Brooklyn Breeder

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I’ve had a year! Think Bored To Death plotline, with a bit of Kafka thrown in for good measure, maybe a dash of In Treatment now that it’s relocated to the hood, and you’ll begin to get a sense of what I’m talking about here. I wish I could tell you all about it (well, maybe not) but suffice it to say that my fidelity to our most livable neighborhood has been sorely tested. But, I’m sticking by you, Park Slope. Because I love you even though you do kind of suck sometimes. Because for every colossally entitled, god-awful person…

The Night

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What inspires me most? Inspired people. Alice Markham-Cantor is one of the brightest, most creative, and dedicated young writers I know. In her experimental story, The Night, Alice explores the smallness of a moment–how feelings can shift in seconds and how affected we become when we begin to notice the world around us. To find out more about the workshop in which Alice wrote The Night, please visit: www.WritopiaLab.org. Writopia Lab is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that holds creative writing workshops for kids ages 8-18 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, L.A., and D.C. Rachel Ephraim is Founder and Director…

Healing Brooklyn’s Wounds

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Cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the doctor. With the proper care, these wounds generally heal quickly with home remedies. The first concern with open wounds is to control bleeding. Most small cuts or scrapes will stop bleeding in a short time. Wounds on the face, head or mouth will sometimes bleed a lot because these areas are rich in blood vessels. To stop the bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure on the cut with a clean cloth, tissue or piece of gauze for 10 minutes. The next step is to clean the wound so as to…

Get “Social” to Get Gifts

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It’s gift-buying season again and, if you’re like me, it’s an anxiety-inducing time. That’s because I don’t consider myself particularly good at buying thoughtful gifts, nor at finding bargains. I want nothing more during the holiday season than shopping help. As I surfed the Web recently and thought about how to write a gift guide given this predicament, I saw something I hadn’t before: an increasing number of Park Slope business are using social media sites to guide shoppers and gift givers. All we need is a smart phone or access to the Internet and we can walk the streets…

Virtual Brooklyn: The Borough and Its Blogs

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Brooklyn pride runs deep. It’s evident in the quantity of t-shirts touting slogans like “Made in Brooklyn” or digits like “11215”, or simple letters, like “F”, which hold meaning only to the chosen ones. That Brooklyn pride has extended beyond the corner bodegas and health food stores to a place without limit, a place without zip code, a place we call cyberspace. Once you start looking online, you’ll find as many people blogging about Brooklyn as you will skinny jeans in Williamsburg. Their expertise ranges from health food to hot dogs, it’s up to the minute, and it’s open for…

Food Books

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The New Brooklyn Cookbook Melissa and Brendan Vaughan Like a well-balanced meal, the carefully collected recipes and stories representing the food and people of the “new” Brooklyn cuisine, come together deliciously in The New Brooklyn Cookbook, by husband and wife team, Melissa and Brendan Vaughan. The sturdy 264 page volume, complete with a hand drawn Brooklyn map on inside covers, showcases 70 recipes from 31 Brooklyn restaurants, peppered with occasional vignettes sharing the stories of local food artisans churning out homespun treats such as granola, kimchee, pickles, and chocolate. The bulk of the cookbook is dedicated to the restaurants that…

Two Sides of the Taste Buds

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With its bright orange flesh and sweet flavor, butternut squash is an ideal ingredient for sweet and savory dishes. Rich in vitamins A and C, it is also a good source of fiber, potassium and magnesium. Choose squash that is free of blemishes, firm, and with a long neck. Perfect for a chilly weekend, pick up a fresh, local squash from the Saturday green market at Grand Army Plaza.  Fresh seasonal produce can also be found at Union Market. THAI COCONUT SQUASH SOUP – Serves 4 A perfect antidote to winter, this soup combines coconut milk and Thai red curry…

Holiday Survival Tactics

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Don’t get me wrong. There are some cute things about the holidays. I love babies in striped tights and dogs in Santa hats. I like how pretty the menorah looks on the eighth night and the breakfast sausage my mom makes on Christmas morning. So heart-warming… yet why on the day after Halloween do I always seem to wake up with a sore jaw. It could be from all the Bit O Honey’s I shoved in there the night before. But no. It’s more likely the increased grinding due to the anticipation of all the buying and wrapping and good…

LuLu’s World

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Brigitte Prat is the proprietor of the magical world that is LuLu’s. Her enthusiasm permeates all three of the unique experiences she has created on Fifth Avenue: LuLu’s Cuts and Toys, LuLu’s for Baby and LuLu’s Then & Now. Prat’s enchanting shops are not conjured out of thin air. She has spent her whole life in retail, including work in the French fashion industry. But it is her passion for her work that has made LuLu’s a neighborhood favorite, among both kids and their parents. Prat cannot take all of the credit for her success. LuLu’s was her daughter’s idea,…

Brooklyn Cyclone

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I’m a big, fat liar. An inadvertent one, to be fair, but five year-olds don’t make these subtle distinctions. My son thinks I’m a big, fat liar because I promised him a tornado would never hit New York and shortly thereafter we watched one whirl past his bedroom window. I can explain the concept of freak meteorological phenomena ‘til I’m blue in the face but it doesn’t change the fact that I now have about as much credibility as those wackos who still argue the earth is flat. The Brooklyn cyclone, as wild as it was, wouldn’t have been that…

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