SLOPE SURVEY

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DAVE DIXON For our first Slope Survey—inspired by Marcel Proust and his eponymous questionnaire—we reached out to Dave Dixon, co-owner of Dixon’s Bicycle Shop and D’s Lounge. Dixon’s, which has graced Union Street for 50 years, is Park Slope’s oldest family-owned bike store. It seemed only fitting that Dixon help us kick off the Survey. What brought you to Park Slope? I was born in Brooklyn, and my parents bought a brownstone in Park Slope. What is your most memorable Park Slope moment? My most memorable moment in Park Slope would be running home from my Dad’s shop, while a…

JUNE / A REVIEW

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This Spring will see the fourth release from the New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and Brooklyn mother, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.  JUNE is a suspense-filled novel about the events shrouded in mystery that occurred sixty years ago. When the small town of St. Jude, Ohio was turned into a Hollywood set, matinee idols mingled with locals and passions flared. In 2015 secrets are revealed from that long ago summer and threaten to alter the descendants’ lives forever. Beverly-Whittemore has crafted a timeless love story that examines loyalty, forgiveness and sacrifice. With imagery so palpable it feels like it was written on your bones…

A BIT OF A DEPARTURE

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When I started this column 10 years ago, I was really bossy. I insisted you do things like recycle and shop local and volunteer. After six years, it occurred to me most of you do recycle and shop local and volunteer and those who don’t, well, a column in a free magazine wasn’t going to change that. Then I went the advice column route, which I might return to, wherein I attempted to solve the problems of hardworking Park Slopers in hopes of providing you perspective or at the very least, a healthy dose of schadenfreude. But now, that’s feeling…

AT THE WAY STATION

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A Conversation with Elisa Flynn Prior to moving from the suburbs to New York City in the spring of 2000, seeing bands in the city meant schlepping all the way in through massive traffic, driving home during the wee hours of dawn, and aching the next work day. We were fortunate to have a great roster of local bands that played routinely, but the city was always the draw. So moving to New York felt like I had hit the jackpot. The ability to see any band and be tucked back in bed in time for the next work day…

PLANNING THE UNEXPECTED

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Tibetan prayer flags decorated my couch for weeks. Each was created by a friend to encourage me through labor and to welcome my son home. Between preparing playlists for all stages of labor, reading childbirth books, and drinking daily raspberry tea, I had become obsessed with when and how I would give birth. How did I get here? Ambition and desire plays a part in everyone’s life. Since I was a teenager I had envisioned the exact Ritu Kumar red and gold dress I wanted to wear for my grand Indian wedding. I dreamed about living in New York after…

THE MOTHER’S DAY MINDFIELD

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In my first few years as a mother, I totally fell for the Mother’s Day hype. It’s very name, and the Kay jewelers commercials that run constantly, led one to believe that it’s a day in which those who constantly cater to the needs of others finally have their needs catered to, the one day among the other 364 in which mothers are given their due, honored for the terrific martyrs they are. Awesome idea. Stellar. Too bad it’s a load of malarkey. I should clarify here that I’m a holiday person. I make homemade costumes for Halloween and throw…

THERE WILL BE DRAMA

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When I was 12, I attended a summer drama camp at our local community college. Under the guidance of the instructor, my friends and I penned original scripts and scavenged costumes from our parents’ closets. I was a ferociously bossy child, with a big imagination and an even bigger perm, and I threw myself into my production like it was already shortlisted for an Obie. After several days of rehearsals, all of our parents were invited to a one night only performance of our original work. My opus, entitled Cinderella II, was a sequel to the beloved fairy tale, and…

I AM YOGA

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The word “yoga” means union. Yoga is the connection between mind and body. My own yoga practice is a way to handle stress, find calm in my mind and strength in my body, and be present as an educator, a parent, a kid’s yoga teacher, and a person in a busy world. Kids are yoga. Their practice begins naturally as part of their development when they are just infants. Tummy time is Cobra pose. When they are on their backs grabbing for their toes, it is Happy Baby pose. As they grow, children, like adults, encounter stress on many levels,…

The Case for Restraint

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“John, Table 10 doesn’t like the half bottle of Burgundy.” Argh. For the second time this month and the third time this year, a customer isn’t thrilled with this bottle that we love so well. Wines like these from the Burgundian appellation of Mercurey are often not as easy to drink as Pinot Noir from California or Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Compared to a West Coast pinot, this bottle from Domaine Meix-Foulot is lean and dry and lacks the richness and intensely sweet fruit of many of its New World cousins. What it does have in spades is restraint—an Old…

The Finds / Dining in the Hood

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Local Restaurants Bring Smorgasbord of Tastes Stroll through Park Slope on a sunny day, and your eyes will usually find a restaurant you’ve never noticed. There are so many places to eat, it can be impossible to choose one. Here’s a rundown of a few unique spots we’ve found in the past year that tickled our taste buds. Have a spring adventure and check one out for yourself! Carnem — 318 5th Avenue Carnem, which opened last May, offers up classic steaks, sauces, and seafood with a side of whimsical delights like pork belly cotton candy lollipops. Yes, it’s…

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