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Thursday
Apr102014

Park Slope on Twitter 

Ain't no hashtag like a #parkslope hashtag, 'cause a #parkslope hashtag is re-donk-a-donk. Time for our semi-regular peek at how Park Slope is fairing on Twitter this month. 

1. Even our graffiti is organic.

 

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Wednesday
Apr092014

BROOKLYN’S SENIOR INVASION

Photo credit: Linda Dajana Kruger/lostateminor.comThere is a new invasion of seniors to the Borough of Kings. It’s called SRITS (Screw Retiring In The Suburbs). Yes, there have always been old people in Brooklyn, but now there are more new old folks. It seems many seniors are forgoing the sprawling boring comforts of suburbia and moving to BKLYN. I don't blame them. Sounds like a good retirement plan to me…no driveway to shovel in the winter, no leaves to rake in the fall and 1,492 restaurants that will deliver your dinner. Um, is anyone else weirded out that 1492 is also the same year Christopher Columbus used Apple Maps to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? Just sayin’.

Yeah, some of the recent geriatric influx into the borough is due to grandparents wanting to live close to their spawn’s spawns. I get that. Who wouldn’t want the person that caught you smoking American Spirits in the garden shed a few decades ago to catch your kids doing the same thing on your building’s roof. It’s the beautiful circle of life.

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Creepy Story About A Murder on Carroll Street 

Last year, we did a post asking whether a landlord needed to disclose a death in an apartment to potential renters.  In this excerpt from a longread on The Airship, local writer, Freddie Moore, tells the story of the tenant who was murdered in the garden apartment of her family's home on Carroll Street in Gowanus:

It’s Tuesday, March 25, 2008. It’s 4 in the afternoon. You can see the news vans and police cars down the street. You already know what happened; you were told over the phone. Your friend who lives up the block comes with you. The neighbors stand outside their houses, all the old Italian ladies in their usual flowered cleaning dresses. All your friend can say is “Holy shit.” He leaves you with “See you tomorrow at school.”

The homicide detectives are drinking coffee just outside the yellow tape perimeter. You say, “I live here.” They make you show ID. Your last name matches your father’s. They look at your face and let you through.

The detectives give you some time with your dad. The whole house smells chemical, but you can’t place what it is exactly. Your dad tells you it all went like this: It was around 11 A.M. He was getting ready for work and something didn’t smell right. He thought maybe there was a gas leak and tried calling down to the basement apartment for the tenant: “Michael?” He called the name a few times. When he went downstairs, there was ammonia cleaner and blood everywhere, blood all around Michael. Your dad ran upstairs, called 911. They made him go back down to try to resuscitate Michael. Your dad says he thought that maybe he had killed himself.

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Did Anyone Notice the "Kindness Revolution" in Prospect Park Last Weekend?

Patrick Fromuth and his group, NYC's RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) arrived in the Slope last weekend. They'd like everybody to smile and...that's it. They just think smiles would make the world a better place. Are they secret plants of the dental industry? No. They're just dirty hippies who think New Yorkers are mean.

So, what do they do at a NYC RAK meet-up? Here are some examples:

• holding doors open for strangers

• giving out free hugs and high fives to those who want them

• throwing a mini party in an elevator

• writing and posting anonymous stick-notes with encouraging messages

 

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Tuesday
Apr082014

The Best Worst Thing You Will See Today -- Rat Invades Subway Car

It's bad enough when you see rats scurrying along the subway tracks. It's worse when you have to dodge them on the platform. But this video of a rat running through a crowded subway car is simulatneously the stuff of nightmares and the most hilarious thing you've ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that I would lose my shit if this happened to me. I once screamed and started doing the "get-it-off-me" dance when a stinkbug jumped on my face in a subway car. Still, I love how you hear this one dude wailing/sobbing and at the 12 second mark he yells "Shut up!" Probably to a friend making fun of him. Happy commute home tonight, everybody!

VIA NYMAG.COM

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