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Tuesday
Nov012011

Is Ozzie's Turning into a Starbucks?

Photo via Brownstoner

Here's Park Slope reported a rumor last week that the now-defunct Ozzie's on 7th and Lincoln may be the future home of a Starbucks: 

"A tipster overheard a conversation between staff at the one further down Seventh (near First Street), and said that they were discussing the new location. A call to the realtor, Betancourt & Associates, didn't reveal any information yet, and an employee at the Starbucks further up Seventh said he wasn't allowed to comment."

I know you guys want to weigh in on why this is cool or not cool. Please: don't hold back. 

Tuesday
Nov012011

Halloween is Over...What Do We Do Now?

Image Via Chinae Alexander

It’s the day after Halloween. If you went out, you’re probably exhausted, hung-over, and wondering what the hell you are going to do with that “Naughty Paula Deen” costume (complete with buttery Slip n’ Slide). If you stayed home, you probably had one trick-or-treater like I did (who was handsomely rewarded with an Atkins Chocolate Chip granola bar)… then ate all the entire bucket of candy yourself and watched Jamie Lee Curtis not die in the original Halloween movie.

And here we are…stuck with a headache/stomach ache, owning a shitty costume and living with a stoop full of more decorative gourds than you can shake a stick at. What the hell do we do now?

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Essential After-School Program in Park Slope May Lose Funding

 

Photo by Park Slope Lens

Park Slope has lost garbage pick-up on 7th Ave because of funding cuts, and now we may be losing a time-tested after-school program that has helped low-income families for over 17 years. The Imani House, operating out of Primary School/Middle School 282, has an uncertain future because its contract with the city council is about to expire.

The program offers tutoring, various recreational activities, leadership training and conflict resolution programs to students from all five boroughs for virtually no cost to qualifying families. If the program is terminated, it could mean drastic measures for families who need the after-school care while parents are at work. According to the program's founder, Bisi Ideraabdullah, parents will need to either cut down on work hours or take another part time job to afford after-school programs or tutors that charge. 

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Monday
Oct312011

Does Park Slope Have a Halloween-lovin' Griswold Family?

After peeping the above photo I felt absolutely inadequate about my own Halloween decorations, which always include a single bag of "decorative" candy corn (which I devour on the morning of November 1st), and a string of shitty pumpkin lights hung listlessly above the refrigerator. FiPS reader Steve recently wrote in with this photo and a note about a Park Slope brownstone that goes above and beyond when it comes to Halloween decor:

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Monday
Oct312011

Video: Puppies Vs. Babies 

Animal Planet has taken two adorable things known for their ability to both poop and sleep all day, and they've stacked them against each other in a new competitive show called Puppies VS. Babies.

WHY I WON'T WATCH: these are not fresh videos. The babies and puppies competing are already YouTube sensations (watch the trailer - "David at the Dentist" and "Charlie Bit Me" are in there). So chances are, we've already seen most of the clips.

WHY I WILL WATCH ANYWAY: I can't not watch puppies.