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Monday
Apr122010

FIPS CARES: The TONY Challenge

With the TONY Challenge, Time Out New York is working to raise $25,000 to benefit the Food Bank For New York City.  By donating $1, you provide FIVE meals to hungry New Yorkers. 

I know we all complain about how we don't have any money, but where are we every weekend?  The bar, obviously. 

Join me in sacrificing one beer for a good cause.  It'll feel good, I promise.  

Monday
Apr122010

Who Gives A Shit: So *Is* Park Slope Really The Best Place to Live in NYC?

Now that Nate Silver-n-New York Magazine says it is, what say you?

Here's where I've lived in NYC: the Financial District, Tribeca, and Greenwich Village. Greg briefly lived in Murray Hill (Gaaaah. Bad memories! Make it stop!), and I lived with my aunt on Long Island for 6 months when I moved here and didn't yet have a job. By FAR, Park Slope has been my fave. I mean, we bought a fucking apartment here, so yeah: it def got my vote.

But you people live here too, so WTF do you think?

Is it a worthwhile tradeoff? Stroller mafia for Prospect Park? Cooptards for beautiful brownstones?

Is Park Slope the best place to live in NYC???

p.s. how fucking funny is it, that in the photo NY Mag used as a respresentation of Park Slope, GORILLA FUCKING COFFEE is pictured!!?? Seriously, look here.

Monday
Apr122010

New York Magazine: We Demand A Retraction

Nate Silver, a statistician known for his uncanny accuracy, has apparently declared Park Slope to be the #1 neighborhood in all of NYC in this week's New York Magazinejust behind the Lower East Side, Sunnyside, Queens and fucking Greenpoint, for chrissakes.

Nabes, according to the Daily News, were evaluated according to "a complicated statistical formula that factors in everything from diversity to safety to nightlife, giving housing affordability more weight than any other category."

I'm telling you now: THIS WILL NOT STAND.

Isn't this place already overrun with enough assholes? Now we need to worry about a new wave of assholes who are probably packing up to move here right now because of this new designation alone? 

Need I remind you, New York Magazine: WE ARE AN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED TOXIC WASTE ZONE. We are home to some of the most sanctimonious people in the known universe. We shut down disgracefully early. We are overpriced and full of ourselves. You can't count on your favorite coffee joint being open on a Saturday morning because the staff may stage a mass walkout. As one lifer told me last week, "we got no pulse anymore." In short, we are despicable in so many ways I've lost count, so please, PLEASE: don't move here!

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Sunday
Apr112010

It Happened One Weekend in Park Slope [COFFEE WARS, REALITY TV AND WE WON!]

Ok, has this been the most epic weekend in Park Slope history or what??

Save for that fucking plane crashing into Seventh Ave in 1960, I can't think of another time during which harsh realities have been birthed, worlds have collided and BREEDERS-N-BALLERS have come together in such Earth shattering pandemonius mayhem. It almost feels like an episode of Lost (except I'm just a teensy bit less confused).

So yeah: let me recap as best I can:

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Sunday
Apr112010

COFFEE WARS: Gorilla Employee Speaks [And It Ain't Pretty]

This is what "ExEmp" had to say for themselves in response to Darlene from Gorilla Coffee's terse explanation of what went down with the Norma Rae employee walkout:

"It's not quite so clear cut as Darlene would like to make it.

Darlene is the owner. Carol is not an owner, but she *is* Darlene's partner.

The mass-quitting is related to a number of promises that Darlene made while Carol was away (including a lessened role for Carol) and was later overturned when Carol returned.

The fact is that Gorilla has more employees walk out on it than all of the other people I have ever heard of walking out on their jobs combined. I've always viewed walking out as and extreme measure, but this is a regular occurrence there.

Why?

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