EAT LOCAL: Navigating the Taco Scene

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With taco trucks, Asian fusion and dessert tacos, it can be hard to navigate Brooklyn’s taco scene. Here are a handful of places that pair perfectly with a warm spring day. Varrio 408 When Martin Medina moved to Park Slope 27 years ago, NYC was a soulless place with no avocado toast. Ok, it probably had more soul, but avocado toast hadn’t yet swept the city. In fact, people even barely knew what avocados were, Medina said. He opened Park Slope’s first taqueria and still serves up authentic tacos in fresh-made tortillas all these years later. You can watch…

In Praise of the Summer Camp

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Attending summer camp is a memorable rite of passage. Whether it’s in the form of a weeklong sleep away adventure, or a daytime activity program, the camp experience comes with memories that can last a lifetime. Camps today are metamorphosing to keep up with modern innovations. Although some stick to the tried and true values of physical activity, learning, and friendship building, there are now more specific concentrations to be found at all levels and on all kinds of different subjects. Whatever a child’s best interest, there is likely a summer camp centered around it. Evolutions in the summer camp…

DISPATCHES FROM ALBANY: THE READER INTERVIEW

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The Reader Interview with Assemblymember Robert Carroll Spring of 2017 has been a tumultuous time for the New York State Legislature. Having missed the deadline to pass a new budget, the Assembly and the Senate voted for an emergency extender budget. This placeholder, in effect until May 31, prevented a shutdown of the state government but left many questions unanswered. In the midst of this uncertainty, and between votes on the Assembly floor and meetings with colleagues, Assemblymember Robert Carroll was kind enough to speak to me in early April. Assemblymember Carroll, elected in 2016, may be new to the…

Persisting in Park Slope: Getting Our Boycott On

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With news of record high temperatures holding over the Arctic, visa bans stranding travelers in mid-flight, Congress still toying with the idea of messing with millions of Americans’ health insurance, and myriad other crises of law and justice that seem to be bombarding us with surreal frequency lately, it has become clear that we as a citizenry are going to have to get more creative in how we unite and defend our environment and one another. History shows that one of the surest ways to get bad actors to behave is money. Whether it is a private citizen, corporation, or…

A Year of Yes at the Brooklyn Museum

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A Conversation with Brooklyn Museum Curator Catherine Morris For the ten-year anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum curator Catherine Morris planned a series of exhibitions titled A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism, which would begin in October 2016 and end in early 2018. The various exhibits would examine artwork, social movements, and historical periods with a keen feminist eye. When reflecting on the past decade and the ways in which society and media had gradually come to accept feminist methodology more and more, Morris was struck by a thought: how long does a place…

Nope: The Women’s March on Washington

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“For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” —Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Feminism and resistance take center stage in the exhibition Nope: The Women’s March on Washington, Photography by Torz Dallison, currently on view at Diana Kane’s project space in Brooklyn. Dallison’s photographs capture the vitality, human compassion, and strength of the millions of protestors who participated in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. On this historic day, an overwhelming sense of synchronicity and collective unrest unified the nation and the globe in the pursuit of a commitment to human rights and…

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…

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