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Tuesday
Nov082011

Aunt Suzie's is Dunzo

Photo via www.bobguskind.com

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen and goodbye to local italian joint Aunt Suzie's. Local blog All About Fifth has pubslished a farewell note from the restaurant's owner and Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Director, Irene Lo Re:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Aunt Suzie’s has been in Park Slope for 25 years and we feel privileged to have been a part of the neighborhood and a part of your lives.

It has been a wonderful run and it is time to say goodbye. Pat, Irene, Ginny (sister) Liz (niece) Tamara (daughter) and the staff are all sad to go. We will miss all of you but to “Everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.”

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Monday
Nov072011

Grand Army Plaza Bike Lane Squashed, A-Holes Responsible

 

In case you were worried about never hearing about bike lanes again, I'm here to deliver news from the Bike Lane Haters Club. These are people who fear that bike lanes may be responsible for the end of days.

First, The Department of Transportation announced that it will not go through with its plan to add a bike lane to the new reconfiguring of Grand Army Plaza. This lane would be an essential connector to the PPW bike lane, which was installed last year without much ado at all (read: heavy sarcasm). The lane would also be a safer and more direct way for bikers to traverse the gauntlet that is Grand Army Plaza. And although the Brooklyn Paper says you can pin the scrap  on all the screaming and shouting Marcia Kramer did for those curmudgeons at Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes, the DOT says not so fast:

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Monday
Nov072011

Return of the Soup Bowl

Photo via Here's Park Slope

The cold weather is moving in, and so is The Soup Bowl (or "Soup Bowel," as my dad would call it). Located at 321 Seventh Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets (home to Uncle Louie G's during the warm months), the local-ingredient-lovin' joint will be serving soups like Lobster Butternut Squash Bisque, Long Island Clam chowder and Autumn Vegetable, just to name a few. Yum.

[Via Here's Park Slope]

 

Monday
Nov072011

People Who Kick Ass: Doris V. Amen, Undertaker for Hire

photo by Julie Glassberg via the New York Times

For all the bitching we do about about some of the peeps in this hood, I think it's high time we recognize the folks that make the Park Slope area unique. Doris V. Amen is a great place to start.

Last Friday, the The New York Times' "Character Study" column profiled Ms. Amen, the Funeral Director of Jurek Park-Slope Funeral Home on 4th Avenue and 23rd Street. Amen purchased the home from a Polish Family in 1989 and has been running the place on her own ever since. At the start of the article she says, "Sometimes you got to do it all yourself," while jumping out of her hearse in pumps to pick up a corpse. At this moment I knew I loved her. 

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Monday
Nov072011

DITMAS PARK COFFEE SHOP OWNER MISSING

Josh Rubin, owner of Whisk Bakery Cafe in Ditmas Park has been missing for over a week, according to police.  He was last seen leaving his Lawrence Avenue apartment on October 31. 

The Brooklyn Paper is stating that police are concerned about his mental state, citing that he may be depressed; they also state that he's under significant financial pressure due to the management of a new business.  Ditmas Park Blog has also been covering this case extensively.

The community is banding together to search for him; check the Find Josh Rubin Facebook Page for more information and how to get involved. 

Any information about Rubin’s whereabouts should be directed to the 70th Precinct’s Detective Squad at (718) 851-5553.