Renewal and Rebirth

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It’s spring. It’s time for my yearly column about renewal or rebirth. Time for my impassioned demand that we all support our farmers and attempt to grow something in our window boxes and tree pits. Time for my plea for more political action around clean air and water issues. For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to do it this year. That winter we just endured left me bitter and uninspired. Fortunately for us, I’ve been neglecting my mail so I have my pick of the letter litter for this issue’s column. Do all the stuff that I should…

Little House on the Slope

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I’m not much of a fan of historical fiction. Details about how women laced their corsets in Victorian England or what kind of muskets soldiers used in the Revolutionary War typically bore me to tears. But now that most of my reading is done at my children’s bedtime, my standards and tastes have, well, shifted. Now that I spend my nights reading Junie B. Jones and Snow White: A Castle Mystery, a well-wrought piece of literature like Little House on the Prairie is a welcome relief, even if it does include a step-by-step, ten-page description of how to make a…

Starter Bride Guide

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We all know that as a bride you assume a huge amount of responsibility while planning a wedding. Therefore, we would like to offer assistance this spring by suggesting that you shop local as you prepare for your special day. There are a couple of reasons to shop local. First, your life will be easier when vendors are nearby to answer questions and take care of last-minute details. Second, this is a highly talented community where you can find unique goods and services of the highest quality. Third, and perhaps most importantly, your guests will get a peek into the…

Camp Friendship

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Celebrate Diversity at Brooklyn’s Summer Day Camps Even with mounting anecdotal evidence touting the effectiveness of immersive learning, many youngsters still spend countless classroom hours feeling disengaged. That is among the reasons why making the most of a child’s time away from the classroom is so important. Summer day camp offers children a chance to capitalize on their interests in targeted learning environments. Many participants show a marked improvement in their social skills, or even a greater ability to tap into analytical thinking processes, prompted by the tasks of solving specific problems. Once out of the classroom, and beyond the…

Amy’s Make Up Tips for Brides

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Having taken the plunge myself back in 2005, I know one of the happiest days in a girl’s life doesn’t always arrive inexpensively.  With costs of flowers, dresses and incidentals adding up, some brides feel the urge to cut corners, especially with their facial care/makeup application.  This can be risky and sometimes result with a disappointed, stressed-out even teary-eyed bride minutes before she has to walk down the aisle. Achieving the look you want can be so easy! All it takes is a little preparation and care.  Below I’ve listed some very important tips and products that can guarantee to…

Prepping the Urban Ornamental Garden for Spring

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You’ve survived the brutal winter so far without moving to Miami. What next? Whether it’s a rooftop, backyard, window box or pocket garden, there are many things to consider now that spring is around the corner. Some gardeners, especially with icy Northern exposures, may have to wait longer than others to begin digging in the soil. It’s helpful to keep in mind that the snow which created havoc for our daily routines also created a protective blanket while adding beneficial moisture to the soil. Since every urban gardener has different needs and aesthetic interests I have compiled a general to-do…

Inside Brooklyn’s Bean Belt

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An unknown author once said, “Man does not live by coffee alone.” I wholeheartedly agree given the surrounding neighborhoods of Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights. Man – and woman – also need the coffee shop, a modern mecca of communal interaction defining our cupping palate and social character. So, if your coffee shop had a personality, what would it reveal about you? Here’s a ‘round-the-borough profile of coffee shop spaces that remind us of the commonly known “big five” personality traits and, by extension, our varied character identities. 1) Trait: Conscientious | Type: Conscious Consumer Park Slope: Café…

Get Up, Get Out, Spring Is In The Air

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Spring has finally arrived! It’s time to get out and explore everything that is blooming in Park Slope. With everything that happens in the neighborhood, where do you start?  We have suggestions. Explore some of our favorite books, activities and events this season. If you have something you would like to share, send it along to us at office@psreader.com. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY P.S. 39 Spring Carnival P.S. 39, 417 Sixth Avenue June 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Born out of a simple plant sale to raise funds for P.S. 39, the school’s annual Spring Carnival has grown…

Reader Recommendations: Winter 2010

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Looking for something to occupy your time in the cold weather? Here are a few things that peak our interest for the snowy season. With everything going on in and around Park Slope, narrowing the list to just a few selections was difficult. We managed to whittle our recommendations down to a list of our favorites; they are too good to keep to ourselves. If you have something you would like to share, send it along to us at office@psreader.com. SWEET TREATS THAT SAVE LIVES Rescue Chocolate Sarah Gross has a knack for developing delicious chocolates. She also loves her…

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