welcome everyone and provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation, social justice, mutual respect and cooperation. Photo by  Tom Martinez. 

Forever Brooklyn, a short film by Francesco Paciocco 

Martha Foley, archivist at Congregation Beth Elohim, who is uncovering and preserving CBE’s rich history and the history of the people and families, many of them Park Slope residents, who have been part of that vital community

Fourth Avenue. Block by block. Rising to it’s potential.

Friends of Park Slope Library, a wonderful community of neighbors created to support the Ninth Street and Sixth Avenue branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Gail Ghezzi for her blog and exhibition at Jalopy  Birth, Death, Repeat, an art/writing project featuring the shadow boxes of the Brooklyn designer Gail Ghezzi. Ghezzi’s shadow boxes are meditations on mortality that use antique artifacts and found objects she acquires at antique fairs, online and on her sidewalk. Each box imagines the final moments of a fictional character, and then surrounds that character with the detritus of a life.

Good Byes: Mindy Goldstein and Charlie Libin, longtime Park Slopers who are leaving for greener pastures in Greenpoint; Sweet Melissa decided to call it a day. And what a loss to  someone who loves fine baking and Saturday morning coffees with her sister (who could that be?). Two Boots: Where do we begin?

Katie Goodman for Sh*t Park Slope Parents Say (and continuing to be funny after that).

Martha and Gary Goff for their work on climate issues and with Brooklyn for Peace.

The Greed and Avarice that exists among commercial building owners and landlords on 7th Ave…leaving storefronts vacant for years at a time. Shame.

Chris Hennessy has Multiple Sclerosis but that doesn’t stop him from being a serious athlete and fundraiser for the disease.

Jennifer Kahrs, who co-founded Project Amelia to help friend and neighbor Ameilia Coffaro after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Reverend Cheri Kroon for her work organizing fast food workers and her ministry at Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church.

Caroline Hitshew and Tali Biale, of the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket and Barclays Center Greenmarket, respectively, for organizing great food events and finding creative ways to get us to taste new fruits and veggies every week.

Pam Katz because as co-screenwriter of Hannah Arendt (directed by Margarethe Von Trotta), she was nominated for a Lola, the German Academy Award. The film was selected as one of the top ten movies of 2013 by AO Scott in the New York Times: “Those who complain that movies can’t think don’t really know how to think about movies. This one, focusing on the controversy surrounding its subject’s 1963 book “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” brilliantly dramatizes the imperative at the center of her life as a writer and philosopher, which was to compel the world to yield to the force of the mind.” 

Madelyn Kent and Peggy Stafford for their Sense Writing Workshops that enables those who wish to write to let go of their inhibitions and writer’s block and write.

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park’s new skating center!

Dr. Larissa Litinova, compassionate, kind MD with a holistic approach.

The Mayoral Forums in Park Slope. Lively.

The Maurice Sendak School (PS 118) at 4th Ave and 8th Street). Love the name. Love the school.

Chirlane McCraine, because she will always be OUR first lady. 

Kimberly McCreight for her excellent debut novel Reconstructing Amelia. 

Steve McGill for documenting the city in photographs — especially the birds in Prospect Park.

Kevin McPartland, author of Brownstone Dreams, a gripping coming of age tale about growing up on the mean and violent streets of Park Slope in the 1960s. It took 5 years to write, ten years to publish and a lifetime to live.

Josh Miele, as reported by the New York Times. forty years after an acid attack by a neighbor in Park Slope, he is productive, forgiving and inspiring.

Miss America is a Park Sloper. Mallory Hytes: You go girl!

Naidre’s for creating the best breakfast taco known to man.

Nemo Hits Brooklyn: Snowy Backyards in Park Slope (Photo by Sophia Romero).

New BBQ restaurants (Dinosaur, Morgans. YUM.)

Connie Nogren, long time incredible teacher at P.S. 321, volunteer at P.S. 10 and peace activist. Pictured above right. Photo supplied by Renee Dinnerstein (pictured above left).

Major Owens (RIP) Member of US House of Representatives from 1983-2007, representing Park Slope

 The continued expansion of the Park Slope Historic District, the largest historic district in New York City, containing the most significant contiguous swath of protected buildings in the entire city.

Park Slope Street Safety Partnership for getting neighbors started with actions to help make our streets safer for everyone.

Park Slope Veterinary Center for working so hard to find families for the neighborhood’s homeless dogs and cats.

Prospect Park, the book about Olmstead & Vaux’s Brooklyn masterpiece by David P. Colley with photographs by Elizabeth Keegin Colley out from Princeton Architecture Press. Available at the Community Bookstore. 

Lou Reed (RIP) born in Brooklyn…

Frank Renda at Superior Auto Care for keeping local cars running (and dogs fed with treats) for more than 20 years.

Sale of a certain building on Seventh Avenue (and the potential for it’s renovation). Mazel Tov!

Krista Saunders and Jill Benson for opening Ground Floor Gallery, bringing so much great art, fun events, and opportunities for local artists already in its first year.

Chris Schneider and Ryan Powers for putting on such a badass holiday light show every year.

Dree Schultz, the talented local drummer who spearedheaded Back to Class, a collaborative album to benfit the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools.

Shavuot Across Brooklyn: A consortium of Brooklyn’s minyanim and synagogues, who  came together for an all-night celebration for the holiday of Shavuot commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments. It started at 8PM with services and cheesecake and ended with a sunrise service at 5AM. They are surely gonna do it again and you can come for all or part of the night and enjoy a program of learning, singing, and dancing as some of Brooklyn’s finest teachers gather.

Bruce Shearhouse of American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) because not only he is one of the soccer guys but he collects equipment and school supplies for poor kids

Josh Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra. New LP, lots of airplay. A 19-piece big band for god’s sakes. And the music makes you feel glorious.

Sock Monkey Press, started by Scott Adkins and Erin Courtney, publishes strong literary works that have a visual focus, using e-platforms for distribution in addition to printed books.  Recent publications include Terence Degnan’s The Small Plot Beside the Ventriloquist’s Grave, Martin Kleinman’s Home Front, and  My Apocalypse, an anthology. Coming soon: Nicole Callihan’s debut book of poetry SUPERLOOP, Hardcover with fabric case binding.

South Slope Flea, finding a new home after losing their home of 27-years at PS 321. One might say they were kicked out to make room for the Brooklyn Flea. Check it out on 20th Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Patrick Stewart and… 

The Patrick Stewart Tumblr.

Paula Tarzian just because.

Matthew Taub,  lawyer, OTBKB contributor and now Local Write Up, his new venture. 

Teddy Bears on Prospect Park West put up by 13-year-old Alison Collard de Beaufort after she found out that Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, one of her classmates at MS 51,  had been hit by a car and killed in October.

Terrace Books for taking over Babbo Books and keeping a bookish presence in Windsor Terrace.

Two Boots: Goodbye with love.

After 24 years, Two Boots Brooklyn is coming to a close; our last day will be November 10.

It’s been our very great pleasure to have been a part of your lives, and to have had you in ours.

Piper & Andy Wandzilak, the current operators, will be continuing on in this space as their partner, John Touhey, Two Boots co-founder, retires.

Piper & Andy will be renovating and making big changes over the next two months and are hoping to re-open sometime mid-winter.

They plan on having the same warm welcome and relaxed party atmosphere, with much of our same happy staff and management.

We all thank you for your loyalty and support all these years.

For us, this place has been like a second family and a home away from home, and we know it’s been the same for many of you.

We’re heartbroken to be saying goodbye, but we hope to see you again for our re-birth!

Most sincerely and gratefully,

Piper & Andy & John

Jeanne Theoharis for her book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks published this year and just nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Biography/Autobiography.

Ugly Duckling Presse located in the American Can Factory building on Third Street for its support and publication of POETRY, experimental and otherwise.

Unparallel Way, Emily Weiskopf’s bright yellow median scupture on 4th Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets.

Andrew Violette, former PS 321 teacher, Hillard-trained composer and pianist, organist and music director at St. Augustien Church.

Ned Vizzini, a precocious son of Park Slope, he was writing for the New York Press and New York Times while still a teenager. He is the author of four books for young adults including It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which NPR named #56 of the “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels” of all time. It was made into a film. RIP.

War/Photography Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” continues through Feb. 2, 2014. Image by Ron Haviv.

Marlene Weisman for her feminist/surrealist collage series, While I Was Stuck in the Supermarket displayed at Powerhouse on 8th in Park Slope. A graphic designer, Marlene created graphics, sketch titles, visuals, and props at Saturday Night Live from 1988-1995.

 

What My Daughter Wore, a blog you’ve just got to see for its artistry and casual hipness.And I love that blogger Jenny Williams uses Blogspot, my beloved first blogging platform.

Whole Foods! Yes.

Miles Wickam, graffiti artist, teacher and person who inspires.  From an interview with Creative Times: “First, I believe we all have creative abilities, and we need to discover and refine them. Some of us grew up without the proper support to know this about ourselves. Remember that graffiti, like all other skills, take LOTS of experience, lots of hours of practice, to refine to a level to where you know you are good. There can and probably will be LOTS of frustration and disappointment on the path. Don’t give up on yourself.”

William Butler School, PS 133, brand new school at corner of 4th and Baltic. Beautiful school.

Avra Wing, author of a wonderful young adult novel called After Isaac

The Wooden House Project, where Elizabeth Finkelstein provides some much-deserved attention for the neighborhood’s wooden houses.

Candace Woodward, promoter and advocate of all good things in Park Slope.

 

 

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December 30th, 2013

Accepting Park Slope 100 Nominations: NOW

I am now compiling the seventh 2013 Park Slope  100, 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope a special place to live. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world.

Have a look at the 2012 Park Slope 100 for an idea of what we’re looking for. Think of people you love in Park Slope who contribute in some way large or small or even teeny tiny to the greater good. Who made you feel good this year? Who did something kind, something smart, something creative, something interesting.

Help me make this a great and inclusive list. Email me: louisecrawford@gmail.com and THANKS. The deadline is TODAY. I know that’s no notice at all…

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December 22nd, 2012

2012 Park Slope 100

We present you with The Park Slope 100.

This is the sixth annual alphabetical list of 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope a special place to live. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world.

We started this in 2006 but missed 2011.

This year we received many tips from readers of OTBKB. Quite a few of these blurbs were written by these kind people. Thanks to all!  Please send your typos, your fact checks and your comments to us.

Heck, we know you will.

Wow, six years of the Park Slope 100. If  you combine them, there are 600 people, places and things. Click on this to see the Park Slope 100s from  2005-2009, a mini-history of Park Slope since 2005.

There are no repeats from past years. although it’s possible that there are a few.

PASTOR TOM AHERN because you are a man of great intelligence and uncommon humility who gives the most exquisite weekday morning homilies (sermons) at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. You are a real peacemaker and a lover of the Slope.

LESLIE ALBRECHT for your great shoe-leather reporting in Park Slope for DNA Local. Thanks for the stories.

AMAZING NEW PLAYGROUND IN JJ BRYNE PARK because you brought new life and vitality to a well-located public space plus interactive panels by Brooklyn sculptor Julie Peppito, state-of-the-art play equipment, swings, new game tables and gorgeous gardens. Props to the Parks Department, the Old Stone House, Kim Maier and all the designers, planners and politicians who made it happen.

artObama because we thank you again for this artists for Obama event. You raised $60,000. Not bad at all.

ART IN BROOKLYN because we admire Mike Sorgatz’s one-man crusade to spread the word about art and artists in this borough of kings and artists.

PAUL AUSTER because we just want to say thanks for the memoir, Winter Journal.

MARY JEAN BABIC because you, my dear, pulled it off: the first ever block party on Third Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Or at least the first one in a very, very, very long time. A big day of fun for neighbors and friends.

BAD WIFE GROCERY because it’s a great name for a South Slope deli. And the name is meant in the most flattering way.

BARACKLYN because we loved the Brooklyn Bowl, Cory Booker and Steve Earle. And you raised a boatload of cash for Barack.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA because you won our hearts with your film Sleepwalk with Me, which you filmed in Park Slope.

CHANTALL BRACHMAN because you are a WARRIOR and your teaching of Pilates and IntenSati changes lives.

BREAKING BAD AT THE GATE because you gave all those obsessed with Breaking Bad without cable a place to go on Sunday nights at 10PM.

CANTOR JOSH BREITZER because you have revived liturgical music at Congregation Beth Elohim, but have also turned the synagogue into a musical center for the whole community. All in one year!

CASA VENTURA because you took over when Barrio went down. We watched as you painstakingly made that space your own with tasty Latin American cuisine, tasteful decor, delicious sangria, music and hospitality. It’s the hospitality and the colorful Christmas lights on the Seventh Avenue trees  that clinched it. Viva La Casa Ventura.

BROOKLYN BY THE BOOK because you’re a great new literary series in the heart of Park Slope. Paul Auster and Don Delillo. On one night? Ya.

CANAILLE because your little wine bar and bistro on Fifth Avenue, Phillipe and Marie, feeels like Paris in Park Slope. Because you two work really hard to make the magic.

CEILING OF OLD FIRST DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH because you need our help restoring you to your former splendor.

JIMMY CLIFF because you rocked Celebrate Brooklyn and reminded us why we love you and The Harder They Come.

CYCLE BAR because you’ve created a great and safe alternative to cycling the streets of Brooklyn with your storefront on Fifth Avenue.

MICHAEL DAVES because you are leading Park Slope’s emergence as a Bluegrass center for New York and the whole Northeast. Teaching hundreds of students, performing solo and with Chris Thile, gathering musicians and audiences, teaching Sunday School, inspiring us all.

SARAH DEMING because we proudly watched as you were selected by NBC to research and report on women’s boxing at the London Olympics. We await your book about donating a kidney to your mom. Your essay “Against Mixology” is well worth a read in the anthology Make Mine a Double.

D.NURSKE because your latest poetry book A Night in Brooklyn (Knoph) is a beautiful elegy to the borough that inspires us all.

THE FIFTH ESTATE BAR because you tried to secede from Park Slope and we love you anyway.

FILMWAX FILM SERIES because you are a Park Slope-based documentary film series curated by Slope resident Adam Schartoff.

FLASH MOB AT PS 10 because it was a goofy, fun thing for parents to do.

FLEISHER’S GRASS FED AND ORGANIC MEATS because you are just the kind of butcher we needed around here.

FORTH ON FOURTH because you are a new committee of the Park Slope Civic Council dedicated to beautifying and exploring the potential of Fourth Avenue. Go forth.

FORTY WEIGHT COFFEE because you are a wonderful morning spot with excellent coffee and friendly baristas.

FREDDY’S BAR because I had such fun that night listening to that band from Poughkeepsie. I think they were called The Seventh Squeeze.

G-TRAIN EXTENSION because from Seventh Avenue in Park Slope the F train takes us to BAM, groovy Williamsburg, Greenpoint AND Long Island City. Way to go MTA.

LESLIE GALLAGER because you are a librarian extraordinaire at the Brooklyn Public Library (central branch). You are the go-to gal for children’s, juvenile and young adult literature

AME GILBERT because your love of cooking inspires you to teach, to write, to help, to illuminate, to curate, to create, to feed and to blog at Food Poetics. 

GEAR-TO-GO OUTFITTERS because you went from street vendor to a brick and mortar shop dedicated to the outdoors from a week on the Appalachian Trail to a nature walk in Prospect Park.

SISTER ELLEN GLAVEY because as the Religious Education Director at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope, you’ve prepared lots of kids for the sacraments.

GO BROOKLYN because the Brooklyn Museum plus a crew of great local organizers put together an epic open studio weekend in every neighborhood in Brooklyn.

GREENBEANS NOT WALGREENS because it was a good slogan for a good cause.

CAT GREENLEAF because you’re the host of Talk Stoop.

BEN GREENMAN because you are our man at the New Yorker, an excellent writer of short stories, novels and funny tweets. Yes, tweets.

CAROLYN GREER because your stewardship of the Brooklyn Book Festival is extraordinary.

PETE HAMILL because you write about life in Park Slope back in the day with eloquence and poignancy.

HONEY & WAX BOOKSELLERS because you started a classy rare book business in Park Slope out of your dining room and founded the First Annual Holiday Book Fair, which included just about all the indie rare booksellers in Brooklyn. Way to go.

ONE HUNDRED STORY HOUSE because you are a charming miniature lending library and installation that was designed for Cobble Hill Park bu also spent time in Washington Park pre-Sandy.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF KITCHEN because you’re a community-based, grassroots relief effort based in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. What began as an immediate, around-the-clock effort cooking out of the back of Two Boots of Brooklyn, has now transformed into an operation comprising local business, community groups and friends. Now operating out of Old First Reformed Church, they have, to date, served tens of thousands of those affected by Hurricane Sandy in coastal neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Yes.

RACE IMBODEN because you’re our hometown Olympics boy. A fencer. We proud.

JODI KANTOR because we read you in the New York Times and your book, The Obamas takes us deep inside the Obama White House and sheds light on what it means to be the first black President and First Lady. You’re great on Twitter, too. Especially during the debates.

JEZRA KAYE because not only did you turn out to be my cousin on my mother’s side (word) you are many other things at once, including the author of The Tatooed Heart and the founder of Speak up for Success, helping CEOS,  scientists, artists and entrepreneurs build their natural speaking skill and style.

BRAD LANDER because you provide outstanding public leadership, taking your City Council seat to a new high water mark.

LEARN ME PROJECT because you’re a homeschooling dad who started an interesting blog shedding light on the experience from your perspective and your son’s.

LION IN THE SUN because you’re the go-to paperie for everything from a sympathy card to a Bar Mitzvah invitation

LOUIS CK because you filmed Louis all over Park Slope and we’re so PROUD.

LYLE LOVETT because you rocked it with some country swing at Celebrate Brooklyn

FERNANDO MANECA because you are the publicity king at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a master Tweetster and a social media maven.

DANIELLE MAZZEO because you are a smart, creative, friendly, and generous gal, and half the team behind Two Moon Art House and Café.

MILE END DELI on Bond Street for bringing updated  Jewish comfort food to the level of Brooklyn foodie fabulousness.

MILLENIUM BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL because you are a selective college-prep high school in the John Jay complex enjoying its second year of success with Principal Lisa Gioe at the helm.

REGINA MYER because your stewardship of Brooklyn Bridge Park is extraordinary.

DAN MYERS because Here’s Park Slope is simply the best for what’s in and what’s out in Park Slope retail and restaurants.

MARK NAISON because your blog With A Brooklyn Accent is erudite and illuminating.

LORI NELSON because you love the human stories that you incorporate into your art projects like Recession Stories and Coverage.

NEW AWNING, NEW LOGO for the Community Bookstore. A.C. designed the logo which is quite stunning. Classy.

ONE TEEN STORY because you publish (from Park Slope) spectacular short stories for teens on up.

OLD STONE HOUSE/PARK SLOPE PARENTS HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT because with a whole lot of energy and great community outreach the Old Stone House and Park Slope Parents raised $40,00 for victims of Hurricane Sandy in, like, a week.

PARK SLOPE NEIGHBORS because you kept us informed throughout the Hurricane with your frequent updates.

