PLEASURE SAGE

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A Conversation with Sid Azmi, a resident of Park Slope, and the owner of please, an educated Pleasure Shop. It’s an Fall afternoon in Park Slope and pleasure boutique Please sits perched on the corner in a swirl of sunny windows, glass tables, and exposed brick. A song spills out of the speakers as a man wanders in and owner Sid Azmi leaps up to assist him. He needs something specific for his girlfriend; they don’t carry it, but could she suggest something similar? He asks how much, already keen to purchase it, but she advises him to talk to…

Knowing I Have a Body – The Art of Being Present

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I was standing on the curbside under an old pomegranate tree in front of my therapy office, delighting in the smell of Fall and the hint of chill in the air as my colleague spoke intently about a new concept he had about what motivates interpersonal behavior.  “I’m not who you think I am,” he said, moving so he stood directly in front of me, entreating me to look him in the eyes, “I’m not even who I think I am.” He raised his eyebrows to emphasize this important new discovery, index finger pointing to his chest. “I’m who I…

The Autumn Equinox: The Dark Season

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Fall is when we reap what we have sown Autumn is inexorably associated with ripe maturity, harvest and death, as well as the implicit understanding of an eventual rebirth, the offer of resurrection. The autumn ushers in the dark season. The season of diminished light. From now until the Vernal Equinox, six months hence, the nights are longer than the days. Shade and chill prevail. The year, the season, the sun, are slowing down, growing cold, getting old. The insidious forces of death sweep in and overshadow the vibrant life source. The air and land, once alive with teeming species,…

Slope Survey: Martin Medina

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The Slope Survey returns for its 5th installment with Martin Medina, owner of Varrio 408 and Rachel’s Taqueria on Fifth Avenue. Medina is commonly hailed as the man who first brought Taquerias to Park Slope. Here, his California dreamin’ helps us kick off summer. What brought you to Park Slope? I met a woman. What is your most memorable Park Slope moment? That’s so many moments. I’ve been here almost thirty years. There won’t be one, there are just too many—opening up in Park Slope on Seventh Avenue, back in 1990. A good day for you is… Being busy.…

Bending Towards Brooklyn: Life as Yoga

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Satya: Truth as Resistance “The truth will set you free.” John 8:32 As children we are told not to lie. Telling the truth appears in many of the world’s traditions as a principle to live by. And yet, prevarication is ubiquitous; as one of our most habitually ingrained tendencies, we often don’t even realize the extent to which we continually lie. This leads to three questions: 1. Why do we lie so easily? 2. Why should we care about not lying? 3. How do we stop doing it? Yogic wisdom suggests that truthfulness is more than just an aphorism to…

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SPRINKLERS . . .

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When I think “summer in the city,” I think “sprinklers.” I know Memorial Day is the official start of summer, but in my mind, it’s the day they turn the sprinklers on at our local playground. Sprinklers, like bubbles, are the kind of thing that hold children in thrall, but hold absolutely no appeal for adults. It’s not just young children that delight in sprinklers, either; even kids dancing on the precipice of adolescence get into them. I can’t decide if it’s the sort of thing you genuinely lose the taste for, like Pop Rocks, or if we grown-ups don’t…

IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHARLOTTESVILLE: WHERE TO NOW?

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Like so many, I’ve been deeply troubled by the events of Charlottesville and Trump’s response. I wrote this piece to help myself make sense of where we find ourselves. I share this with all of you and invite you to share it with others. Always, we must remember and affirm that we are more together than alone. IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHARLOTTESVILLE: WHERE TO NOW? In the wake of white supremacists marching violently through Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th, in the aftermath of Nazis stalking a synagogue with automatic weapons here in 21st century America, and after the death…

Olivia’s Kitchen: The Best Strawberry Shortcake

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I have no memory of where I got this recipe in the first place but I scribbled it on a piece of Japanese stationary at least 12 years ago and have tweaked it over the years to work perfectly for sweet shortcakes. Every time I look at that greasy beat up piece of paper I think “I gotta write that down somewhere where it can’t get lost”. So, now I am… Ingredients 1 1/2 cup flour 4 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold butter 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon Vanilla Fresh…

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…

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