Friday, March 27, 2015

Profiling Two Taste of Fifth Charities: Brooklyn Pride and the Old Stone House

"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Brooklynites have traditionally crossed over the bridge to Manhattan seeking the gay community. In 1996 several Brooklynites looked to create a new opportunity, whereby local organizations, businesses, friends and supporters of equal rights for all could come together in solidarity and celebration and bring visibility to the multi-cultural gay community in the borough. A new organization was founded – Brooklyn Pride, Inc."

Brooklyn Pride week is June 8th - 13th with various events happening for the whole community. Commencing with flag raising and an interfaith service, to the Fun Run, Festival on #theother5th and Kids' Space towards the end of the week finishing with the Parade. 

You can find out more about the events happening in Brooklyn Pride week and how to join the parade and support all their events, by visiting the website. Come to Taste of Fifth and support Brooklyn Pride. Tickets still on sale.

The Old Stone House (OSH) and Washington Park

We all know, and probably have used, the Old Stone House and Washington Park for events, the playground, the turf and play areas. The OSH calendar is full of community discussions, yoga, historical and contemporary lectures, business meetings and educational visits and tours. The OSH is the center of #theother5th but also a cultural focal point for the community. 

Please visit their website to learn more about the programming at OSH and the Park. Sign up for the newsletter, but also to take their survey about the proposed new building for the Park, which will provide badly needed meeting and cultural space for our neighborhood.

We are very pleased to be able to support OSH through Taste of Fifth. Please don't forget to buy your tickets.

All the participating charities in Taste of Fifth:

*Spoke the Hub


Joanna Tallantire

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Profiling Two Taste of Fifth Charities: CHIPS and the Fifth Avenue Committee

Located on 4th Avenue between Degraw and Sackett, CHIPs has been part of the community since 1971 offering free services to those in need in a caring and respectful environment. Many people know that CHIPS provides a soup kitchen with hot, nutritious meals but they also have an emergency pantry, offer seasonal clothing and a shelter for young mothers and their children: all free of charge.

CHIPS does receive grants, but it is really the help of the community and organizations like the Park Slope Food Coop, that helps them thrive. In fact with this support, the soup kitchen provides 200 - 250 meals a day for men and women that's about 103,000 meals a year if you include their pantry bag program.

CHIPS is always looking to partner with local businesses, organizations and schools. You can donate or get involved anytime, check out their website for more information.

We are so pleased to be able to support CHIPS through the Taste of Fifth! Don't forget to buy your tickets.

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc (FAC) is a nationally-recognized nonprofit community development corporation formed in 1978 that works to transform the lives of over 5,000 low- and moderate-income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect, while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive, and just.

FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification."

Please visit FAC's website for more detail on their programs. Buy your tickets for A Taste of Fifth and help raise funds for FAC.

621 Degraw between 3rd and 4th Avenues.
718 237-2017

All the participating charities in Taste of Fifth:
*Spoke the Hub


Joanna Tallantire

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One. More. Week!

Finally! Just one more week until A Taste of Fifth! Get your tickets today! A Live DJ, MS 51 Jazz Band, drinks, food, fun and a photo booth, all for a good cause! Join us!

 A Taste Of Fifth, Wednesday, April 1st, from 6:30 - 9:30pm at The Grand Prospect Hall

Tickets are $55 online ($60 at door) with $20 of every ticket going to the local charity of your choice!  Link: []

Participants (In Formation)
200 Fifth
ACME Wine and Spirits
albero dei gelati
Blue Sky Bakery
Bogota Latin Bistro
Bonnie's Grill
Brooklyn Crepe
Buttermilk Bakeshop
The Chocolate Room
Coco Roco
Du Jour Bakery
El Pollito Mexicano
Freddy's Bar
Gorilla Coffee
Jake's Handcrafted
La Villa
Le Pain Quotidien
Luke's Lobster
Miti Miti
The Monro Pub
O'Live Brooklyn
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn
Palo Santo
Prospect Bar & Grill
Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta
Sky Ice
Stone Park Cafe
Taco Santo
Two Boots
Uncle Louie G
Varrio 408
Yayo's Latin Bistro

Participating Charities:

*Imani House


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Profiling Taste of Fifth Charities: Spoke the Hub

Dalienne, Lori, Maril, Elise, Stephanie

One of our Taste of Fifth charities, Spoke the Hub, has been an integral park of the Park Slope cultural and creative community since 1979.

