Author Mary Bakija

Business papi's grill at 161 7th avenue in park slope
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Are you hungry for tortas, 7th Avenue? Hope so, because you’ll be able to get your fill when a new Mexican restaurant opens tomorrow. The owner of Papi’s Grill at 161 7th Avenue, between Garfield and 1st, tells us they’re ready to start serving their menu of tacos, tortas, huaraches, weekend tamales, and more starting this Saturday, April 25 — so if you stop in…

Photos Photo by Leann L.
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It got a little wild there with the rain yesterday, but what followed was lovely, as neighbor Leann L. captured so well from her studio. Take any photos in the neighborhood lately? Send them to editor@parkslopestoop.com, add them to the Park Slope Stoop Flickr group, or tag them #parkslope on Instagram, and we’ll post them here. Also,…

Events Photo via Theo Bleckman
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There are a lot of great events coming up in our area this weekend, including opportunities to give back to the community through volunteering, readings that are both funny and startling, some terrific concerts, a chance to relive your prom, and more — get the full details below! Looking for something fun to do with…

Events E-Waste: Electronics Recycling on 5th Ave
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Now that you can no longer leave electronics curbside for collection, you’ll need to figure out alternative ways to get rid of that ancient tube television. One option: an upcoming e-waste recycling event from the Lower East Side Ecology Center, as part of the Spring Civic Sweep from the Park Slope Civic Council. This Sunday, April 26 from…

Business bubblez toy store at 347 5th avenue in park slope
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It looks like 5th Avenue has just lost another children’s shop. The toy store Bubblez, located at 347 5th Avenue, between 4th and 5th Streets, appears to have closed for good. When we passed by earlier this week, the gate was down and the entire storefront had been cleared out. We tried to reach out…

Photos sled in the trash on flatbush avenue in park slope
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We thought trees in bloom were the ultimate sign of spring, until we spotted this sled in the trash on Flatbush Avenue. Take any photos in the neighborhood lately? Send them to editor@parkslopestoop.com, add them to the Park Slope Stoop Flickr group, or tag them #parkslope on Instagram, and we’ll post them here. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram,…

Business prospect gardens pharmacy, 89 7th avenue
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A corner storefront that held a small pharmacy for the past several decades will soon be home to a real estate office. The former location of Prospect Gardens Pharmacy at 89 7th Avenue on the corner of Union Street, which closed in March after the building was sold a few months prior, will be the new…

Green Activist Christopher Swain swims the Gowanus Canal.
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Hoards of media and curious individuals waited on bridges along the Gowanus Canal to see a clean-water activist swim its polluted length on Wednesday afternoon. Christopher Swain, who has taken similar swims through other, somewhat less toxic, bodies of water, jumped in (eventually) to the Superfund site to call for an accelerated cleanup of the canal. And…

Food & Drink Photo via Wassan
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A restaurant space that’s long had trouble gaining traction may soon see a turnaround as a Michelin-recommended Japanese spot adds an outpost there. The much-loved Japanese restaurant Wasan will soon be opening a new space at 440 Bergen Street, just off 5th Avenue, reports the Commercial Observer. They’ve been dishing up farm-to-table dishes in the…

Transportation Photo by Timothy Caldwell
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If you rely on the 9th Street Bridge to cross the Gowanus Canal late at night, you’ll need to look at other options for the next several months. Community Board 6 sends word that the bridge will be closed nightly starting this Friday, April 24 through October 19 “due to construction work that the MTA…

Business tofu on 5th coming to 384 5th avenue in park slope
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A Chinese take-out joint is moving down to 5th Avenue from 7th because of that often-heard story: rising rents. Tofu on 7th, a solid choice for take-out and delivery, will be moving from its space at 226 7th Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets, to 384 5th Avenue, on the corner of 6th Street. An…

Photos Photo by jrubzer
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The beginning of the calm after this morning’s quick storm, as captured on St Johns Place by jrubzer. Take any photos in the neighborhood lately? Send them to editor@parkslopestoop.com, add them to the Park Slope Stoop Flickr group, or tag them #parkslope on Instagram, and we’ll post them here. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and subscribe to…

Kids & Family Photo by Bess Adler via Prospect Park
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Looking for something fun to do with the whole family this week? From the Wizard of Oz live and a festival with puppets, to singalongs and an appreciation of trees, there are a lot of great kid-friendly events coming up in our area. See the full details below! Babies & Books When: Wednesday, April 22, 10am Where: Central Library,…

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