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Thursday
Oct202011

Whassup: Not Quite Halloween Edition

Today, he's coming for the leaves. Next week, for your candy (via potcoplayers.wikia.com)

I know we're all busy shortening the skirts on our sexy nurse costumes and pasting real dog hair on our wolfman masks, but take a break from Halloween prep to get in on some Slope-area fun this week. You can even wear your sexy/scary cat/devil costume to most of them. Heck, all of them. Welcome to Whassup: Not Quite Halloween Edition:

Friday, Oct. 21: CMJ Show: Hallelujah the Hills, Rock Shop: CMJ is all up in this, folks. Do you have too many shows you want to see? Could you not give two shits less? Either way, you might as well saunter over to one of the Slope's best venues to check out the indie bombast of multi-instrumentalled Hallelujah and the Hills. That way you can impress that cute NYU undergrad by naming a fave CMJ show (not really). Packed with a horn section and more, these dudes have been compared to big bands and Arcade Fire. 7pm Doors, $10.

 

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Thursday
Oct202011

Charges Dropped Against Subway Groper

Joshua Flecha / Photo by William Miller, NY Post

On Monday, 32 year-old Queens resident Joshua Flecha was arrested for watching porn on his cell, pants unzipped, and possession of pot. When police realized he matched the description of one of the BK sexual attacker sketches, they brought him in, where he was identified in a line-up by a woman who was attacked in May at the 7th ave F train stop. 

Flecha was cleared of the charges yesterday when the woman admitted that she wasn't sure of her decision. Via the NY Post:

“I’m not sure any more, don’t call me again,” she told cops. The sources said Flecha was busted Monday after the 37-year-old victim of the subway station attack picked him out of a lineup following his arrest early Monday.

Police thought Flecha, a midtown bartender, might be responsible for five additional subway attacks, but none of the victims were able to pick him out of a line-up. 

He's still being charged with posession of marijuana. 

Thursday
Oct202011

Occupy Waldbaum 

At the turn of the century, I shared a tiny office with the world’s most uncomfortable Jew. We worked together as software engineers, building trading systems at a gigantic investment bank that is now extinct. So it goes.

During the long stretches of time we spent locked together in that cubicled, carpeted mine, I occasionally marveled at how neat and perfect my officemate’s appearance was. He was almost a racist caricature of a Jew and looked like he could’ve been created by Nazis in Photoshop. Mel Gibson himself wouldn’t have cast this man for fear of a PR nightmare. His nose alone could have leapt off the pages of Eichmann’s Racial Science charts.

His name was Mark Waldbaum, and he was a small man, hairy, with short stumpy fingers. He was whiny, nasal and obviously gay.

But why was he so uncomfortable?

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Thursday
Oct202011

Thank you for not choking

IMAGE VIA NINEDAVES

A few friends came in from D.C. to visit this past week, and I took them around on a tour de Park Slope nightlife. Restaurants, bars, a late night pizza place here and there. You know -- typical stuff. Along the way, I tried to point out the things that made Park Slope unique. The tree-lined streets. The friendly people. The dog shit left behind for everyone to step in. All the things that make Park Slope so great. 

But they didn't pick up on any of that. The only thing they kept mentioning were all the damn first aid choking signs hanging inside every business. Apparently they don't have those in D.C.? And apparently, we have a lot. There was one in the Village Market bodega on 7th Ave and 11th Street. One in Union Hall. One in Excelsior. One in Culture. One in Juventino. And the one picture above, which I snapped at Blueprint. I guess I just never noticed them! 

Luckily, someone else was paying attention. Because that poster totally saved someone's life! 

 

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Segways for Sukkot! Who Knew??!

*Not an actual segway

Wish your mobile sukkah had a smaller carbon footprint? Or maybe you just feel confused about what exactly Sukkot is. I do, and I'm Jewish. Apparently the holiday now comes with... segways? I mean, beyond building a little hut in your yard (technically called a sukkah) made of corn, hay and decorative gourds -- because that's pretty much what my 4 years of hippy dippy Jewish Sunday School taught me the holiday was all about -- I thought that was it. Harvesting and stuff.

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