Thursday, October 23, 2014

This Saturday: Halloween Carnival



Halloween may be just over a week away but the holiday actually gets an early start in Park Slope every year at the annual Haunted Halloween Carnival by Puppetry Arts.

This Saturday, October 25th (11 -3) enjoy costume activities and snacks, a bounce house, Star Wars characters, a costume contest and more. This is an indoor event at the 1st Street Recreation Center at PS 372 so it's rain or shine. See you there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Next Week: Park Slope Halloween Parade!


It's hard to believe, but we are just over a week away from Halloween and, of course, the annual Park Slope Halloween Parade.

As usual, the parade kicks off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 PM (line-up starts at 5:30, if you want to join in). The parade will make a left turn down 3rd Street and end on Fifth Avenue at the Old Stone House and Washington Park.

We look forward to seeing you there (in costume, of course).

Photo: our friends from Puppetry Arts lighting the way in last year's parade.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIne in Brooklyn this Month!


Hey Park Slope: yesterday (October 20th) marked the start of the fall edition of Dine in Brooklyn! More than 150 restaurants throughout the borough will be participating, including the following Fifth Avenue hot spots:

200 Fifth
Aperitivo
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Benchmark
Blue Ribbon
Camelia
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Miriam
Peperoncino
Stone Park Cafe

Dine in Brooklyn runs over the course of two weeks: Monday, October 20th through Thursday, October 23rd and Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th. Deals include $25 Prix Fixe Dinners and/or Two-for-$15 Lunches.

For more information, go to dineinbk.com.

We'll see you there!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month with Flirt Brooklyn

Patti at 586 5th Ave

Women owned businesses still only make up 30% of the total of small businesses in the US, but have grown by 59% since 1997 to 8.6 million today. Much of this growth is thanks to better access to training, resources and access to capital and contracts after the signing of the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988 and the establishment of the Women Business Center program and the National Women's Business Council.

Flirt Brooklyn
You can go into many stores on our own 5th Avenue in Park Slope and see women entrepreneurs providing beautiful products, great service and training. One such store is Flirt Brooklyn. They have two warm and inviting stores, both, we are pleased to say, in the 5th Ave BID. So to celebrate Women's Small Business Month I visited Patti Gillstrap, one of the three women owners (also Seryn Potter and Heather Falcone), at the 586 5th Avenue near 16th Street where they also have a sewing studio; Home Ec.
Flirt Label Designs

Home Ec
The sewing studio is warm and cosy, there are boxes of samples, material and patterns. There is a bank of sewing machines and lots of space for cutting and designing. Flirt set up intentionally to only sell their own designs in the store, but so many talented designers walked through their door, they then expanded to sell their items too.

Private Classes
Patti showed me so many things that children and adults have made, starting with a basic skirt or bag and then over time building up to a more complex project with more layers, pockets, frills and buttons. You can sign up as a complete beginner and bring your own pattern and material or delve into the many patterns they have in the studio.

Princess Costume
Currently there is a special promotion where new students can spend 2 hours sewing  for $75 instead of the usual $90. This is a great opportunity to get those Halloween Costumes made! Classes are usually Wednesday to Saturday but email Flirt for more information. Flirtbrooklyn@gmail.com

Open Studio
Bags from simple to more complex
If you are already a competent sewer, there are open studio hours for $10 per hour. A great option if you just don't have the space to store or work on a machine at home. Also Patti is there if it all starts to go wrong!
Hats different materials

Shop Local
Flirt is the ideal place to shop local for Small Business Saturday on 29th November. Patti tells me they also hold wish lists, so go and choose some items, leave your long list and then send your Partner in to buy for the Holidays!

Flirt Brooklyn stores: 93 5th Ave near Park Place and 586 5th Ave between 16th and Prospect Ave.

#theother5th

- Joanna Tallantire

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Weekend: Fall Civic Sweep!


This Sunday, October 19th, put your warm, old clothes on and join the Park Slope Civic Council at its annual fall beautification, recycling and clean-up event – Fall Civic Sweep!

Meet at the sidewalk in front of Old Stone House/Washington Park on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets from 10 am to 2 pm and join community volunteers in sweeping up litter and leaves, weeding and mulching tree pits and painting out graffiti on lampposts. 

Also, bring your unwanted electronic equipment for recycling by the Lower East Side Ecology Center: working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, CD & DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones and PDA’s.

In addition, Solar One will be on hand to discuss their initiative Here Comes Solar!, which assists local homeowners and cooperatives in adopting solar technology for their homes and buildings.

Come on down and make your community better, Park Slope!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Calexico Gets Its Liquor License!


In case you haven't heard,  after 8 long months of waiting (for residents and restaurant owners, alike) everything is finally in place and Calexico has its liquor license. Needless to say, they are in the mood to celebrate! So are we!

This weekend (Friday through Sunday) the Fifth Avenue location will offer two-for-one margaritas and beer specials, with 10% of the weekend’s proceeds going to the Prospect Park Alliance!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dine in Brooklyn Update

Next Monday, October 20th marks the start of the fall edition of Dine in Brooklyn! More than 150 restaurants throughout the borough will be participating, including the following Fifth Avenue spots:

200 Fifth
Aperitivo
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Benchmark
Blue Ribbon
Camelia
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Miriam
Peperoncino
Stone Park Cafe

The event is taking place over two weeks: Monday, October 20th through Thursday, October 23rd and Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th. Deals include $25 Prix Fixe Dinners and/or Two-for-$15 Lunches.

For more information, go to dineinbk.com.

Get ready to eat, Brooklyn!