Immerse yourself in poetry the weekend of November 6-8, 2015.
Irish Arts Center presents the seventh annual POETRYFEST celebrating Ireland and America’s great literary connection by showcasing an array of superb poets from both countries. The only New York festival of its kind, PoetryFest brings audiences and poets together for three days of readings, conversations, and signings in the intimate atmosphere of Irish Art Center.
Here’s what makes POETRYFEST special:
—New York’s only three-day festival of poetry
‚—Most of the events are FREE
—Curated by poets Belinda McKeon and Aengus Woods.
—Presented in association with Literary Hub and Glucksman, Ireland House at NYU.
—Listen and converse with acclaimed poets in an intimate setting.
—Enjoy Friday night’s gala of favorite Irish poems read by all the poets and specially selected celebrities (to be announced). This event is not free, it’s a fundraising gala.
—Hear and meet acclaimed and award-winning Irish and American poets, including Fiona Benson, Ciaran Carson, Elaine Feeney, Leontia Flynn, Alan Gillis, Kerry Harle, Lucy Ives, Alicia Ostriker, Connie Roberts, Tracy K. Smith, Vijay Seshardri, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Wendy Xu
—After each event the poets will gather in the gallery to mingle with the audience and sign books.
The best political comedy show in NYC, The Laughing Liberally Lab features comedians from Comedy Central, MTV, David Letterman, Funny or Die, The Onion, MSNBC, the Huffington Post.
Join us Wednesday night, the day after the GOP debate number 1,290. Because laughing together is better than crying alone. With John Fugelsang (Sirius Radio host), Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater), Mike Brown (NY Comedy Fest), Julianna Forlano (The Julianna Forlano Show), Travis Irvine (The Guardian) Rae Sanni (It’s About Us podcast) Hosted by Katie Halper (MSNBC).
Wednesday October 14th at 8PM at Brooklyn Commons at 388 Atlantic Avenue
This week on The Katie Halper Show on WBAI, Katie chats with the “terrifically entertaining” (New York Times) Judah Friedlander. The comedian, actor, cartoonist, photographer, and author (30 Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, American Splendor., How to Beat Up Anybody) will riff about politics, life, comedy and his new book, If the Raindrops United (Hachette Books, October 2015), a collection of hilarious and scathing drawings and cartoons, which Tina Fey calls “in the grand ’70s tradition of B. Kliban” and predicts “will probably fix the world.”
THE KATIE HALPER SHOW
Where serous people can be funny and funny people can be serious.
Called “hilarious” (The Nation) and “cute and somewhat brainy” (The National Review, of all places) standup comedian, filmmaker and writer Katie Halper is a mash-up of Jon Stewart and Emma Goldman, using comedy to get into serious issues and news stories. Her weekly WBAI show (6 pm on Wednesdays) takes a humorous look at the news, politics, pop culture, and history through news segments and conversations with guests that include Margaret Cho, Nate Silver, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jelani Cobb and other writers, journalists, activists, artists and political comedians.
Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie is a A New York based comedian, writer, filmmaker and history teacher, Katie is a co-founder and member of the comedy ensemble Laughing Liberally, and has performed Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, and The Nation Magazine Cruise. Her writing and videos have appeared in Salon, The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation, Jezebel, Guernica, Alternet, Raw Story, Feministing and more. Katie appears regularly on HuffPost Live as well as MSNBC, RT, the Alan Colmes Show, and Sirius radio (which hung up on her once).
Katie attended the Dalton School, where she has taught history, and Wesleyan University, where she learned that “labels are for jars.”
Listen to Katie’s show here:
Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and poetry editor for The New Yorker curates and hosts Muldoon’s Picnic the second Monday of each month at Irish Arts Center at 553 West 51st Street in Manhattan.
On October 12th at 7:30 p.m., Muldoon’s Picnic will feature author Colum McCann author of Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award. His new book Thirteen Ways of Looking is just out.
This omnium-gatherum of words and music also includes Portland-born poet Michael Dickman, fiddler and violinist Dan Trueman, Indie Neo Folk band Damsel and Rogue Oliphant, a spoken word ensemble featuring Paul Muldoon. You’re in for a treat as Paul Muldoon leads this night of half musical, half literary revelry.