PARK SLOPE STOOP because you bring hyperlocal reporting to Park Slope with warmth and style.

THE PINK HOUSE because we will miss your Pepto-Bismol shade of pink. Thanks for a touch of eccentricity on a street of uniform brownstones.

PINKBERRY because you brought world class frozen yogurt with fabulous toppings and super friendly servers to Park Slope. Full disclosure: you advertise on OTBKB.

THE PLOUGHMAN because you painted the walls purple and brought great gourmet grocery and beer to the South Slope.

PORK SLOPE because you nailed the southern roadhouse vibe plus the pulled pork sandwich and onion strings are delish. And well-priced.

POWERHOUSE BOOKS ON 8TH AVENUE because we love the new outpost of your Dumbo store, publishing empire and venue on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope. You heard me: on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope.

PROSPECT PARK CAROUSEL because you celebrated your 100th birthday this year.

PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE LANE because you are part of a new bike-centric vision of NYC

JOYCE  PISARELLO because you are one smart, creative, friendly, and generous gal and half the team behind Two Moon Art House and Café on Fourth Avenue.

RELIEF EFFORT AT CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM because you raised a ton of money and made an insane number of sandwiches for those in need in the Rockaways and elsewhere.

REOPENING OF THE PARK SLOPE BRANCH LIBRARY because we missed you and you look FABULOUS!

RETAIL CASUALTIES OF PARK SLOPE: 4 and a Tail. Sette. Ozzie’s. California Taqueria. Video Forum, Barrio, Yogomonster. Many more…

SPENCE RITENOUR because we liked your show at Culture and you are one of the photographers behind Park Slope Lens.

ROBOTIC RAPTOR FILMS because you’re young, energetic and very good at what you do.

LAUREN RUFF because we love your quirky and fun  Big City web series about two roommates and their silly shenanigans in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Written by Lauren Ruff, starring herself and the multi talented, Zane Carney.

ANNA SHEINMAN because you are dedicated to good, healthy yoga liv ing and love to write about it on Stream of Life Yoga.

A SHOE GROWS IN BROOKLYN because we love creative new businesses that quote great literature. ;)

PATRICK SMITH because your dedication to being a poet, a presenter of poetry, and poetry blogger—Not in the News Today—is inspiring.

THE STAFF AT SNICE because you make Snice such a sniiiiiiice, friendly eatery.

CARLA STAGENBERG because we love the  Jaya Yoga Center. 

SUSAN STEINBROCK because with Karen Orlando you started Brooklyn Grown, a flower business planting in vacant lots, in backyards and just about anywhere you could find unused soil. Lovely.

PATRICK STEWART because you are our very own Captain Jean-Luc Piccard. Swoon.

ALEXANDRA STYRON because you wrote the elegantly crafted memoir, Reading My Father, which explored life with your dad William (Sophie’s Choice) Styron.

SWEET WOLF’S because you are a divine little bistro on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. Yes, Sixth Avenue, providing food for all your neighbors, including steak, burgers, fresh fish, several gluten free options, duck fat cooked belgium fries, almost half of your menu designed to be vegan friendly, vegetarian food even carnivores would eat.

TALDE because we salute our very own top chef and your newish and very HOT restaurant

THRIFT SHOPS OF FIFTH AVENUE because we need to rid our homes of the clutter. And then we need to get more. Housing Works, Beacon’s Closet, Guvnor’s Vintage and Thrift and more…

ANNE-KATRIN TITZE because you are an advocate for the wildlife of Prospect Park and we love your writing about film at Eye for Film. 

TO THOSE WHO MOVED AWAY because we forgive you even as we miss you.

SEFER TORAH PROJECT AT CBE because you are rewriting the Torah one line at a time.

UPRIGHT PIANO IN THE PARK SLOPE TRASH because someone threw you out and someone else made beautiful music (and a video) with you before the Department of Sanitation hauled you away. Have a listen.

STEPHANIE VALDEZ because you are the lovely female half of the new ownership team at the Community Bookstore.

JACOB VOGELMAN (1990-2012) because, to paraphrase The Daily Beast, you were a kind of unofficial Park Slope first responder known for helping your neighbors on First Street. We will not forget you. RIP.

ANDY AND PIPER WANDZILAK, OWNERS OF TWO BOOTS because of all your work post-Hurricane Sandy. Passionate and impressive.

WESLEY WEISSBERG because you’re devoted to social justice and community organizing at CBE and you’re all about making a difference.

DAN WILBUR because you bring friendly banter, charm, humor and a bisl of self promotion to the front desk at the  Community Bookstore. Hey, are you the Dan Wilbur who wrote: How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life? Just wondering.

WONDERFUL PARK SLOPE LINDEN TREES because we loved your frangrance last spring. How to describe it? Honeysuckle, strong magnolia, delicate and floral, a bit musky.

XANADU because the Piper Theater cast and crew channeled Olivia Newton John roller skates and all in JJ Byrne Park. Have you never been mellow? 

WILL YANKOWICZ because you are one heck of a reporter and we thank you for your devotion to Park Slope.

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November 23rd, 2012

Coming Soon: The 2012 Park Slope 100

Send your nominations in now for the annual Park Slope 100. Deadline is December 1, 2012. I haven’t done The  Park Slope 100 since 2010. How is that possible? I think it’s time to do it again. I have ideas, sure. But I need nominations from YOU, you who know people I’ve never even heard of. Please send them in. All nominations will be considered. Promise.

What is the Park Slope 100 you ask? 

The Park Slope 10o is a highly opinionated, subjective list of the most talented, energetic, ambitious, creative  and generous individuals in the Greater Park Slope area who reach outward toward the larger community and the world to lead, to help, to teach,  to create, to improve, to inform, to network, to change…

The people who have been on the Park Slope 100 are community activists, entrepreneurs, volunteers, spiritual leaders, publishers, bloggers, arts administrators, social workers, therapists, artists, writers, educators, politicians, chefs and restaurant owners and more…

The Park Slope 100 is in alphabetical order. Whenever possible, links to web sites, blogs, and/or more information is included so that you can learn more about these remarkable individuals.

The Park Slope 100 is sure to cause some controversy. There are many, many more people who deserve to be here. So please send your nominations in.

The Park Slope 100 was created by Louise Crawford and she takes full responsibility for it. I want to hear from you who YOU think should be on this list.

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December 17th, 2010

Exploring the Park Slope 100

As usual, in the days after the Park Slope 100 comes out I am still busy fixing typos, correcting mistakes, even adding names.

I’m sure there are still mistakes and typos and if you find any please let me know (I won’t be hurt or angry). This list takes so much time to put together: I need all the help I can get.

I apologize to those who think they should be on this list. The way this list comes together is very unscientific. It’s a combo of recent news, nominations from locals, things that pop into my mind. There’s always next year.

The list will  be accessible by clicking on the tab to the right that says Park Slope 100 underneath Send Me a Tip. It’s one of those blue tabs with the white letters. See it? You can also, of course, click on the link above.

This is the fifth  annual alphabetical list of 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope such a special place to live. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world.

This year I received many tips from readers of OTBKB. Quite a few of these blurbs were written by OTBKB readers.  Thanks to all!  Please send your typos, your fact checks, your comments to me.

Heck, I know you will.

Five years of the Park Slope 100. That means that  if you combine  all the lists there are 500 people, places and things, a sort of mini-history of Park Slope people, places and things since 2006.

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December 15th, 2010

2010 Park Slope 100

Here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for: the 2010 Park Slope 100. This is the fifth  annual alphabetical list of 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope such a special place to live. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world.

This year I received many tips from readers of OTBKB. Quite a few of these blurbs were written by OTBKB readers.  Thanks to all!  Please send your typos, your fact checks, your comments to me.

Heck, I know you will.

Five years of the Park Slope 100. That means that  if you combine  all the lists there are 500 people, places and things. A sort of  mini-history of Park Slope since 2006.

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December 13th, 2010

Park Slope 100 Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

Did I say I was going to roll out the Park Slope 100 on Monday? Well, that’s not going to happen because nominations are still coming in and blurbs are still being written and…

Trust me, it’ll be here soon.

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December 9th, 2010

Coming on Monday: 2010 Park Slope 100

You love it. You love to hate it. It’s the 2010 Park Slope 100: 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places, animals and things. The list is in alphabetical order.

There’s still time to submit a nomination though the list is already too long. But if it’s a good one, someone or something can always be displaced.

Stay tuned…

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December 8th, 2010

Last Chance To Send In Your Park Slope 100 Nominations

In the next few days I will be publishing the 2010 Park Slope 100. Please send your nominations in as soon as possible. You can just send the name and a little bit about the person, place, animal,  thing, or event that you think belongs on the PS 100. Feel free to write the blurb. I LOVE when people do that.

In case you don’t know about the PS 100:

The Park Slope IS 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope Park Slope. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world. This is the fifth year of the Park Slope 100 so if you combine all the lists there will be 500 people on this ongoing list, which is, in a sense, a micro-history of Park Slope from 2006-2010.

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November 19th, 2010

The 2010 Park Slope 100

Here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for: the 2010 Park Slope 100. This is the fifth  annual alphabetical list of 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope such a special place to live. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world.

This year I received many tips from readers of OTBKB. Quite a few of these blurbs were written by OTBKB readers.  Thanks to all!  Please send your typos, your fact checks, your comments to me.

Heck, I know you will.

Five years of the Park Slope 100. That means that  if you combine  all the lists there are 500 people, places and things. Click on this to see the Park Slope 100s from  2005-2009, a mini-history of people, places and things in Park Slope since 2005.

Debbie Almontaser because you were vindicated by the  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who said that the city Education Department discriminated against you when they forced you to resign. The “DOE succumbed to the very bias that creation of the school was intended to dispel,” the commission wrote earlier this year, finding that you faced discrimination on “the basis of her race, religion, and national origin.” Your lawyer Alan Levine wrote:  “Debbie Almontaser was victimized twice, first when she was subjected to an ugly smear campaign orchestrated by anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigots, and second when the DOE capitulated to their bigotry.”

The Baristas who walked out of Gorilla Coffee because you did what you needed to do, when you couldn’t take it anymore. The note you wrote was cryptic but apt: “This isn’t political and it isn’t a strike. The staff quit and the matter will not be resolved. It’s a matter of business, and a personal matter for each of the staff. Everyone at Gorilla Coffee, including the owners and the staff, are skilled, passionate, and hard working. It is unfortunate for everyone involved. The workers are grateful to the many wonderful patrons over the years, and we apologize that it was necessary to inconvenience them in this way.”

Richard Bashner and Audrey Buxbaum because you contribute so much to the Park Slope community. You, Richard, have been the Chair of Community Board 6 for the past 4 years, as well as a long time basketball coach for the 78th Precinct league. You, Audrey, as an OBGYN at Downtown Women, are responsible for the deliveries of scores of Park Slope children over the past seventeen years.

Big Nose Full Body because you’re the kind of shop where, according to Laura A. on Yelp: “you can walk in and say ‘my friend is coming over for greasy pizza and Jersey Shore tonight.  What should I get?’and not feel like you’re being judged. The guy narrowed it down to two choices for me, told me the prices without me having to ask, explained the basic differences in each of the wines, then asked whether or not I’d like a bottle that was already chilled.  Could this get any easier?”

Bored to Death because you’re the popular HBO series by Jonathan Ames about a Brooklyn novelist and private detective with Jason Schwartman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson. You shot much of this year’s episodes all over neighborhood—and we got to see the actors in crazy costumes. The location fees meant a new floor at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Woo Hoo. Thanks.

Brave New World Repertory Theatre because you are a Brooklyn-based group  dedicated to creating dynamic productions of classic plays, as well as new works by Brooklyn writers. Your site-specific production of The Crucible at the Old Stone House was simply wonderful.

Peter Bray and David Alquist for your work leading the effort to expand the Park Slope Historic District.  As Chair of the Park Slope Civic Council’s Historic District Expansion Committee, Peter, you led the effort that has already succeeded in the calendaring by the Landmarks Preservation Commission of Phase 1 of the hoped-for neighborhood-wide district.  And as a member of the committee and the driving force behind the indispensable blog Save the Slope, you, David, has brought alive a trove of fascinating Park Slope history.  Together, Peter and David have already accomplished a great deal in the effort to preserve the architectural history that makes Park Slope such a special place to live

Brooklyn Brainery because you host inexpensive classes on anything and everything. It’s been said you’re like a book club on steroids. Brainery classes don’t have real teachers but “class leaders” who know a bit about the topic, but they’re mostly just there to keep things on track and guide the learning process.

The Brooklyn Prospect Charter School because you introduced an exciting new educational alternative to the parents and children of District 15.  The brainchild of Dan Rubenstein and Luyen Chou, who founded the school in 2009 with a commitment to providing a college preparatory environment using the pillars of the International Baccalaureate program.  They have attracted a talented and committed pool of teachers resulting in an environment ripe for learning.

Bussaco because you gave it your all despite opening during the worst recession in US history. The food and wine were lovely and your big open space was special. We miss you.

A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn because you, Susan LaRosa, are taking us on a delicious journey revisiting American home cooking in the era before convenience foods became popular (1919 to 1955), as you bake and cook from old cookbooks and recipe cards of home cooks purchased at estate sales in Akron, Ohio, and other exotic locations.

Michael Cairl because you’ve been a tireless neighborhood advocate for years, and have amply filled the big shoes left behind by Ken Freeman as president of the Park Slope Civic Council.

Dan Cantor because, hey, you’re the founder of the Working Families Pary.

The US Census because you hired our unemployed friends and neighbors. We liked seeing your teams around the neighborhood.

Tina Chang because as Brooklyn’s new poet laureate you are passionate about reaching and educating diverse communities. Go poetry!

Cog and Pearl because for eight years you have been bringing us the finest in re-purposed and recycled artisan jewelry, accessories and objets d’art and you’ve taught us that, in the hands of artists, there is often beauty, humor and wonder in the things we throw away.

Paul Curtin because as head of junior development at the Prospect Park Tennis Center you’re doing a great job teaching children this wonderful lifelong sport. You are flexible and patient with beginners and advanced players, and open to requests and suggestions. Your enthusiasm for the sport is palpable.

Simone Dinnerstein because as founding director of the Neighborhood Classical Music Series you bring innovative and inventive classical and new music programming to benefit PS 321.  The fact that you’re taking the show on the road to underserved  schools in underserved neighborhoods is truly visionary and admirable.

Jenny Douglas because you post a monthly silent meditation. Over 300 people have passed through your open door. With special guests offering guided meditations  you are a beacon for anyone seeking solace, peace or to simply bask in the glow of your  beautiful spirit.

Jennifer Egan because your book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, a  collection of carefully arranged interlocking stories was described by one local reader as “one of the best-crafted, most intriguing and most readable books of the year.” Picked as a one of the top 10 books of 2010 by the New York Times.

Ezra Goldstein because you followed your dream and your passion (despite your better judgement and the gasps of friends and family) to take over the Community Bookstoreand make it your own at a time when it truly needed some TLC and new vision. At the same time, you are reinventing yourself. Once an editor and writer, now a bookstore owner. Contrary to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous quote: there are second acts in America.

Gowanus/Superfund Designation because human health does matter and because the residents of Gowanus, like everyone else, deserve to live in an environment free of toxins.  Thank you to the Environmental Protection Agency for stepping in, getting the job done and promising a much brighter future to this long-neglected community. (Written by Katya Kelly of Pardon Me for Asking.)

Fifth Avenue BID because with Irene as your fearless leader you’re bringing so much fun, energy and customers to Fifth Avenue businesses.

Martha Foote founder of Time Out from Testing because you’ve created a statewide coalition of parent, educator, business, community, and civil rights organizations in New York State committed to a “time-out” from excessive and high stakes exams. You call for comprehensive review of the Regents exams and state-initiated standardized tests and the impact they have had on our children, our schools, and our communities!

Four and Twenty Blackbirds because you gambled on a Third Avenue location and brought world class and imaginative pies to Park Slope

Fourth Avenue because you are changing—and changing fast before our eyes. We love some of the cool and eccentric things that are coming up and wish the apartment buildings had thought to face the Avenue with storefronts and not vents and parking lots.

Frank at Palma Chemist because you (and the others at Palma) make me realize how lucky we are in Park Slope to have a friendly, local, independent pharmacy to go to when we need to have a prescription filled.

Freddy’s Bar because even though you were displaced by that ratty Atlantic Yards Project you fought the good fight and now you’re reopening in the South Slope and bringing Prospect Heights-style  activism, drinking, music and good fun to the South Slope. As you say on the website: “The inmates now run the asylum — three cheers for Donald O’Finn, Matt Kuhn, and Matthew Kimmet, partners and owners of the new place which is set to open soon.”

Greta Gertler and Adam D. Gold because just weeks after the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death (and the attending tributes and nostalgia) you had the  audacity and the common sense to celebrate another ex-Beatles masterpiece from 40 years ago. Only in Brooklyn could a super group of stellar musicians calling themselves The Universal Thump come together to recreate the Phil Spector-style wall of sound that enhancedGeorge Harrison’s 1970 All Things Must Pass. Only in Brooklyn could this dizzying array of vocalists and instrumentalists, perform the entire, yes, the entire three-album set.  In the process they brought down the house not once but numerous times during the three-hour show at The Bell House on November 29th, the 10th anniversary of Harrison’s death from cancer and just days away from the albums release date in 1970.

Keith Greenberg because you created a minute-by-minute chronicle of that terrible day in 1980 when John Lennon died. Amazing detail, well-told biographical sketches of Lennon, Ono, the other Beatles, Mark Chapman and all the other players in this tragedy, the book is a must-read for the Lennon-obsessed—and those who remember or are curious about those grief filled days and weeks after Lennon’s death.

Michael Gross because he was a pioneer responsible for bringing one of the first upscale (and organic) eateries to Flatbush Avenue (New Prospect) when Park Slope was a foodie desert. Later he opened New Prospect At Home, a gourmet take-out shop on Seventh Avenue. He died this year of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  RIP.

Hail Stones because you reminded us who’s in charge (see Park Slope tornado).

Karen Hansgen, Park Slope mom and respected art book publisher. RIP.

Jennifer Michael Hecht because you’re an author, whose work crosses fields of history, philosophy, and religious studies.  In The Happiness Myth, you look at what’s not making us happy today, why we thought it would, and what these things really do for us instead.  Money—like so many things, it turns out—solves one problem only to beget others, to the extent that we spend a great deal of money today trying to replace the things that, in your formulation, “money stole from us.”

Gabriela Herman because as luck would have it you were dining last August at the Beach Plum Restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, when the Obamas came to dinner. You had your camera with you so when the president stepped outside to check out the magnificent sunset view, you snapped a few shots. Your glorious photo made the front page of the Vineyard Gazette.

Here’s Park Slope because you bring us storefronts, history, food, oddities, tree-lined brownstones and so much more. Well-written, well-reported, great pictures. Good job!

Marketa Irglova because you’re calling Park Slope home and we love the achingly beautiful solo work that you’re developing and performing at Zora Space, as well as your work as one half of the fantabulously melodic and emotional The Swell Season.

