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Friday
May212010

The Com-POST

See what I did in the post title?  See it?  A famous blogger am I.

Compost: A seven letter word I associate with my housemates from college, who decided they'd store their banana peels in open, cardboard boxes indoors for weeks at a time, making the house so wreak so badly that I retched each time I walked through the door.  True story.

Obviously, this isn't actually what composting is like.  In reality, it's a wonderful thing that doesn't need to be associated with weirdos or hippies or people living in vegan communes.  So, now that I'm moving into my own place, I figured there was no better time to start doing it the right way--and no better place than the Slope, where all of my favorite flaming liberals reside.

Turns out it's not so friggin' easy to compost here.  Well, not the throwing-the-carrots-into-the-fancy-bamboo-vessel part, but once that thing's full, where do I throw that shit?  Here's where I turn to you, you Coop-belonging, tree-hugging FIPS readers: Where's a gal to throw her compost (without having to pay a nine billion dollar membership fee to save the earth)?

Thursday
May202010

TV RECAPS: I Gotta Get This Shit Off My Chest

Look: I know if you follow my ass on Twitter, you're probably used to all of my annoying TV tweets (and so I owe you a double apology) but I just gotta get some shit off my chest and 140 chars ain't gonna do it.

Here I go:

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
May192010

What Exactly Is the Rent on 7th Ave, Anyway?

7th Avenue Landlords of Park Slope, what are you doing, dudes?

How many cellphones or cups of coffee would you need to sell, how many toes would you need to polish to pay the usurious commercial rents of 7th Ave? One recent listing in the NY Times: "Commercial space in PRIME South Slope! 1,600 sq ft: bargain-priced at only $15,000 a month.

A relative deal, this Craigslist classified: $7500/month for 1000 sq feet.

A 2008 article on the Real Deal said that rents along Seventh Avenue had risen to as high as $150 a square foot. That was the year when my belovedly mediocre Second Street Cafe went down for the count.

There are vacant storefronts on virtually every block of 7th Avenue and it's getting kind of depressing. Has somebody done a count? 

I think we need to come up with some better business plans for the shopkeepers of Park Slope than the same old shoes, cellphones, and wife shops.

Show me your best new store ideas and maybe we'll send them to the Chamber of Commerce, which Erica was actually invited to join a few months back.

[ed note: we already have a good list started in Coming Soon to Park Slope].

Wednesday
May192010

The Neergaard House!: 234 8th Ave

image via BrownstonerI've always wondered wtf the deal was with this place. It's like a real house! Just chillin on 8th Ave.

Our dentist is across the street (greatest dentist in the history of the universe: Dr. Rosenkranz!) and also I walk by all the time. Someone told me they give out killer candy on Halloween.

Brownstoner has a whole big post about how the house was originally built by the Neergaard family in 1913 (as in Neergaard Pharmacy) and designed by Architect Aymar Embury.

Brownstoner has way more scoop too, so click on ovah.

(via Brownstoner)

Tuesday
May182010

COOL OR NOT COOL: Throwing A Rager While Your Parents Are Away?

Some industrious Park Slope teen decided to throw a big-ass part-ay while her rents were away. Unfortch, the crowd got a little wild and stole some shit. Blah, blah, blah: "if Woody had gone straight to the police, none of this would have ever happened."

Ok, I didn't need to throw secret parties cause my parents were always like: HEY! WHY DON'T YOU THROW A PARTY!," but still. I kind of feel like this shit is a right of passage, ya know? Bitches just need to be more careful about who they invite.

So I say cool!

We support you, oh likely grounded and never leaving your house again except for school Park Slope teen!

(via Running Scared)