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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)

Tuesday
May182010

HAY Center Slope, You Ready for a New Neighbor? [Movin' on Up]

So, tomorrow marks one week until the keys to my new place are in my hands--and I'm officially a center-Sloper.  (Don't worry, Gogo, I'll still captain the South Slope decathlon team; I'm only a few blocks above 9th.)  Yes, the lease was signed (DISH. WASHER.) and as I begin my intrepid trek from my quiet South Slope place that's dangerously close to one bagel place up to my new studio alarmingly closer to yet another bagel place, I'd like to pay homage (and say FU) to the things I will no longer be right next to.

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Tuesday
May182010

Mani/Pedi Smackdown: Put Your Best Foot Forward...

It's that time again for the females of Park Slope. We need some pruning and beautification and we need it NOW. Preferably minus these rugrats!

Because—as has been previously noted, I'm LAZY—I generally don't stray very far for the mani/pedi/waxing/massagey. It's usually Seven Nails, which I really kind of hate for the insincere smarm factor (and the price), or the one above the market on 7th btwn Carroll and Garfield, which I kind of love (but it's also a lot 'o money). What is that place called, anyway?

My friend Karen, however, thinks these joints are highway robbery and won't set her dainty toes in a nail salon below 9th Street. She's been taking Spanish lessons from her pedicurist somewhere around 12th Street. It's a 2 for 1 deal, I guess.

So, show us your toes please! Review your fave and least fave PS nail salons in the comments.