Jazz Mindfulness Program because this  innovative music program for teenagers at the Brooklyn Zen Center, the brainchild of  Park Slope musician and jazz educator Adam Bernstein, combines jazz and meditation in unexpected ways. And a 1,2, 3: Om.

Journey to Valbona because you, Catherine Bohne, took all of us on your journey to Valbona with occasional blog postings like this one: “We are entering our fourth week with no electricity, which makes me realize how fast I adapt to things – oh, I don’t mean that as a self-congratulation – more like I get much too comfortable too quickly.  It’s pitch dark at 4:30 pm, at which point Alfred and I take to opposite ends of the sofa in the kitchen (getting tangled up somewhere in the middle) under a big blanket and he goes quietly to sleep while I read, knit or shush the mouse (Alfred is NOT as sentimental as I am about animals…” Hey Cat: We admire your ability to reinvent yourself!

Rick Kadlub from A Tour Grows In Brooklyn because for over 3 years you have been proudly showing people from all over the world the neighborhood you love and taking them to all the cool spots like Al Capone’s birthplace, Two Toms Restaurant on Third Avenue and Prospect Park.

Marcia Kannrey founder of the Dialogue Project (and a dog walking business) because at the Dialogue Project you work to build trust, compassion, and partnerships among people who experience bias, hostility, and tension relating to the conflict in the Middle East. You work in communities where Palestinians (Muslim and Christian), Israelis and Jewish Americans, other Arab and Muslim citizens and new immigrants live and work alongside long-time residents of all other ethnicities. Here in New York, unlike the Mid-East, we have no barriers to dialogue except the barriers we hold within ourselves.

Nicole Caccavo Kear because we love your funny/real/smart Dispatches from Babyville, a regular column in the Park Slope Reader and your blog posts for A Mom Amok.

Jane Kelley because you are the author of the young adult novel, Nature Girl, about an 11 -year-old girl stuck in the wilds of Vermont for the summer with no TV, no Internet, no cell phone, and worst of all, no best friend. So when Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail with only her little dog, Arp, for company, she decides she might as well hike all the way to Massachusetts where her best friend, Lucy, is spending her summer. Life on the trail isn’t easy, and Megan faces everything from wild animals and raging rivers to tofu jerky and life without bathrooms.

Jason Kersten because your award-winning journalism has appeared in Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Maxim. In you book, The Art of Making Money, you deftly traced the riveting, rollicking, roller coaster journey of a young man from Chicago who escaped poverty, for a while at least, after being apprenticed into counterfeiting by an Old World Master. Written by John Guidry.

Nick Kotsonis because you’re a third-generation Slope businessman and the owner of Slope Health and Fitness who did a good deed this year by donating, yes, donating $10,000 towards funds much needed to send the Dancewave teens to the prestigious Aberdeen Festival in October.  The group’s money disappeared along with the travel agent it trusted. The Kotsonis’ family opened and ran Purity Diner on 7th Ave. for 50 years.

Lynette Kirchner because you opened our new favorite resale shop with the great name, Two Lovers. You used to work for Eden, Bono’s clothing line. When Matter (one of your favorite 5th Avenue shops) closed their Brooklyn store you decided to go in. “I love bargains, stoop sales, sample sales. My taste is very feminine,” you told me last summer when I discovered your lovely shop that carries an inexpensive selection of clothing from the last twenty years of so.

Deb Klein because you’re the founder of Brooklyn Craft Central and its your mission to give independent artists and creative entrepreneurs an outlet to sell their work. Cool.

Nicole Krauss because of your new book, Great House (nominated for a National Book Award) and your reading and Q&A at Beth Elohim, as part of their Bookapalooza festivities. It was a master class in a style of literary fiction, that penetrates the inner lives of its characters and touches on major themes like trauma, remembrance, the legacy of the Holocaust, and what we pass on to our children.

Daryl Lang because you decided to leave Park Slope and you wrote rather eloquently about it on your blog, History Eraser Button: “I am leaving Park Slope because I am increasingly impatient with people too socially deficient to act like good neighbors. People who won’t spare five seconds to help an old lady. People who can’t figure out their way around without checking their iPhones. People who don’t say hi to the neighbors with whom they share a stoop. These things are getting noticeably worse. Rather than stew here and become the local grouch, I’m recognizing that I have passed my expiration date in this neighborhood. Time to exit gracefully.”

Victoria Libertore because you are the burlesque goddess of Park Slope at your frequent shows and classes at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Local clergy, politicians and law enforcement officials,(including City Council Members Brad Lander and Steve Levin, Rabbi Andy Bachman, Rabbi Ellen Lippman, Rev. Daniel Meeter, Mohammad Razvi, Bob Kaplan, Representative Yvette Clarke, and Adam Barish of the NYPD) who came together for a press conference to denounce anti-semitic flyers in Park Slope.

The Makers Market because you put on an interesting artisan gift market and food sale every Sunday with music, lunch and a great atmosphere in the Old American Can Factory.

Robert Makla because he always dressed to the nines, with his signature bowtie and suspenders. He was a familiar attendee, avid supporter and eager participant at Brooklyn CB6 general meetings.  He often started off by reminding us that he was born at NY Methodist Hospital, and with the exception of serving our country oversees in the armed forces, spent his whole life living in Park Slope. Bob’s message was often simple, and eloquently delivered.  To paraphrase…Parks are special places, where people of all races, incomes and interests mix.  They reconnect people to nature.  They feed the soul serving as inspiration to artists and dreamers, poets and planners. RIP. Written by Craig Hammerman.

Gloria Mattera because of your activism in the areas of health care reform, education, a fairer tax system, and many other issues and for running as the Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor in NYS helping the Greens get enough votes to get ballot status!

Marion McCleneghan, the 40-year-old Park Slope woman who lived on 14th Street and went missing one day last winter. We remember and honor you.

Nancy McDermott because you are the heart and soul of Park Slope Parents. This year you spearheaded creating the Park Slope Parents blog, which combines thought pieces about parenting with informative posts about the community. You can calm even the most stressed out parent with your eloquent words of wisdom and you’ve started a wonderful trend with your Lego Club at the Old Stone House! (written by Susan Fox of Park Slope Parents).

Jack “Skippy” McFadden because you have literally changed the face of nightlife in Park Slope. You were part of the group which established Union Hall and The Bell House. Your official title at those clubs was Talent Buyer, which is music business lingo for the person who books the bands. And Skippy has the knack of getting well known indie bands to play at his clubs. Skippy and the folks at Union Hall and The Bell House came to a mutually agreed upon parting of the ways earlier this year. But Skippy got right back into the mix by taking his knowledge and instincts as Talent Buyer down the street to The Rock Shop, the new club which opened on 4th Avenue near Carroll Street early this summer. Skippy continues to be one of the reasons that Park Slope is becoming an important location in the Indie scene. Written by Eliot Wagner.

Sharon Mesmer because you are the author of eight books, including The Virgin Formica, Annoying Diabetic Bitch, Half-Angel, Half-Lunch (from Hanging Loose Press) and the winner of two New York Foundation of the Arts fellowships and a MacArthur scholarship for poetry (at the recommendation of Allen Ginsberg who called your work “beautifully bold & vivaciously modern.”). You hold a Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, have taught and inspired hundreds of students in your 15 years as a part-time associate professor at the New School. You epitomize on a regular basis the power poetry has to enlighten as it thrills. And if that’s not enough, you’re hilarious!

Mile End because you are our Montreal style deli on Hoyt Street just south of Atlantic Avenue. Everyone is raving about it. I was wondering why there’s always a big line over there. Turns out it’s a small place and it draws quite a crowd.

Mission Dolores because you are “the world’s most brilliant conversion of an auto shop into a bar. Big courtyard, 24 beers on tap, pinball, dogs on Fourth Avenue.” (Written by Brooklyn Based).

The Enrique Norten Building at 580 Carroll Street because, hey, you’re a nice looking condo.

Lori Nelson because your One Hundred Little Recession Stories was such a creative way to document the individual stories of our tough economic times. In your own words: “I gather one- or two-line stories from friends, Craigslist, and Facebook describing what people as individuals are feeling and seeing during these new Hard Times. In the tradition of Studs Terkel, I feel compelled to document this important time in history so that people can understand how it is and maybe learn.”

Natasha Cooke Nieves, a teacher at Park Slope’s PS 282 on 6th Avenue and Berkeley Place, won a $25,000 cash award from the Milken Family Foundation (yes Milken of junk bond fame) for accomplished teachers. Nieves was among four other teachers from New York state to win the grant. $25,000.

Cafe Martin because it’s Martin’s new place. The coffee is top notch and he’s as droll as ever. Carry on.

Briana Ojeda because we mourned the death of this 11-year-old, who was with her mother en route to the hospital earlier this year when their car was pulled over by an officer who refused to help.  A horse-drawn carriage accompanied by a police escort brought Ojeda’s coffin to the steps of the church. RIP.

Joanna Oltman-Smith because you are a veritable one-woman crusade for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

One Story Magazine because you are a pocket-sized literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Published out of Park Slope, an amazing story arrives in your mailbox every three weeks (18 issues a year) if you subscribe.

Operaman because you share your counter tenor / castrato voice with residents of central park slope as you serenade them with your falsetto renditions of “You’re So Vain” and “Under The Boardwalk” (to name only a few from your repertoire) as you carry your groceries home from Key Food.

Open Source Gallery because you have an indomitable spirit that even a terrible fire can’t destroy. Since 2008, you have presented the work of dozens of artists and organized community participatory events, including “Thrift Shop”, which transformed the space into a bazaar and “Soup Kitchen”, which invited a different artist to cook a one-pot meal for the public each night last December.

Parents of NY Teens Monthly Support Group because you help those parents who are dazed and confused about this crazy stage of life and the impact it has on the entire family.

Park Slope Armory because you finally opened this year and you’re a multipurpose athletic and educational center that people seem to love.

Park Slope’s United Methodist Church Annual Book Sale because once a year you throw a great book party for those who love to buy used books in every  imaginable category.

Ed Patuto because you’re the new executive director of Issue Project Room, an innovative and experimental music and performance space that lost its founding director, Suzanne Fiol, to cancer in 2009.

Pedestrian Countdown Clock because crossing the street at 9th Street and Fourth Avenue just got a whole lot safer. More of these clocks are set to be installed along the length of 4th Ave from Pacific to 65th Streets and on 3rd Ave from Prospect Avenue to 63rd Street, display numbers that count down the number of seconds remaining before the “flashing hand” phase turns solid red.

Allison Pennell because somehow you managed to piss off the powers that be at Park Slope Parents and got kicked off. Now you’re on the blog that’s as irreverent and funny as you are, Effed in Park Slope. Well done.

Juan Carlos Pinto(pictured left with Rosalee, director of the Rivendell School) because you created a beautiful mosaic for the children of the Rivendell school:  “I want kids to know that art is something you can touch and feel and play with, not just something to hang on walls behind glass,” is how you explain it. You dice and cut Metrocards into different shapes and pastes together to form pictures (a portrait of Michael Jackson, the Mona Lisa) and messages. Cool stuff!

Louis Poggioli because you’re a walking/talking history of Park Slope and you personify the Park Slope story. Born in Italy, you came to Brooklyn as a kid. I love to hear your stories about Park Slope back in the day. You bought buildings, you became a landlord. You owned a bar called James on 7th Avenue. You know how to fix anything and for a landlord, you are one heck of a guy!

Raphael Pope-Sussman because you have audacity, man. After you were diagnosed with testicular cancer, you had RPLEND surgery and are now cancer free. We salute you for writing a blog, The Audacity of Pope in a dark, funny, smart, honest voice that was compelling and very much your own

Proteus Gowanus because you are a museum-art gallery-reading room-event space-gift shop-study hall housed in a surprisingly sunny former box factory on the banks of the Gowanus Canal (just a stone’s throw from the Park Slope side of the entrance to the Union Street Bridge). You offer events and workshops based on interdisciplinary exhibits and on the resources of  your nonprofit partners—including but not limited to the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Gowanus Dredgers’ Canoe Club. PG is the home of the Hall of the Gowanus, “the only exhibition space in New York City dedicated to the Gowanus Canal and its environs.” You are also the sponsor of The Fixers Collective, which meets weekly and encourages people to bring in torn or broken items and learn how to repair them—-from the tiny (broken jewelry) to the humongous (a tattered 130-foot-long American flag).

Roadify because you help people on the streets of Park Slope GIVE and GET updates that help make traveling in Brooklyn easier. You help us park, hop on the bus, catch a train and more, by giving you easy access to real-time information from other commuters and transit data sources (like the MTA, NY Dept. of Transportation, Google Transit, etc.). The first comprehensive “social transportation” company, combining social networking with a wealth of published transit information.

Michael Ruby because you may look like just another interesting, artsy Park Sloper but the truth of the matter is you’re an experimental poet with a bevy of books in publication and a pile of reviews that are pretty damn impressive. This year you published two new books, Compulsive Words and The Edge of the Underworld, both from BlazeVOX.

Gene Russianoff because as the staff attorney and chief spokesman for NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign,, a NYC-based public transport advocacy group that focuses primarily on subway and bus services run by New York City Transit, you champion the rights of subway riders. You ride the subway every day, ride your bike around the neighborhood with  your kids and you don’t, I repeat, you don’t own a car.

St. Augustine RC Church because you are a diverse (masses are celebrated in Hatian Creole, Spanish and English) and not very wealthy parish of St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, which manages to support a Haitian support program (The parish is 1/3 Haitian.), an AIDS ministry, a food pantry that feeds approximately 600 per month, a vital peace ministry, interfaith meditation, music and arts events, and a weekly after school program for families whose fathers are incarcerated — all this while maintaining one of the great architectural masterpieces of Park Slope.

Ethan Schlesser because you are Park Slope’s song and dance man and founder and producer of the Jingle Bell Jamboree, Park Slope’s 10-year-old holiday party. You generate life and music wherever you are from Grand Army Plaza to Martin Luther King Day events to the Brooklyn Community Chorus to the Halloween Parade to Seventh Heaven. You teach kids—and adults—to sing and to love singing

Donna Schneiderman because you are a board member for Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Because you’re a Daisy/Brownie/Girl Scout Troop founder/leader/supporter. Because you devote so many hours to emails, phone calls, marches, vigils, interviews, demonstrations and driving to Albany on behalf h Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (and their Employers for Justice Network)  to advocate for the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, which on November 29, 2010, the law becomes effective. Signed into law on August 31, 2010, by Governor David Patterson, this legislation affords substantive labor protections to certain categories of domestic workers, making New York the first state in the nation to do so.

Secret Science Club because once a month hundreds of people come to learn about science. The crowd is young and hip, mostly in their 20s and 30s, eager to gain entry to this very hot event, where scientists are rock stars!

Bruce Shearhouse because as a soccer administrator for AYSO, you collect soccer gear and clothes for the needy several times a year and you’ve been  doing it for years using your porch as a drop-off spot.

Sheep Station because you responded to a mad pressing need. As one OTBKB reader wrote:  “Like most Brooklynites, I don’t have cable, and like many Brooklynites I enjoy watching Mad Men. In trying to find a bar that was showing the premier last week, I kept hitting dead ends… Until the friendly folks at Sheep Station agreed last minute to show it for me and a few friends on the projection screen in their awesome back room. They’ve agreed quite enthusiastically to continue showing it every week…”

Vicki Sher because you worked hard all year curating shows, appearing in them, getting your work (and the work of others) out there. In your own words:  “I choose my images/words to represent a gently shifting landscape where hidden uneasiness and elusive connections lie behind apparently plain and common human interaction. I like double meanings, deceptively simple language, and visible revisions. Humor plays a role, alongside a dreamy and solitary attitude of private reflection.” Lovely.

Josh Shneider and the Easy-Bake Orchestra because, dang, it’s ambitious to compose for and conduct a 17-piece jazz orchestra that really  soars. Your ensemble is comprised of some of NYC’s most illustrious and adventurous improvisers, who interpret your grooving, searching and harmonically inventive melodies. Swing on.

The Snowman on Vimeo because you, Li Perez-Rey, created a fantastic video of a day in the snowy life of a snowman in the park. You live in the South Slope with a view of Prospect Park West, from where you filmed this time-lapse video through your front window over the course of 9 hours last winter. Indeed it offers a fascinating glimpse into human nature.

Stew and Heidi Rodewald,because you followed up your award-winning Broadway hit,Passing Strange, with performances at BAM of a new show called Brookyn Omnibus, a slew of hyperactive, inter-connected musical short stories on the theme of Brooklyn, including a song called Park Slope Mothers.  Stew, who lives in Ft. Greene (and Berlin) and Rodewald, who lives in Park Slope, say they are mirroring back what they see and feel about this place. In the process they have become a part of it. What a cool show!!!

Stink Bugs because we found one inside our hanging drum lamp. Hugh removed it started taking pictures of it to put on his Facebook page. He thought it was a Katydid. A friend told us that its a Dreaded Stink Bug or a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and to be very careful around them because if startled they can release an absolutely awful odor. Taking pictures of it with a flash was probably not such a great idea. Apparently they can infest your home and make it a very stinky place to be. Thankfully we haven’t seen any others. Yet. Fingers crossed that we don’t.

Sugar because, little dog, you ran off during a storm in Prospect Park and your owners were so heartbroken they spread the word far and wide and your absence became national news. You must be one heck of a dog.

Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal because you’re falling in love in (with?) Park Slope.

Stephanie Thompson because you not only succeeded Smartmom as The Brooklyn Paper’s parenting columnist, but because one of your first columns — about whether you should divorce your husband — threw the entire neighborhood into turmoil. Everyone in a six-block radius of PS 107 was suddenly debating your sex life. Of course, your editor, Gersh Kuntzman, didn’t care about the fallout — people were reading your column and that’s all he cares about. Stephanie, you also get kudos for handing out those gold stars to thank people for just making an effort these days. Steph, you deserve one yourself.

Colm Toibin because your emigrant sagaBrooklyn was a quiet and shattering story about a young Irishwoman in the 1950s caught between a new life in Brooklyn and the pull of her homeland. Lovely.

The Park Slope Tornado because on the afternoon of September 16, 2010 you reminded us who’s boss.

The Trees of Park Slope and Prospect Park (the casualties as well as the survivors) because they represent the beauty, resilience and renewal of the neighborhood.

The 134 Victims of the Park Slope plane crash fifty years go. The collision of a United jet and a TWA propeller plane rained destruction on and around the neighborhood. There was an 11-year-old boy named Stephen Baltz (of Wilmette, Ill), who initially survived the accident. He died 26 hours later at Methodist Hospital, where there is a plaque.

Yerba Mate from The Tea Lounge because like great music you are meant to be shared. The Tea Lounge serves mate the way it’s served in South America: in a gourd with a metal straw called a bombilla. The gourd can be refilled many times, the mate becoming sweeter and milder with each re-steeping. Mate is high in Magnesium, slightly bitter, and strangely addictive. As the adorable barista Matthew remarked, “It’s caffeinated, but in a different way than coffee. It gives you a mellow feeling. The more you drink it, the more you want to drink.” Written by Sarah Deming.