Spoke provides classes for all ages, kids camps, dance and theater performances, movie screenings, gallery shows, artist programs and so much more.

This month, they will start to raise money toward a new stairwell for the Gowanus Arts building. Their first major fundraising event will be March 27-29 -- the third GOWANATHON:  "Stairway to Heaven" -- which is a weekend arts-marathon packed full of classes, performances, film screenings, life drawing sessions, writers reading, dance parties,  and even a "purification" procession and ceremony  to the Gowanus Canal on Sunday!  You can buy day and weekend passes online now at:

The Gowanus building has also received funding for a 6,000 square foot green rooftop garden, where produce will be grown, scheduled to open in September 2016. Check out this DNA Info article for more.

Support Spoke the Hub by purchasing tickets to A Taste of Fifth and attending their fundraising events and wonderful performances and classes. 

Like Spoke the Hub
All the participating charities in Taste of Fifth:


Joanna Tallantire

Monday, March 23, 2015

Profiling Taste of Fifth Charities: Imani House

Jaclyn, Ms Bisi and Lyse
April 1st is the big day; Taste of Fifth 2015 (just 10 days away)!

Get your tickets soon, they are selling quickly! Remember to choose one of 15 local charities when you make your purchase. They get $20 per ticket when chosen!

One of the charities benefiting from Taste is Imani House.

Imani House, in the north end of the BID (which runs from Dean St to 18th, including some side streets) has long been a part of the Park Slope community. It's mission is "to assist marginalized youth, families, and immigrants to create vibrant neighborhoods where residents are decision makers who take responsibility for the improvement of their lives and surroundings." As the organization says, they believe that everyone can succeed if they are motivated and have access to appropriate skills, information and opportunities.

Ms Bisi, the founder and Director of the organization has been in the news recently as Imani doesn't just provide services in Brooklyn but they also have a clinic in Liberia. The Ebola outbreak hit the clinic hard and it had to close, but Imani House has worked tirelessly to partner and support the work on the ground against this terrible virus. Check out Imani's website for more on their mission, how they developed internationally and what they have to offer our community.

It is with much pleasure that the local eateries and bars are supporting Imani House and the other charities and schools listed below by bringing you fun, food and drinks at the Taste of Fifth 2015. Buy your tickets here.

Imani House
76A 5th Avenue
Facebook Imani House Inc
Twitter Imanihousebklyn

All the participating charities:

Joanna Tallantire

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Owl Farm on 9th St #theother5th

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) not only flows from Dean to 18th Streets along 5th Avenue, but also stretches up some of the adjacent side streets: 9th St being one. The Owl Farm is a watering hole just on this very stretch. Almost three years old, it's quite a hidden gem, tucked in just behind the Chase Bank, off 5th Avenue. I was lucky to catch Manager and Co-Owner, Steven Baird and the lovely and helpful John, on a rare sunny and warm day this month.

With 28 draft beers on tap, there's is no such thing as beer boredom at The Owl Farm. Steven explained that they only get in one or two kegs of each draft beer so the selection is ever changing. Some beers are locally sourced, in fact the new one last week "Other Half" is brewed a block or two away.

I was handed a menu of draft beers, bottled cider and bottled beers. It's pretty extensive and I love that it's arranged by strength, to suit your taste, but also so that you can pace yourself!

The Owl Farm has an extensive selection of ciders, 15-20. You can see the range behind John in the photograph.

The bar is pretty cozy and traditional. They do not serve food, but there are some pinball machines in the back if you can drag yourself away from the alcohol selection.

 The Owl Farm is open 2pm - 4am or 12.30pm to 4am weekends and have beer events not to be missed.

297 9th Street
Twitter #theowlfarmbar
Instagram #theowlfarm


Joanna Tallantire

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Support South Brooklyn Shakespeare

Over the past few years, South Brooklyn Shakespeare has brought the Bard to Fifth Avenue during the summer for some really amazing outdoor performances. They'll return to Fifth Avenue again this summer with a bigger schedule than ever:

Saturday, July 25th (17th - 18th Streets during South Slope Summer Strolls)
Saturday, August 1st (Old Stone House)
Saturday, August 15th (Near Dean Street, North Slope Summer Strolls)

But first, they need to raise some funds! This is where you come in!

South Brooklyn Shakespeare
Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction
Monday, March 30th 6:30 pm

Buy your tickets today ($50) via!