William Levin, from lowercaseL sent along word that Bob Schindler, the panhandler who often sat on a milk crate in front of the Starbucks on 7th Ave had recently passed away. He got to know Bob over the years and became friends with him...he wrote a beautiful tribute on his site:
Fellow Park Slope residents might remember Robert Schindler, known to most as Bob, the bespectacled old coot and occasional panhandler ("Pardon me, can you spare some change?") who could often be found sitting on a milk crate in front of the Starbucks on 7th Ave, entertaining passersby with his Mae West impressions and musings on the human condition as he chain smoked Maverick Menthol Box 100's. He died in a hospital last week, 12/23/10 of congestive heart failure. He was 76 years old.
You can read more about Bob over on lowercaseL.