EAT LOCAL: Best Outdoor Spaces to Eat & Drink this Summer

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Sitting outside can be exhausting in the summer heat. These places not only make it enjoyable, but their outdoor spaces are worthy destinations in their own right. Grab a book or a buddy and check out these summer spots. Threes Brewing (333 Douglass St.) Just named Best Brewery and Beer Bar in NYC by Bon Appetit, Alex Delaney is certainly right; Threes has a great green backyard perfect for wasting time (or getting work done) this summer. It’s very easy to spend hours here sipping cold housemade saisons and crisp lagers, while enjoying a great burger from The Meat…

Picture This: Our Conversation with Rooftop Films Creative Director Dan Nuxoll

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You’re sitting on a rooftop in downtown Manhattan with around 200 other people. It’s an early evening in June and a warm summer breeze is blowing as the sun starts to set. The sky around you transforms from blue to every color of pink you can imagine framing your 360 degree view of the city in unspeakable beauty. The excitement is palpable as the audience waits for the evening’s entertainment to commence– in this case, a very fine (and very funny) documentary about the musician José Gonzáles. As the sun makes its final farewell and day turns into night, Jose…

Let’s Make New York City A True Sanctuary City

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In 1985 in Arizona, a Presbyterian minister learned that a group of refugees fleeing death squads in Guatemala and El Salvador was in need of safe passage across the US border. More concerned about their lives than the law or the political leanings of his neighbors, he helped them over the border and into his church basement, assuring them he would refuse to turn them over to the authorities. In doing so, according to the New York Times, he unwittingly spawned the use of a term that has recently come back into fashion: “sanctuary.” While the anti-immigrant crowd is busy…

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…

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