“Don’t come anywhere near me with that razor!” Photo by erinllucey.
If you’ve got ideas for a growing neighborhood, an urge to sing, or a love of science and technology, there are some interesting events coming up this week in Park Slope:
When: Monday, December 9, 6:30pm
Where: PS 372, The Children’s School, 512 Carroll Street
What: Got an idea for the future of the Gowanus neighborhood? Share them tonight with several local leaders who are coming together for this new community planning process.
Semi-Open Mic Night
When: Monday, December 9, 7pm
Where: The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue
What: The first time the stage is open to all for this semi-open mic — “semi” because you’re encouraged to sign up for a spot in advance, though they should have some open time at the end of the evening.
How much: Free to play and listen! All advance spots have been taken, but it’s totally open starting at 10:30pm.
Secret Science Club: Part(icle)s Unknown
When: Tuesday, December 10, 8pm (doors 7:30pm)
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street
What: Astrophysicist and author Ray Jayawardhana will discusses endeavors to observe neutrinos, notoriously elusive particles that may hold secrets to all kinds of things in the universe.
How much: Free!
ITP Presents New Interfaces For Musical Expression
When: Wednesday, December 11, 8pm (doors 7pm)
Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
What: Students from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program perform with electronic instruments that they have developed over the course of the semester.
How much: $10, available in advance; free with NYU ID
Photo of NIME 2009 by Jeff Howard
On the second Tuesday of every month, the meeting room above the Park Slope Food Coop fills with neighbors interested in the industry, politics, and culture of food. They gather to watch a thought-provoking film, take part in a Q&A, and enjoy some delicious refreshments — all for free, and for members and nonmembers alike.
It’s called Plow to Plate, and it’s been something of a well-kept Park Slope secret for over four years.
It started in September of 2009, when the Coop’s Safe Food Squad decided to create a film series which would put a spotlight on “issues related to the food system.” They began with H2 Worker, a documentary which examined the employment of nonimmigrant foreign workers for seasonal agricultural labor. Since then, they’ve proven just how wide-ranging “food system” issues are, with films about sustainability, the relationship between food and health, global agribusiness, the restaurant industry, even the history of Tupperware.
“I was invited by the team’s founder, Jay Tran, who wanted to use film to educate and inspire coop members about the impact their food choices have in the world,” she tells us. “The project was, in part, inspired by the fact that there are so many talented filmmakers in Brooklyn, many of whom belong to the Coop. We wanted to provide a space for residents of Brooklyn, Coop members or not, to see some of these incredible films about our food system.”
From the beginning, the goal has been to go beyond a simple viewing of the film, toward an active engagement in the dialogue surrounding it. Often a director, subject expert, or someone otherwise related to the film will sit in for a Q&A session after the screening. But why does Plow to Plate believe so strongly in publicizing these issues?
“The food system in America is in a dangerous state on a number of levels,” Lisa says, “and it’s important for consumers to recognize the power they have in using their dollar as a vote for a sustainable system for future generations. Education is the absolute best way to make a difference. Change starts at the individual level and we all have tremendous power in the choices we make about what we buy and how we nourish ourselves.”
The coordinators are always open to recommendations, and encourage feedback (email here). This month, they’ll be showing Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution, a 2008 French documentary about the dangerous consequences of agricultural toxins.
In it, director Jean-Paul Jaud speaks with farmers, health care workers, elected officials, researchers, children and parents to reveal varied perspectives on the relationship between food and health, and looks at practical solutions to the problems. Check it out tomorrow, December 10, at 7pm.
One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is here – FIDO‘s Bark the Herald Angels Sing in Prospect Park!
This Saturday, December 14 from 7:30-10am, the off-leash advocates and their furry friends will gather beside the Picnic House for hot chocolate, hot mulled cider, and coffee, plus carols and a visit from Santa.
FIDO says they’ll be providing songbooks with “dog-centric lyrics,” so stop by, enjoy a hot drink and a howl, and wish neighbors and their pups a
hairy Merry Christmas.
