There’s No “They”

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THE READER Interview with Kim Maier on our Cultural Patrimony The Old Stone House has been many things a baseball clubhouse, a warm place for nineteenth century gentleman to gather after iceskating, a casualty of urban blight, a rallying cry that brings neighbors together, and now, a vibrant public space. In May, I spoke with the Executive Director, Kim Maier, about the Old Stone House’s summer programming, its history, and its commitment to accessibility in a changing Brooklyn. What’s happening at the Old Stone House this summer?  As Park Slope’s town square, we’re always trying to create great programming. In July…

Running Free

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When I saw a ball coming towards me as a kid, my first thought was: “run.” Not towards the ball but away from it. If the ball was big enough, I might use it to sit on while reading a book. That was about the extent of my experience with balls. I was the archetypal bookworm, knocking over huge displays of breakfast cereal at the grocery store when I walked right into them while reading. One can certainly be both a bookworm and a sports star, just not if one is me. Though I didn’t know him at the time,…

Summer Reading

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Summer reading is better than ever.  It’s true that most of us would rather spend our time during the summer eating BBQ, visiting Aruba, or finding any excuse to avoid our professional obligations. But summer reading at its finest isn’t work. It’s a clear, pure moment we find for ourselves as the weather gets hotter, muggier, messier. Some of us can’t afford anything other than a staycation, anyway!   Without a good summer book to fall into, we are minimizing introspective pleasures that are as good as an intoxicating (or intoxicated) night by the blissful waterfront. A subway ride is…

Creating Young Authors

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You are a treasure hunter who is being sent by the authorities to retrieve a magical gem from the jungle, which is full of dinosaurs. You find yourself fighting a T-Rex with a pitchfork over the magical gem. There are dying trees around you. There is a giraffe to your left and a stegosaurus behind you. The T-Rex lunges at you with its mouth open and its sharp teeth are filled with bones. You dodge right and the T-Rex swallows the gem and roars … It’s my first time volunteering at 826NYC, a nonprofit focused on helping students ages 6-18…

A Musical Trip Around the World

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The summer concert season in New York City is phenomenal. Every year I wait with baited breath for BRIC arts and SummerStage lineups to be announced. And I’m always blown away. The sheer diversity is amazing, so hats off to the people who organize and schedule these events because it can’t be an easy task.  Now, we all know about some of the larger acts, but my favorites are the lesser known international acts that come to swelter in our summer heat. It’s a musical voyage around the world, with all points on the globe represented – even Iceland (though…

THE FINDS: SUMMER IN THE SLOPE… The Heat is On Your Plate

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Summer’s here and let’s face it, you’ve got about an hour of walking around before you need to unwind in an air-conditioned restaurant. Cool down and eat up at these fun local spots.  By Beth Kaiserman / Pics by Beth Kaiserman Freek’s Mill 285 Nevins Street The actual Freek’s Mill was located on the corner of Union Street and Nevins Street in 1784. The 2016 menu aims to highlight the area’s industrial past – when everyone knew where their food was made. Fresh, seasonal and local all shined through on my visit, from crunchy julienned snap peas, candied almonds and…

Point of View: Contemporary Photography

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Located in the thick of Brooklyn’s art district Gowanus, Site: Brooklyn, has been exhibiting artists since the fall of 2014. On July 15th, the gallery will showcase their latest exhibit, Point of View: Contemporary Photography. Point of View was curated by Mitra Abbaspour who is formerly the associate curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art and is also an independent scholar and curator. This exciting group exhibition will feature the work of over forty artists including: Steven Duede, Kathleen Greco, Stephanie Bassos, Melissa Lynn, Joseph Bigley among others. The artists in the exhibit span…

Cocktails & Collecting: The Print Exhibition at the Ground Floor Gallery

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Ground Floor Gallery first opened it’s doors in August of 2013. Started by curators Jill Benson and Krista Saunders Scenna, it boasts being “Park Slope’s only commercial art space.” On July 13, the gallery will unveil their latest exhibition, Cocktails & Collecting: The Print Exhibition. The show will run ‪until August 14 with an opening ‪from 6:00- 8:30 pm on Wednesday. There will be an additional closing party ‪on August 1 Cocktails & Collecting: The Print Exhibition features the work of twenty four artists including: Angela Rossi, Amanda Valdez, Betty Hart, Daniel Anthony Vasquez and Dara Oshin among others. The premise of the show aims to…

In the Pink 2016

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Rosé has been a passion and a warm weather standard for us at Rose Water since the day we opened in August of 2000, (and a bit of a namesake, too, really). Its delicious, refreshing, and for a seasonal restaurant like ours, what other wine speaks to it’s season better than rosé? Nothing makes us happier than cold, delicious pink wine on a warm summer night. Now that Summer 2016 is in full swing, it’s time to sample a few of this year’s favorites from the 2015 vintage. Rosé is made from red grapes (although sometimes by blending…

Personal is Political is Personal

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Gallery 440 Debuts Group Show In the weeks following the mass shooting in Orlando, there have been countless displays of anger, disbelieve and defiance which have come in the form of protests and art. While this is the latest tragedy to effect the nation, it is one in a long list of political struggles that has come to light in 2016. With these larger issues in mind, the artist-run space Gallery 440, will debut their latest group exhibition, Personal is Political is Personal. Gallery 440 is located in the heart of Park Slope and offers an eclectic mix…

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