Claudia Zeldin because you’re the head of Berkeley Carroll Parent Association’s Side by Side community service committee, non-profit professional, and mom of 3.

Zora Space because you’re a new space for visual and performance artists, filmmakers and musicians on Fourth Avenue run by Zohreh Shayesteh, as a welcoming environment for artists to experiment, interact, communicate and create.

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November 17th, 2010

Send Your Nominations for the Park Slope 100

It’s that time of year again. Time to compile the Park Slope 100. What is the Park Slope 100?

Good question. Here’s how I’ve defined it in the past:

“100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things. The list is in alphabetical order. There are no repeats from last year. There are always serious omissions.”

The 100 is culled from suggestions and nominations from visitors like you. Send me names of people YOU think should be on the Park Slope 100.

So what does it take to be considered?

You need to have done something interesting, strange, noteworthy, crazy, fun or original. You don’t have to be famous. No, not at all. And in some way you need to give outward or connect with the neighborhood or the world with generosity or flair.

I’ve already got about 10. Send me yours (louise_crawford(at)yahoo(dot)com. I usually roll out the list in early December so I better get cracking.

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December 22nd, 2009

The 2009 Park Slope 100

 
 Here it is: The 2009 Park Slope 100 (which also has its own mini blog here). This is the fourth annual list of 100 people, places and things that make Park Slope Park Slope. 100 Stories, 100 ways of looking at the world. 

There are no repeats from the last three years so if someone obvious is missing they've probably already made the list. If you think someone should be here, send me a tip for next year. This year I got SO MANY TIPS. Many of these were written by OTBKB readers who were kind enough to write blurbs about those they wanted to honor. Thanks to all!  Please send your typos, your fact checks, your comments to me. Heck, I know you will.

Four years of the Park Slope 100. That means that  if you combine  all the lists there are 400 people on this ongoing list.  If you go to the PS 100 mini blog you can see ALL the other years, too.

Adult Education because your useless information lecture series at Union Hall is pretty darn fun. Keep it up!

Nat Allman because you give so much of your time to the Park Slope Civic Council, the House Tour and Celebrate Brooklyn. You may be retired but you sure are busy. And true to your name, we hear that you’re quite a natty dresser.
 
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Jonathan Ames
because even though you live in Boerum Hill, your HBO show, “Bored to Death” is too damn funny and has too many great scenes of the neighborhood not to mention you or it.
 
Ansonia Chemist because you folks remember customer’s names and prescriptions and people say that you’re very compassionate!
 
Jennifer Jones Austin because you're a legal advocate for children, wife and mother who has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). We know that your chances of survival are slim unless you undergo a bone marrow transplant within the next few months and we are doing everything in our power to find you a match in order to make that happen (press link for information about how you can hlep Jennifer).
 
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Babeland
because you’ve got sleekly designed kinky sex toys for women and your workshops for women and men, who want to explore their sexuality are top notch. Your sex-positive “how to talk to your kids about sex” workshops for parents are a big contribution to the life of this community.
 
Bark because we love the dogs, the décor, the wireless, the easy-going atmosphere and especially the Bark Dog with sweet relish, mustard and onion and all the other fixins’ you’ve got, including Smuttynose Robust Porter beer.
 
Beer Table because you took an enormous chance when you moved to Brooklyn from Texas to build a tiny exotic beer bar in a city that drinks principally Brooklyn Lager and Budweiser. To think that you made such a thing work in this economy, too.
 
Jason Belz because many call you the unofficial “mayor of Park Slope” due to your unabashed commitment to the Slope's economy, history, beautification and vision for the future. Indeed, there are dozens of individuals who would not have the first-hand know-how of this incredible neighborhood had they not come in to contact with your savvy, well-versed enthusiasm.
 
Bergen Street because in the last two years a bunch of local businesses have turned this into a stylish and fun shopping mecca.
 
Bella Voce Singers because you women sure know how to sing!
 
Bklyn Larder because Franny’s wasn’t enough. You opened a shop across the street that celebrates artisan cheeses, prepared foods and specialty grocery items. Superb!

Bklyn Yard because over the past two summers you have become a favorite local destination with events like the Sundays Best series, AudraRox, Rooftop Films, and more. Resting on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, BKLYN Yard has grove of trees and boating docks.  beautiful independent venue where industrial meets bucolic

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Blue Apron
because many say that your existence is reason enough to live in Park Slope. You are specialists in yummy charcuterie and cheese, and a carefully curated selection of breads, chocolates, olive oils, vinegars and everything a foodie needs in the cupboard.

Dominique Bravo because you helped to save the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn several years ago by finding them new space when they had to leave the YWCA . Your help enabled 100 local families to continue to get high quality child care in the Park Slope area.  Now you're working with Park Slope Parents on the child care survey. You also sit on the board of PS 122 and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn. Brava to Bravo!

Marine Lance Corporal Julian T. Brennan, age 25, was killed in Afghanisatn last spring. He grew up on 15th Street in Park Slope and was a remarkable person, a gifted actor, who felt a call to service at the funeral for his grandfather, a Marine who fought in WWII.  "The only way I think I can describe myself,” he wrote, “is as a guy who will go out of his way to make someone laugh, write a great song, find a
reason to dance, and watch the sun rise every chance he gets." Consider a donation in Julian’s memory to the Central Asia Institute, at www.ikat.org.  CAI’s mission is to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in the remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Central Asia Institute
P.O. Box 7209
Bozeman, MT 59771  
In memo line, please write: Julian Brennan
 
Jane Brody because not only are you the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times but you recently wrote a necessary book called Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally and Emotionally for the End of Life. The book has been called "an invaluable road map to putting your affairs in order—or helping your loved ones do the same. In it you seem to answer virtually every question one might have." Thanks!

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Brooklyn Based and the women who run it:  Nicole Davis, Annaliese Griffin and Chrysanthes Tenentes because in your thrice weekly e-newsletter you write about all things Brooklyn and you gals really know your way around the block.
 
Brooklyn Food Coalition because 2009’s weekend event was a rousing (and well attended) success. You are a grassroots partnership of individuals and groups providing a voice for those who want to create a just and sustainable system for tasty, healthy, and affordable food.
 
Brooklyn Skillshare because you are an energetic group of students and teachers, who have something to teach and to learn from each other during one-day events of learning, making, sharing and doing.
 
Candace Carponter because as Co-Chair of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods and the Head of the Legal Team for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn Brooklyn, you have lobbied endlessly to preserve the very qualities that define Brooklyn and make it a special place to live.  When you are not campaigning for your politician of choice, your are busy raising your daughter, running your own law firm and are the President of the Parent Association at the Berkeley Carroll School. Whoa.
 
Chris, the waiter at Grand Canyon because you have, like, a hundred ties, for as many holidays as you can find. You even asked a friend to help you find a Jewish New Year's tie. Did you get one?
 
The City Council Candidates (33rd): Kudos and thanks for the memories to Ken Baer Doug Biviano, Ken Diamondstone, Issac Abraham, Jo Anne Simon and Evan Thies.
 
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The City Council Candidates
(39th): Kudos and thanks for the memories to John Heyer, Joe Nardiello, David Pechefsky, Gary Reilly, Josh Skaller and Bob Zuckerman.
 
The City Council Incumbents: Congrats to the winners, Brad Lander, City Councilmember elect for the 39th District and Steve Levin, City Councilmember elect for the 33rd.
 
Congregation Beth Elohim because when a group of bigots from a Kansas Baptist Church (godhatesfags.com) picketed outside of your synagogue one Saturday morning before the start of Yom Kippur, Rabbi Andy Bachman held a service on the steps of the synagogue and blew a shofar while 200 congregants and Park Slope residents danced, sang, and laughed.
 
Martin Cottingham because you were the key guy in saving the Holy Name School in Windsor Terrace (which everybody used to call Park Slope) from closing–because it's your old grade school, and you still live in the parish. That. And one friend calls you a world-class Catholic mensch.
 
Shanti Crawford because your Fifth Avenue shop, Asha Veza, recruits a team of local seamstresses in Bosnia and India to create garments woven from hand-cut ribbons of repurposed silk saris and pieces of Indian dowry quilts. Indian silks, intricate embroidery, and delicate beadwork adorning the garments at this boutique would be reason enough to stop in, but you’ve added another major incentive: the proceeds from the designer collection funds the training of women who are victims of trafficking or poverty; these women are then employed in the production of the house label.

Susie DeFord because your book The Dogs of Brooklyn is a poetic narrative about your colorful life as a dogwalker accompanied by vibrant photos of Brooklyn and the dogs by Dennis Riley.

The Food Pantries of Park Slope because you’ve helped many people through a tough year. You are: The Helping Hands Food Pantry at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church. CHIPS on Fourth Avenue. The Church of the Gethsemane on 8th Avenue and more to come.

 
Fucked in Park Slope because you truly are the best Park Slope blog. Seriously though: you bring humor, fun and irreverence to a subject totally worth making fun of.
 
Deborah Fisher and 21st Century Ploughshares because you decided that if you could get a bunch of people together to "throw seeds" in Bed-Stuy one spring morning you could bring wildflowers to the vacant lots, the tree pods and the streets of that neighborhood.
 
The Flaming Neon at Rachel’s Taqueria because it really adds spice to Fifth Avenue.
 
Fourth Avenue Pub because it's a great place to have a beer.

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The Free Impressarios
because you are a group of three friends, who have sprung into action not once but twice to bring modern dance and opera to Park Slope. In the words of Phyllis Wrynn, one of the FIs, “After last spring's superb opera event, Suor Angelica, the reaction was so wonderful that we thought we'd try it again.” And indeed they did. This year they presented SYREN Modern Dance’s production of “last of the leaves.” Both times they used the 1907 school auditorium of St. Francis Xavier on President Street, with its glorious stained glass ceiling, beautifully decorated walls and historic murals. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

Ken Freeman because when you became president of the Park Slope Civic Council you had Lydia Denworth’s big shoes to fill and you’ve filled them well working hard for the neighborhood that you love.
 
Ed Fusco because you’re a local attorney on Seventh Avenue, who has toiled for the Brooklyn Blades Hockey Club for years and you’re still in the sidelines. Now that's dedication!
 
Marcus Gonzales because as founder of the Salsa Salsa Dance Studio on 4th Ave between Bergen and Dean, you run a phenomenal studio, where amazing teachers teach salsa to all levels.
 
Dr. Philippa Gordon of Gordon Glaser Pediatrics because everyone agrees that you're a great doctor and this year you helped to cool the hysteria about H1Ni with your FAQs on Park Slope Parents. You are an information wellspring, who is great about sharing what you know!
 
Bernie Graham because, as one OTBKB reader puts it: “you are a serial good deed doer.” You’re a judge, you are on the board of the Park Slope Civic Council, you’re big and tall and statesmen-like and a great husband and father.  

John Guidry because your blog, Truth and Rocket Science, has intellectual velocity and creative eccentricity and it’s fun and interesting to read.
 
Hanco’s Vietnamese Sandwich Shop because your sandwiches rock especially the Classic with roasted ground pork, Vietnamese ham, pate, mayo, butter, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cilantro on toasted french baguette. 
 
Iris in the radiation department at New York Methodist Hospital because you moved mountains to get my friend in and out of there on time every day for 8 weeks. Some days the wait was longer but you were warm and friendly and that goes a long way when you’re dealing with cancer.
 
James Hannaham because your first novel, God Says No, from McSweeney's Books is a funny must read. You teach at Pratt and used to work at the Park Slope Writers Space. 
 
Lyn Hill because it’s not easy being Vice President for Communication and External Affairs at New York Methodist Hospital but you do it with grace and energy.
 
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and Brit in Brooklyn because as a transplanted Londoner your big, bold photos bring much to the Brooklyn blog landscape. Photo by Adrian Kinloch at left.
 
Katia Kelly because you run the indispensible and fabulous Carroll Gardens blog, Pardon Me For Asking.
 
Scott Lindenbaum and Andy Hunter because you decided to publish Electric Literature an ambitious new lit mag. In your own words: “We're tired of hearing that literary fiction is doomed. Everywhere we look, people are reading—whether it be paper books, eBooks, blogs, tweets, or text messages. So, before we write the epitaph for the literary age, we thought, let’s try it this way first: select stories with a strong voice that capture our readers and lead them somewhere exciting, unexpected, and meaningful.” YES.
 
Irene LoRe because as owner of Aunt Suzie's, you were one of the pioneers of the new Fifth Avenue, who managed to retain some of the flavor of the old. And now you run the Fifth Avenue BID giving your time, intelligence, energy, and experience to the Park Slope community.

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and Michael Uys because you infuse your passion and enthusiasm for life into compelling and thought-provoking documentary films. Riding The Rails and very recently, The Good Soldier, have provided rare glimpses into American culture and consciousness mixed with an artistry that makes the documentary format very accessible.  Talent and passion aside, you are great friends and neighbors and you help define and inspire the tone of the neighborhood. 

Marissa Palma-Muller: From OTBKB: “It was just a simple note on a yellow piece of paper on the door of Palma Pharmacy, on the corner of Garfield Place and Seventh Avenue. But that's how Park Slope learned of the loss of a trusted member of the community. Pharmacist Marisa Palma-Muller, age 48, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Since then word has been trickling into my in-box with remembrances. One OTBKB reader wrote in to say: "She was the last of a disappearing breed: the neighborhood pharmacist who knew all her customers, had a nice word for everyone, tried to help customers baffled by insurance regulations…"

Martin of Café Regular because regulars at Regular seem to think you're one very cool, sarcastic and interest
ing barista. As one person said, “he’s fun to see first thing in the morning.”

 
Melanie at the Purity Restaurant for introducing coloring books to this diner and putting up the most awesome Halloween decorations in the Slope. You decorate a little bit every day that you’re working and by Halloween it's just magic – not over the top but magic. Like there's a treat in every booth. You do all the holidays but we know you like Halloween the best and it shows. It shows.
 
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Frank McCourt
because you were a great writer and a better teacher and you gave life and dignity to a lot of peoples' least favorite Irish city, Limerick.  (Frank did nothing, though, to stop the preponderance of "there once was a sailor from Nantucket" giggles).  You gave a lot of life to that other Irish city, New York.  Your three books — Angela's Ashes, 'Tis and Teacher Man — was a triptych that didn't just talk to us, it talked with us.  Frank McCourt: you were a man who inspired kids one on one, enthralled pub patrons circled around him, and reached readers in 30 languages. (in memoriam by Scott Turner).
 
Momasphere because you create innovative programs and events that serve to empower, enrich and enlighten moms, while giving back to the community and that's very cool.
 
Mary Morris because you’re the grand dame of literary Park Slope and the acclaimed author of Revenge, Vanishing Animals, The Bus of Dreams, and The Lifeguard Stories
 
The New Turf Field in Washington Park. Nuff said.
 
Norma & Gunni because you are AMAZING dog walkers and where would the dog owners and dogs of Brooklyn be without the two of you. Arf.
 
Old First Dutch Reformed Church because when the ceiling at Congregation Beth Elohim fell in just days before Yom Kippur, you welcomed that congreation into your church for their high holy day. "What joy to celebrate the repentance of our sins from A to Z. That's a gift that Jews and Christians in unity can give our society, the good news of repentance, and just why that is good news," wrote Pastor Daniel Meeter on his blog Old First. 

Otto (and Annette Englander) because for that last nineteen years form meets function in your shop ith its elegant and stylish selection of fine lingerie, swimwear, clothing, accessories and Otto exclusives.
 
 “Park Slope Woman” because you broke up with your live-in boyfriend of six years and promptly (and luckily) found a place in Park Slope. When you got here you were “a total wreck of a human being who could barely get out of bed let alone make the trek to law school on the Upper West Side,” a friend writes. “But you found sanctuary in this amazing community and found yourself again. No only are you healing, but you’re learning WHO YOU ARE. If it takes a village to raise a child, it may also take a village to bring that child back to herself. Park Slope is such a special place and it's the people who make it great."
 
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and the team at Brokelyn for the right blog at the right time and for teaching us to live big on small change.
 
Wendy Ponte because you write the Brooklyn Frugal Family Examiner and are showing us how to simplify and live with more frugality.
 
Tom Potter because you are co-founder and former CEO of The Brooklyn Brewery—one of the most successful artisan breweries in the United States and the largest beverage alcohol company producing in New York City. Nice work.
 
Rebecca Pronsky because in 2005 you founded the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, a monthly series with a mission to present great musical talent and foster community among local songwriters.
 
The Prospect Park Alliance because since 1987, the year you began to restore the Park after years of budget cuts and steady neglect of both its natural areas and usage, you have supplemented the Park’s basic operating budget with private funds and have initiated many capital projects and community programs. You’ve made the public understand why parks are so important in New York City, while gaining support from donors and volunteers for the restoration projects that have brought Prospect Park back to its glory (and beyond). Yay team!

Prospect Park West because this satiric novel by Amy Sohn really got the neighborhood reading and talking about itself. 
 
Red White and Bubbly because you folks seem to know what pairs well with hot dogs, grilled cheese and leftover ziti.
 
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Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir
because you believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives. Because you believe that our neighborhoods and "commons" places like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores. Because you are singing and preaching for local economies and real – not mediated through products – experience. Sing on. Amen. 

Rooftop Films because you make it possible to view movies al fresco. Your o
riginal programming and stunning outdoor venues makes Rooftop Films one of the best-attended film festivals in New York.
 
Powerhouse Books because you’re a world-renowned art book publisher and your "arena," a cool DUMBO gallery, boutique, book store, performance and events space welcomed the Brooklyn Blogfest and hundreds of others events last year.
 
Sophia Romero and Dan Schwartz because not only is Sophia the Shiksa from Manila and the author of the novel, Always Hiding, the couple are the uber-couple when it comes to fund-raising: he for Congregation Beth Elohim and she for Berkeley Carroll (as co-chair of the Auction Gala 2010, "Road to Morocco"). They call themselves "the bookends." Cute. And what a team!
 
Debi Ryan because you revitalized Vox Pop Coffee Shop with energy, spirit and loads of charisma. As of this writing, VP is closed again. But not for long if you have anything to say about it. Lead on.
 
Joe Rydell because you're the friendliest man on Seventh Avenue, who knows everyone and everyone likes to talk to (even if they don't know your name). You're a devoted dad, a psychotherapist in private practice,
founder of the Berkeley Carroll documentary
film series and part-time realtor. You and your partner, Berkeley Carroll teacher David Wood, exemplify what makes Park Slope extraordinary. You worked to get more trees planted on 7th Avenue, as part of the Park Slope Civic Council. Look for the trees this Spring!
 
Dr. Mehryar Sadeghi because, according to one OTBKB reader, you’re a Park Slope ophthalmologist with a great bedside manner. You escaped Iran after the revolution, landed in Canada followed by medical school at Harvard and Washington Universities and now we’re happy to have you looking in our eyes.
 
Jeff Sandgrund because you have worked tirelessly for parks and green space in New York City and most especially in Brooklyn where you served for several years as a community liaison for the Parks Department, then managed Fort Greene Park and now you're the operations manager for the new Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. You are a born and bred Park Sloper who still lives here and still loves the 'hood.
 
