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Monday
Feb072011

COOL OR NOT COOL: Having Your Nanny Do Your Coop Shift??

photo via Park Slope Lens

Ok, so this totally comes from downtown rumor-ville as:

a. it's second hand knowledge; and
b. I don't even belong to the Park Slope Food Coop, so I have no fucking idea how it works.

Howevz.

One of my BREEDER friends has a new babysitter who works a few days for another family in Park Slope. And she hangs with their nanny, who hangs with all of the other neighborhood nannies. And apparently, there's this big dirty little secret amongst the Park Slope Gliterati: many of the well-to-do families in the area who have full-time help, routinely send their nannies and/or their housekeepers to do their Coop shifts.

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Monday
Feb072011

STATE OF THE BOROUGH: Marty Markowitz Has Issues

I'm starting to think it's time for our unmedicated esteemed borough president Marty Markowitz to retire to Century Village or Naples, FL where he can ride his tricycle in peace.

Don't we have term limits around here? His schtick is getting old.

Here's Marty mocking the recent PPW bike lane controversy by riding his adult tricycle into last week's State of the Borough address (with a Junior's cheesecake in his basket, no less). Hysterical, right?

He closed out the festivities with the classy pole dancer above. And, of course,  had other bits of spectacle in between like the national texting champion (who hails from East New York), and the new Mr. Universe, who took off his shirt for the crowd. All with a backdrop of projections of Markowitz posing with celebs like Brooklyn Decker and Beyonce. Oy.

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Sunday
Feb062011

SING FOR YOUR DISCOUNT AT GUVNOR'S

Forget coupons. 

A new discount promotion is being pioneered over at Guvnor's Vintage Thrift (178 Fifth Ave between DeGraw and Sackett), called "Discount Karaoke." Basically, you bust out into song in order to get a 10% to 25% discount on select Winter merchandise. 

If you're concerned that the whole shop has turned into an American Idol casting call, don't worry.  This sing-a-long promotion is only good for Sundays, from 4-7pm.    

Potential public humiliation aside, if anyone was stupid enough to approve me for a loan to open up my own store/bar/restaurant/Planned Parenthood off-shoot, this is the kind of crap that I would be up to ALL THE TIME.

You want a 50% discount?  Tell me the worst thing you've ever done to someone you love.  I could play this game forrrrrrrrever.

But really, do you want 15% off of a gently-used sweater?  Head on over to Guvnor's and make a fool of yourself.  If anyone has the guts to go there and sing something ridiculous (I'm thinking "Don't Take it Personal" by Monica or "A Whole New World" from the Aladdin Soundtrack) and film it with your Flipcam, we will post it here.  And laugh.  And laugh.  And laugh.

Don't take it personal.

Saturday
Feb052011

[LINKED] Rats In Ur Toilet & 'Poop Skating'

+ What do do if you find a rat in your toilet...you know: aside from immediately commit suicide (Gothamist).

+ How not to be a douchey NYC real estate agent (Brick Underground NY).

+ How has all this snow bullshit been affecting Brooklyn's Live music venues? (The L Magazine).

+ Fuck off and die conversation hearts? Dream big, ppl: This is How Valentine's Day Works in Works in Williamsburg (Racked).

+ Shit to do this weekend...other than watch the Superbowl (The Skint).

+ Speaking of the Superbowl, for those of us that hate the shit out of football, we've got our own reason to celebrate: THE PUPPY BOWL! (URLesque).

+ Ballin' on a Budget: Best Brooklyn Pool Halls For Your Money (Brokelyn).

+ "Poop Skating" is now a thing....annnd, I'm gonna go throw-up about it (STFU Parents).

+ Is Eastern Parkway about to get a makeover? (Brownstoner)

Friday
Feb042011

Park Slope Profiles in Courage: Jonathan Safran Foer

The littler and I stalked JSF recently at Sweet Melissa's. He told me he barely washes his jeans let alone irons them. I promised to never call him a pompous ass again if he answered our FIPS interview questions. He gave me his very special and private email address. 

It was a BIG deal, man...a big deal, that is, before SOMEBODY upped the ante on me with that Jake Gyllenhaal sighting on the Q train.

Anyway.

In due time, he emailed me with his answers to my questions. That's when I found myself in a moral dilemma, because I just CANNOT BELIEVE some of these answers.

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