The New Picture Show: Nitehawk Cinema Comes to Park Slope

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The cinema, in its experiential glory can be a magical event. It provides a means to communicate in a rich contextual way with others. One should remember that the movies can be a communal experience. The release of a new film in some cases can be a real social and historical event, and it would be a shame to lose that in a world of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Current plans for the $10 million renovation will include a bar and restaurant inside, a balcony view of Prospect Park, and an elevator to the top floor. Battle won, the…

LIFE AS YOGA: Yoga and Responding to the New Reality

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Grief, Division, and the Necessity of Waking Up In the aftermath of what for many of us has been a devastating month after the Presidential election, it’s hard to know where to begin. As I connect with my peers and my community, one thing is clear: everyone is in a different place in their process of coming to terms with the election results. Some people are in a space of subdued resignation;, others rage with fierceness, and still others are overwhelmed by anxiety. When I look around, I recognize much of what I see as grief: the shock, the bargaining,…

Holiday Post-Mortem

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Now that the holidays are behind us, and I have the benefit of hindsight, I find it an ideal time to conduct a postmortem, in order to assess the main causes contributing to the one-of-a-kind stress that rolls around every December. By Nicole Caccavo Kear, Art by Heather Heckel I wish I could pen an article about how to reduce holiday stress, because I think that would be a very useful piece that might improve your quality of life in some small but important way. Regrettably, I’m unqualified to write such an article. If this last Christmas has taught me…

Best in Burgers: Transcendent Dining in Park Slope

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Burgers seem to be on menus everywhere, from fast food to sushi restaurants. A good one can be transcendent, and everyone has specifics that make their own perfect burger experience. While Shake Shack reigns supreme for loyal fans, there are plenty of delicious, unique local burgers that deserve your attention. Luckily, we did some hearty research for you. These burgers brighten up Brooklyn with fresh, exciting combinations – beyond the sloppy orange sauce and soggy bun. Sometimes a bun can be so squishy it just soaks into the burger and disappears. That’s not the case at Korzo, an Eastern European…

Our Town: Park Slope in Pictures

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Park Slope views… To me, it’s Park Slope hues. Hues in the skies which I tell myself never to forget to look up at. Hues in the views which I love so much from my rooftop. Hues in the facades of the beautifully short buildings which surround us in this neighborhood like a warm hug. Hues in the friendly faces, those I know and those I don’t, but all who I smile at and who smile back in return. I love hues. I love you. Rachael Olmi

The New Wave: The New Regular

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There were a lot of crappy things that went down in 2016 that made us all too eager for the fresh start of a new year. Last year especially was marked by a lot of loss — artists, thinkers, political optimism, faith in humanity. . . The small business world in Park Slope was not an exception, as many stores and restaurants on Fifth and Seventh Avenues — some having been neighborhood fixtures for more than a decade — shuttered permanently. It’s sad when a much-loved business unexpectedly announces that it will close, especially if it was your regular joint…

Enriched Landscapes: The Reader Interview with Susannah C. Drake on Cleaning Up the Gowanus Canal

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The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™ opened in the fall of 2016. Facing the Canal at the end of 2nd street, the park was designed by DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture to clean up the Canal’s notoriously polluted waters. I spoke with Susannah C. Drake, DLANDstudio’s founding principal, who—as a registered architect, landscape architect, and an adjunct professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design—offers a unique perspective on the topic of green infrastructure and the design challenges that are unique to New York City. How does the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™ work? When we came up with the…

The One Life We’re Given

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No matter where we think we’re going, the journey of every life is to find its home in the moment where everything touches everything else. When we can feel what is ours to feel, and inhabit our own particular moment—of love or suffering, of beauty or pain, of peace or agitation—that depth of feeling allows us to live once for all time. To live once for all time means that the depth of our one life, once opened, is filled with the stream of life from every direction. To live once for all time means that try as we do…

Walking the Gowanus

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Walking the Gowanus From Solid Waste to New Lifeforms – the Hidden Secrets of the Gowanus Canal I’ve never been to the Gowanus. Until recently, the area has been stuck with a very bad reputation. A dangerous, deserted place, centered around a stinky canal filled with toxic industrial waste, also rumored to be the dumping ground for dead bodies by the Italian Mafia. Bullets Over Broadway, anyone? So I’ve stayed away. Until I heard about Brooklyn Brainery’s “Walk the Gowanus with a Local Author,” and I decided the time was ripe to pay a visit and see for myself. Surely…

What it means to be Half-White

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When I first returned to New York to study film at Columbia in 2000, I remember hearing about a Brooklyn based parenting group created for South Asian parents called Mixed Masala. The group included parents who adopted from South Asia as well as parents who had recently emigrated from the subcontinent – the common thread being a desire to raise children within that culture. I decided if I had children in America I wanted to be part of that subculture. Fast-forward 15 years and I found myself married to a Seattlite and living in Prospect Lefferts Garden. When I…

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