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Tuesday
Jan252011

Park Slope Profiles In Courage: Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge

image courtesy of Grace Bonney

I thought Jake Dobkin was going to be a hard act to follow, but now that I've communed with Brooklyn Belle Grace Bonney, I'm thinking this is going to be FUN! Grace is the founder of the galactically popular design blog, Design*Sponge, which she started in 2004 when she was like 18 or some unconscionably young age.

Flash forward to 2011, and she's now in the RSS readers of, well, everyone. She has a book coming out soon, speaks at events and conferences all over the place, and basically is her own one-woman design empire...and she lives and works right here in Park Slope! Well, until she jilts us for Greenpoint, anyway.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Marty Markowitz Eating

That's it: this is officially the BEST FUCKING TUMBLR I have ever seen in my life: MartyMarkowitzEating.tumblr.com.

That's it everyone. Party's over. Time to just give up now, cause if this Tumblr doesn't belong to you: YOU HAVE FAILED.

Tuesday
Jan252011

[AYFKMWTS] Free Parking For Pregnant Women?

Yep.

As we all know, mommyhood has it's privileges...especially around this joint. And now councilman David Greenfield would like to make it more offish, so he's introduced a bill that would grant pregnant moms-to-be the most coveted privilege in NYC: free parking.

"The women could then park for free in no-parking or no-standing zones until 30 days after their expected due dates - a cushion of time for those whose deliveries come later than expected - or who need to recover from childbirth complications."

Gotta say, Councilman Greenfield: isn't this really just scratching the surface here!? I mean, what about free car service fares? Subway metro cards? I bet the Food Coop would agree to lending out a few of their "walkers" and then pregnant women could get pushed around in those food carts! What about free rent!? Free food!? This is a real issue! Moms deserve better!

Sheesh.

(Bumpershine via The Daily News)

Tuesday
Jan252011

Cool or Not Cool: Park Slope Vanity Plates?

via Curbed

Okay, who is this? Cause I can't believe that you actually paid good money for a Park Slope vanity plate. Also available at the DMV: Jets, Jimmie Johnson commemorative Nascar plate, I Love NY Agriculture and...

FIPSters: give us YOUR best Park Slope personalized plate suggestions, please, in the comments.

Tuesday
Jan252011

Millenium Part Deux: 'I'm Not A Racist, I Love Obama'

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video.

Last Monday night, as I was trying to scrub beet juice from my hands and take a stab at finding the kitchen countertop and finish an endless game of Egyptian Rat Skunk, my phone rang. It was a bass baritone reporter from WNBC-TV (whose call letters never fail to bring to mind Paul Giamatti in Private Parts). He wanted to interview me about the anti-apartheid rally over at John Jay and get a parent's opinion on the issues raised. And he'd read all the "level-headed" stuff I'd said to Park Slope Patch and on FIPS

Read: he needed some bloviator to go on camera and admit that no way, no how would they (me) send my little lily-white-tushed middle-schooler over to any of the schools currently housed at John Jay.

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