Park Slope Votes

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Every four years November acts as a pivotal month in our nation’s political calendar. The months of lively debate leading up to the election often cause tensions to flare in communities across America, and never has an election stirred up controversy and vitriol as much as this one has. Yet, despite all of this, the majority of local residents seem squarely unified against a particular candidate in the running for the future President of the United States. It should not come as a surprise, that in a community as diverse and unique as Park Slope, that a certain resentment would…

Life as Yoga Series Part 2: The First Sutra and Modern Separation

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Upon opening the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the very first statement we read is: Now the teachings of yoga. Like many sutras, there is more than meets the eye here. A sutra is a succinct statement or aphorism that was deliberately created to be short so that it may be easily memorized and so that its meaning might be dissected through study, reflection, and chanting. Much like a bullet point in a lecture, the sutra itself is the tip of the iceberg of a larger point being made. Sutras are a lot like poetry; there is a lot packed into…

The Reader Interview with Sally Kohn on Election 2016 and Beyond

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“Equality is Not a Zero-Sum Game” On a muggy day in in late Summer, I sat down with Sally Kohn, columnist and CNN commentator. I picked her brain about the presidential election, Dog Whistle politics—rhetoric that uses coded language to convey a message to specific segments of the population—and Kohn’s idea of emotional correctness, as presented in her 2013 Ted Talk. For Kohn, emotional correctness refers to “a daily spiritual practice” that consists of trying “to find compassion for the people I not only disagree with, but who are fundamentally lacking in compassion for me and my side.”  By Mirielle…

A First Timer’s Guide To Birdwatching

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Browsing different alternatives online, I was looking for a new Brooklyn experience. I wanted to do an activity involving fresh air and the peace and quiet of nature, as much as allowed by living in the largest city in the U.S. Luckily Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s giant 585-acre lung, offers plenty of fun from horseback riding to nature walks throughout the fall. I opted for Brooklyn Bird Club’s (BBC) birdwatching tours. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, a knowledgable guide will lead you through the best birdwatching spots in the park, starting from various entrances. The walks run throughout September, which…

Art in the Slope

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With fall in full effect, there are a plethora of art exhibitions that are on view for the public throughout the city. But don’t feel like you need to leave the borough to see great art! In the Park Slope neighborhood there are several galleries that offer the community a chance to see world class art. Here is a breakdown of the top five shows to see now and also a sampling of what these galleries have to see through the end of the year!  By Anni Irish What to see right now: Diana Kane who is a Brooklyn based jewelry…

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…

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