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Wednesday
Jan122011

Is John Jay Going Apartheid?

I was running a few errands yesterday afternoon when I stumbled upon an anti-apartheid protest rally in Park Slope. It was loud and well-attended and I contemplated trying to get a shot but it was dark and my crackberry wasn't up to the task.

It turns out that the students and parents of the smaller middle schools currently housed at John Jay are not happy about plans for a successful city high school, Millenium, to start up an outpost in Brian William's last frontier of Brooklyn.

Now, as it happens, I have long made fun of my mother for having attended Manual Training High School. That's what nee John Jay was called before it was John Jay and before it was whatever the names are of the three middle schools currently housed in the moldering but humongous building. 

I was actually quoted in an article Park Slope Patch did on the plans for a new Millenium a few weeks ago. They needed somebody to admit that we still avoid the place like the plague and no way, no how will send our little sweetlings over to be ghettified.

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Jan112011

WINTER ADVISORY: Sledding Conditions in Prospect Park

I love you too, John Hamm!

Also, I want to help you unprepared idiots who come tomorrow afternoon will want to go sledding. Because I know you won't have had the forethought (or, fine, time if you're gainfully employed) to head over to Tarzian to purchase an actual sliding instrument (aka A SLED). Btw, there are about five left so you better run.

The last snowpocalypse, my snowrats and I did some non-sled product testing for you people. Our analysis revealed that everything SUCKS so save yourself the trouble and don't steal someone's garbage can top hoping that you'll make it down the hill on it. YOU WON'T. Likewise, the life-sized container store purchase, plastic bags or somebody's abandoned, broken sled.

CARDBOARD. That's your ticket. Find yourself a big old cardboard box and you may stand a chance.

See you in the meadow. I'll be waiting with the hot mulled cider and coffee (OR NOT!) for our annual FIPS snowball festivus on the south side of the frozen tundra, towards Grand Army.

We'll announce commencement with a tweet. If I can drag Erica away from the TV. 

BREEDER v. BALLER again? Or shall we mix it up this year.

Tuesday
Jan112011

FIPS CARES: SNOWPOCALYPSE 2.0, AKA SNOWMAGEDDON! 

Prepare yourselves! A crazy snowstorm is on its way AGAIN.

The National Weather Service has issued an alert for New York with words like "EMERGENCY" "HAZARDOUS" "SEVERE" and "DANGEROUS." Isn't this blizzard part of the ICE STORM they've been complaing about down in hotlanta?

This shit is serious:

Issued by The National Weather Service
New York City, NY
3:42 am EST, Tue., Jan. 11, 2011

... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 6
PM EST WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 6
PM EST WEDNESDAY.

* LOCATIONS... NEW YORK CITY... AND NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARDS... SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS... 8 TO 14 INCHES... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* WINDS... GUSTS 20 TO 25 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES... LESS THAN 1/4 MILE AT TIMES.

* TIMING... HEAVIEST SNOW OCCURS AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL TONIGHT AND THROUGH THE DAY WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN
YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

OMG, are we all going to die?

Just in case I don't make it out alive: I love you John Hamm!

This shit show's going down between 7 tonight and 6 tomorrow night, so don't get on the subz too late unless you wanna have a cozy sleep over with some bed bugs and rats.

Tuesday
Jan112011

Grand Prospect Hall Wants To Build A Hotel In Their Parking Lot

I guess they've been inspired by the overwhelming success of Hotel Le Blah?

"The Prospect Avenue banquet hall is planning a 150-room, 11-story hotel — called the Hotel Grand Prospect — that would rise over the current parking lot and include a 400-space garage."

Of course, this shit hasn't been approved yet, as the site is only zoned for a 6-story structure. So, if you have strong feelings either way, you should show your ass up at the Community Board 7 Land Use Committee Meeting this Thursday, 1/14 at 6:30pm at 575 5th Ave (corner of 16th Street). Everyone with an opinion is cordially invited.

Sidenote: I mostly don't give a rat's ass if this hotel is built or not, but if it IS and they have those dudes dressed in purple tights at the entrance to greet you, then I'm in full support of this project.

(via Brooklyn Paper)

Tuesday
Jan112011

Barrio Now Delivers

Ok, the timing of this is *kinda* funny since Bark just made a big todo about beginning delivery, and now it almost feels like Barrio was sitting around watching all the hoopla and just said: FUCK IT! US TOO!

In any event, fancy-ish Mexican joint Barrio is now delivering and we mean NOW! Well, at least when they open! Unlike Bark, these btchz don't need to gear up for anything.

Delivery is avail 7 days a week for dinner starting at 3pm, and Thusday/Sunday for brunch/lunch starting at 11:30am.  OH and get this: you can either call them, or place your order online via seamless web. I pretty much prefer to never speak to anyone on a telephone ever, so this online shit is VERY appealing to me.

Also, they're kicking off this delivery party with a free side order of guac as long as you mention the email that I got and you probably didn't, but who cares: mention it anyway (for online orders just type: EMAIL OFFER in the special instructions box).

Who's next on the delivery train?? Al di La? CITY SUB?? Whatcha got, Park Slope???