The Reader Interview: Activating a Democratic Space

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The Reader Interview with Jack Walsh of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Whether you’re enjoying the afro-blues sound of Amadou & Mariam, waxing nostalgic with Talib Kweli, or taking in a film with live scores performed by the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, the Wordless Music Orchestra, or Brooklyn United Marching Band, you’re sure to make some new meaningful memories, big and small, at the Festival this summer. On a rainy afternoon in late-May, the people who make the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival possible continued their preparations for the Festival’s 39th season. Jack Walsh, who is Vice President of Performing Arts at…

Brooklyn at it’s Best: Free Outdoor Theatre, Music, and Movies

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Brooklyn is the place to be this summer when it comes to free outdoor events. The cultural hub is offering chances to take in free outdoor movies, world-class concerts and unforgettable outdoor theatre performances. Delight in the best of the arts while relaxing and enjoying the sun, and even head to the Upper West Side in July for a rare ice cream festival! A Summer Movie Under the Stars https://nitehawkcinema.com/williamsburg/movies/a-summer-movie-under-the-stars/ There will be four outdoor screenings of family-friendly films starting on July 19th in Prospect Park. The movies will focus on themes linked to the park’s culture – including baseball…

DETERMINATION — Planned Parenthood of New York City

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A Conversation with Carrie Mumah, a resident of Park Slope, and the Director of Digital and Media Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City. While Planned Parenthood has increasingly been called to stand at the center of contemporary political debates over the legislation of reproductive health care in recent years, the organization itself has been around for more than a century. It was founded in Brooklyn on October 16th, 1916, by New York native and early feminist Margaret Sanger. 100 years later, Planned Parenthood is still servicing countless individuals and providing reproductive health care not only across the nation,…

SLOPE SURVEY: GEORGE CONSTANTINOU

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George Constantinou, who is most notably “Husband and Daddy to 5-year-old boy/girl twins,” launched Bogota Latin Bistro in 2005 and Miti Miti Modern Mexican in 2014, along with his spouse Farid Ali Lancheros. In this latest installment of the Slope Survey, Constantinou shows both his entrepreneurial and community spirit. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO PARK SLOPE? We didn’t come to Park Slope so much as it came to us. We searched high and low through Brooklyn for our dream location. The space that houses Bogota Latin Bistro presented itself after having exhausted our efforts, wondering if we’d ever find a…

Is There a Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?

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Yoga is an ancient practice of harmonizing the body with the mind and breath using physical poses, breathing exercises and meditation. At its most practical level, yoga is a process of learning about oneself. Ultimately it can lead to self-discovery, self-mastery and self-realization. Sounds therapeutic, right? Yoga therapy is a process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. That certainly sounds like yoga. So, isn’t then all yoga therapeutic? If not, is there a difference between what we all know as yoga and yoga therapy?…

SENSIBLE SUNNING

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Summer is coming, and so is the annual ritual of spending time outdoors by the beach or the lake.  And of course most people follow the modern ritual of going into the sun covered by a plastic goo called . . . sunscreen!  How ever did we get to a notion that the sun, that life-giving element, is our constant enemy?  While it is true that even the best thing can at times be detrimental (think King Midas), the negative aspect of sunning has almost obliterated its positive side in the public mind today. Sunlight is required for the internal…

Have You Seen an “Underground Drum Beat” lately?

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What does an “Underground Drum Beat” look like? Maybe you’ve heard that sound at an MTA station once or twice, so the phrase might strike a familiar chord, and you might also have an associated visual image. Your personal vision may or may not match the 2014 Harvey Dinnerstein painting which goes by that name, but even if it doesn’t come close, the scene depicted will probably remind you in some way of your own underground experiences. For virtually all of his lengthy artistic career, Harvey has drawn inspiration from the NYC subway mayhem, even literally drawing many fellow riders…

THE FIX-IT FRIENDS: HAVE NO FEAR

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This season’s dispatch from Babyville goes straight out to the kids! Here’s a sneak peek into my new chapter book series, The Fix-It Friends, published this May by Macmillan Kids’ Imprint. The idea for this series came from years of watching my kids and their pals wrestle with challenges, both big and small. I thought it would be awesome, and fun, and helpful to write a series of books which showed smart, tough, kind kids working together to solve real problems. So I did. And here’s a little glimpse for you! Chapter 1 My name’s Veronica Conti and…

EAT LOCAL: Navigating the Taco Scene

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With taco trucks, Asian fusion and dessert tacos, it can be hard to navigate Brooklyn’s taco scene. Here are a handful of places that pair perfectly with a warm spring day. Varrio 408 When Martin Medina moved to Park Slope 27 years ago, NYC was a soulless place with no avocado toast. Ok, it probably had more soul, but avocado toast hadn’t yet swept the city. In fact, people even barely knew what avocados were, Medina said. He opened Park Slope’s first taqueria and still serves up authentic tacos in fresh-made tortillas all these years later. You can watch…

In Praise of the Summer Camp

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Attending summer camp is a memorable rite of passage. Whether it’s in the form of a weeklong sleep away adventure, or a daytime activity program, the camp experience comes with memories that can last a lifetime. Camps today are metamorphosing to keep up with modern innovations. Although some stick to the tried and true values of physical activity, learning, and friendship building, there are now more specific concentrations to be found at all levels and on all kinds of different subjects. Whatever a child’s best interest, there is likely a summer camp centered around it. Evolutions in the summer camp…

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