Slope Survey: John Tucker

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Restaurateur, devotee of local, seasonal food, and one of Edible Manhattan’s “Dads We’re Loving,” John Tucker was the perfect fit for the Slope Survey’s third installment. Here, the owner of Rose Water muses on a changing Park Slope, getting away, and the surprising qualities that make a hero. What brought you to Park Slope? I’m as Slopian as they come: my wife and I came over the bridge in 1999 with a two-year-old in tow, looking for square footage, green space, good school, and a community of like-minded tree-huggers. We checked every box, and within months many unexpected benefits…

A Slice of Life

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The pizzamakers of Park Slope There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a tasty slice of New York pizza. I chatted with three local pizzeria owners about why they do what they do, how the neighborhood has changed and what their favorite slice is. Lorenzo Scotto, Pino’s La Forchetta, 181 7th Avenue Lorenzo Scotto, or “Larry,” has been involved with Pino’s since 2005. “Almost 12 years,” he said. “Wow, fast. Ohmygod, time flies.” Pino’s opened in 1962. They had another store in Staten Island, which his father recently sold, before the Brooklyn location. The biggest change since 2005 is from lots…

We are They: Post Election Thoughts 2016

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By Mark Nepo I have felt compelled to speak since the election of Donald Trump but every time I try, my heart sinks and I don’t know what to say. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, six years after World War II, after the defeat of Hitler and fascism, six years after the Holocaust, in which I had family perish. As a child, I saw unfathomable images of how the Atomic bomb obliterated Hiroshima. In grade school, we practiced hiding under our desks, as if that would keep us from being incinerated. I came of age in the sixties,…

The Perfect Party

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Madonna dance-off. Limbo contest. Cannoli cream cake.  Year after year of my childhood, that was the formula for my birthday party, which took place in the basement of my Staten Island home. It was a three-prong party plan that worked. Well, four prongs, really. Just before the cake was served, came the Chaplin-esque birthday cake pratfall, courtesy of my father. He’d walk down the stairs to the basement, carefully holding the cake box aloft, only to stumble at the bottom, throwing himself down the last few steps and tossing the box extravagantly into the air. The crowd would gasp, and…

Park Slope Votes

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Every four years November acts as a pivotal month in our nation’s political calendar. The months of lively debate leading up to the election often cause tensions to flare in communities across America, and never has an election stirred up controversy and vitriol as much as this one has. Yet, despite all of this, the majority of local residents seem squarely unified against a particular candidate in the running for the future President of the United States. It should not come as a surprise, that in a community as diverse and unique as Park Slope, that a certain resentment would…

Life as Yoga Series Part 2: The First Sutra and Modern Separation

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Upon opening the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the very first statement we read is: Now the teachings of yoga. Like many sutras, there is more than meets the eye here. A sutra is a succinct statement or aphorism that was deliberately created to be short so that it may be easily memorized and so that its meaning might be dissected through study, reflection, and chanting. Much like a bullet point in a lecture, the sutra itself is the tip of the iceberg of a larger point being made. Sutras are a lot like poetry; there is a lot packed into…

The Reader Interview with Sally Kohn on Election 2016 and Beyond

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“Equality is Not a Zero-Sum Game” On a muggy day in in late Summer, I sat down with Sally Kohn, columnist and CNN commentator. I picked her brain about the presidential election, Dog Whistle politics—rhetoric that uses coded language to convey a message to specific segments of the population—and Kohn’s idea of emotional correctness, as presented in her 2013 Ted Talk. For Kohn, emotional correctness refers to “a daily spiritual practice” that consists of trying “to find compassion for the people I not only disagree with, but who are fundamentally lacking in compassion for me and my side.”  By Mirielle…

A First Timer’s Guide To Birdwatching

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Browsing different alternatives online, I was looking for a new Brooklyn experience. I wanted to do an activity involving fresh air and the peace and quiet of nature, as much as allowed by living in the largest city in the U.S. Luckily Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s giant 585-acre lung, offers plenty of fun from horseback riding to nature walks throughout the fall. I opted for Brooklyn Bird Club’s (BBC) birdwatching tours. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, a knowledgable guide will lead you through the best birdwatching spots in the park, starting from various entrances. The walks run throughout September, which…

Art in the Slope

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With fall in full effect, there are a plethora of art exhibitions that are on view for the public throughout the city. But don’t feel like you need to leave the borough to see great art! In the Park Slope neighborhood there are several galleries that offer the community a chance to see world class art. Here is a breakdown of the top five shows to see now and also a sampling of what these galleries have to see through the end of the year!  By Anni Irish What to see right now: Diana Kane who is a Brooklyn based jewelry…

Slope Survey: Elise Long

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For our second Slope Survey—inspired by Marcel Proust and his eponymous questionnaire—we turned to longtime Park Slope resident and Founder/Director of Spoke the Hub Dancing, Elise Long. What brought you to Park Slope?  I was living on the Lower East Side in the late 70s. My fiancé felt it was too unsafe and refused to join me there; maybe it was, but it was all I could afford. We then received a brunch invitation from friends renting a brownstone floor-through on Prospect Park West. It felt like a mansion, with stained glass windows and beautiful woodworking. It wasn’t much more…

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