For more information: irishartscenter.org
My friend Eleanor Traubman is a wonderful tutor. She’s smart, patient, compassionate, creative and fun. If you child is in need of school help or wants to develop confidence and joy about reading and writing, give Eleanor a call. I give her my very highest recommendation.
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award, Irish Arts Center introduces its first-ever festival celebrating Irish children’s literature!
On October 8th at Irish Arts Center, the very best Irish children’s writers recognized at the leading book awards in Ireland, the CBI Book of the Year Awards, are featured at Rí Rá Festival of Children’s Literature. Bringing children and families together to creatively engage with literature, the festival encourages readers tall and small to discover new books at readings, talk with those who create them, and share their love for reading. Stay all day, or pop in to play at one of our many free events for kids, teens, and adults.
Rí Rá, Irish Gaelic for “ruckus” or “mayhem,” is the perfect word to describe this one-day extravaganza of Irish children’s literature.
Authors include Áine Ní Ghlinn, Oliver Jeffers (pictured above), Chris Haughton, Louise O’Neill, Gabriel Rosenstock, and Eoin Colfer (Children’s Laureate of Ireland).
Sunday, October 4, 2015
11 am – 4 pm
Irish Arts Center553 West 51 Street, New York, NY 10019
$5 per person for individual events: Oliver Jeffers (11 am,) Chris Haughton (12 pm,) Gabriel Rosenstock (1 pm,) Aine Ní Ghlinn (2 pm,) and Louise O’Neill (3 pm)
Festival Pass $15 (+ 20% off books)
$50 Festival Family Pass
(2 adults + 2 kids OR 1 adult + 3 kids + 20% off books)
FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle Members
Slow Food NYC and The McCarren Hotel present the fourth annual SPIRITS OF NEW YORK event featuring spirits made in New York, primarily with principle ingredients grown and produced in New York, or, if not, fair- or direct-traded.
Here’s a great opportunity to support a great cause (Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest) and to sample selected regional producers’ beverages served up neat or in imaginative cocktails.
The not-for profit Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest program is a good food education for NYC kids at 16 schools, in the Bronx and East Harlem, on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn, and at a summer educational urban farm in Brownsville.
More than 1,000 Urban Harvest kids each year learn about the importance of good, clean, and fair food to their health, the health of their families and communities, and the health of the planet.
Participating distillers include: Astoria Distilling, Barrow’s Intense Liqueuer, Black Button Distilling, Black Dirt Distillery, Breuckelen Distilling, Caco Prieto, Harvest Spirits Farm Distilling, Jack from Brooklyn, Nahmias et Fils, Port Morris Distillery, Van Brunt Stillhouse
When: 7-9 pm on June 15, 2015
Where: McCarren Hotel Rooftop Lounge “Sheltering Sky” – 160 North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, 11249
Tickets: Tickets available at http://sony15.brownpapertickets.com
General Admission – $40 / Slow Food Member – $30
There’s something at once ultra contemporary and classic about Toni, who is fast becoming a regular on New York City’s alt-cabaret circuit. I was introduced to her work through cabaret singer Karen Kohler, who is very much in the know about the best and the brightest lights musically in New York.
Clearly, it’s the haunting, raw quality of her voice, the poetic sensibility of her words, and her magnetic stage presence that astonishes audience. “I feel like her voice reaches me in the deepest places of my soul and pulls me up,” raves actress/singer Valentina.
Working with Michael Kingsley, an award-winning composer and producer, Toni will appeal to those who like their love songs edgy and dark. She is equally at home in a cabaret or a Bushwick club. “My songs are about survival and love as the foundation of all that is important,” she says.
She approaches her work philosophically. “I believe in the truth and the essence of things,” Toni says. “I try to steer clear of the world of created complications, the modern mind dust.”
Indeed, listening to her latest work with Michael Kingsley The Heart is Not Involved one feels clear of “mind dust” as the beauty and depth of the singer and her song infiltrate the air. A sweeping orchestral arrangement anchors the song, which is about deep loneliness. The vocal is wrenching and real.
You can listen (and buy) Toni’s music at CD Baby.
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.
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.
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!
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 Alliance, Councilmember 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.
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.
Tom Prendergast for all of his amazing neighborhood photos.
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.
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!
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.
Keith Williams, for writing thoughtful and compelling pieces on his own site and for other outlets, and for helping to create a Jeopardy villain.
