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Monday
Aug292011

LINKED: Hurricane Irene Round-Up

+ After the storm: NYers videos of Hurricane Irene & the aftermath (Daily Intel)

+ Did you see this crazy pic of an empty Grand Central from this weekend? (MTA Photos)

+ Lots of Hurrican Irene Instagram photos (Mapstagram)

+ Vermont and upstate NY are getting hammered with flooding from Irene (Business Insider)

+ Flooding conditions awful in Vermont (CNN)

+ Sunset over NYC post Irene (@mumme)

+ Are you following the Mayor on Twitter yet? (@nycmayorsoffice)

Monday
Aug292011

Notorious PHD: A real life Park Slope rapper! 

 Dr. Phd, Center / Photo via Gothamist

...And the beat goes on.

Imagine, if you will, that you're an unreconstructed liberal white dude who teaches African-American Studies in the Bronx, but lives in Park Slope.  You take public transportation, of course, which is a bitch of a commute. But you don't care, because you use the time to grade papers, plan your lectures and, most importantly, to figure out how to make your lessons relevant to students. 

When you first moved to Park Slope, there was nary a kick-ass frozen yogurt shop to be found.  Sackett Street was colloquially known as Crackhead Street. You were there before the first lesbians arrived. Maggie Gyllenhaal hadn't even been born yet.  Life was good.

 

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Monday
Aug292011

Final Destination: Death By Park Slope Manhole

Don’t you hate it when you’re wandering down the street minding your own business after a local flood, and then suddenly you fall in a manhole and almost DIE? Because that’s exactly what happened to Park Slope’s very own Elaine Ciccone, who fell into local manhole after its cover floated off during a recent rain storm.

"What's haunting me is the fact that had I had my seven-year-old granddaughter with me, she could have gone down and I don't know that I could have held her," Ciccone told NY1.

Personally, I fall into manholes all the time (IN THE BEDROOM, lolz), and I can tell you that it’s scary as fuck. So, how likely is it that next time you’re walking to the subway you’ll fall into a pit of despair and break both your legs? Very.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environmental Protection told NY1 that manhole covers often come off during floods to release water, and the city has no plans to fasten those bad boys down. Homeboy’s solution? Man up and deal with it, motherfuckers.   

Thanks for having Park Slope’s back, New York!

Monday
Aug292011

[REVIEW'D]: Zito's Sandwich Shoppe

 

Around these parts, we’ve recently been giving a lot of love to Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, the new Italian sandwich joint that opened up on 7th Ave this Wednesday. Personally, after getting a sneak preview of the space last month and hearing about what Marcello & Enzo (the co-owners) had in store for the place, I was excited to see how it all turned out.

On Tuesday evening, Zito’s invited a select group of superstars, including a number of FIPS staff and readers, to their soft opening so they could test out their dishes on us. Since I’m OBVIOUSLY a superstar, I was there.

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Monday
Aug292011

HURRICANE IRENE OPEN POST

Ok, ppl. So Hurricane Irene has blown her ass out of town, and I for one am pretty thrilled that I never had to make use of our "safe room." I am so serious, by the way.

Based on the armageddon like predictions of what was gonna go down, I actually cleared out our walk-in closet to use as a safe room in case the winds got too bad. All that advice about not being by any windows in your apt--Right, well there aren't any spots in our apt that aren't near a window.

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