Photo by jumping lab
For sale signs are posted on the building on the corner of 4th Avenue and Degraw, a few doors down from two buildings that will be torn down and replaced by an 18-unit 11-story apartment building. The properties for sale are 161-171 4th Avenue, listed by Grenier-Maltz, which includes the empty lot on the corner.
The listing notes that there are about 19,140 square feet of buildable space, and that the zoning allows for 10-12 stories of retail, residential, or mixed use development here. “4th Avenue is on a steady upswing and gentrification has begun to set in,” the listing says.
Records at the Department of Buildings show that an application to combine the three lots into one zoned area was disapproved in July, though the listing also notes that “plans have been submitted for approval.”
The city has unveiled a new interactive crime map that allows you to search and learn about basic data on felony crime incidents by location for the prior calendar year, current year, and by month within the current year. While providing more detail than the NYPD’s CompStat reports, which are also available online, there’s still some info lacking to provide a complete look at what’s going on in the neighborhood.
Combined with recent reports from The Nabe and DNAinfo that have said NYPD Precincts have been instructed to stop providing access to information about local crimes to journalists for police blotters, local communities throughout the city may be left without much transparency about specific crimes occurring in their areas.
Built by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) using crime complainant data as reported to the NYPD, you can search the map by address and see what felonies have been reported in a certain area, allowing you to understand a bit about where crime is persistent, but not much more than that.
For example, you can see what crime occurred at an approximate location during a particular month, but you don’t know what day of the week or time of day, or what the crime actually was. Like in October on 7th Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets, there was one robbery and one grand larceny. But was someone mugged at knifepoint for an iPhone, or was their purse stolen while they were sitting in a coffee shop, or what? That level of detail is not included.
“DoITT employs innovative technology to improve the accessibility of critical public information,” said Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant. ”The interactive crime map builds on report data and presents it visually in neighborhoods across the five boroughs, keeping the public informed about what is going on in their community.”
If the blotter information is indeed made unavailable, then this map may be all that communities are going to get, at least during the last month of this mayor’s term.
We want to be able to help in letting neighbors know about what’s going on in the area, both good and bad — if you’ve been the victim of a crime in Park Slope, after you’ve contacted the police, please consider emailing us at email@example.com, and we can share the details here.
If you have late night travel on the agenda this week, watch out for these changes to the F and G lines:
Coney Island-bound F trains run express from Jay St-MetroTech to Church Av
Late nights, 11:45pm Mon to 5am Tue, Dec 9-10
No Coney Island-bound service at Bergen, Carroll Sts, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. For service to these stations, take the F to 7 Av or Church Av and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F. For service from these stations, take the F to 7 Av or Jay St-MetroTech and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
No G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av
Trains run every 30 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs
Late nights, 10:30pm to 5am, Mon to Fri, Dec 9-13
Service operates in two sections: Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. No G service at Bergen, Carroll Sts, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 St, 7 Av, 15 St-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, and Church Av. Take the F instead.
N trains run via the Q in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av
Lat nights, all times until October 2014
R shuttle service operates between 95 and 36 Sts, Brooklyn.
No R trains between Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn
All times until October 2014
R service operates in two sections: Between 71 Av, Queens and Whitehall St, Manhattan; and between 95 St, Bay Ridge and Court St, downtown Brooklyn.
Q trains run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Stillwell Av
Late nights, 11:45pm to 5am, Mon to Fri, until Dec 20
Service operates in two sections: Between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (D/N platform); and between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Stillwell Av. Transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to continue your trip. Note: At Prospect Park and 7 Av, all trains board at the Coney Island-bound platform.
These schedules sometimes change, so check mta.info for the latest information.
Sweet antlers on 6th Avenue.
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Here’s a look back at some stories you might have missed this week:
• A taste of Vermont is coming to 5th Ave with Black Bear Sugarworks.
• Prospect Park’s Lakeside is set to open on December 20.
