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Friday
Feb042011

The Gowanus Canal Is So Dirty You Shouldn't Even *Look* At It

On the West Coast of the United States we've got California, the sunny beaches of the Pacific and medical marijuana. Along the West Coast of Park Slope, we've got the chunky shit stream that is the Gowanus Canal.

If you live here, you likely already knew the Gowanus was basically slowly churning green sludge crap and hiding dead bodies. And, yep: the government task force via the EPA has now confirmed this in disgusting, mathematically precise detail.

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Friday
Feb042011

Freddy's Bar Re-Opens in South Slope

Freddy’s, a beloved dive bar shoved out of Dean Street by Bruce Ratner’s dick, gets reborn today in South Slope in the old Ellis bar space at 627 5th Ave (between 17th and 18th).

It joins a friendly little family of bars—literally: the owners of Black Horse, South, Buttermilk, et al. are all best buds and frequent each others’ places...which you might notice if you also liquor up there. It’s really kind of cute. I imagine Freddy’s will do the same, or risk shunning by the in-crowd. The new owners are former employees of the old place, but they’ve got the same name and a lot of the old interior (including the "chains of justice" used in the Atlantic Yards fight).

Anyway, a big old dive party happens today, Friday the 4th, with music, art and probably a lot of people slant rhyming “Bruce” with a female hygienic device.

(via Brooklyn Based)

Friday
Feb042011

T-Mobile Owes Park Slope Some Free Cell Phone Service Or Some Shit

They're sponging off our "brand." Sheesh!

Billboard spotted on the West Side Highway, FYI.

(via @ParkSlopeGossip)

Friday
Feb042011

The MTA Is Now Making iPhone Apps

During frigid winters, the suggestion of traveling to areas of Brooklyn only reachable by bus are usually met with  tepid responses such as “I’ll think about it,” or the slightly more caustic, “It’s on Columbia Street? Go fuck yourself.” The prospect of a lengthy trip to outlying avenues is made much less appealing by the uncertainty of just how long one has to wait for the B63 to come chugging down 5th avenue as exposed fingers are turned into frostbitten icicles during an intense game of Angry Birds.

While the MTA has been busy raising our fares and providing a safe haven for smack addicts, they've also been hard at work on the vital issue of letting you know where in the crap this bus is. Behold, BusTime!

Already in place for both the M34 and M16 bus routes, this new MTA GPS pilot program allows anyone with Internet acces, or using a cell phone (isn't that everyone?) to keep tabs on the whereabouts of their precious B63 bus (which runs from Cobble Hill, through Park Slope, to Fort Hamilton). And for passengers more into planning than living in the moment, beginning next week, Smartphone users will be able to download an app that uses barcodes telling them what’s up with the next 5 buses.

According to some guy interviewed in the New York Post, if this shit works it'll be totally awesome.

(via NY Post)

 

Thursday
Feb032011

PARK SLOPE PPL: Fred

Everyone: meet your neighbors. Park Slope Lens aims to photograph and document every last mofo in Park Slope. Or at least all the interesting ones.

Meet Fred. He's lived in the Slope since the mid '80s. Nearly every morning he heads down to Prospect Park, plops his board on the ground, and tap dances up a storm! He loves the influx of cafes over the past several years and also "all the arts and creative types."