Wordsprouts, the reading series of the Park Slope Food Coop, is presenting a nonviolent communication workshop with Dian Killian on Friday November 14 , 7-8:30pm. Please note: you don’t have to be a member of the Food Coop to participate.
Can you imagine a better way to get ready for Thanksgiving, the December holidays and all those family-centric days ahead? A communication workshop with Dian Killian could be a real game-changer. She is the co-author of ‘Connecting Across Differences: Finding Common Ground with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’ and the author of ‘Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY.’
Her credentials are certainly spot-on. Killian is a Certified Trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication. At the Food Coop whe will lead a workshop about about practicing empathy and compassionate communication in every day challenging situations–including the holidays with your family! She will share stories from her book, Urban Empathy, and some practical exercises and tips to help make being heard and connecting with others easier!
See you there. Refreshments will be served. Learn to communicate better.
Brooklyn Reading Works in partnership with Words After War Presents: Writing War: A Special Veteran’s Day reading with writers of fiction and memoir who served in Iraq and Afghanistan at The Old Stone House/Washington Park.
This year’s writers are: Mariette Kalinowski, Lisbeth Prifogle ,Nate Bethea, Adrian Bonenberger, Eric Nelson, Jacob Sotak and Nebojsa “Vic” Zlatanovic. LTC Peter Molin will host.
For the fourth year, Brookyn Reading Works is the proud host of this important event. Past readings have included 2014 National Book Award finalist Phil Klay, author of the acclaimed book of short stories Redeployment, Roy Scranton, Matt Gallagher, Jake Sigal, Maurice Decauland host Peter Catapano, editor of Home Fires in The New York Times.
What: Brooklyn Reading Works in partnership with Words After War Presents:
Writing War: A Special Veteran’s Day reading with writers of fiction and memoir who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When: On Veterans Day, November 11, 2014 at 8PM
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 Third Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 F train to Fourth Avenue, R Train to Union Street
What else: Suggested donation $10. Refreshments
Words After War is dedicated to building a community of thoughtful, engaged and skilled veteran writers. Through high-quality literary programming, they provide veterans, their families and civilian supporters with the tools they need to tell their stories.
The Old Stone House/Washington Park is on the site of the first, and largest conflict of the American Revolution, A Historic House Trust of New York City site, OSH commemorates the Vechte-Cortelyou House’s unique place in Brooklyn and American history.
Brooklyn Reading Works is a monthly thematic reading series presenting emerging and established authors. Produced by Louise Crawford and now in its tenth year, popular BRW events include Edgy Moms, Writing War, New Plays by Brooklyn Playwrights, Funny Pages, Brooklyn Book Festival Book End.
Do you need a patient, focused educator to help your child with homework, reading, and writing?
Look no further.
My friend, Eleanor Traubman, is an alumna of Bank Street College of Education with 25 years of experience working with children in public and private school settings, as well as in museums (Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Children’s Museum.) A former Assistant Teacher at PS 29, she is a skilled writer with a blog called Creative Times that’s been around for almost a decade and lots of articles published on the web.
She can support your K – 5th grade child in the following ways:
–Stay organized and on-task with homework assignments.
–Establish patterns and routines to boost study savvy.
–Develop increased comfort with and enjoyment of reading and writing.
Eleanor works with families in the Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill neighborhoods. I know Eleanor very well and know how kind, empathic and attuned to young people she is. She also has many years of classroom experience. Eleanor and I worked together on the Brooklyn Blogfest for four years and she is an incredibly hard working, organized and creative person. She is also really fun. I have no doubt that young people will enjoy working with her. Please don’t hesitate to contact Eleanor if you are interested: etraubman(at)gmail(dot)com
The Park Slope Civic Council’s Food for Thought event is in its third year and, can you believe it, I’ve never been! My bad. But this year, I won’t miss it because it’s the best one yet. At least that’s what I’m hearing.
If you like: al di la trattoria, Amorina, Backyard, Benchmark Restaurant, Branded Saloon, Brooklyn Brine, Buttermilk Bakeshop, Du Jour Bakery, Krupa Grocery, Palo Santo, Pickle Shack, Rose Water, Runner and Stone, Scottadito Osteria Toscana, and Stone Park Café. Wines and spirits will be provided by Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur, Freddy’s, Jack from Brooklyn – Sorel, P+H Soda, Pull Brewing Company, Red White & Bubbly, Shawn Fine Wine & Spirits, and Slope Cellars, you’re going to LOVE this tasty event, which is also a benefit for the Civic Council’s scholarship fund.