• Everything you need to know about the Gowanus Whole Foods.
• Mark dangerous spots on a new map from the Park Slope Street Safety Partnership.
• Members are stealing $1,200 worth of merch from the Food Coop every day.
• A Shake Shack update and more news on Flatbush Avenue vacancies.
• Have you tried the s’mores at Winter Warmers yet?
• Where to drop off a Toys for Tots gift.
• A vet is moving down the block to a vacant storefront on 5th Avenue.
• Help the Gowanus Alliance build a reflector tree by donating to CHiPS.
• How did Patrick Stewart only get one write-in vote for mayor?
• Another new apartment building for 4th Avenue.
• Looking for a Christmas tree? Here’s where to find them in the neighborhood.
• Finally, if you can, help support the PS/MS 282 chess team!
“I spy stars in the city,” says photographer jolenesiana.
A Christmas tale told by a local author, puppets teaching counting, live painting, and lots more to check out in the area this weekend:
Holiday Shop At PS 321
When: Saturday, December 7, 10am-5pm
Where: PS 321, 180 7th Avenue
What: Local artists and emerging independent designers will showcase their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, or limited edition creations. While you shop, the kids can check out some fun activities. Plus, there’s a raffle, where you could win the biggest stuffed bear we’ve ever seen.
How much: Free!
Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair
When: Saturday, December 7, 11am-5pm
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street
What: The second annual fair is not just a chance to pick up great gifts from many Brooklyn independent booksellers who will be there. At 4pm local author Paul Auster will read his Brooklyn holiday classic, Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story — just be sure to get there early, because they’re expecting a big crowd.
How much: Free!
123 Sesame And Me
When: Saturday, December 7, 1pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: A high-energy stage production featuring a total of 15 lookalike puppets, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and more.
How much: Free!
Flatbush Artists Holiday Art Sale
When: Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 1-7pm
Where: 502 9th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues
What: Looking for a unique gift for someone on your list? Check out work including painting, photography, drawing, and more from 15 Brooklyn artists. There will also be performances by poet AJA.
How much: Free!
When: Saturday, December 7, 1-3pm
Where: Music Together of Park Slope, 386 1st Street
What: Join author Jere Hester to celebrate the release of Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family. Music Together teachers will lead a karaoke jam and singalong, featuring some “fab” classics. The first five families to arrive will receive a gift bag with copies of the book and CDs by Music Together teachers. Copies of the book will be available for signing by the author.
How much: Free!
Kototama: Sugita Koki Exhibition Opening Reception
When: Saturday, December 7, 2-4pm
Where: J-LABO Brooklyn, 300 7th Street
What: A show that runs through December 20 will showcase the work of an artist exploring a new technique (shown in the video above) involving the use of calligraphy Tatami matting, which was traditionally made from woven straw. He’ll be at the opening working on paintings, with music by Masayo Ishigure.
How much: Free!
Jon Samson In Concert
When: Saturday, December 7, 4:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Concert Hall, 58 7th Avenue
What: A benefit concert for BCM’s Music Therapy program by award-winning children’s composer, performer, and music therapist Jon Samson.
How much: $15 available in advance
Hip Tot Holiday Extravaganza
When: Sunday, December 8, 11am
Where: Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place
What: Santa will be on hand at this music-filled event featuring Suzi Shelton, Jolly Pops, and Melanie Hope Greenberg. Plus, enjoy free crafts, face painting, and giveaways.
How much: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, non-walkers are free
Classical Interludes: Irina Nuzova
When: Sunday, December 8, 4pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: The Russian pianist will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and three pieces of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliette. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
How much: Free!
Photo via Paul Auster
This weekend at our local markets, learn how to make (and taste) a delicious recipe, and discover a “cure” for the winter blues.
At the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket on Saturday, December 7 from 9am-12pm, Kate Galassi of Quinciple , a weekly grocery delivery service in Brooklyn and Manhattan, will demonstrate how to make maple pumpkin cornbread using farmer-ground cornmeal from Cayuga Pure Organics. Stop by the info tent for free recipe cards and samples!
