OMG TODAY IS THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT LONDON BEER FLOOD! That's right...on this day in 1814, a huge ass vat at a brewery in central London totally exploded, releasing thousands upon thousands of liters of beer upon the sad, surrounding tenements, drowning eight Brits. As such, I've got alcohol on the mind today. Also, it's a weekday.
You should have alcohol on the mind too! This past week, Park Slope saw its options for getting blotto expand, with even more options on the horizon. On a sadder note, we got OFFICIAL confirmation that one of the better locations for drinking in the hood really IS going to get a lil bit lamer.
The biggest news on the drunky front is news that's been a long time coming. Almost eight months after they first opened their doors, Calexico FINALLY has their liquor license. JESUS CHRISTO that took forever. They started serving beverages from their full bar last Friday but they’re "officially announcing" it starting tomorrow. To celebrate, they're doing two-for-one drinks all weekend long, with 10% of the proceeds from your drunkenness going to the Prospect Park Alliance. Also…TACOS.
Parked on my block of 8th Street over the weekend, the owner of this car actually deployed 4 orange traffic cones placed in front of, next to, and behind the pumpkin orange auto to keep the riff-raff - that would be us - away from his/her prized possession. What doesn't show up in the first photo at all, but kinda can be spotted in the second, is that the grill of the car has a KITT-like (from Nightrider) pulsing blue light moving back and forth to presumably further scare away intruders.
This past Friday a town hall meeting was held at John Jay to discuss the bullshit policy under which cops tell kids to get the hell out of the neighborhood. Students and other community members were given an opportunity to speak their mind and share their experiences.
"Am I still looked at like a criminal? Can I walk down the street? That's technically how I look at it," said Steven Martin, an 11th-grade student, according to NY1. He is, obviously, a dark skinned kid and, at the rate things are going, only marginally better off in Park Slope than in Ferguson.
“Our children should be able to walk in any neighborhood... and not be stopped because of the color of their skin,” said Casey Robinson, the Co-Vice President of the Park Slope Collegiate PTA. Park Slope Collegiate is one of four schools housed in John Jay. I think it’s worth pointing out that their children ARE able to walk in any neighborhood; it’s not a freedom that hasn’t been established, it’s just a freedom the cops are choosing to deny them.