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Tuesday
Sep202011

What would you do with 1 million dollars in Park Slope? 

 

If you’re like me and identify more with Leslie Knope than with Liz Lemon (or don’t know who I’m talking about but are just enthusiastic about neighborhood improvement and local politics) then I predict you will also have a retardedly dorky reaction to hearing about the advent of “participatory budgeting” in Brooklyn.  If you love town hall style meetings and have always dreamed of claiming a cool title like “assembly delegate,” listen up – you will be stoked.  

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Tuesday
Sep202011

Don't Ask Don't Tell Is Over!

 

Photo via San Francisco Sentinel

It's official! Starting today, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is OVER!

Yay for all of the gay men and women who can FINALLY, TOTALLY be themselves while serving in the military. 'Bout time.

 

Tuesday
Sep202011

CONFIRMED: Jackson Heights *Is* The New Park Slope

These posters declaring that Jackson Heights was the new Park Slope were plastered all over the nabe a few years ago, but I haven't really thought about them since. That is, until I received the following missive from a former Park Sloper, now Jackson Heightser, who has come to realize that her new neighborhood ain't much different from her old one. She forwarded us a post penned by a disgruntled neighbor from her Jackson Heights Family Listserv, which she says is kind of similar to Park Slope Parents:

"I just returned from a mildly unpleasant experience at our local Green Market. First, my path was blocked by the customers of the usual hot food vendor on the corner. Usually I use the bike lane to walk around her, but today the situation was compounded by the presence of the ice cream truck [which, thankfully, was NOT playing a jingle,] so I threaded my way through the clumps of customers. Then, I had a mildly annoying wait to make a couple of small purchases at the Ronnybook Dairy table. A woman was engaging the vendor in a prolonged conversatation, and I could not maneuver to the other side of her because a group of four adults had congregated a couple of feet from the table, blocking my access to the other end of the table. As I had not yet made any purchases and was carrying nothing but an empty shopping bag containing empty plastic bags, this was not a big deal.

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Tuesday
Sep202011

MTA Makes Your Weekends Less of A Headache With New Weekender Map 

Image via MTA

The secret of the NYC subway used to be weekend construction. Because no one rode the subway on Saturdays and Sundays, the illusion that it ran unobstructed 24/7 was maintained for decades. Conveniently, it also meant the MTA didn’t have to bother telling people what the hell they were doing and how it would change the way the subways ran.

But the MTA didn’t account for the unprecedented rise in hipsters, yuppies and other affluent youth movements that poured into Brooklyn and other boroughs this past decade. This resulted in a whole breed of people who actually commute to and from the city on weekends -- sometimes even between Brooklyn and Queens(!). And they demand to know how the MTA’s “planned service changes” are going to affect the trip to Barcade that they and their Manhattan friends will be making on Saturday.

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Monday
Sep192011

Park Slopers park their asses on Park(ing) Day

Happy belated Park(ing) Day, ya'll! Parking Day was Friday, folks, and in true Park Slope fashion, people spent it outside enjoying the (Astro) turf. Started in 2005, the movement to temporarily alter parking spots into park spots has become a worldwide event. As of Monday morning, Parking NYC hasn't updated its flickr with this year's creative uses of curbside space, but here's a pic of Slopers parked outside the Connecticut Muffin on 7th Avenue. If you participated in Park(ing) Day, tell us about it.