Seven AM Morning Disc because most weekday mornings (and Sundays at 8:30 AM) a good number of you gather at the 9th Street ball fields for a rousing pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee. You've been doing this for a few years now and routinely get between 10-20 people out there each time. Wow. The game is spirited, competitive yet open to all skill levels. What an incredibly invigorating way to start the workday. Once the ground freezes over (around Dec 1), you migrate over to the turf fields at the Parade Grounds, but the fun continues all year long.  Like all responsible organizations, you even have a google group (morning disc at google groups).
 
Phyllis Salome because she lived in Brooklyn all her life, raised two daughters, Joan and Alice, on 4th Street in Park Slope and had four grandchildren. A graduate of the Cooper Union, she enjoyed painting and was very active at the PS Senior Citizens Center where she was board president for 4 years.  The family has requested that donations be made to the Park Slope Senior Center in her name, 463-A 7th street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.
 
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Showpaper
because you’re a big fold out listings newspaper of all ages music shows in the New York area, including Park Slope, that’s a must-read for local music fans. Well-designed, it always includes a fabulous illustration on the cover and is delivered around town by an enthusiastic gang of all ages volunteers. 
 
Melissa Silverstein because you are marketing consultant, writer and blogger, who specializes in women’s issues, with an emphasis on women and Hollywood.  Your blog Women & Hollywood has become a respected site for issues related to feminism and pop culture.  In 2008 it was named by More Magazine as one of the “blogs to watch,” and in 2009 it was named “Best Hollywood blog” by totalfilm.com.
 
Daniel Smith because you’re a local jazz, classical, and cross-over bassoonist who has been called "the Rampal of the Bassoon." 
 
Peter Solomita and Little Buddy Biscuit Company because, in the words of Eleanor Traubman at Creative Times, “He’s a baker, an entrepreneur, a disc jockey, a dad, a husband, and a teacher. He defies the stereotype I have of professional chefs as being ill-tempered. (Remember Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck?) Pete is passionate about everything he does, but that passion comes seasoned with lots of compassion: he keeps one eye on his business and another eye on the big picture of what’s happening in the rest of the world and how his work fits into that.”
 
Michael Sorgatz because your site  "Art in Brooklyn" promotes the work of local artists, and that’s a positive and generous thing to do (especially in these times). You are also a talented artist in your own right and a really great guy.
 
Martha Martha Southgate because you are the author of three novels, most recently Third Girl from the Left, which won Best Novel of the Year award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. You also organized a great reading at Brooklyn Reading Works called Young  Gifted and Black (Men) in September presenting the wonderful James Hanaham, James Lavalle and Clifford Thompson

Spuyten Duyvil Books because you publish amazing books: fiction, non-fiction and poetry out of a Park Slope apartment.
 
Sufjan Stevens because you recognized the beauty of the BQE and it inspired you to make a film and write symphony about it. 

Cathryn Swan because you’re fighting the good fight with your blog Washington Square Park, the chronicles of a beloved park and a city government overcome by its own power. In your own words: "Washington Square Park blog began after I attended an exhibit on Jane Jacobs and her New York City activism presented by the Municipal Art Society in January. An eye-catching brochure was handed out entitled “The City is You.” The point of it was to lay out the steps of advocating for issues and causes in your neighborhood, believing that doing so is what keeps New York City vital: “Observe. Think. Assess. Learn. Assemble. Participate. Advocate.”"
And you've been doing that ever since. 
 
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Joyce Szuflita and NYC School Help
because you are an amazing resource when it comes to helping parents with public school admissions process—and that is one awesome good deed. As one satisfied customer wrote: "Joyce understanding of all school issues, is armed with all the current facts, and understands the inner workings of the Dept. of Ed. Her knowledge of the middle and high school choice process in YC likely saved us two months of research time. Joyce took a complex and often confusing process, and helped us make decisions that were right for us.  We feel lucky to have found her!"
Third Street News Stand and Deli because the owner and the guys in there are great and one OTBKB reader said, “It’s a second home for my kids."
 
Clifford Thompson because you wrote a terrific novel, Signifying Nothing, and published it yourself. Your advice to other sulf-publishers: “Believe in what you’re doing, because not everyone you tell about your self-published book will shower you with congratulations. You WILL sometimes get the pity-laced smile that makes you want to say, “Maybe you misheard me. I don’t have bone cancer, I’m publishing my BOOK.” But if you believe in what you’ve written, then you must also believe it’s worth putting out there, however you can do it.”
 
Scott Turner because you are one very funny man. But that's not all. You're a dedicated Develop Don't Destroy activist, who runs the pub quiz every Thursday at Rocky Sullivan's. You're a graphic designer and a writer, who pens OTBKB's weekly Greetings From Scott Turner column, which is way funny and smart AND you have a one-man-band called Rebelmart. We approve. 

Urban Alchemist Design Collective because you’re part store, part gallery and part artisan salon and you’ve got an eclectic mix of emerging designers as well as carefully selected vintage and modern home goods, accessories and furniture. You’re really a hive of creative energy and beauty.
 
Emily Vaughn because you work hard behind the scenes as a member of Buy in Brooklyn and you were this year's coordinator of the Snowflake Celebration, the night when local merchants throw open their doors to stay lope late and create a holiday atmosphere enabling the people of Park Slope to do their holiday shopping.
 
Bob Vitalo because as head of the Berkeley Carroll School one OTBKB reader said you’re known for your “calming and strengthening skills.”
 

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Jack Walsh, executive producer of Celebrate Brooklyn because this Brooklyn institution offers something for every Brooklyn resident – young, old, parents, the childless, drama freaks, world music geeks, opera fans, dance nerds, indie hipsters –  and it is very family-friendly, too. Heck, there’s even a parking spot for bikes, (relatively) cheap beer, and great Brooklyn food. You are one Brooklyn treasure, Jack.

 
Steve Wiener, Joe Uzzo and the crew at The Video Forum because you are something akin to neighborhood treasures.  When you are not good-naturedly recommending films at the store, you are performing in their band, Mute City.  Your congenial natures and ease of conversation is surpassed only by your ability to make the boomers of the neighborhood forget about their lives for a moment to embark on a trip to Generation Y. Great guys.
 
Eliot Wagner because you’re a walking, talking DJ, who loves to turn others on to the music you love with your carefully curated monthly CDs that are a great plug for the musicians and a treasured treat for your community of friends and neighbors. And now you've got your own blog, Now I've Heard Everything. You’re a great fan out there night after night listening to music in the clubs of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. You're also good at teaching Boomers how to use the newfangled stuff that’s replaced LPs and CDs. And lets not forget OTBKB Music, one heck of a great music column. Thanks. 

Willie's Dawgs because you serve plump, juicy and delicious hot dogs grilled any way you like, and give some of  the profits to dog shelters in and around Brooklyn and to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
 

 
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December 4th, 2009

Final Call for Park Slope 100 Suggestions

I'm putting out a final call for suggestions of people, places and things for the Park Slope 100.

So what is the Park Slope 100? It's a annual listing of 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people,
places and things. The list is in alphabetical order. There are no
repeats from year to year.

Send the now or forever hold your peace (at least until next year)!

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November 12th, 2009

It’s Time to Send In Your Suggestions For the Park Slope 100

It's that time of year again. On Monday, December 14th I will roll out the 2009 Park Slope 100.

So what is the Park Slope 100?  Here's how I described it last year.

The Park Slope 100 is 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people,
places and things in and around Park Slope. It can be a person, a place, a thing, even an event. Let me know who, what and where was notable and powerful and 2009. One tip: I especially like people who direct their energies outward towards the better good of others in some way. Suggest yourself, your spouse, your relative, your friend.

Send your suggestions to me: louise_crawford(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Here are some of the people that made the list last year. To see more go to The Park Slope 100.

BRENDA BECKER because in 2008 you decided to visit Prospect
Park every day as an urban adventure (and, not least, as a drug-free
antidepressant!), and to chronicle your discoveries. And you're still
trying to get to the park every day, and posting about it on your blog,
A Year in the Park,
a site the New York Times called "witty and engaging" in a profile last
July. "It was fun getting some Old Media attention for 15 minutes,"
comments Becker, "but the real gift was connecting to so many other
people, from cyclists to dog lovers, who are also passionate about
Prospect Park. The calendar is a way to share that passion."

SALLY BERMANZOHN because you were a labor organizer at the
Duke Hospital cafeteria with your husband Paul, who was critically
wounded in the Greensboro Massacre in 1979. Currently you are professor
and chairperson of the Political Science Department at Brooklyn
College, where you research and teach courses on the international
phenomenon of truth and reconciliation commissions. And that's not all. You're the author of Through Survivors’ Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro
Massacre (2003),
for which you received the Brooklyn College Award for
Excellence in Creative Achievement. You are also featured in Adam
Zucker's documentary, Greensboro; Closer to the Truth.

ANDREA BERNSTEIN because as political director for
WNYC and
The Takeaway, your reporting of Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign was
always top notch, as were your stories from battleground states. Kudos
for
being one of 12 top U.S. journalists to win a Knight Fellowship at
Stanford University in 2006-2007.

Blow190v_2CHARLES BLOW because as the New York Times' visual Op-Ed columnist and an award-winning art director, you
bring a decidedly visual style to that page, a great writing style and
a distinctive point of view.

BRADLEY FELDMAN because your geeky weather tower is working
24/7/365 days a year to bring Park Slopers the temperature, the
windchill, the humidity and a live image detailed weather,
radar/satellite map, 5-day forecaster and pollen levels. Your weather site is quite a service to the community.

PATRICK GASPARD because Barack Obama appointed you national political director of his  presidential campaign and the rest is history.

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because you are the self-designated photographer of the Brooklyn
all-ages music scene and you get the shots that everyone loves.
Pictured left Fiasco.

GINO'S COLLISION because you fixed my father's
Subaru for a reasonable price and we love the adorable bright orange
Fiat 500 that you park right outside. Classy.

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JOHN HODGMAN because you play
the PC guy in those funny Apple commercials and we love your hilarious,
and completely fake, trivia books (“The Areas of My Expertise” and the
new “More Information than You Require”), your regular appearances as
the resident expert on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and your
citing of Park Slope as a utopian commune ruled by children. 

08freelance_span_2 SARA HOROWITZ,
because as executive director of Freelancers Union and CEO of
Freelancers Insurance Company you're trying to bring affordable health
care to us freelancers. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, you come
from a long line of
labor advocates, including your father, who was a labor lawyer, and
your grandfather, who was vice president of the International Ladies’
Garment Workers Union. You studied at Cornell University's School of
Industrial and
Labor Relations and later
earned a
master's degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.You
are the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Fellowship (also known a genuis award). 

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ALISON HOUTTE because you are the flamboyant and fabulous owner of Hooti Couture,
a vintage store at 321 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, that specializes in
women's and men's clothes and accessories. Before getting into the
vintage business you worked as a model for more than 10 years in Paris
and Manhattan, appearing in everything from Vogue magazine to a Dr
Pepper television commercial—and you still look like one. Your store
has been featured in Women's Wear Daily, The New York Times and many
other publications

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March 2nd, 2009

Park Slope 100 Logo by Good Form Design Included in Logolounge Book

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The Park Slope 100 logo, designed by Elizabeth Reagh of Good Form Design, will be included in a Logolounge book, a prestigious series of logo design books from the Master Library Series.

That sure makes me feel good for two reasons.

Reason 1: I am thrilled for Elizabeth Reagh because she deserves the recognition. Her company Good Form Design, is a small and vibrant graphic design studio in the heart of Park Slope,
Brooklyn. She ees every project as a chance to bring her parallel
backgrounds in fine art and graphic art together to produce effective
and beautiful communication. Logos, websites, invitations and branding.

Reason 2: I am thrilled because it gets the Park Slope 100 out there into the world.

The
LogoLounge books have quickly become best-selling series of design
books. It is part of LogoLounge®, a website where designers can easily
share their ideas and concepts with peers and clients. The site enables people to search through thousands of
logos created by designers and firms known and unknown. The logos are  categorized to make your search
for a logo or concept easy.

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December 17th, 2008

The 2008 Park Slope 100

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The 2008 Park Slope 100:
100 stories. 100 ways of looking at the world. 100 inspiring people,
places and things. The list is in alphabetical order. There are no
repeats from last year. There are always serious omissions. I left two slots open for latecomers. The link above is the list’s very own blog.

Zen_logo ART OBAMA because you were a creative and organized group with a great idea, energy and spirit. Heck, you raised $48,000 for Barack Obama at
a fun and festive art auction. Yeah!

FLORIAN BALHAUS because you are quietly building an
impressive filmography as Director of Photography forThe Devil Wears Prada, Definitely, Maybe, the upcoming Marley
and Me
and The Time Travelers Wife. Whoa.

MARIATERESSA BAZZI because you’ve got two sets of twins born
one year apart. Enough said right there. They are now 11 and 12 and a
great bunch of talented and well-behaved kids. But you are also a
spirited, fun, involved person who oversees the recess crowd at PS 321.

BRENDA BECKER because in 2008 you decided to visit Prospect
Park every day as an urban adventure (and, not least, as a drug-free
antidepressant!), and to chronicle your discoveries. And you’re still
trying to get to the park every day, and posting about it on your blog,
A Year in the Park,
a site the New York Times called "witty and engaging" in a profile last
July. "It was fun getting some Old Media attention for 15 minutes,"
comments Becker, "but the real gift was connecting to so many other
people, from cyclists to dog lovers, who are also passionate about
Prospect Park. The calendar is a way to share that passion."

SALLY BERMANZOHN because you were a labor organizer at the
Duke Hospital cafeteria with your husband Paul, who was critically
wounded in the Greensboro Massacre in 1979. Currently you are professor
and chairperson of the Political Science Department at Brooklyn
College, where you research and teach courses on the international
phenomenon of truth and reconciliation commissions. And that’s not all. You’re the author of Through Survivors’ Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro
Massacre (2003),
for which you received the Brooklyn College Award for
Excellence in Creative Achievement. You are also featured in Adam
Zucker’s documentary, Greensboro; Closer to the Truth.

ANDREA BERNSTEIN because as political director for WNYC and
The Takeaway, your reporting of Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign was always top notch, as were your stories from battleground states. Kudos for
being one of 12 top U.S. journalists to win a Knight Fellowship at
Stanford University in 2006-2007.

BILL DI BLASIO, City Council member and neighborhood advocate. Have you never been on this list?

Blow190v_2CHARLES BLOW because as the New York Times’ visual Op-Ed columnist and an award-winning art director, you
bring a decidedly graphic style to that page, a great writing style and
a distinctive point of view.

BROOKLYN FOR BARACK because of the phone banks. And everything else you did to bring Barack to the White House.

BROOKLYN GREEN TEAM
because you’re a community group in Park Slope devoted to reducing your
environmental impact and you inspire others to do the same through
small changes which make a big difference. Founded in 2007, your major
activities include a blog site with local and national green news,
resources, upcoming events, and tips as well as informative emails
pertaining to a particular environmental issue such as local food or
bottled water. Green Team members include: Jennifer Bartels, Melissa
Browning, Amanda Gentile, Noelle Gentile, Johanna Voutounou, and Robert
Weinstein.

BROOKLYN MERCANTILE because
you’ve turned your eclectic, fun Fifth Avenue store,which features an unusual mix of home goods and notions into a community
workshop for crafters of all stripes.

BROOKLYNOLOGY because you’re a new blog run by the Brooklyn Public Library and you present a treasure trove of interesting stories and images of Brooklyn.

BROOKLYNOMETRY because your take on things is so unusual and interesting and it’s never boring to read your words or look at your photographs. 

Mighty_2COOL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT /  THE MIGHTY HANDFUL because
you’re not just rock and roll bands. CUP raised $6,000 for New Orleans and for an orphanage for street children in Manila with annual concerts at the Old Stone House.
And on December 19th The Mighty Handful (with the help of CUP alums and moms) did it again: this time in support of action.org, advocacy to control TB internationally.  And let’s not forget that CUP was a pioneering member of the
all-ages rock scene in the neighborhood.

PHYLLIS COOPER because you are da bomb as a physical
education teacher and administrator at MS 51, a good citizen of Park
Slope and Third Street neighbor.

HERMINE CHARLES AND GILBERT MIDONNET because you’re entrepreneurial and community minded and your shops, Serene Rose and Razor, combine elegance with a sense of fun. We know you comb Park Slope for the best of local artists, artisans and craftspeople.

DOUGLAS J. CUOMO because
you compose music for concert and theatrical
stages, television, and film. Your music, with influences from jazz,
world music, classical, and popular sources, is as personal,
distinctive, and recognizable as it is wide-ranging. Your compositions
range from well-known television themes — for Sex and the City and Now
with Bill Moyers, among others — to evening-length works for theater,
including Arjuna’s Dilemma, an opera-oratorio based on the story of the
Bhagavad Gita, which was at BAM this fall.

D’VINE TASTE because you’ve been providing this community
with delicious cheeses, breads, middle eastern specialties, condiments,
olives, sweets, and more at reasonable prices for many years in a
friendly atmosphere with good service and even better conversation
while WNYC plays on the radio.

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you decided to start Girl Guides, a non-profit outdoors program or
sixth through tenth grade girls in Brooklyn. A graduate of Yale
University in 2007, you worked for Sen. Dick Durbin on Capitol Hill in
Washington, D.C., but left your job to get this inspired project off the ground.

Fall08_cover_sm_2 EDIBLE BROOKLYN because you’re an attractive and well-written magazine that celebrates, defines and honors Brooklyn’s diverse cuisine.

JENIFER EPELBAUM because of your efforts help your neighbors, an elderly man and a mentally disabled woman, who are being evicted from their Slope apartment where
the woman has resided for 19 years. You wrote: "She and her partner have been our
neighbors in the Slope for these many years, and as a community, I
believe we have a responsibility to make sure they are treated fairly and
decently." Nicely put.

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BARBARA ENSOR because you’re the scissor girl, the paper lady, the mad genius author of Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story) and Thumbalina, Tiny Runaway Bride and headmaster of the Little School of Moving Pictures.   

FAMOUS ACCORDION ORCHESTRA because  your quartet spans the traditional and the modern. You perform original material, as well as tunes from many different
traditions, including Stephen Foster, Jacques Offenbach, Paolo Conte, Leonard
Bernstein, Yiddish, Basque, Italian, Balkan, and beyond.

BRADLEY FELDMAN because your geeky weather tower is working
24/7/365 days a year to bring Park Slopers the temperature, the
wind chill, the humidity and a live image detailed weather,
radar/satellite map, 5-day forecaster and pollen levels. Your weather site is quite a service to the community.

