Even though I've lived in the same apartment for all four years since I've been in Park Slope, I'm always looking for a new place. I don't know where the compulsion to move comes from - perhaps too many hours watching House Hunters and Property Virgins on HGTV. Whatever it is, I'm hooked.
I cannot walk past a real estate agency without stopping to view their listings. I'll search Craigslist for apartments at least three times a week. And if a friend is looking to move into the neighborhood, I'll insert myself into that search whether they like it or not. "Surprise! I'm coming to look at that place with you, and I'm probably going to dominate the conversation with the broker."
Japandroids at Siren 2009 (*insert Bikini Island reference*) by Jonathan McPhail.
Since you all pack your social calendars miraculously far in advance, here's a heads up on some of the stuff happening in and around the Slope this weekend and early next week. Feel free to add your own haps in the comments, and, please, invite us all to your buddy's rooftop party without his consent.
*Saturday, July 17: Siren Fest. Not that this is news to any of you all, but if you're planning on dealing with humanity on Saturday, here's the lineup. It's free, so you can spend all of your money on booze and the public drunkenness summons with which you'll get stuck.
*Sunday, July 18: Flashwalk. The second-annual five-borough-plus-Jersey walk covers 43 miles, and takes 14 hours. So, if you're feeling particularly masochistic on Sunday, the crew's meeting up at Grand Army Plaza @ 6am. Route details and the answer to "Why in the hell are people doing this?" here.
*Tuesday, July 20: Feast of Music. Alan Licht, Noveller, Fair Use, Kathleen Supové @ Littlefield on Degraw between Third and Fourth Aves. Details here, and remember, FIPS is not responsible for any trouble you get into west of Fourth Ave.
Anything else, gang?
Fornino Shmornino...I'm moving on to Camp de'Fiori! It's a new pizza joint on 5th Ave that, according to a tip from our pals at Metromix, is opening today-ish.
This spot is gonna be run by former Del Posto manager Andrea Dal Monte, and is actually a sister restaurant to Rome's famous Forno Campo de' Fiori.
This is the line that got me from Metromix's write-up:
"We worked on our dough for 15 years," says Dal Monte, whose Italian partner is a "flour engineer" and member of the country's national Olympic baking team.
These bitches had me at "flour engineer."
See your asses there this weekend.
187 5th Ave (at Sackett)
I cannot BELIEVE this bullshit. The MTA—our favorite group of assclowns—has now come up with another genius way to rob us of more money.
They're proposing that monthly Unlimited MetroCards will now be limited to 90 swipes per month. If that wasn't enough to send you down to the nearest subway station with an assault rifle, you'll have to pay an extra $10 a month for the pleasure of owning a Limited Unlimited MetroCard.
I HATE EVERYONE.