Then on Sunday, December 8 at the Park Slope Farmers Market, be sure to say hello to South Slope neighbor Scott Bridi, founder of Brooklyn Cured. A new item for his winter menu is pancetta, inspired by “this time of year when we are all cooking more at home and staying close to the hearth,” as Scott recently told Down to Earth. “Our pancetta is like bacon, Italian style! It’s seasoned simply with black pepper, fennel seed, and warm spice — so delicious and so versatile. Use it in pasta dishes, bean dishes, and even serve it with eggs for breakfast.”
The GAP Greenmarket runs Saturdays from 8am-4pm at Grand Army Plaza. The Park Slope Farmers Market runs Sundays from 10am-4pm along 4th Street at 5th Ave.
The Slope Music house on 9th Street looks even brighter on a day like today.
If you’re in the market for a Park Slope pad with two bedrooms, we’ve rounded up a few places that are currently available to rent. If you live in any of these buildings and have thoughts about what it’s like to rent there, be sure to let your potential new neighbors know in the comments below.
312 7th Street at 7th Avenue
Details: With a kitchen that’s open to the living room (pictured above), this seems like a nice space for a family to sprawl or for couples who like to entertain. The listing on Street Easy not only notes an open house for this Sunday, December 8 from 2:30-3:30pm, but says the price was reduced recently to $2,850 — not sure why someone hasn’t scooped this up yet.
Contact: Listed by Temple Morrow, 718-499-1214
886 Union Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues
Details: Convenient to Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza, this apartment was recently renovated and has shiny new stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, and a washer-dryer in the unit. Plus, you can bring Fido. Check it out this weekend during open houses on Saturday, December 7 from 11-11:45am, and Sunday, December 8 from 11-11:45am.
Contact: Listed by Rutenberg, 917-397-0507
267 6th Street Unit 2D9, at 4th Avenue
Details: This unit in the new Landmark Park Slope building is one of a few currently available, and it’s got two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a terrace — just be sure to keep tables and stuff secure out there. Though the price is a bit high, they’ve got incentives like no fee and two months of rent free.
Contact: Listed by Apts & Lofts, 888-866-4208
150 4th Avenue, between Butler & Douglass
Details: Another newish building along the ever-growing 4th Avenue, the Arias also has a few units listed at the moment, and this one is the least expensive of the 2-bedrooms. Also offering a number of enticing amenities, our favorite here has to be the promise of a self-service pet spa.
Contact: Listed by Adellco Management, 347-236-1144
Photo via Temple Morrow
The Gowanus Alliance is set to unveil a very special Christmas tree near 16th Street and 3rd Avenue on Friday, December 13, honoring the work of neighborhood non-profit CHiPS, which has generously provided needy families in our community with food, clothing, and other means of support since 1971.
“In the spirit of Gowanus manufacturing, the Gowanus Alliance is custom-making a Christmas tree out of reclaimed materials,” the group announced on its website. “Unlike regular trees that require electricity to be seen, this one will be decorated with reflective ornaments, symbolic of the ‘giving back’ that makes organizations like CHiPS possible.”
Each reflector ornament on the tree will represent a donation made to CHiPS — you can make a tax-deductible donation, starting at $20, by visiting the Gowanus Alliance offices, located at 135 13th Street (at 3rd Avenue), 3rd Floor.
You can also donate directly through the CHiPS website, but be sure to let the Gowanus Alliance know about your donation, so they can include your ornament on the tree.
The Gowanus Alliance is also collecting warm clothing for CHiPS, particularly “socks, underwear, hats, scarfs, gloves, sweaters, sweat suits, hoodies, and jackets for both men and women in various sizes” through December 31. If you’d like to contribute to the clothing drive, please note that the group cannot accept old, worn, or used clothing for donation.
For more information, call 718-576-3108, or email GowanusAlliance@gmail.com.
Image via Gowanus Alliance
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