SANDI FRANKLIN because since joining the Center for the Urban Environment (CUE) in
2001, you’ve brought this esteemed 30 year old organization into the
21st century. You’ve honed the agency’s mission, expanded its
programming, and cultivated new partnerships to allow CUE to become the
leading educational guide to a greener New York City. Under your
direction, the Center relocated its headquarters from the bucolic seat
of Prospect Park to its more gritty cousin, the Gowanus Canal, on 7th
Street— in what is on schedule to be the first green building of its
kind in the borough. Under your leadership, you’ve increased
discussions around sustainability and access to ‘green’ education by
helping launch the Sustainable Business Network NYC, worked in nearly
every school in Park Slope, established three environmentally-themed
high schools, and spearheaded Brooklyn’s first and largest green
conference, Green Brooklyn…Green City. For your efforts you have been
awarded "Citizen of the Year" by the Executive Council in 2008 and
"Brooklyn Woman of Distinction" by Con Edison in 2003—and changed the
lives of thousand of residents from Park Slope to Bushwick by providing
them with the tools for greater involvement in the future of their
communities.

LEON FREILICH because you truly are the-oh-so-prolific verse
responder with your funny and smart observations about national and
local politics, as well as daily life in the Slope. Once a day and
sometimes 3 or 4, you bring wisdom, levity, good sense and poetic craft to
the many readers of OTBKB.

ELLEN FREUDENHEIM because you were the author of the first
guidebook to Brooklyn in something like 50 years, and then updated
twice since. If anyone has done something to help put Brooklyn on the
map we think you have.

ANDREW FRIED because you lost your wife suddenly and
tragically and we feel for you. You have been very eloquent in your
expression of grief on your blog, Fry Guy’s Thinkerings. "Our life was going amazingly, like a dream come
true. We spent days together and never argued. We kissed constantly and
couldn’t spend enough time with each other. We laughed, loved, and
talked about our future, including our expectant child."

KAREN ROTHMAN FRIED, a beloved teacher at PS
321 known for her commitment to and appreciation of each and every
child in the classroom. Brooklyn Heights born, she received her Master
of Science in Elementary Education and Post
Master of Science in Reading from Bank Street College of Education and
taught 2nd grade at the Special Music School of America as well as 2nd
grade at the Lycee Francais de New York before coming to P.S. 321 in
2007. In memoriam. 

PATRICK GASPARD because Barack Obama appointed you national political director of his  presidential campaign and the rest is history.

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because you are the self-designated photographer of the Brooklyn
all-ages music scene and you get the shots that everyone loves.
Pictured left: Fiasco.

GINO’S COLLISION because you fixed my father’s Subaru for a reasonable price and we love the adorable bright orange Fiat 500 that you park right outside. Classy.

CAROLINE GHERTLER because you are the best mom I know and
that’s not faint praise. I admire your way with S and think she’s a
very lucky girl to be your daughter. You’re a great sister, a great wife, a great daughter and a great friend. All this working full
time with crazy hours as a set decorator on cool movies and TV commercials. How do you do it?

FRANK GIORDANO because you are a first class middle school
principal at a first class middle school (New Voices) and you return emails faster than
any educator in New York and that’s amazing.

MARTY GOLDIN because you run Goldin Management, which provides customized management plans for Co-ops,
Condos and rental buildings You are a great landlord at Montauk Office,
the coolest office space in Park Slope (in the coolest building).
You’re an involved parent, citizen, member of your community, and a fun
guy to have as a landlord.

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MINDY GOLDSTEIN
because of the many roles you play in your life,
including Joanne in Charlie Libin’s indie film, American Combatant, a
recurring muse in Jamie Livingston’s Photo of the Day
project, a wonderful mother, a nursery school teacher at the Plymouth
Church School, a specialist in special needs education, a former editor
of Pandamonium, PS 321’s poetry magazine and a graceful volunteer
wherever help is needed.

SARAH GONSER not just because you’re smart, cool, and
accomplished but the  real reason is that you embody  what we believe
are the best facets to Brooklyn living. You helped a newcomer to the
Slope when she needed it most. You invited her to the Ladies Night, for
companionship and conversation of some pretty incredible women. but
what she represents. One friend writes, "I’d heard that Park Slope was
a neighborhood of community and warmth and civic pride, but had not
experienced it until I was introduced to it through Sarah.  She
captures these incredible attributes in the best, nonsnarky or
judgmental, incredible way."

Opening_08 AMY GRAVES, executive director of Brooklyn Children’s Theater,
because, simply put, Brooklyn Children’s Theater is a Park Slope
treasure.  You have introduced scores of neighborhood kids to the
wonders of musical theater in a setting that brings out the best in our
community.You and your team, including several middle school interns,
have worked this fall with more than 80 kids from elementary and middle
school to create five short yet spirited musicals in a non-competitive,
purely joyous productions. Cash donations at the door enable the school
to offer "scholarships," so children who can’t pay for the program
still can find their way onstage.

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KATHRYN HARRISON
because
you write deeply, bravely and honestly about your own experiences in
your memoir work and you bring beautifully rendered fictional worlds to
life in your novels, including Exposure, Poison, The Seal Wife and The Binding Chair.   

JENNIFER HENRY who blogs as The Henrys in New York because
you left a perfectly nice, ordered, well-connected life in arguably the
world’s most liveable city, to relocate halfway around the world to
live in arguably the world’s most exciting city. We love to read your
take on all the things you are discovering in NYC and Brooklyn. Your
enthusiasm is infectious.

FORBES HILL was the retired Chairman of the Department of
Media Studies at Queens College. He taught Christian education at the
Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and was involved with the Independent
Neighborhood Democrats, a local political club. A singer, he was also a
member of the Brooklyn
Community Chorus, the Congregational Beth Elohim Singers and the
Plymouth Church Choir. "For my father, music was a chance to
seek truth, experience beauty, relieve suffering, love and be loved and
achieve something of lasting worth," said Steffanie Hill Wilchfort, his
daughter. In memoriam.

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JOHN HODGMAN because you play
the PC guy in those funny Apple commercials and we love your hilarious,
and completely fake, trivia books (“The Areas of My Expertise” and the
new “More Information than You Require”), your regular appearances as
the resident expert on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and your description of Park Slope as a "utopian commune ruled by children."

08freelance_span_2 SARA HOROWITZ,
because as executive director of Freelancers Union and CEO of
Freelancers Insurance Company you’re trying to bring affordable health
care to us freelancers. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, you come
from a long line of
labor advocates, including your father, who was a labor lawyer, and
your grandfather, who was vice president of the International Ladies’
Garment Workers Union. You studied at Cornell University’s School of
Industrial and
Labor Relations and later
earned a
master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.You
are the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Fellowship (also known a genius award). 

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ALISON HOUTTE because you are the flamboyant and fabulous owner of Hooti Couture,
a vintage store at 321 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, that specializes in
women’s and men’s clothes and accessories. Before getting into the
vintage business you worked as a model for more than 10 years in Paris
and Manhattan, appearing in everything from Vogue magazine to a Dr
Pepper television commercial—and you still look like one. Your store
has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times and many
other publications

JAKE the panhandler who stands in front of ACE Supermarket on Seventh Avenue and Berkeley Place because you’ve had a tough life, you always ask so nicely and you have such a big, warm smile.

JOYCE JED AND JANE BECKER because of the hard work
and inspiration that led 8th Street between 8th Avenue and the Park to
win 2008’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn. This was the first time a block
in Park Slope won the award sponsored by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
.The two of you were able  able to unify a block and inspire dozens
of people to take an interest in street trees and caring for tree beds
and putting up window boxes. You represent the best of Park Slope with your commitment to the neighborhood and the people who live here.

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NATE KENSINGER because we know that you’re a documentary filmmaker, photographer, film festival programmer and a location scout but it’s your pictures of the industrial edges of NYC that grab our hearts. Photo left: under the boardwalk.

DEDE KAVANAUGH because some call you the mayor of Park Slope.
We loved your costumes for Piper Theater’s production of Midsummer
Night’s Dream in Washington Park right down to the Victorian underwear.
We notice all the decorative things you do at benefits, weddings, and
school events.

PAMELA KATZ because you always have the time to be an amazing
friend despite your multi-tasking life teaching screenwriting, writing screenplays, writing novels, being a superlative mom, an excellent conversationalist, a voracious reader, and a backyard gardener.

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JEZRA KAYE because in
your public speaking workshops you teach how to communicate with power
and ease so that people really listen. You’re on the board of directors
of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn , and are author of Kicking: Love Poems, which is one woman’s grapple with the
ever-changing face of love. You’re also a jazz singer, a Food Coop member and one heck of a people connector. 

ADAM KLEIN AND ISABEL REBOH because we still can’t believe
that you moved away from Third Street, your home for 15 years. Each of
you in your own way, was an integral part of life in the Slope. We ask:
How are you surviving in a small town more than an hour from
Toronto? We miss running into you both on Third Street or Seventh
Avenue. Thanks for the emails, the  excerpts from the Toronto Globe and the literary musings. But most of all we
envy your new neighbors!

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DAVID KONIGSBERG
because
you’re the original idea man whether it’s coming up with an inspired way raise money for Barack Obama’s campaign (Art Obama), writing annual
reports or painting gorgeously lush narrative paintings of strange
autos, flying machines and imaginary cities.

THE HANDY LANDLORD OF LINCOLN PLACE because you watch over your properties like a proud papa and you’re a whiz with power tools. You do your creative carpentry in front of Stitch Therapy, Paper Love and One of a Find on Lincoln Place creating attractive planters and benches, which you then hand paint.  Name to come.

6a00d8341d651053ef010535cfc8d6970b1PAUL LAROSA because on your blog, The Murder Book 2008, you
created a record of all the murders in NYC that appeared in the city’s
three newspapers. You’re also a TV producer for CBS’s 48 Hours and a
true crime author of Tacoma Confidential and other page turners.

CHARLES LIBIN because you’re usually behind the lens as
director of photography or camera operator on films like Able Danger,
Be Kind Rewind and Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
Your film, American Combatant, was selected for numerous film festivals, including the San Paulo
International Film Festival and is now available at Amazon. Most
of all, we love that you were on screen as an extra during the euphoric party
scenes in Rachel Getting Married, a film you also worked on.

RABBI ELLEN LIPPMANN because as founding rabbi of Park Slope’s Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives
you bring a spirit of serious Judaism, spirituality, social activism
and human rights to your pulpit. A tireless organizer, you played an
instrumental role in the now annual Children of Abraham Faith Walk and
more recently have been an outspoken advocate against torture (bringing
a petition to our local Congresswoman, Yvette Clark).  How Rabbi
Lippmann manages to organize and advocate in addition to leading a
thriving faith community is anyone’s guess.  Rumor has it that she’s
getting some help from above.   

THE LITTLE ROOM because you’re a nationally recognized program for 3- and 4-year-olds with
speech and language delays and one of the things that makes the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School special. Your fate is unclear but a lot of people are fighting for you. Update: I hear they’ve decided to keep you through the spring of 2010. Your ultimate closing is a loss to the educational landscape of Brooklyn.

LIVING ON SEVENTH  because we love your friendly shop and all
the beautiful things you’ve got in there. Eva, you have impeccable
taste in home design, accessories and clothing.

LUCY because you sell vintage clothing at the PS 321 Flea
Market and anybody can see the woman has style from that long
blond wig against the ebony skin. And you’re  willing to share it!
Slopers in the know have been fighting over the stash you bring to the
flea market at 321 for years now. And you never forget to ask after our
kith and kin as you get us to wriggle in and out of your swanky stuff.
WIthout you we’d have to walk around naked: Lucy, you are the empress!

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THE MIGHTY HANDFUL
because
you’re not just another rock and roll band. You raised more than $8,000
over the last four years for New Orleans and for an orphanage for street children in Manila with your annual concerts at the Old Stone House.
And on December 19th you’re doing it again: this time in support of TB vaccines. And let’s not forget that you are leading members of the
all-ages rock scene in the neighborhood. Nominated by Kim Maier.  

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we love that your shop is always a fun spot for conversation. And when
we’re buying running shoes there’s no one we’d rather talk to or buy
from. And thanks for organizing the New Year’s Eve run in Prospect Park
coming up. Oh yeah, your weekly free running groups are a major
addition to the nabe.

JULIE MARKES because you multi-task as a PTA president, a talented photographer and the author of children’s books like Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus and the ever-popular, Where’s the Poop? and all the others from HarperCollins.

RACHEL MAUER because you are the blood and guts of Park Slope Parents.
You keep PSP running like a well-oiled machine and that includes the
website and two Yahoo! groups! You help local businesses get the word
out about classes, activities, and community events. We know you don’t
like being in the spotlight. But you deserve to be here. That’s for
sure.

JOSEPH M. McCARTHY because when Jim Niesen and Terry Greiss moved the Irondale Theater Center to
Brooklyn, they teamed up with you to be their director of development
because you are an incredible advocate for any project that you’re
involved with. Now you’ve put  Irondale onto the Brooklyn map as a
place for strong education and innovative theater, as well as the
guardian of the beautiful Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.

ERIC McCLURE because you are the quintessential ardent
civic and community activist who can enter all worlds and lend a steady
voice of reason, intellect and comfort. Your civic involvement is
invaluable to Park Slopers for the steady hand, integrity and strategic
thinking you offer. A skilled community organizer, you walk steady in
the worlds of politics, transportation and environmental advocacy, and
community development. Effective both in leadership roles and working
in the background, you have taken  leadership positions on the
Executive Committee of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
(CBID), the Executive Committee of the Park Slope Civic Council, both long time fixtures on the Park Slope scene. He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods (CBN),
a newcomer on the block, which has brought together 42 community
organizations to advocate for transparency and environmental oversight
for development at the proposed Atlantic Yards site. you are also an an
active volunteer with Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.
When you saw a gap and a need for vigorous activism in the Park Slope
community, you founded what has quickly become a well-known,
established fixture in Park Slope—Park Slope Neighbors (PSN).
PSN advocates for community dialogue, contextual and environmentally
responsible development, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, small
businesses and diversity in the community.  And let’s not forget the
way you utilize your wit and writing skills as part of the team that
churns out copious amounts of coverage of the Atlantic Yards fight on
the inestimable NoLandGrab.org

Il_430xn42838249MOIRA MELTZER-COHEN because you make everyone feel so welcome when they enter Fifth Avenue’s Bar Reis and you keep the level of cocktail conversation very high. Your Etsy shop, Good Head, is
a great place to find hats and gloves. Your qualities as an
intellectual, a cultural critic, a knitter and a good bartender are  obvious to all.

MATT MITLER because for ten years we’ve loved the black light
magic of your Halloween puppet shows in the ground floor window of your
apartment on  Garfield Place. Your theater troupe, Diezi, sounds pretty
wonderful, too. Not only for its artistry but because the group
performs in hospitals and believes that helping others "generates a
profound healing effect that not only serves the patient but also
strengthens the ensembles work."

THE NEWCOMERS TO THE SLOPE, including Barrio, Playa, Babeland, Eric Shoes, Pure Essentials, Yogo Monster, Five Guys Burgers, Paper Love, One of a Find, the Tibetan Store, Primo Atto, Bussaco…more to come

NANCY NANCY because
you lost the lease on your beloved Fifth Avenue shop that was mecca for those in search of funny chotchkas and cards; we understand that you are
reinventing yourself and moving on. Good luck to you. And keep in touch.

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DAVID PECHEFSKY because you used your experience in the New York City Council to help the new parliament of Sierra Leone. And you peddle your mother (and your 4-year-old daughter) around Prospect Park in your bicycle rickshaw.

The PSP PUPPET MAKING TEAM because you gave the Halloween Parade
new life with gradiose puppets that floated down Seventh Avenue this
year. Led by Theresay Linnihan of the Puppeteer’s Cooperative, helpers
included, Kiera, Toby, Brent, Ariel, Holly, Susan, Amber, Joan, Jim,
Dalien and Havona. We salute all of you.

NERINA PENZHORN because your well-crafted segments for your
series, A Walk Around the Blog on Brooklyn Independent Television
really made the Brooklyn blogging community visible.

ANN PRESCOTT because as a kindergarten and first grade
teacher extraordinaire you have influenced legions of Brooklyn kids at
The Children’s House (now Rivendell) and at Packer Collegiate, where
you continue to leave your mark.

PROSPECT PARK TRACK CLUB because of the Turkey Trot, the Cherry Tree Run and all the other running events you do in and around prospect Park.

MALLORY Y. RUTLEDGE because you opened tiny MYR on Seventh Avenue and we love the custom blended foundation and your natural-looking cosmetics and make overs for weddings, proms, parties, special events and
just for every day. Thanks.

JON SCHAEFER because you’ve hosted and produced the popular
shows, Soundcheck and New Sounds on WNYC radio for years. Your program
was called "The #1 radio show for the Global Village" by Billboard
magazine. Recently, you went to North Korea with the New York
Philharmonic and wrote a moving blog about the experience.

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ANNE SCHWARTZ
because
you were the midwife to Olivia, that feisty pig, confidante to
Lincoln, fictional and factual children’s editor extraordinaire of
Schwartz & Wade at Random House Children’s Books, proving profits
in publishing keep on coming when we honor children’s intelligence and
imagination and the deity who is  in  the details.

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JON SCIESZKA because your wacky, zany books, including The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! have been translated into a bunch of language, won a bunch of awards and have sold over 11 million copies worldwide. Not bad.

CARLY ROSE SILBERMAN, a 2-year-old South Slope toddler who
enjoyed everything her neighborhood had to offer. Going to Wantana for
her sticky rice, attending Music Together taught by Kevin, getting
fresh buttery croissants at Parco, and lets not forget visiting Annette
at Toy Space to get a balloon. A sweetheart who died suddenly with no
warning. A tree has been planted and a bench will be made in her honor,
next to one of her most favorite of all Park Slope destinations, the
9th Street Playground at Prospect Park. (In memoriam).

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LENORE SKENAZY  because
you did the unthinkable: you let your 8-year-old son ride the subway
home from a department store on the Upper East Side. You didn’t expect
to get hit with a tsunami of criticism from readers. But you did and
you handled it well; you even came out to Park Slope to tell the tale.

S’NICE because you decided to give the picturesque corner of
Third Street and Fifth Avenue a go and made it the kind of vegan
cafe/restaurant, where locals can dine daily, take meetings, work on
their blogs and novels, and leave keys for house guests.

ROB SPILLMAN because as editor of Tin House, a bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine,
you publish special issues devoted to themes like Work and African
Literature in Exile. We like how smart and articulate you are
especially leading panel discussions at the Brooklyn Book Festival especially the one called: Movements
and Visions of Identity in the African Imagination with African
authors Binyavanga Wainaina, Patrice Nganang and Breyten Breytenbach.   

DANIELLE SUCHER AND DAVE TURNER because you run Jack, an occasional restaurant at the Brooklyn Lyceum. You blog about food at Habeas Brulee and you run your own law firm. Get down girl.

THE BLOG THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED because, as you wrote, "you were black every day for 33 years; Never a nigger until Wall St. moved to Brooklyn." On your blog, you’re funny, you’re nasty and you insult just about everyone, including yourself. You say it like you see it and we love you for that.

CHERYL THOMAS because as Event Coordinator at the Old Stone House of
Brooklyn you are ever fair and steadfast in your Ever commitment to
crowd control, you are OSH’s secret weapon for event management. And
when bestowed upon you, your brilliant smile and departing blessing of
"be careful, be safe" make the world a better place.

