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Thursday
Feb102011

GOOD BAR FOOD IN PARK SLOPE?

So, it's 2AM and you have drank 47 beers. 

You need to eat something, or you're going to make some big mistakes.

Your big mistakes could include, but aren't limited to:

1. Getting into a fight with your wife

2. Getting "smart" (as my grandfather would say) with a police officer

3. Puking everywhere

So, what bar should you plant your ass in for last call and some good grub?

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Thursday
Feb102011

WHO GIVES A SHIT: Would You Get Married in Park Slope?

image via rougerougeMy day job (yes, I have a day job) deals a lot with weddings. And, now that I'm one of those "in a serious relationship" Park Slope dicks (wherein I define "serious" as, "I just added him to my Prospect Park Y membership,") my daily wedding blog-perusal for work has me curious about weddings in the Slope. (I should also add that a growing cold weather-fostered TLC addiction has not helped.)

How many people would decline the invitation to my wedding simply because I was hosting it at a venue called the "Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture?" Would I even go? Where else does one get married in the Slope, or is it just insane/expensive to do it?

So, who gives a shit: Would you get married in Park Slope? Where? Have you? Do you think marriage is an evil institution that...oh wait, I actually don't want you to reply if that's the case.

Commence.

Wednesday
Feb092011

PARK SLOPE PPL: PSBklyn Executive Chef

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 Adam Goldgell. He's the executive chef at PSbklyn. This cookster takes your classic American favs and spins them with influences from all over the world. What does he do outside of making your dinner? Well for starters he collects cookbooks (over 2,000 and counting). He also admits a weakness for poker.

PSbklyn goes live on February 11th.

Wednesday
Feb092011

KAMP: PLEASE SAVE PARK SLOPES' PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A SINGLE GAY SCENE

As a single gay dude living in the Slope, I've bitched on FIPS before about the lack of a single homo scene here in Park Slope. Last time, I was a little unsure of where to place the blame. But since then, I realize that the problem really the local gay bars themselves - and the fact that they're all basically lame-o.

As much as I appreciate Excelsior and Ginger's for being long-running gay bars in the neighb, they're not doing anything to help Park Slope establish a hoppin' scene. There's nothing unique there - you could find gay bars exactly like them in most towns across America. If you want to get the gays interested, you need to have something of a hook.

That's My Jam has found that hook over the past two years. The monthly queer dance party rotates locations around Brooklyn, and has grown to be a popular, diverse, super-fun party. The same can be said for Gumbo, the bi-monthly dance party at the Galapagos Dance Space in Dumbo. But both these events are happening outside of Park Slope's borders - and only once or twice a month at that? How do we get a more exciting, frequent, gay party going in Park Slope? 

Well, it looks like The Fifth Estate is taking a stab at making that a reality. The South Slope bar, located in Royale's old space down on 5th Ave between 12th and 13th Street, is starting Park Slope's only gay bar night with Kamp.  The festivities kick off this Thursday, February 10, at 8pm, and will continue as a bi-weekly party thereafter. Named after "Kampie," the retro-British term for homo, the event sounds promising. Organizers Jace Meagher and Steve Anthony are promoting a sick, slick party for the gays, sans the go-go dancers and drag queen bingo we're often thrown. DJ Shuffaluffagus will spin a heavy mix of electro-pop, breakbeats, funk, and mashups, so you know there will be dancing (a rarity in any Park Slope bar, let alone a gay one). And the space is really nice. I hadn't been to The Fifth Estate since they opened in October 2010, but meandered in this weekend for some "research" (i.e. I wanted to get drunkz). The remodel of Royale's former dark lounge is subtle, yet effective. Much more inviting, a stage for music performances/film viewings, and a more centralized DJ location. All and all, a hit. 

I have it on good authority that if Kamp is a success, they'll switch the bi-monthly jam to a weekly jam. With the plan they have now, I think they just might be able to do it. Dude, if it can help me get laid without having to take the F train, I'm all for it. Who's with me?

Wednesday
Feb092011

OPENING: PSbkyln

Photo via Park Slope Lens

Just when you thought Park Slope was only home to shuttering storefronts and 750 bagel shops, behold!  PSbklyn, a new restaurant taking over Bussaco's old space on Union Street, is opening this week, and sounds like it will be a mecca for parents and their children and a place to be avoided by everyone else.  Like, on a Two Boots scale.

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