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Thursday
Nov102011

Rumorsville: Is PS 321 plagued with lice? 

Not entirely sure how accurate this is since I don't have kiddies, nor do I directly know any kiddies who go to PS 321 -- BUT -- word on the street is the joint is jumpin' with lice.

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Thursday
Nov102011

NBBL Gloats About Bike Lane Scrap, while I 8-Ball Their Asses

As you may have read in my last PPW West Bike Lane post, The Department of Transportation took blame for the scrapping of the Plaza Street bike lane, explaining that "the agency will not install the new lane this year due to 'the scope' of a bigger Grand Army Plaza project, which includes a new stop light and an expansion of the farmer’s market area."

But now, Neighbors for Better Bullshit Bike Lanes is actually taking credit for the DOT's scrap of the project. The two-way lane was going to be part of a complete overhaul to Grand Army Plaza and an essential connector to the hotly-contested PPW bike lanes.  FIPS reader Doug made us aware of this Daily News article concerning the Plaza Street scrap. His accompanying message was also spot on:

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Vexed in Park Slope: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same Edition 

New York Public Library

Welcome to Vexed in Park Slope -- a new column about every day things that FIPS would have reported on had FIPS existed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. All stories come from the NYTimes online archives, so if you don't believe one, look it up. 

The object of today’s edition of Vexed in Park Slope (or VIPS) is straightforward – rid the reader of any notion that our current favorite things to complain about are somehow particular to the present era. Lest anyone think that dating horror stories, real estate envy and stroller-clogged streets will pass, ushering us into a golden age of total Brooklyn awesomeness, think again.

We’ll always have stuff to whine about. The same stuff we did in "ye olde times," as it turns out.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Brooklyn Based Rates Best Brooklyn "Coffices"

To all bloggers, writers and guys & gals cranking out that dissertation: are you looking to expand your coffee shop workspace horizons?

Brooklyn Based has ranked a bunch of BK coffee shops that can second as your personal office. They call them "coffices" (cute), and each are rated using the following factors: layout/aesthetic, vibe, coffee, wi-fi and plugs -- all the necessities you need to work from home without actually having to work from home. 

 

Wednesday
Nov092011

[FIPS Was There...] Salsa Slam

All photos from D Robert Wolcheck for BrooklynExposed.com

We here at FIPS spend a hell of a lot of time out and about in Brooklyn, attending outdoor concerts, comedy shows and various other events. So [FIPS Was There...] is where we're gonna' talk about all this shit.

These days in our fair city, food competitions are SO all the rage. Once Matt Timms developed a reputation with his "Takedown" events, the door swung wide open, and more & more food competitions came rushing on in. Basically, said competitions are the hip, Brooklyn equivalent of the Pillsbury Bake-Off and, in this world of food TV & a million food blogs, people go crazy for them. As one who's obsessed with food, I say the more the better.

This past Sunday I headed to the Bell House with my sis & a friend to reprise my role as one of the judges for Nachos NY's annual Salsa Slam, a competition where a dozen plucky contestants attempt to win folks' hearts & stomachs with their best salsa recipes. In the end, four competitors took home prizes -- the Judge's Favorite, the Judge's Honorable Salsa, the Greatest Stretch (the salsa least like traditional salsa) and the People's Champion.

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