JANE TOMKIEWICZ because you’ve been teaching the Alexander Technique to
groups at the 92nd Street Y since 1992 and privately in Manhattan since
1990. You served as the Executive Director of the American Center of
the  Alexander Technique from 1996-2008 and are now very pleased to begin
teaching group and private lessons in Brooklyn at the Feldenkrais
Center of Park at 375 5th Avenue.

ELEANOR TRAUBMAN because you are a writer educator, culture maven, and community-builder whose
passion is connecting people to each other, and connecting people to
tools and resources for living an inspired and effective life. You write that your mission is to "bring people together through the arts, creativity,
and humor." It is also your work as a professional organizer that is highly worth noting:  "I assist busy New York women to
cut down on clutter and to create systems of organization for home and
office." And let’s not forget your indispensable leadership of the 2008 Brooklyn Blogfest and your dedication to the The Brooklyn Blogade, a monthly
gathering of Brooklyn bloggers. Go girl Go.

JOHN TUCKER because we love dinner and brunch at Rose Water,
a seasonal American restaurant with a commitment to local,
regional, organic and sustainable food.

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because of your sweeping, intimate portraits of Barack Obama’s historic campaign in  "Yes We Can," from PowerHouse Books.

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because
you’re a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, who was, until recently, a
senior editor at Newsweek. But your book, The Trouble with Boys, addresses some important and vexing questions: why do boys lag
behind girls in academic achievement? Why are schools failing boys? You
are a godsend to mothers of boys!

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MEDUSA SALON because of your inspired fundraising effort for
Barack Obama, Up-do’s for Obama. Photos of your Sarah Palin
look-alike contest made their way around the world. Good work girls!

 

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you are the subway sketcher. You use a computer tablet and touch pen
for your sketches and try to capture people on the F Train. It’s your
therapy, your meditation, and your only chance to draw during a very busy day.  “Everyone
is so different, no matter how much you lump people together,” you told
the LA Times, who did a front page article about you last summer. “I guess my
ultimate goal is to really capture the soul of a person.”

DARREN VON STEIN because in your shop, Prints Charming,
you steer your customers toward frames that make the Francis Bacon
painting  soar—- or the hand print by our second grader sing—and
then lets us imagine we found it ourselves! Like any good frame  you
never draw attention to yourself. You don’t brag, don’t whine, you
don’t even charge a lot—although you’re a master craftsman who has
been at this for a couple of decades There’s something so darn slopian
about this kind of unassuming respect for tradition, not to mention
good old neighborliness.

CYNTHIA WADE because
you won the Academy Award for your short subject documentary
"Freeheld," the story of Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester, who spent
25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey,
protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She
had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she
was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice
would be for the woman she loved.

REBECCAH WELCH because as Senior Associate Director of Communications at the Center for the Urban Environment you work hard so that everyone knows and understands what’s going over there. You are also involved with the Buy in Brooklyn initiative and you personally contributed to the Community Bookstore
in its greatest time of need. You also wrote those wonderful Why Shop
Local? profiles of local entrepreneurs, which delighted the readers of OTBKB. For your community mindedness,
your environmental smarts, your devotion to local issues, It was a no-brainer putting you on this list

WASHINGTON PARK (formerly JJ Byrne Park) because you got a new name and thanks to the Parks Department, Boymelgreen Developers, Kim Maier and a a whole slew of pols, you got game—and a new skate park, two new
basketball courts,
six handball courts, a new dog run, new fencing, gates, pavement and
landscaping. Coming soon: a synthetic turf green, new fencing,
landscaping and the plaza area opening the view of the Old Stone House
to Fourth Avenue.

JOYCE WATSON was the crossing guard at the corner of First
Street and Seventh Avenue, with the angelic voice, she will be
remembered by students and parents for the lovely way she spoke to the
children. Hello beautiful. Good Morning, my sweet angels. Hello lovely
lady. In memoriam.

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MICHAEL WINKS
(with the beard) because
whether you’re writing plays or calling for alcohol-based
fuels and a members’ only alternative fuel club to supply fuel made
almost entirely from ethanol, an alcohol distilled from grains like
corn, you are a creative guy with a lot to say. We love your play,
Baby Love (performed at Brooklyn Reading Works), an absurdist take on contemporary parenting. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Paper.

GILLY YOUNER because you’re a talented architect, a great
mom, a board member of the Park Slope Civic Council and Develop Don’t
Destroy Brooklyn
and you recently appeared in The Civilians’ Brooklyn
At Eye Level, a lively performance of theater, music and dance that
took its
inspiration from interviews with the real life players in the story of
Brooklyn. And in March you are curating a retrospective of paintings by your late father, Chaim Herbert Youner, at the Upstream Gallery in Dobbs Ferry.

AARON ZIMMERMAN because you run the New York Writers Coalition, the largest community-based creative writing program in the country. And we love your beliefs:
"Everyone is a writer, regardless of prior writing experience and
formal education;
Through encouragement and support, people grow as writers and
artists;
In the value of the uniqueness of every individual’s voice;
Each person’s experiences are a source of strength and power as a
writer and an artist;
In creating and maintaining a non-judgmental, open and respectful
community where everyone is encouraged to support and listen to each
other and to take risks and grow as writers;
Each person, through writing, can shape and influence the lives of
others; and
We can achieve social change by providing access and opportunity for
all writers, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, sexual
orientation and physical ability."

And that, Dear OTBKB readers, is the fitting end to this year’s Park Slope 100.

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December 16th, 2008

Tomorrow: The Park Slope 100

Racing to get it done.

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December 15th, 2008

Coming Dec 17: The Park Slope 100

The Park Slope 100: 100 stories. 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things.

This year it may be the Park Slope 90 because people always send in ideas once the list is published so I thought I’d leave room for some latecomers.

Still, this Wednesday you won’t want to miss the roll out of the Park Slope 100. Maybe you’re on the list.

This is the third time I’ve done this. The first list in 2006 was "foundational," as it included a
diverse and inspirational list of Park Slope movers and shakers. Of
course a list like that has to be incomplete. There are only 100 slots.
It’s reductive by nature.

That first list contained the names that come up when you think of
Park Slope in the last few years. Names like: Paul Auster, Pastor
Meeter, Fonda Sara, Chris Owens, CHIPS, Al Di La, Steve Buscemi and Jo
Andres, Kim Maier, Stitch Therapy, Catherine Bohne, Two Boots, Jonathan
Blum, The Dinnersteins and more.

While many of the names were very well known, some were unfamiliar
or unexpected. They were the behind the scenes people like Thomas
Parker, the barista at Connecticut Muffin, Hillary at Shawn’s Liquors,
Alan Berger the brains behind the Brooklyn Free School, Eric the
beloved toddler swim instructor at Eastern Athletic. and neighborhood
watch-woman, Jackie Connor, who died in 2006 and others.

Foundational. In some ways, it was the surface layer, the first
pass. Even as I was publishing the 2006 I knew there were so many
more people to recognize.

The 2007 list was full of great and unexpected names. State Senator Eric Adams, The Bromberg Brothers, Andy the Fruit Truck Guy, David Brooks. The Brownstone Bride, Daniel Eppelbaum, the kid who actually sat down and wrote a
letter to the borough president about the aggravating idiosyncrasies of
the B-67 bus and got an answer.

Last year’s felt even more like the story of this
community. It was topical and contained names that had come up on OTBKB, on
Seventh Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, in the zeitgeist of Park Slope during the year.

As I said when I rolled out the first list, the idea of a list like this is inherently
subjective, flawed, and wildly controversial (even annoying). But it’s
fun to do if only as a way to record life in this neighborhood in an
interesting way.

As usual, important names will be missing. This is just this particular
story, this particular year.

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December 7th, 2008

Park Slope 100 Roll Out on December 17

Please send in your choices for The Park Slope 100. People are sending in some great  ideas for this list which includes 100 names, 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world. And yes, 100 ways of reaching out towards others and making an impact.

Don’t be shy. Nominate your friends, your neighbors, even yourself. Someone did. There’s no shame in that. I’ll never tell.

Bring my attention to people I don’t know about. I want to know about them. Take a look at the lists from the last two years for ideas. There are no repeats but it may remind you of someone who needs to be on the list. 

Do this soon. The list is almost done…

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November 11th, 2008

Park Slope 100: Send Your Choices In

The Park Slope 100: 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things. The list is in alphabetical order. There are no repeats from last year.

In mid-December I will release the 2008  Park Slope 100. I want to hear from you about the people you think should be on the list. You can send your choices to me at louise_crawford(at)yahoo(dot)com or just leave a comment. Remember your comment will not show up immediately. I moderate all coments.

The Park Slope 100 is a highly opinionated, subjective list of the most talented, energetic, ambitious, creative individuals with vision in the Greater Park Slope area who reach outward toward the larger community and the world to lead, to help, to teach, to improve, to inform, to network, to create change (and/or fun).

The people who make THE LIST can do just about anything, including community activists, entrepreneurs, volunteers, spiritual leaders, publishers, bloggers, arts administrators, social workers, therapists, artists, writers, educators, politicians, chefs, restaurant owners and you name it…

The Park Slope 100 focuses on those who do something that enhances the quality of life and community.

The Park Slope 100 is for the famous and not famous alike. I especially like to hear about those we’ve never heard a thing about.

The Park Slope 100 is listed in alphabetical order. Whenever possible, links to web sites, blogs, and/or more information is provided so that you can learn more about these remarkable individuals.

The Park Slope 100 is sure to cause some controversy. There are always many, many more people who deserve to be on it.

The Park Slope 100 was created by Louise Crawford and she takes full responsibility for it.

To see last year’s list go here.

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December 13th, 2007

PARK SLOPE 100: 100 STORIES OF PARK SLOPE

The Park Slope 100: 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things. The list is in alphabetical order. There are no repeats from last year. There are many serious omissions. Send names for next year.
Yesterday News 12 Brooklyn came out and interviewed a few people on the list. Some of the people on the list don’t even know they’re on it. Some of them don’t use computers and/or blogs. Some people have had trouble finding it on the separate weblog. So here it is.
STATE SENATOR ERIC ADAMS because you traded in your blue uniform for a blue suit when you were elected to the 20th Senatorial District, which includes the neighborhoods of Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights. You developed workshops called, “What To Do When Stopped By The Police,” which have helped thousands of young people throughout New York learn to better interact with the police. You are a supporter of the Buy Local Brooklyn initiative and you asked the right questions: “How do we bring in revenue that Manhattan enjoys? How do we let it spill over into the Slope, Prospect Heights and the rest of Brooklyn?"
ANGELA THE CROSSING GUARD because you keep the kids safe when they cross Second Street and Seventh Avenue.
THE ACCORDION PLAYER OF SEVENTH AVENUE because sitting on your folding stool in front of Chase Bank you add a distinctly Eastern European melancholy to the Avenue.
ANDY THE FRUIT TRUCK GUY because we didn’t know what to do without you when you went away. Get well and much gratitude to your cousin for keeping life fruity on Seventh Avenue.
JUDY ANTELL because as a super involved mother of three, you are the ultimate Park Slope mom, who also happens to be the editor of NY Metro Parents.
Sunoutdoorsquid_2 NOAH BAUMBACH because you are Slope born and bred and you make honest, funny, risky movies like Margot at the Wedding and the Squid and the Whale.
JAMES BERNARD because you’re a member of Community Board 6 and a executive coordinator of the Project Forum on Race and Democracy, and senior communications fellow at Policy Link. You launched the Source and XXL, two hip-hop magazines, and have written about popular culture for the New York Times, the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly.
PAULA BERNSTEIN AND ELYSE SCHEIN because after being separated at birth you found each other and wrote a beautiful and honest memoir, Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited , about identity, nature vs. nurture, family, and love.
THE BROMBERG BROTHERS because in 2001 you crossed the East River and created Blue Ribbon Brooklyn, perhaps the best all-around restaurant in the borough. Thanks for giving us all such a special place to go.
THE BROOKLYN BLOGGERS because you sit at your computers and tell us what you see, think, feel, and hear day in and day out. Thanks for the words and pictures. Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn Self-Absorbed Boomer Luna Park Gazette Flatbush Gardener Bed Stuy Blog Callalillie Kensington Blog Clinton Hill Blog Creative Times Brooklyn Hts. Blog Park Slope Street Photography McBrooklyn Sustainable Flatbush Brit in Brooklyn New York Shitty Kinetic Carnival And of course, everyone cited last year: Gowanus Lounge Brownstoner No Land Grab Atlantic Yards Report Dope on the Slope

THE BROOKLYN TORNADO because on August 8th, 2007 you blew our socks off.
DAVID BROOKS because you got everyone mad at you when you wrote “Can we please see the end of those Park Slope Alternative Stepford Moms in their black-on-black maternity tunics who turn their babies into fashion-forward, anti-corporate, indie infants in order to stay one step ahead of the cool police?” in your New York Times Op-Ed column.
30_28_bridalsequence1_i THE BROWNSTONE BRIDE because you spent the night in a bridal dress perched on top of the entrance of a brownstone on Fourth Street. As reported by the Brooklyn Paper, you had a Tiffany engagement ring in a bag.Picture by Nate Harpaz.
BUY LOCAL BROOKLYN because the yellow umbrellas were a perfect symbol for a group that brings together local businesses, non-profits, the Park Slope Civic Council and the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce. And now you’ve organized the Snowflake Celebration, a night of holiday shopping and festivity on December 13th. Way to go, team.

Cranes2 C IS FOR CUPID because as the new dating service for people whose lives have been affected by cancer you are giving people hope, love, and even some fun.
CHRISTIE’S JAMAICAN PATTIES because you’re a Flatbush Avenue institution. Your soup! Your chicken! Your chicken curry patties!
MARIA COLON, ANNIE CICCONI and HOMARYA FLORES, because on Fourth and Third Avenues, you keep the kids safe on a really wide street with fast moving cars.

Plate1asma CLAIREWARE because your colorful ceramics with polka dots and swirls make me happy.
CLUB LOCO because you are presenting bands like Sister Helen, Fiasco, Dulaney Banks, Cool and Unusual Punishment, Francesca Perlov, Window Sign Language Tetsuwan Fireball, Jet Lag, Banzai, and many others at Old First Church and giving teenagers a cool place to be one Saturday night a month.
BRYAN COLLIER because your illustrations in Martin’s Big Words are just wonderful, and a big fave at PS 321.
DEENA DAVIS because you’re one of the most politically connected people in Park Slope, dating from your days as PTA president of PS 321. Now you’re program director of the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, and back for a second term on the CEC for District 15, as the borough president’s appointee and treasurer.

RUDOLPH DELSON
because you gave everyone their say in your sprawling tale of post-9/11 love in New York City and got a veritable rave from the New York Times.
THE DOE FUND GUYS because you’re Ready, Willing and Able to change your lives and do what needs to be done while improving the quality of life around here. We thank you.
SUZANNE DONALDSON because not only are you the most gorgeously put together fashion plate in the Slope but you beat leukemia and raised TONS of money to help others fight it doing the Chicago Marathon. You’re also a talented photo director at Glamour and just an all around great person.
THE ERHU PLAYER WHO SITS IN FRONT OF CITIBANK because your two-stringed fiddle brings a Chinese melody to the streets of Park Slope.
EIDOLON because you were pioneers on the new Fifth Avenue with beautiful clothing, jewelry, accessories, and knit wares.
MARCIA ELY and MELISSA BENSON because in addition to everything else you do, you run the Brooklyn Heights Homeless Shelter, a volunteer-run shelter that has hosted 10 women Monday through Thursday during the winter months for 25 years.
DANIEL EPPELBAUM because you actually sat down and wrote a letter to the borough president about the aggravating idiosyncrasies of the B-67 bus and got an answer.
JOE FERRIS because in the Assembly and out you have devoted your life to preserving jobs, homes and the history of Brooklyn, your hometown. Most recently you led the effort to save the vista at the Green-wood Cemetery. And all without a computer…
Images_2 RYAN FLECK AND ANNA BORDEN because your movie Half Nelson with Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps wowed me with its dark and powerful portrayal of a very believable New York City school teacher and the Red Hook students that he hopes to inspire.
ZELDA FOSTER because you were a social worker and an early and tireless advocate of hospice care. In memoriam.
TONY GIORDANO because you, along with the Fifth Avenue Merchants Association, donated countless hours of your time to move Fifth Avenue forward in the formation of the fifth avenue BID.
DR. AMY GLASER because you compiled and published the first complete listing of summer activities for teens in New York City, which includes 125 fascinating programs for every interest and pocketbook SUMMER IN THE CITY FOR TEENS, the Zagat of summer programs, is a welcome resource and it was screened and tested by young adults and their parents.
GOOD FORM DESIGN because your posters, websites, and logos for Brooklyn Reading Works, the Park Slope 100, the Brooklyn Blogfest, Stoopendous, the Old Stone House, Brooklyn Mama, and Seeing Green spread the word with a perfect balance of color, composition, and fun.
CRYSTAL GRANDERSON-REID and JANA NELSON because you created Brownstone Buddys, eight characters, with distinct cultural identities and interests. Among them are an African-American girl who adores math, a Chinese-American sports buff and a book-loving girl of Hispanic heritage.
RICHARD GRAYSON because you explored Brooklyn by bus and wrote about it with style, humor, and oodles of personal history. And to quote the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Grayson is a funny guy from Canarsie, Brooklyn… his kind of metafiction, mixing his memories (numerous main characters are named Richie Grayson) with his inventions about pansexual borough dwellers dealing with minor and major crises, read like stand-up comedy routines.”

Hearhearphoto_2 GREENJEANS (Amy Shaw and Jae Kim) because you are committed to high-quality craft and crafters/artisans in addition to sustainability and conscientious living. You were also pioneers, opening one of the first shops on that southern section Seventh Avenue and Bloggers.