Each year, the Civic Council awards an education scholarship to an outstanding high school senior graduating from each of the Secondary Schools at John Jay High School who exhibits exceptional commitment to community service. Their goal is to establish an endowment for the scholarships from the surplus funds raised by the event in future years.
It all happens on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. to support the education scholarship program! We’re hoping to make this year’s fundraiser even better than last year’s.
As you can see above, there will be delicious food from local restaurants, drinks, music, mingling and lively conversation, all to support a worthy cause.
WHAT: 3nd Annual Park Slope Civic Council Food for Thought Fundraiser.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Prospect Park Picnic House (located near the 3rd Street and Prospect Park West entrance to the park)
Dogs everywhere are taking the day off from work to celebrate a day created in 2004 by animal and lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige, to show deep appreciation for dogs and their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, capacity for love, and the way they enhance our lives in miraculous ways. We may not be taking the day off, but we’re certainly celebrating!
Join the residents of Brooklyn Heights, and their dogs, as they gather at Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital to honor the millions of rescue dogs who deserve to be celebrated. The event is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital, Brooklyn Dog Walk, and Mrs. Sizzle.
Local author Liz Weber will be there reading from her debut memoir, Memory Card Full, a story about her amazing dog, Rufus, and how his life and death changed her life.
Dr. Heather Thomson will also be in the house to talk about her newly established veterinary practice and the services offered. Bring your dog, or your neighbor’s dog and have a glass of wine and some snacks. (There will be treats for the dogs, too, of course.) National Dog Day – it’s all about the dogs and the people who love them.
Memoirist Liz Weber understands dog love first hand. Her life began to unravel when her oddly proportioned but adorable dog, Rufus, died of old age. She was forced to let go of the one constant in her life and move forward. MEMORY CARD FULL is a memoir of her life as a bartender, model, and aspiring writer in Manhattan before and after Rufus. Without him, she is alone and broken-hearted and her life spirals downward while her friends and family struggle to understand what she is going through. Her memoir charts her course through grief and ends at her realization that there were important things in life that Rufus’ love had caused her to avoid. Embracing her power and strength, she is finally able to accept that letting go of him is the best way to go on and find love for herself and others.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Liz Weber is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared online at Narratively, and Apartment Therapy. She is a regular contributor for lifestyle websites, including Citypath and Bored and Thirsty and has doled out dating advice to the urban female set on the popular website The Fat White Guy. Her short story about working in a male strip club for women was featured in the 2009 Staten Island Arts Festival.
ABOUT BROOKLYN HEIGHTS VETERINARY HOSPITAL: Dr. Heather Thomson opened Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital in December 2013 at the corner of Cranberry and Hicks St. This historic white building with the well known bright red door was the site of a former veterinary hospital. Dr. Thomson and her associate Dr. Beth Balsam have worked together for many years and are both very experienced in small animal practice. Dr. Thomson has a special interest in wellness, dermatology, surgery and dentistry. They have both worked at a number of Manhattan and Brooklyn practices and have successfully treated thousands of patients.
ABOUT THE PAINTING: The portrait of Bruno was painted by master pet portrait artist Nancy Soyer.
LOCATION: Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital, 59 Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, (718) 288-4290
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This is a shout-out about two wonderful Brooklyn vets who have been very kind to a friend’s new cat. Heather Thompson DVM recently opened Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital, which is located on Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. She works with a vet named Beth Balsam DVM.
“They are both exceedingly kind and very good vets,” says Hillary Ghertler, whose cat Benjamin was very ill recently. “They took over a rather derelict vets office in a charming old building that had been closed for some time.”
Their care for Benjamin included house calls, great compassion, and smart medicine. Benjamin is now on the mend and Hillary, who has dealt with many vets in Brooklyn, is thrilled with Brooklyn Height Veterinary Hospital.
Thomson has plans to remodel the entire space including putting in all modern diagnostic equipment. According to my friend, they are the only vets in the heights. Their general medical services include: dermatology – treating allergies and other skin diseases; ophthamology; wellness Services, puppy exams, Vaccinations, blood Screening, parasite monitoring and Treatment AND house calls.
