A friend dragged me to a spin class once. Once. It wasn't so much the taint pain that made me rage-y, but the instructor kept spouting faux-spriational crap like, "In this room, you're not a mother, you're not a wife, and you're not an employee!" Seriously, is that supposed to help me ride a bike to nowhere faster? Also? They lock your feet into the pedals. I am sure there's a very easy way to unlock your feet, but the instructor neglected to show me how to do it before she started the class. And, yeah, the taint pain.
As you likely know, and as FIPS has often noted, legendary actor Sir Patrick Stewart has been living among us Slopers for almost two years now. The Knight of Kings County (no one calls him that, by the way) has displayed his charming sense of humor throughout his residency, playing on his fame and joking about his adopted neighborhood, in wnyc pledge drive pitches, snapping selfies all over town with Waiting For Godot costar and bestie, Sir Ian McKellan, and most recently, talking to press at IWC’s Tribeca Film Festival party, joking that he wants to institute a stroller ban in Park Slope, that in fact, he and former Mayor Bloomberg had begun such an initiative.
HAHA! Good one, Sir Pat! See what he did there? He gently mocked Park Slope with appropriate local references (strollers, kale), he poked a little fun at former Mayor Bloomberg and his bans on smoking and torso-sized sodas, and he showed himself to be a good sport.
In case you spent all week wishing Joffrey suffered a hell of a lot more, here's a roundup of juicy FIPS news that graced the pages of our blog this week:
Yesterday, Racked dropped the bombshell that J. Crew will be opening a Park Slope location in August (along with a Williamsburg location and a long-rumored Cobble Hill store). Whut the whut?! Apparently, this tidbit was hidden in a WWD profile of Bird owner Jennifer Mankins. She is buddy-buddy with J. Crew chairman and CEO Mickey Drexler, who is quoted in the feature story:
"Jen's my Williamsburg connection. She's probably one of the reasons we're opening there," Drexler told the paper. Sounds like an independent boutique is inadvertently ushering in national chains. WWD adds: "The two still have lunch on the regular, when she brings the self-proclaimed 'Manhattan-centric' Drexler to the cool restaurants in Brooklyn."
The Williamsburg location seems to be set for Wythe Avenue, down the street from the incoming Whole Foods. No word on the Slope location. Got any guesses?