SLOPE SURVEY: GEORGE CONSTANTINOU

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George Constantinou, who is most notably “Husband and Daddy to 5-year-old boy/girl twins,” launched Bogota Latin Bistro in 2005 and Miti Miti Modern Mexican in 2014, along with his spouse Farid Ali Lancheros. In this latest installment of the Slope Survey, Constantinou shows both his entrepreneurial and community spirit. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO PARK SLOPE? We didn’t come to Park Slope so much as it came to us. We searched high and low through Brooklyn for our dream location. The space that houses Bogota Latin Bistro presented itself after having exhausted our efforts, wondering if we’d ever find a…

Is There a Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?

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Yoga is an ancient practice of harmonizing the body with the mind and breath using physical poses, breathing exercises and meditation. At its most practical level, yoga is a process of learning about oneself. Ultimately it can lead to self-discovery, self-mastery and self-realization. Sounds therapeutic, right? Yoga therapy is a process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. That certainly sounds like yoga. So, isn’t then all yoga therapeutic? If not, is there a difference between what we all know as yoga and yoga therapy?…

SENSIBLE SUNNING

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Summer is coming, and so is the annual ritual of spending time outdoors by the beach or the lake.  And of course most people follow the modern ritual of going into the sun covered by a plastic goo called . . . sunscreen!  How ever did we get to a notion that the sun, that life-giving element, is our constant enemy?  While it is true that even the best thing can at times be detrimental (think King Midas), the negative aspect of sunning has almost obliterated its positive side in the public mind today. Sunlight is required for the internal…

Have You Seen an “Underground Drum Beat” lately?

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What does an “Underground Drum Beat” look like? Maybe you’ve heard that sound at an MTA station once or twice, so the phrase might strike a familiar chord, and you might also have an associated visual image. Your personal vision may or may not match the 2014 Harvey Dinnerstein painting which goes by that name, but even if it doesn’t come close, the scene depicted will probably remind you in some way of your own underground experiences. For virtually all of his lengthy artistic career, Harvey has drawn inspiration from the NYC subway mayhem, even literally drawing many fellow riders…

THE FIX-IT FRIENDS: HAVE NO FEAR

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This season’s dispatch from Babyville goes straight out to the kids! Here’s a sneak peek into my new chapter book series, The Fix-It Friends, published this May by Macmillan Kids’ Imprint. The idea for this series came from years of watching my kids and their pals wrestle with challenges, both big and small. I thought it would be awesome, and fun, and helpful to write a series of books which showed smart, tough, kind kids working together to solve real problems. So I did. And here’s a little glimpse for you! Chapter 1 My name’s Veronica Conti and…

EAT LOCAL: Navigating the Taco Scene

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With taco trucks, Asian fusion and dessert tacos, it can be hard to navigate Brooklyn’s taco scene. Here are a handful of places that pair perfectly with a warm spring day. Varrio 408 When Martin Medina moved to Park Slope 27 years ago, NYC was a soulless place with no avocado toast. Ok, it probably had more soul, but avocado toast hadn’t yet swept the city. In fact, people even barely knew what avocados were, Medina said. He opened Park Slope’s first taqueria and still serves up authentic tacos in fresh-made tortillas all these years later. You can watch…

In Praise of the Summer Camp

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Attending summer camp is a memorable rite of passage. Whether it’s in the form of a weeklong sleep away adventure, or a daytime activity program, the camp experience comes with memories that can last a lifetime. Camps today are metamorphosing to keep up with modern innovations. Although some stick to the tried and true values of physical activity, learning, and friendship building, there are now more specific concentrations to be found at all levels and on all kinds of different subjects. Whatever a child’s best interest, there is likely a summer camp centered around it. Evolutions in the summer camp…

DISPATCHES FROM ALBANY: THE READER INTERVIEW

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The Reader Interview with Assemblymember Robert Carroll Spring of 2017 has been a tumultuous time for the New York State Legislature. Having missed the deadline to pass a new budget, the Assembly and the Senate voted for an emergency extender budget. This placeholder, in effect until May 31, prevented a shutdown of the state government but left many questions unanswered. In the midst of this uncertainty, and between votes on the Assembly floor and meetings with colleagues, Assemblymember Robert Carroll was kind enough to speak to me in early April. Assemblymember Carroll, elected in 2016, may be new to the…

Persisting in Park Slope: Getting Our Boycott On

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With news of record high temperatures holding over the Arctic, visa bans stranding travelers in mid-flight, Congress still toying with the idea of messing with millions of Americans’ health insurance, and myriad other crises of law and justice that seem to be bombarding us with surreal frequency lately, it has become clear that we as a citizenry are going to have to get more creative in how we unite and defend our environment and one another. History shows that one of the surest ways to get bad actors to behave is money. Whether it is a private citizen, corporation, or…

A Year of Yes at the Brooklyn Museum

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A Conversation with Brooklyn Museum Curator Catherine Morris For the ten-year anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum curator Catherine Morris planned a series of exhibitions titled A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism, which would begin in October 2016 and end in early 2018. The various exhibits would examine artwork, social movements, and historical periods with a keen feminist eye. When reflecting on the past decade and the ways in which society and media had gradually come to accept feminist methodology more and more, Morris was struck by a thought: how long does a place…

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