Here are the details:
Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital, 59 Hicks St 11201, 718-624-1200, email@example.com
Today’s the day. The Modern Chemist, Park Slope’s contemporary bespoke pharmacy, opens at its brand new location on Fourth Avenue and Sackett Street.
Pharmacists/owners Carlos Urriola and Par Vora with partner Juliana Porotsky will be on hand all day to introduce locals to their beautiful new shop and their personalized, one-on-one approach to healthcare.
“It is our aim to positively impact the health and well being of our customers and give them the personal care they deserve,” says TMC co-owner and pharmacist Carlos Urriola. From noon until 6PM, there will be music, tastings, product demos, face painting and much more. “I promise you, this will be a fun-filled day,” says Urriola.
The Modern Chemist, the first pharmacy on Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue, isn’t just any pharmacy: we are a compounding pharmacy, which means that medications are tailored to the patient’s needs and our pharmacists work closely with doctors to get the best results.
Compounding can mean flavoring prescriptions and over-the-counter medications; making and flavoring medicines for pets; customizing formulations; and creating discontinued products.
In addition to compounding, The Modern Chemist features a wide range of traditional and progressive health and beauty products, including personal care, sports nutrition, vitamins and supplements, homeopathy and aromatherapy.
Since 2010, The Modern Chemist has been a trusted health practitioner in the back of a Park Slope drug store. Now,they’ve got their ery own shop on Park Slope’s newest residential boulevard, designed to our specifications, where you can find holistic products, person-to-person interaction and skilled pharmacists who pay attention and care.
Marian Fontana has once again pulled together an incredible line-up of enormously talented and funny writers from near and far for Funny Pages 2014. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be an uproarious evening of humor.
Looking forward to seeing you on April 24th at 8PM at The Old Stone House in Park Slope.
ABOUT THE FUNNY PEOPLE:
Henry Alford has written for the New York Times and Vanity Fair for over a decade. He has also written for the New Yorker. It is entirely possible that you have heard him on National Public Radio. He is the author of a book about manners,Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?; a book about the wisdom of people over the age of 70, How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They are Still on This Earth; a humor collection,Municipal Bondage; and an account of his attempts to become a working actor, Big Kiss, which won a Thurber Prize.
Karen Bergreen is a stand up comedian, a former lawyer and the author of Perfect is Overrated and Following Polly, a novel. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Billy Frolick’s journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Movieline, Premiere, and The Los Angeles Times. His screenwriting credits include DreamWorks Animation’s MADAGASCAR. Billy’s 2003 directing debut, It Is What It Is, screened at many global festivals, including the New York International Film & Video Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Picture, as well as prizes for Best Screenplay and Best Directorial Debut. He is preparing to direct the comic heist Low Notes, from his own original screenplay.
Downtrodden Abbey released in December from St. Martin’s Press, is Billy’s fifth book-length parody. The first, The Ditches of Edison County (Plume, 1994), was a national bestseller, and was published in several foreign editions.
Marian Fontana’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Salon.com, The Guardian and more. Her memoir, A Widows Walk was published by Simon and Schuster and was called a Top Ten Great Reads of 2005 by People magazine and on the New York Times best selling biography list and was nominated for a Books for A Better Life Award. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Money Changes Everything andThe Time of My Life for Random House and most recently in My Apocalypse for Sock Monkey Press.
Leah Gray Mitchell, a musician,actress and dancer, was one half of the acclaimed duo, Two Chicks and a Casio. After releasing their second album, Back2Bitter, they played Joe’s Pub and numerous other venues in New York City and Boston. Jane magazine sponsored a West coast tour to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. She has performed in numerous film and theater projects and runs her own ballet school on Staten Island.
Marion Winik was Baltimore Magazine’s 2013 pick for “Best Humorist,” Marion Winik is the author of eight books of creative nonfiction, including the New York Times Notable BookFIRST COMES LOVE and THE GLEN ROCK BOOK OF THE DEAD. Her most recent are HIGHS IN THE LOW FIFTIES and the e-book GUESSWORK. Marion writes a regular column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Sun, Salon, and a bunch of other places. She reviews books for Newsday and Kirkus Reviews, and her commentaries for All Things Considered are collected atwww.npr.org. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore.
