Friday, April 24, 2015

Big Events for a Beautiful Weekend

Don't let the cold, damp weather fool you, Park Slope. There are better days ahead, this weekend, and Fifth Avenue is the place to be! Details below. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 25th

Fifth Avenue Family Festival
by Puppetry Arts
4th Street at 5th Ave 11am-3pm Rain or Shine
Free Admission!

$2.00 Activities, Crafts and Games
$2.00 Popcorn and Cotton Candy
$3.00 T-Shirt Decorating
$4.00 Bounce Castle
Live Music and Prizes All Day!
Star Wars Characters!

Sunday, April 26th

It's time to make a clean sweep of our neighborhood at the Park Slope Civic Council's annual spring beautification, recycling and clean-up event – the Spring Civic Sweep, on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Put on your old clothes and come to the sidewalk in front of The Old Stone House/JJ Byrne Playground, 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets from 10 am to 2 pm (rain or shine).
Join other volunteers in picking up litter on sidewalks, participating in the care of street trees as well as painting over graffiti.

Also,  from 10 am to 4pm, dispose of your unwanted electronics in a safe, legal manner at The Lower East Side Ecology Center's Electronics Recycling Event. The following working and non-working items will be accepted: computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, CD and DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, video games, cell phones and PDAs. 

There is no limit on how much materials can be dropped off for free from NYC residents, small businesses and not-for-profits.

For more information please contact or call 212.477.4022. For more information, go to

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spotlight on Please New York

The paper is down and the huge gaping windows reveal, what exactly? I went to meet the lovely Sid Azmi, owner of Please New York at the corner of 15th Street on #theother5th: a place to discover your sensuality.

The store isn't what you would expect inside. There are, of course many products, from media materials, to toys, lingerie and body products. There are books about talking to your children about sex and naturally some funny ones too. The staff seem warm and welcoming, but the room is chic, clean and inviting too.

With light pouring in and the windows wide and open to the world, many have asked why this "novelty store" doesn't have curtains and blinds to shield those inside from the embarrassment of going in, and even staying! But when you meet Sid and listen to what she has to say, it's all so obvious. The open windows reflect her philosophy of being open to discussing issues of relationships and of sex. Sid tells me that her conservative upbringing is part of why she wanted to open this business, but after talking with her I think she really feels that there is an opportunity to engage the community conversations around themes regarding all aspects of sex and sexual behaviour.

Sid also works in the healthcare service, in radiotherapy, and sees men and women whom have undergone surgeries for breast and prostrate cancers. These patients are well and healthy but doctors don't talk to them about their feelings regarding their bodies and intimacy with their partner. So again, another reason for the store and business.

Ideally Sid would love you to just come in and see for yourself, that it is a place to explore. The staff are there to give advice and guide you through if you wish.

So what's ahead for Please? Sid would like to engage with the community and community groups. She is planning to be at the Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair on May 17th and Brooklyn Pride Festival June 13th. Look out for events and workshops she will be hosting and may run a series of webinars which is a good alternative if you can't get to the store.

Please also has a blog.

Please New York
557 5th Avenue corner of 15th Street
718 788-6969

Open Sun - Thurs 11am - 8pm
Fri and Sat 11am - 10pm

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Live Greek Music this Friday - Pitas and Sticks

Not only can you enjoy delicious authentic greek food at  Pitas and Sticks , but this Friday they will host some amazing live Greek Music as well!

7pm at Pitas and Sticks just off #theother5th
at 321 9th St between 5th and 6th Avenues

Drop by and check it out!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pink Olive - Grand Reopening Saturday 25th April

Have you noticed a change to Pink Olive's storefront on Fifth Avenue?

Spoiler Alert: It's blue!

This Saturday, pop into their new blue shop from 1-5pm and see how they have renovated inside and out while enjoying hard cider and treats!

Don't forget to Instagram your fun and hashtag #theother5th and #pinkolive.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Just a reminder that tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 21st) the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, NYC Business Solutions and Park Slope Parents will be hosting a course on Business Financial Management. If you are a local business looking to brush up on your accounting skills or a new small business just starting out, this is the course for you. We hope to see you there!

Business Financial Management
Tuesday April 21st 2015 6.30 - 8.30pm Old Stone House
This course provides an overview of financial management by assessing internal and external bookkeeping and providing an introduction to key financial statements: cash flow, income statement and balance sheets. You will learn about:
  • Basic accounting terms and processes
  • How to read and use financial statements
  • The importance of bookkeeping to running your business
  • Methods and principles of bookkeeping
Sign Up Here

Friday, April 17, 2015

Checking out Sandy's Cafe

Just around the corner from #theother5th on 16th Street is Sandy's Cafe. Many of you may knew it as Internet Cafe awhile back, but it has new owners now and wow does it look different!

Neil, former chef at Intercontinental, has kept some of the old menu but also added his own touches. He makes omelettes and pancakes to order. He and his wife make tamales and empanadas as well; some gluten free. There is also an array of fresh Lilly coffees, herbal teas and shakes.

Neil in front of the new room
When I last popped into see Neil the cafe was much smaller. He has now added another room and brought in new furniture. The whole place is cosy and tranquil. The perfect hangout for a quick coffee, small group meetings, catchup on your work and of course breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can take your food to go, but I think you will want to stay.

The cafe is open 7am to 7pm and there is outdoor seating on the sidewalk to enjoy as well.

Sandy's Cafe
577 5th Ave at 16th Street


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Upcoming Weekend Activities

Spring is clearly here. We're hearing about more and more activities and events. Clearly, Park Slope is ready to get outside!

Saturday, April 18th

NY Kids Club (125 5th Avenue) is celebrating the opening of its new 5th Avenue rooftop space. Yup, it's a rooftop party from 12:30 - 2:30 pm! Don't miss it!

COST: $50 for first child, $25 for each sibling

Saturday, April 25th

The YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day, a FREE community event with healthy and fun activities for the whole family.

Schedule (@ Park Slope Armory)

10am-4pm: Face Painting on Drill Floor 
10am-4pm: Bouncy Castles on Drill Floor 
10am-4pm: Arts & Crafts on Drill Floor 
10am-12pm: Family Art in Art Room 
9am-10am: Soccer on 1/2 Court #2 
10am-12:25pm: Soccer on Court #1 
1:00-3:00pm: Family Soccer on Court #1