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…

Point of View: Contemporary Photography

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Located in the thick of Brooklyn’s art district Gowanus, Site: Brooklyn, has been exhibiting artists since the fall of 2014. On July 15th, the gallery will showcase their latest exhibit, Point of View: Contemporary Photography. Point of View was curated by Mitra Abbaspour who is formerly the associate curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art and is also an independent scholar and curator. This exciting group exhibition will feature the work of over forty artists including: Steven Duede, Kathleen Greco, Stephanie Bassos, Melissa Lynn, Joseph Bigley among others. The artists in the exhibit span…

Cocktails & Collecting: The Print Exhibition at the Ground Floor Gallery

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Ground Floor Gallery first opened it’s doors in August of 2013. Started by curators Jill Benson and Krista Saunders Scenna, it boasts being “Park Slope’s only commercial art space.” On July 13, the gallery will unveil their latest exhibition, Cocktails & Collecting: The Print Exhibition. The show will run ‪until August 14 with an opening ‪from 6:00- 8:30 pm on Wednesday. There will be an additional closing party ‪on August 1 Cocktails & Collecting: The Print Exhibition features the work of twenty four artists including: Angela Rossi, Amanda Valdez, Betty Hart, Daniel Anthony Vasquez and Dara Oshin among others. The premise of the show aims to…

In the Pink 2016

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Rosé has been a passion and a warm weather standard for us at Rose Water since the day we opened in August of 2000, (and a bit of a namesake, too, really). Its delicious, refreshing, and for a seasonal restaurant like ours, what other wine speaks to it’s season better than rosé? Nothing makes us happier than cold, delicious pink wine on a warm summer night. Now that Summer 2016 is in full swing, it’s time to sample a few of this year’s favorites from the 2015 vintage. Rosé is made from red grapes (although sometimes by blending…

Personal is Political is Personal

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Gallery 440 Debuts Group Show In the weeks following the mass shooting in Orlando, there have been countless displays of anger, disbelieve and defiance which have come in the form of protests and art. While this is the latest tragedy to effect the nation, it is one in a long list of political struggles that has come to light in 2016. With these larger issues in mind, the artist-run space Gallery 440, will debut their latest group exhibition, Personal is Political is Personal. Gallery 440 is located in the heart of Park Slope and offers an eclectic mix…

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…

Trees, Art and the Art of Listening / A Reader Interview

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Above: Pamela Turczyn stands before a cherry tree at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and sees more than meets the eye. Foto: Tony Oudaimy. Painting: P.C.Turczyn My friend, Pamela Turczyn talks with trees. And they talk back. Yes, they do! I knew her art was extraordinary, which is why I invited her to allow me to include her work in my book, Mandala: Patterns of the Universe. But there is far more to this gifted woman than being proficient at creating exquisite, meaningful art. She’s a bona fide, tree-talkin’ woman, and I recently had the pleasure of digging into her roots…

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…

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