Slope Survey: Elise Long

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For our second Slope Survey—inspired by Marcel Proust and his eponymous questionnaire—we turned to longtime Park Slope resident and Founder/Director of Spoke the Hub Dancing, Elise Long. What brought you to Park Slope?  I was living on the Lower East Side in the late 70s. My fiancé felt it was too unsafe and refused to join me there; maybe it was, but it was all I could afford. We then received a brunch invitation from friends renting a brownstone floor-through on Prospect Park West. It felt like a mansion, with stained glass windows and beautiful woodworking. It wasn’t much more…

We Stoop

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stoop. noun. steps in front of a house or other building. verb. to bend one’s head or body forward and downward. to lower one’s moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible. actually, scratch that … verb. to gather and visit and play and hang out on the stoops of our buildings.. in brooklyn we have redefined the verb to stoop. we have turned it into an utmost positive. an act of happiness and joy, filled with laughter. we stoop.. our children are raised playing on the stoops, in the front yards. we gather on our stoops to chat.…

Deva Premal & Miten: Next Stop, New York City!

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It’s been a whirlwind year for Deva Premal & Miten. When the mantra music superstars released a new live album, Cosmic Connections Live, in May, it hit #1 on the iTunes world music charts in the US, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. They’ve toured Europe extensively, and they’re coming to the US on September 2nd for the East Coast leg of their 2016 World Tour. Miten is releasing Temple At Midnight, his new album of intimate, original songs, on September 9th via the couple’s independent record label, Prabhu Music (available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon). And he has already received accolades from legendary record producer…

The Business of Gentrification

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Gentrification: the process of replacing the poor population of a neighborhood with the affluent and reorienting the district along upscale lines. When most of us think of gentrification, we not only mean that wealthier people are moving and displacing lower income people in specific neighborhoods, but we are often indirectly saying “white people are coming to replace a black neighborhood”. People joke that you know when a neighborhood is gentrifying when the first cupcake place opens, or when there are competing coffee shops serving pour overs. One friend marks it with the introduction of a Thai restaurant. Regardless, the businesses that…

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…

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