On Wednesday my sister called to say that Rabbi Andy Bachman would be resigning his post at Congregation Beth Elohim in 2015. As a member of the synagogue, she’d received an email from the President of the congregation. I told her to send me the email. Then I realized that in this day and age, the information would be on Facebook.
And there it was. Rabbi Bachman posted his letter to the congregation on Facebook and comments were coming in fast. I also checked Rabbi Bachman’s blog Water Over Rocks and saw that his letter was posted there, too.
Which brings me to how I first became aware of Rabbi Bachman: I discovered his blog. I loved the idea that a rabbi had a blog. This was back in 2005 when I was an insanely enthusiastic hyper-local blogger and he was the leader of a group called Brooklyn Jews. Blogging was not the ubiquitous activity it is today so I felt he was a kindred spirit in the art and soul of the blog. In fact, I was so impressed with his thoughtful meditations on religion and community, I invited him to be one of the speakers at the Second Annual Brooklyn Blogfest in 2006 (along with author Steven Berlin Johnson, the late Robert Guskind of Gowanus Lounge, and Brownstoner’s Jonathan Butler).
That night, a huge crowd gathered at the Old Stone House. We had to turn many away. I waited for Rabbi Bachman to show up because he was listed as the first speaker. Unfortunately, he had to attend to a rabbinical emergency, a hospital visit I think. The Reverend Daniel Meeter of Park Slope’s Old First Dutch Reformed Church, also an early blogger, graciously spoke to the audience and said a prayer. In Dutch.
A year later, I reported on Reverend Meeter’s passionate and soul-baring post on his blog about three homeless men who slept on the steps of his church and his frustration with them. Reverend Meeter had tried help these men, tried to get them jobs, apartments and health services. But they continued to live on the church’s steps. When the men urinated on the steps, Meeter lost it. He grappled with what to do about it on his blog:
“Their names are Robert Royster, Will Franklin, and Frank. 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.”
Soon after, the Reverend and the Rabbi united to form the Park Slope Coalition for the Homeless. This group was created after a meeting with the city’s Department of Homeless Services. Bachman posted the group’s goals on his blog: “Acknowledge with dignity those who are homeless. … Work for their dignity and safety. Connect them to the variety of homeless services in the city. Support the provision of services to these people.”
That was not the last time that the Reverend and the Rabbi united to do service for their community. Together they added an ecumenical note to Park Slope, when they borrowed each other’s sanctuaries, when building troubles prevented them from using their own. Spending Yom Kippur with Rabbi Bachman in Old First Church is a memory I will forever cherish.
As to his community work, Congregation Beth Elohim seemed the perfect platform from which to address that which is broken in the world. I figured he’d be a rabbi forever.
Apparently, he saw it differently. After turning 50 and after seeing the devastation of Sandy and what it revealed about underserved and impoverished comminities like Red Hook and Coney Island not far from Park Slope, Rabbi Bachman decided to focus on homelessness, hunger, violence and poverty in New York City—not just Jewish service.
“Last year, the combination of watching our community’s response to Hurricane Sandy as well as the fortuitous and inevitable rite of passage of turning 50, I began to explore the idea of moving beyond strictly Jewish service and contemplate seriously the idea of serving disadvantaged communities broadly throughout New York City. The issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, education, and violence remain central to my own concerns as a citizen of New York.”
I will admit that my initial reaction was sadness.
Sadness for the Jewish ritual that lies ahead that won’t involve Rabbi Andy Bachman. He presided over my father’s funeral service in 2008. And he did so beautifully. Later he wrote about the service on his blog:
“A beloved man died at age 79 and the structure of mourning and remembrace that was so carefully set in place by his daughters was so perfectly attuned to his wishes and to his abiding influence on them as a parent so that even as they were choosing on their accord how to remember and honor him, his touch and voice could still be heard.”
In February, he led the funeral service of Edith Jacobson, my sister’s mother-in-law. Again, we witnessed Bachman’s special way of meeting death and helping a family through it with Jewish ritual and carefully chosen words and prayers. My sister especially appreciated his presence at the cemetery and how he instructed the mourners to stop seven times on their way to the grave as he recited a Psalm.
