New Korean

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Korean Restaurants Heat Up Brooklyn Dining Scene A bright pink and turquoise scheme brings a welcoming, even kid-friendly vibe at White Tiger on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights. In the kitchen, chefs create fresh versions of the Korean food Chef Liz Kwon grew up with. Bartenders pour glasses of soju and sake and mix creative cocktails like the Citrus Moon, with sugar wash moonshine, rice wine, chamomile, yuzu-honey, and lime. Kwon will deliver you large portions of piping hot food herself, like savory anchovy-fried rice topped with a runny egg and spicy, chewy pan-fried ricecakes. The spices will thaw you out…

The Classroom Door is Always Open

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I recently had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Anna Allanbrook, veteran principal of Brooklyn New School (P.S. 146). BNS has been called “a joyful, time-tested school” by Inside Schools, and as Allanbrook led me on a tour of the school and its garden, I had to agree. In each classroom, students were excitedly learning from hands-on activities—like the third grade science class using flashlights to recreate the changing angle of shadows made by the sun over the course of the day. Students and teachers in this class and others were full of wonder and curiosity. As Allanbrook says,…

A Small Step

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Dear Hypocrite. I love your column and I think you help more people than you imagine. Now it’s my turn to ask for advice. This letter is not of your usual landlord/parking/parenting troubles variety. It’s bleak and more desperate than anything I’ve read here before. Wish it wasn’t the case. I wish I were writing about how frustrated I am with my loud upstairs neighbor. I’m in a bad place. A series of unfortunate events has left me with some serious problems. I lost my job in May and haven’t been able to find another one. I’m in debt. I’m…

To Get A Dog Or Not To Get A Dog

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One thing leads to another Building a more perfect Park Slope! I’ve written my first two columns for the Park Slope Reader about whether to get a family dog and, if so, what dog to get.  Suffice it to say that we don’t have a dog yet, but I believe it may happen any day now.  Which led me to start thinking about things like dog beds and dog walkers and the general dog infrastructure of Park Slope. And then I realized what’s missing—Why aren’t there any dog runs besides Prospect Park?  Am I missing something?  Is this just one…

When things are not Perfect with your Divine Feline

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Felis catus. Gato. Chat. Miw. Cat. The ancient Egyptians worshiped them. We can’t get enough of them on YouTube and social media. In a world where many revere animals, there are but a few with whom we coexist in the same space. We are fortunate that the feline has found a way into our homes and our hearts. As we walk down the streets of our beloved borough, we see their content and peaceful faces in many apartment windows, enjoying the sunshine and birds in the trees. When they are well, the relationship between cat and guardian remains simple and…

Toddlers, Tantrums, and Tree Pose

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Uh oh. We have a hitter. A shover to be precise. As soon as any of my other students get close to him, he turns his body square to face them, pauses, and then pushes them, sometimes to the ground. There are tears. Can you imagine this happening in an adult yoga class? Power Vinyasa yoga would take on a whole new meaning, eh? But in my world of teaching yoga to toddlers, this is just part of business as usual. Because, sometimes, small children hit or push or pull hair or take something that doesn’t belong to them. Because…

A Profile In A Musical Kaleidoscope: Dawn Landes

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When the stars align, it can seem downright magical. Celebrate Brooklyn offers a unique opportunity for the musicians and audience to bond in a way that is only possible during the easy, breezy nights of summer. And Dawn Landes is the perfect performer for this type of introduction. On a July evening, Park Slope resident Dawn Landes took the stage at the Prospect Park bandshell. She was the opening act for Jason Isbell, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series. “Her band was tight, like they have played together for a long time,” an audience member described. Dawn’s voice…

Picture Book Pitfalls

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Does this scene seem familiar? You’re curled up in bed or snuggled in a rocking chair or sitting on your stoop on a beautiful fall afternoon and you’re reading Bread and Jam for Frances to your child. You are feeling incredibly good about yourself because you know that reading builds a lifelong love of literature and ensures that your child will be adequately attached to you so that they won’t get strung out on heroin or drop out of high school or get ill-advised tats on their ankles. Your child is leaning against you and it’s wonderful to smell that good, clean…

Small Shops, Big Impact

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Take a stroll down Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, or Seventh Avenue, or head on east through Grand Army Plaza into Prospect Heights. Here’s what you’ll find: proof that a strong, locally-owned business economy is good for the community. You will encounter a dizzying selection of unique gifts to help you whittle down your holiday shopping list (phew!), as well as a diverse group of business owners whose investment in the community makes Park Slope and the surrounding area the place to give back while you shop. There are plenty of statistics showing just how important it is to shop small.…

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