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Friday
Nov252011

More Details Emerge About Park Slope Train Stabbing

Emil Benjamin / Via The Daily News

This past Monday there was a stabbing on a train in Park Slope. The details were vague at first -- was the man 29 or 30? Was it a G or an F train? What prompted the attack? -- but have since come together to paint a pretty fucked up picture.

30 year-old Emil Benjamin and his brother were on an F train around 9:40PM when two men approached and started hurling anti-Semitic slurs at them.

"They said, 'You're nobody, you Jewish bastard,' " Benjamin told the Daily News

The men then jumped Benjamin, and the pummeling spilled from the train onto the platform once the train stopped at the 4th ave/9th street station. Benjamin landed a good punch on one of the guys, at which time they fled. That's when he realized he'd been stabbed.

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Thursday
Nov242011

Vexed in Park Slope: Thanksgivings of Yore Edition! 

 New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Happy (almost) Turkey Day, everyone! In honor of the holiday, I've dug up some very FIPS-esque happenings from Thanksgivings of Park Slopes past. So take a moment and try to imagine a time when, instead of worrying about overcrowded airports, appeasing in-laws and finding a big enough organic turkey, you could focus on what really mattered -- not getting typhoid. 

Park Slope Thanksgiving Anecdote #1 (Sad)

Before you head outside with the "ole' pig skin" this Thursday, give a thought to young Walter Rhue: a 16 year-old who, in 1896, lost his life after a post-Thanksgiving dinner football game in Prospect Park. Walter set off from his home at 720 Carroll Street (between 6th and 7th) after promising his parents he would just watch. 

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Cool Brooklyn Artist Alert: Eric Medsker 

Eric Medsker is a photographer who lives in Prospect Heights. When he's not running around working on badass assignments, he's biking around Brooklyn on a sick bike whose name I do not know (but it's bright orange, and I dig it). I recently sat down emailed back and forth with Eric to chat about his shooting habits, a new book and his own Fucked in Park Slope moment (hint: it's eerily similar to one that FiPS writer and snack guru Parowpyro recently wrote about).

FiPS: Can you remember the specific moment when you discovered your passion for photography?

EM: I was young and frustrated with getting my hands to do what was in my head, probably around the age of fifteen or so.  My father had an old nikkormat laying around so I persuaded him to drive us to Philly to pick up some black and white film.  He let me run around the city shooting whatever I wanted that afternoon, and I think that was when the "world" kind of wedged it's foot into my mind.  From then on all I wanted was to get out of my hometown, which happened three years later when I moved to NYC.

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Finally: A Card For Park Slope Drivers To Carry

We could have used this HERE, HERE and all up in here

[Via Pinterest]

 

Wednesday
Nov232011

Whassup: Thank God I'm in Brooklyn Edition

via wallpaper.apkhub.comI know many of you are flying out of here to eat flightless birds and have uncomfortable political discussions in somewhere that's not-New York -- but for those of you stuck 'round these parts over the holiday, there's still plenty to do. Welcome to Whassup: Thank God I'm in Brooklyn Edition!

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