It is always bold and inspiring when someone makes a huge change in their lives. It can also be unsettling, not unlike what happens when people decide to divorce. We accept the labels that people adhere to themselves. When changes like this are announced it can feel like a landmark is falling or an institution is crumbling (to paraphrase the song Will You Still Be Mine). It also forces us to rethink what we are doing. And maybe that is the spiritual “take-a-way.” Rabbi Bachman is not only changing his life, but in the process forcing others to rethink their own.
NOTE: The photograph of of Andy Bachman was taken just days before the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting, when a group of clergy including Rabbi Bachman and Minister Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church, took part in a solemn vigil outside Cerberus, an investment firm that profits from the sale of military style assault weapons including the one used in the Newtown shootings. Photo by Tom Martinez.
The photo of Reverend Meeter and Rabbi Bachman is from the Brooklyn Paper.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Eidolon, Park 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.
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.
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.
Naidre’s for creating the best breakfast taco known to man.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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: email@example.com and THANKS. The deadline is TODAY. I know that’s no notice at all…
Just days before the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting on December 14th, a group of clergy including Rabbi Andy Bachman of Congregation Beth Elohim (pictured above) and Minister Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church, took part in a solemn vigil outside Cerberus, an investment firm that profits from the sale of military style assault weapons including the one used in the Newtown shootings.
Organized by The Campaign to Unload and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the group entered the Lexington Avenue office building where Cerberus is located, and delivered a letter demanding that the CEO live up to an earlier promise he made just after the Newtown shooting, that he would divest from the arms manufacturing companies they were profiting from.
The company, which owns the Freedom Group, the gun manufacturer whose Bushmaster rifle was used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 first graders, six adults and then himself on Dec. 14, 2012, owns $900 million worth of gun manufacturers in the United States.
On December 12, 2013 at 8PM, Brooklyn Reading Works at The Old Stone House in Park Slope presents Feast: Writers on Food (as subject matter, as metaphor) presented by Ame GIlbert, founder of The Poetry Soup Salon, a monthly reading and dinner series.
Soup will be served.
Feast’s curator Ame Gilbert invites anyone who wants to read a poem, a short story or a non-fiction piece about food to read at the FEAST open-mic (8-minute time limit).
Ken Carlton, author of The Hunger (included in Best Food Writing of 2009) will open the event with a short reading from his new novel Food for Marriage.
Feast is a fundraiser for a local food pantry. Give generously ($10 is suggested donation). Soup, bread and dessert will be served. Plus wine. Readings are limited to 8-minutes.
When: December 12, 2013 at 8PM
What: Feast: Writers on Food Open Mic
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 Third Street between 4th and 5th Avenues. F train to Fourth Avenue. R train to Union Street. For info: 718-288-4290
What else: $10 donation includes wine, soup, bread and dessert
I received this note from the owners of Dalaga, a lovely shop in Greenpoint owned by two Filipino sisters. There is an event at Jeepny tonight. But Dalaga will be accepting donations in the coming days. Dalaga: 150 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, (718) 389-4049
As some of you know, my sister and I are Filipino and this weekend a devastating typhoon hit the country. Typhoon Haiyan resembled a tsunami, leveling houses and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst disasters to hit Southeast Asia. Thankfully our family’s area was not badly hit, but 480,000 others are displaced and 4 million more are affected by the typhoon across 36 provinces. They are expecting another storm to hit them tomorrow morning. Relief agencies are immediately calling for canned food, water, medicines and tents for the homeless.
For anyone who lives in the New York metro area, Jeepny is hosting a Typhon Haiyan Fundraiser TONIGHT, 6pm to 9pm. They are accepting canned food and monetary donations for the Philippine Red Cross. If you cannot make it to the Jeepny event tonight and wish to donate, we will accept donations starting today. We will be making regular drops to The Philippine Red Cross. Please see the list of donations we will be accepting.
Canned/ packaged ready to eat food (sardines, instant noodles, shelf stable milk, rice, etc.)
Water purifier tablets
Tents and other temporary shelters
Freshly laundered and clean blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, etc
Flashlights and batteries
Hygiene kits with personal care items-soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary napkins
Baby diapers, wipes, bottles, baby formula
Cooking apparatus-pots and utensils
General medical supplies and over the counter medications at least one year from expiration
At this time, we cannot accept clothing. We appreciate any support you can give and hope you’ll help to spread the word.
