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Thursday
Apr102014

WHASSUP: Do Shit and Like it Edition

 

Hey, y'all! It's Thursday again and Thursday is where I suggest outings to break the monotony—then you either go or you don't. I have no clue becuase you never tell me! I'll remind you again—your feedback is priceless. Let me elaborate. If you have something stupid to say (you know who you are) keep it to yourself. If you have a review of an event you attended based on my recommendation, I'm all ears. I can't make it to every single event so I need your help vetting these things. I need to know, for example, if Littlefield punches babies in the face as an opening act. That shit doesn't fly with me and I'll black list them so hardcore they'll have to change their name to...Tinyfield—I'll work on that one.  

ps. The Tribecca Film festival kicks off next week. Our favorite neighbor, Patrick Stewart, has a film in it! Get your tickets before it's too late!

So WHA-THE FUCK-SSUP?  I'll tell you WHASSUP:

Thursday, 4/10, Platform, The New York Transit Museum: If you haven’t been to the transit museum you’re long overdue. It’s a treasure trove of info that pieces together how this modern marvel and daily fucking headache came to be. I’m still not exactly sure what this event is, but it sounds like interpretive performance art inspired by the subway. If that doesn’t fill the seats I don’t know what will. $10, 6:30-9pm 

Friday, 4/11, Urban Omnibus Block Party 2014, Gowanus Ballroom: Why drop 50 bones to benefit an organization you’ve probably never heard of? Well, for starters, Dino BBQ is catering; there are pies from Greenpoint Pie Corps, a smattering of booze from other local vendors, not to mention the views and smells of our lovely canal.  $50, 7-10pm

Saturday, 4/12, Isle of Rhodes, Rock Shop: If you know what a Rhodes is without googling I’ll be impressed as shit. Hit up the Rock Shop and get an auditory erection from a funkadelic instrument that Stevie Wonder popularized way back when. Word to the wise: grab a drink first at Mission Delores next door. It’s lovely and dog friendly. $8-$10, 8pm

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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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