MAGGIE GYLLENHALL
because you’re the real deal: a talented actor with great taste in movies, who wants to give back to the community: “Now that my daughter is older and I have more free time, I want to spend as much of it as possible helping people who don’t have all the advantages I have,” you told the Brooklyn Paper at a public school fund raising event.
CRAIG HAMMERMAN because you are a tireless public servant who works hard as District Manager of Community Board 6 (which serves Park Slope as well as Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook). You personally see that all questions to CB 6 are addressed, and you know the city agencies so well that you can often get an answer quickly! You are fair, calm and you always listen.
BRIAN HALWEIL because your magazine, Edible Brooklyn, is manna for Brooklyn’s passionate foodies.
BETH HARPAZ because you’re a working journalist who wrote a book about your experiences reporting on Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign, The Girls in the Van, and a true story about your mom, Finding Annie Farrell: A Family Memoir . And you’re a great local tipster (we loved the Brownstone Bride pix taken by your son).
BETH HASSRICK because you were a beautiful and loving mother; a Gestalt psychoanalyst with a doctorate in contemporary philosophy; and an attentive neighbor and friend to many. You never passed without a warm hello and a smile. We miss you.
HELLGATE HARMONIE because you are bringing opera to these them hills.
Filmtitle ISABEL HILL because you got it all on film and made everyone see how much the future of Brooklyn matters.
THE HOMELESS MEN OF OLD FIRST because you (Robert Royster, Will Franklin, and Frank) inadvertently started a conversation in Park Slope that led to the formation of the Park Slope Coalition for the Homeless. You inspired Pastor Daniel Meeter t o write, “They cause me a great deal of trouble, and lots of anger from our neighbors, and I do wish they would go away, but, whatever else, they remain human beings, images of God, and they need to be treated with respect.”
EMILY ISSACS because at the Trois Pommes Bakery you’re bringing your years of experience at Union Square Café and giving us something very special.
ANDREA JACOBS and CHERRY and everyone else at Little Things because you’re always helpful and you keep your cool during the tantrums, the meltdowns, and all the parent/child mayhem that goes on at Little Things. Thanks for the purple wrapping. Thanks for the toys.
Performance CAPATHIA JENKINS because you are a bright, shining star. Whether you’re performing with Martin Short in Fame Becomes Me on Broadway, or in Caroline or Change at the Public Theater or singing beside Louis Rosen in a benefit for the Old Stone House you enthrall and inspire with your vocal virtuosity, your musicality and your warmth.
HEATHER JOHNSTON because you lead with a quiet strength and can be depended upon to get things done. And your food is DELICIOUS.
Your video blog, So Good (Sogood.tv) is a helpful and fun resource for the home cook and consumer with video demos, recipes and wine suggestions.
STEVEN BERLIN JOHNSON because you started Outside.in, which you describe as an attempt to “collectively build the geographic web, neighborhood by neighborhood.” And look at the books you’ve written: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (2001), Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter (2005), The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World (2006).
DIERDRE JONES because as a smart first-time restaurateur with a fabulous sense of design and an adorable giggle, you knew that Fifth Avenue needed a child-friendly restaurant/cafe with good, healthy food. But Perch is far more than that: It’s a way of life. From morning to night, the restaurant moves through multiple identities from kid’s music destination, cool bar, brunch spot, place to meet friends, play card games, listen to adult music, poetry. You name it, it probably happens at Perch.
PETER JOSEPH because you are the board chairman of the Old Stone House, a cellist, cartographer who developed a great new map on the OSH website and an overall thoughtful community member.
SU KRAMER because your film, Gray Matters, with Heather Graham is a sexy and stylish screwball comedy about a brother and a sister who fall in love with the same woman.
NICA LALLI because you wrote a book about nothing and it’s really something. What it’s like to grow up without religion is the subject of your fascinating memoir, Nothing, Something to Believe In.

PATTY AND BOB LENARTZ because as owners of Slope Cellars you are always ready to give back and are generous and kind. Experts at the "cheap and tasty" category, you are never pretentious and always dog friendly
BRAD LANDER because you direct the Pratt Center for Community Development, which works to make this city a just, equitable, and sustainable place for all by empowering communities to plan and realize their futures.
Smoothy2_2 PETER LOFFREDO because you’re a holistic psychotherapist (and blogger) with strong opinions who is on a mission to convince parents that they deserve to have a life full of love, sex, and fun apart from their children.
ROBERTO LORENZUTTI because you are the car listener, a former race car driver, and host (at your car repair shop on Douglas Street) of one of Brooklyn’s most unusual salons (nominated by Hugh Crawford).
LORETTA OF THIRD STREET because your kitschy bust of Elvis graced your Third Street window for more than 15 year. Alas, Elvis has left the building and you’ve moved somewhere new. We wish you well.
DIONNE MACK-HARVIN because they hired you from within to run one of the biggest public library systems in the country and you’re doing it with lots of skill, style and aplomb.
CHARLOTTE MAIER because as head of PS 321’s parent-run Scholastic Book Sale, which raises money for the PTA, you put the kibosh on selling furry pencils, sequined journals and cutesy stuff so that the kids would actually buy books and not toys. This year you performed on Broadway with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy in Inherit the Wind. You were also in the film Music and Lyrics with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. But to the kids in Park Slope you will always be known for your hilarious turn as the dialect instructor opposite Steve Martin’s Inspector Clouseau in the 2006 remake of The Pink Panther
ELLIE MASSIAS because you started the Jewish Music Café at 401 9th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) and created a place in the Slope to get an ice cold bottle of He’ brew Beer, a slice of Mrs. Selter’s famous Cheese cake, a Kosher Cappuccino and enjoy great bands playing Klezmer, Sephardic, Avant Garde jazz, Hassidic rap and Israeli trance in the heart of one of NY’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood.
KEVIN McPARTLAND because your novel, Brownstone Dreams, tells it like it was in tough Irish Park Slope in the 1960’s. Think Pete Hamill, Frank McCourt with a little Scorsese mixed in. And if you want to see the manuscript, just let me know.
MET FOOD because you are open from 6 am until midnight every day and always have exactly what we need and more. Last summer, a car crashed into your store and knocked down your fruit stands and awning. But you dealt with it. You are resilient, pleasant to talk to and a great lover of cats, Ebony and Ivory.
JOSH MILLSTEIN because you run the Community Bookstore’s reading groups, including the Jewish Philosophy Book Club, the Under-appreciated Book Club and the Modern Literature Book Club. “We love new faces,” is your motto.
79075769_3d96596ccf_m MARTY MODINA because you brought the California burrito to Park Slope at Rachel’s Taqueria on Fifth Avenue and The California Taqueria on 7th Avenue. We love the murals, we love the prices, and we love your vintage red pick up truck parked outside.
MOIM RESTAURANT /SAERI YOO PARK because you are introducing Park Slopers to the unfamiliar and delicious cuisine of Korea, including your mother’s recipe for Dol Sot Bi Bim Bop, vegetables, meat and rice served in a steaming hot stone rice bowl. You got close to a rave in the Times and were compared to Al Di La and Franny’s. Not bad.
30_47_sweetmelissa_i MELISSA MURPHY of Sweet Melissa because you’ve created a cozy, homey place for comfort food and world-class pastries. It feels like you’ve been here forever. (photo from the Brooklyn Paper )

Images_3 ROY NATHANSON because you bring music, poetry and inspiration to everything you do, including teaching music at the Institute for Collaborative Education, a NYC public middle and high school. You inspire as a saxophonist, composer, bandleader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a six-piece group that you founded with Curtis Fowlkes in 1987.
JENNIFER NELSON because you lead the children in song. And they are SINGING every Tuesday at Old First Church.
OTTO because your quirky mix of clothing, lingerie and home décor has been a go-to shopping destination for years. Finally, you moved to bigger and more visible digs on Seventh Avenue.
ADRIENNE ONOFRI author of Walking Brooklyn, because you had a great idea, pitched it to a publisher, and you walked the walk.
P1011291copy TOBY PANNONE because you are an amazing little boy living with a terrible disease. Not long ago you were a Park Slope preschooler living the Park Slope toddler life. Then life dealt you a low blow. But you and your parents continue to rise to the occasion. Despite the many painful days and nights, you are still a joyful child, the love and light of your parent’s lives. Read Mooki and Stephen’s blog to learn more about Neuroblastoma and what you can do to help Toby.

NICHOLAS PEKARO, an auxiliary cop, he was murdered at 19 on the streets of the West Village. A writer, Nicholas worked at Crawford Doyle Booksellers on Madison Avenue and lived in Park Slope. In memoriam.
PIZZA PLUS and ROZ because after a fire destroyed your South Slope pizza restaurant, you rose from the ashes and created something even more wonderful. Roz, you are a fabulous community minded person and hard working merchant of the mom and pop variety.
THE RED HEADED WAITRESS AT BROOKLYN FISH CAMP because you’ve been serving us some of our favorite restaurant food with humor and fun for years now. First at Two Boots and now at the delightful Fish Camp. Thanks!

TOM RAYFIEL because you completed your ambitious trilogy of novels all about Eve. In Parallel Play you channeled a believable and likable Park Slope mom warts, humor, and all.
MEGAN DONIS, INGRID ROJAS, KUYE HARRIS, AND KECIA COLE and everyone at BCAT because you scour the borough for the great stories that are out there for your shows, Brooklyn Review and Brooklyn Beat.

IRENE LO RE because as the owner of Aunt Suzy’s, you’ve been the doyenne of Fifth Avenue for nearly 30 year. Thanks for you leadership and effort on behalf of the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District.
JAVIER ROSARIO because you run Saint Francis Youth Sports and you’re a wonderful volunteer who help the youth from all over Park Slope by providing excellent team sports, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Golf and Flag Football. You are a leader who recruits and supports dozens of volunteer coaches throughout the year.
Jenkinsrosen LOUIS ROSEN because your songs make us swoon, laugh and cry. In multiple idioms—jazz, pop, bossa nova, folk and musical theater—and with surprising leaps of melody and harmony, you bring the poetry of Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and YOU to life
RIGOBERTO SALAZAR because as custodian at Our Lady of Peace you bring order and calm to those hallowed halls.
SCAREDY KAT because the two of you were anything but scaredy kats when you dared to open your cool shop before any one thought Fifth Avenue was cool.
TOM SIMON because you know the used books business like nobody else and you knew when it was time to call it quits on Seventh Avenue. Your Lessons for Shoplifters sign, which you posted on the window of your shop, Seventh Avenue Books, was a masterpiece of retail poetry: "You know you’re dishonest, and yeah, a thief, so should you ever while among family or friends find fault with Bush or Cheney or some other scoundrel, the cosmos will likely quietly snicker at your obliviousness."
THE SKIRT LADY because you sit in the window at Starbucks in your beautiful self-designed clothing and quietly create amazing necklaces out of dried fruit and berries from Prospect Park.

613f6tjgmyl_aa240_ JOAN SNYDER because you are our neighborhood genius and you’ve got the MacArthur Genius Award to prove it. Your citation said: “In Snyder’s paintings, each brush stroke is like a character in a story, pulsing with emotion and vitality. After abandoning formal grids as the basic structure of her paintings, Snyder’s work became more explicitly gestural and rooted in memory, while at the same time more complex materially.
AMY SOHN because we’ve grown up with you: read your sex column in NY Press and your mating column in New York and your baby column there, too. You pretend to be a bad mom but you’re a good mom in our book. You write it like you see it and we respect that.
MICHELE MADIGAN SOMERVILLE because in addition to your busy life as an epic poet and the mother of three, you organized a great Dante event at St. Augustine Church, as well as the Church Ribbon Project, a memorial for those who died of AIDs.
28montauk STEPHEN TALKHOUSE FELLOWS because you are bringing some fresh energy and fun to the lovably faded glory of the Montauk Club.
THE STOOPENDOUS COMMITTEE because you took a great idea and really ran with it organizing in just a few months, A Celebration of the Summer Solstice in Park Slope, a festive way to mark the beginning of summer and connect with neighbors. The idea was generated at an open meeting of the Park Slope CIvic Council. The All-Slope-Solstice-Shout-Out was a gas. (Betsey McGee, Susan Fox, Joyce Jed, Linda Gnat Mullin, Nelly Issacson, Shelia Hanks, Andi Peretz and Elizabeth Reagh and Dave Kenney, Tom Reynolds, Julie Kay, and Tom Fergus).
HARRY TARZIAN because you run a great family hardware store and decided to join Develop Don’t Destroy.
Thom190_3 MICHAEL THOMAS because your book, Man Gone Down, is written with a masterful first-person voice that is intense, poetic, angry, vulnerable, real, and full of thoughtful rage about race, class, marriage and love in New York City.
THE TRANSFORMERS because 60 young people came all the way from Gibbsville, Wisconsin to Brooklyn to help fix the chandelier at the Old First Reformed Church and let there be light in that grand sanctuary.
3-R LIVING for your dedication to the community and helping raise the eco-consciousness around here.
JOHN TURTURRO and KATHERINE BOROWITZ because you went to bat for the Community Bookstore, invested $10,000, and become a part owner there. Turturro told the New York Times: “Now as I’m getting older, all these great small bookstores and art house movie theaters, so many things I love, are being swallowed up by a supermarket mentality.”
UNION HALL/JIM CARDEN because not only do we love the scope and ambition of UNION HALL but we love the bocce court, the juke box, and Skippy’s music shows. We also love the stuff that goes on downstairs especially the Spelling and Grammar Bee with David Witt and the Secret Science Club.
CORDULA VOKULING because with a diagnosis of stage 4 brain cancer you decided to quit your job and devote yourself to your painting. "Hey, I got advanced brain cancer – my system kicks me in the butt and screams: Be your authentic self or you are going to die sooner not later. Any questions?"
ZELDA VICTORIA because you reinvigorated Victoriana with a fresh, almost post-modern sense of color, style, pattern and fun. We miss you and your shop.
MARY WARREN because Mrs. Cleavage’s Diary and Eat Drink Memory are just the beginning. You’ve got a book waiting to come out of you (and I’m waiting).
THE WRITTEN NERD because you love reading books, talking about books, and "being where literature hits the streets." Your blog, and especially, your Brooklyn Lit Life interviews are just great.
ALLEN ZIMMERMAN because you’re the person behind all that great tasting organic produce at the Park Slope Food Coop, a real unsung hero. “The way I learned this job was hands-on. You touch the produce, you smell it, you eat it,” says Allen, a lifelong Brooklynite and former union activist.
JUDITH ZUK because you were the Tupper Thomas’ of the Botanic Gardens. In memoriam.

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December 12th, 2007

PARK SLOPE 100 ON CHANNEL 12 TONIGHT

News 12 Brooklyn came out to Park Slope yesterday to report on the Park Slope 100. Reporter Heather interviewed me in front of the Community Bookstore. Later she interviewed Catherine Bohne of the Buy in Brooklyn team, Angela the Crossing Guard, and actor Charlotte Maier.

The segment will air Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.

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December 10th, 2007

PARK SLOPE 100: 100 STORIES OF PARK SLOPE

Check out the Park Slope 100. I’ve been hearing from people on the list/off the list, who say how much they enjoy learning about the neighborhood from the list.

That’s exactly the response I was hoping for.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. Maybe you’re on it.

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December 9th, 2007

HAVE YOU SEEN THE PARK SLOPE 100?

I keep running into people who have seen it. Have you? Look here.

The Park Slope 100: 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things

I’m still proof reading and finding mistakes: but the Park Slope 100
has gone LIVE. As new information pours in, I flow it in. As I find
mistakes, I fix them. For something like this I could really use an
assistant. Thanks for the responses so far.

Remember:

–The list is in alphabetical order

–There are no repeats from last year

–The list has its own weblog: www.otbkb.com/the_park_slope_100

 

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December 7th, 2007

2007 PARK SLOPE 100

The Park Slope 100: 100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things

I’m still proof reading and finding mistakes: but the Park Slope 100 has gone LIVE. As new information pours in, I flow it in. As I find mistakes, I fix them. For something like this I could really use an assistant. Thanks for the responses so far.

Remember:

–The list is in alphabetical order

–There are no repeats from last year

–The list has its own weblog: www.otbkb.com/the_park_slope_100

–There are many serious omissions. Send names for next year.

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December 6th, 2007

HERE IT IS: THE PARK SLOPE 100

I bring you: THE 2007 PARK SLOPE 100. It has its very own weblog accessible on the right hand side of this page. See the logo >>>>>>>> 

The list is in ALPHABETICAL order.

It’s still a work in progress. There are still misspellings, missing names, missing pictures, missing info, broken links. But all that will be fixed in the hours and days to follow. Please send in any corrections.

This year’s Park Slope 100 feels more topical than last year’s. It includes names that have come up on OTBKB, on
Seventh Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, in the zeitgeist over the past year. 

100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things.

The Park Slope 100 is itself a work in progress. It’s a crazy thing to do. So reductive. So incomplete. As I’ve said before, the idea of a list like this is inherently
subjective, flawed, and wildly controversial (even annoying).

But it’s
fun to do if only as a way to record life in this neighborhood in an
interesting way.

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December 6th, 2007

PARK SLOPE 100: LATER TODAY

I am still putting the finishing touches on the Park Slope 100. It will be up early this afternoon.

This year’s Park Slope 100 feels even more like the story of this
community. The list is topical. It is full of names that have come up on OTBKB, on
Seventh Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, in the zeitgeist of Park Slope.

100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things.

As I said last year, the idea of a list like this is inherently
subjective, flawed, and wildly controversial (even annoying). But it’s
fun to do if only as a way to record life in this neighborhood in an
interesting way.

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December 5th, 2007

THURSDAY IS THE DAY: PARK SLOPE 100

The 2007 Park Slope 100 will be rolled out on Thursday, December 6th.

Last year’s list was what I call foundational, as it included a diverse and essential list Park Slope’s movers, shakers, and notable individuals. Of course a list like that has to be incomplete. There are only 100 slots. It’s reductive by nature.

That first list contained the obvious names that come up when you think of Park Slope in the last few years. Names like: Paul Auster, Pastor Meeter, Fonda Sara, Chris Owens, CHIPS, Al Di La, Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres, Kim Maier, Stitch Therapy, Catherine Bohne, Two Boots, Jonathan Blum, The Dinnersteins and more.

While many of the names were very well known, some were unfamiliar or unexpected. They were the behind the scenes people like Thomas Parker, the barista at Connecticut Muffin, Hillary at Shawn’s Liquors, Alan Berger the brains behind the Brooklyn Free School, Eric the beloved toddler swim instructor at Eastern Athletic. and neighborhood watch-woman, Jackie Connor, who died last year.

Foundational. In some ways, it was the surface layer, the first pass. Even as I was publishing last year’s I knew there were so many more people to recognize.

But that’s the beauty of doing a list every year. No names will be repeated year to year. It’s a cumulative list. This year we have the Park Slope 200. Then it will be the PS 300, 400. In 2010 it will be the Park Slope 500, an on-going list, a story of this neighborhood in these times.

This year’s Park Slope 100 feels even more like the story of this community. It’s topical. It’s names that have come up on OTBKB, on Seventh Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, in the zeitgeist of Park Slope.

100 stories, 100 ways of looking at the world, 100 inspiring people, places and things.

As I said last year, the idea of a list like this is inherently subjective, flawed, and wildly controversial (even annoying). But it’s fun to do if only as a way to record life in this neighborhood in an interesting way.

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December 2nd, 2007

LAST CHANCE FOR PARK SLOPE 100 NOMINATIONS

Last chance. All names considered. Send in your nominee with a blurb. The Park Slope 100 will be released on Thursday December 6th.  Send nominations to louise_crawford(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Check last year’s Park Slope 100 to see what the list is like. No names from last year can be included this year.

The Park Slope 100 is an opinionated, inherently flawed, subjective, obviously controversial list of talented, energetic, ambitious, creative
individuals with vision in the Greater Park Slope area who reach
outward toward the larger community and the world to lead, to help, to create, to teach, to
improve, to enhance, to inform, to network, to make change.

The people chosen for THE LIST are community
activists, entrepreneurs, volunteers, spiritual leaders, publishers,
bloggers, leaders of organizations, social workers, therapists,
artists, writers,
educators, politicians, chefs and restaurant workers and owners and whatever else
I’ve left out.

Tell me who you think deserves to be on the list and why and thanks to those of you who have already done so!

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