Michelle & Mary Mangiliman
This Thursday (November 14) at 8PM: Brooklyn Reading Works presents: WRITING WAR: Fiction and Memoir by Veterans curated by Peter Catapano with Phil Klay, Kevin R. McPartland, Maurice Emerson Decaul, and Lynn Hill.The Old Stone House in Park Slope 336 Third Street between Fifth and Fourth Avenues. R train to Union Street or F train to Fourth Avenue. A $5 donation includes wine and snacks.
Lynn Hill is a United States Air Force veteran, performer and poet. She is a graduate of Columbia University and served as an intelligence analyst and worked with bomber, Red Flag simulated war games and Predator drones. In 2012 and 2013 she appeared in the multimedia show “Holding It Down” with Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd. Her next project, “Lioness,” with Maurice Decaul, will debut at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival in 2014.
Maurice Emerson Decaul served in the United States Marine Corps in the Iraq War. He is an essayist and librettist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, Sierra Magazine, Barely South Review, Epiphany and others. He is a graduate of Columbia University and is working towards his M.F.A. at New York University. In 2012 and 2013 he appeared in the multimedia show “Holding It Down” with Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd. His next project, “Lioness,” with Lynn Hill, will debut at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival in 2014.
Kevin R. McPartland is the author of “Brownstone Dreams” (Boann Books and Media), a tale of love and death in 1960s Brooklyn. A native Brooklynite, novelist and short story writer, his work has appeared in AIM Magazine, Grit Mag and in “Adventures in Hell,” an anthology of short stories by Vietnam veterans. Follow Kevin on Facebook.
Phil Klay served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009, and was deployed to Iraq in 2007-8. He is the author of the forthcoming short story collection, “Redeployment,” and is a contributor to the collection “Fire and Forget: Short Stories From the Long War.” His work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Tin House and elsewhere.
Matthew Mellina served in the US Army from 2002-2007, deploying to Iraq in 2006 with the 4th ID. He is working on his first novel and has had pieces featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Slate.
Peter Catapano (curator) is the editor of Happy Days, Home Fires, and other opinion sections at the New York Times Web site. He lives in Brooklyn.
Dear Investors Bank,
When you move into a new neighborhood it’s nice to be respectful of the people who’ve been there for a long time. We hope that you will look around you and notice that a big, bright, inappropriate lighting scheme doesn’t really fit into a historic neighborhood like Carroll Gardens.
For goodness sake, your bright lights are keeping people awake.
We know you don’t want to make bad with the neighbors. You’re new and probably want to make a nice first impression. That said, you really don’t need to show off with all your big, bright light. Trust me, we’ll notice you without it.
Truth is, we’d like to bring the welcome wagon by but its hard to do that when we feel like you’re not respecting what we’re about—visually, culturally, community-wise and even historically.
Take a look around and TURN DOWN THE LIGHTS.
Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn
Below is the petition. To sign it get in touch with lkentgen(at)gmail(dot)com
Carroll Gardens residents are concerned by the amount of light pollution coming from the new store front, Investors Bank, on Court Street between 3rd and 4th Place. There is also opposition to the bright awning that extends into the street. The new business has not used nearby financial businesses and banks as a model for its design. The other businesses do not disrupt the residential atmosphere that is highly valued here.
We, the signed residents of Carroll Gardens and its Brooklyn neighbors, are requesting that Investors Bank:
1) remove its awning
2) Dim its lights.
We are requesting this in the spirit of Investors Bank’s willingness to become a part of the neighborhood instead of standing out in a way that is unattractive and disruptive to the neighbors.
Obviously, Investors Bank, a New Jersey-based financial institution, has little sensibility for our brownstone neighborhood. Let’s hope that they wise up quickly and realize that this sign and the bright lights are not appropriate for Brownstone Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Reading Works is pleased to announce that Matthew Mellina, who served in the US Army from 2002-2007, deploying to Iraq in 2006 with the 4th ID, will be joining a terrific roster of writers at Writing War: Fiction and Memoir by Veterans on November 14th at 8PM at The Old Stone House in Park Slope (336 Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues).
The reading is curated by Peter Catapano and will feature writers Phil Klay, Kevin R. McPartland, Mauric Decaul, and Lynn Hill. Mellina is working on his first novel and has had pieces featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Slate.