Friday, February 26, 2010

News Round-Up

No Excuses [What I Wear Daily]

Hip Hop New York [It's Hip Hop Baby]

Park Slope's 3r Living Closing its Doors [Green Beat Brooklyn]

Damn You, Food [Brooklyanne]

Snackz in tha Hood [Bierkraft] [FIPS]

Crucicle Like You’ve Never Seen it Before [24 Seven Brooklyn]

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Report Out: Energizing New York's Small Businesses

If you are interested in sustainability issues-- and the health of your local mom and pops-- this report is for you! The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) reveals that only a fraction of the city's small businesses have taken steps to become energy efficient, a missed opportunity given that commercial electricity costs in NYC are among the highest in the country and since even the smallest firms could save thousands of dollars by implementing efficiency measures. Get some insight into the challenges facing small businesses on this front-- and check out CUF's recommendations going forward.

Article here: Report

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

BID Logo Design Contest

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has announced a "Logo and Slogan Contest"!

The current logo (pictured behind the question mark above) is an orange five and the slogan is:

5th Avenue: The Pulse of Park Slope

Can you do better? Create a logo and slogan to reflect the uniqueness, diversity and excitement that is 5th Avenue in Park Slope.


Please submit all entries by email to

To learn more about the BID and their current branding, check out their website:

Deadline for submissions is April 5, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Moutarde Closed for Renovations

With closed doors, papered windows and hand-wrought signage, Moutarde has signaled that renovations have begun. After reporting on said changes months ago, All About Fifth is delighted to see they are in full swing. The note says that the popular French restaurant will be opening on March 15th-- but we're not sure that's real time or contractors time-- so keep posted. If we are lucky, we hope to get some exclusive sneak peeks of some of the changes for our readers in the coming weeks.

Brooklyn Business Expo 2010

Just learned about this trade show and thought you might be interested:

Brooklyn Business Expo 2010

"Join Over 100 Exhibitors
Looking To Meet New Clients
Attend Business Seminars
Meet Decision Makers
FREE Admission
To The Business Public"

It's taking place on March 24th at Steiner Studios. Should be interesting for local business owners and the curious public, alike!

If you are interested in checking it out go to

Friday, February 19, 2010

News Round Up

Park Slope Historic District Getting Supersized [Curbed]

Park Slope Vintage Shames LES [Cheapjap]

Squatter Camp on Fifth [FIPS]

Brooklyn Food & Drink Round-Up [Brownstoner]

spVino Osteria [Wines in the City]

Episode 42 — Jess Draper [Hey Brooklyn]

Scrabble for Cheaters [OTBKB]

Chasing Chase [Theresa Grows in Brooklyn]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fabulous on Fifth

Several weeks ago, the Park Slope Parents (PSP) listerv was lit up in controversy over a posting by a newly transplanted mom from California, concerned about the lack of "fabulous" in Park Slope.

The reaction by many of the PSP faithful was, predictably, strong (let's leave it at that). Not to be deterred, though, the fabulous mom "Courtney" decided to channel her energy into a new blog called (appropriately) Fabulous in Park Slope.

We are happy to report that Courtney recently discovered what we at All About Fifth already knew: there is plenty of Fabulous on Fifth!

Check out her recent post about Hog Mountain.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another Store Closure

Found this sign last week at Matter. Here's to better days ahead:

Dear Friends of Matter,

After six years here we have decided to close up shop in Park Slope to focus more of our energy on developing the Matter Made collection. Our Manhattan location will remain open and there are future plans for an expansion to include many of the great products you've come to love from our store.

Our entire Brooklyn inventory is now on sale for 15 - 90% off. Check back often as discounts will increase leading up to our closing at the end of March.

There are no words to express the deep gratitude we have for your loyalty and patronage over the years.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Manhattan.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fat Tuesday Specials

As promised, here are the known Fat Tuesday dinner specials at restaurants on Fifth Avenue. If we missed something, let us know in the "Comments" below:

200 Fifth: (718) 638-2925 200 5th Ave. $16.95 pre-fix menu featuring New Orleans style soul food. The dinner includes a main course and two sides.

Babouche: (718) 636-2100 165 5th Ave. Tuesday is fish night!

Bogota Latin Bistro: (718) 230-3806 141 5th Ave. Happy hour all night long.

Trattoria Mulino: (718) 398-9001 133 5th Ave. Prefix for 19.95. It will include an appetizer, entree and dessert.

Miriam Restaurant & Wine Bar: (718) 622-2250 79 5th Ave. From 5:30 to 8:00, two for one draft beers, two for one glasses of wine, and two for one Meze's.

Photo via Flickr [shelgerard]


Monday, February 15, 2010

Fat Tuesday on Fifth

The festivities on Fifth didn't end with Valentine's Day. The party continues tomorrow as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District welcomes strolling jazz musicians walking, playing and giving out bead necklaces! Watch for them starting at 6:30 PM, starting at both 18th and Dean Streets, meeting at Washington Park (3rd Street and 5th Ave).

We'll be keeping our eyes open for any dinner/drink specials for Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Photo via Flickr [whitebuffalok]

Thursday, February 11, 2010

News Round-Up

Go Marching In [Rewind Revise]

2/8/10-2/14/10 [Local Gourmands]

FAC's Supportive Housing Project Getting Very Close [Brownstoner]

Valentines Day 2010 in Brooklyn [mcbrooklyn]

In this Week's Courier-Life, Street Closures Article on p. 4 is Contradicted by News Brief on p. 12 [Atlantic Yards Report]

Bogota Latin Bistro Shines [Boriqua Blog]

Closing Bell: Mapping Stalled Sites [Brownstoner]

All it Takes is a Penny and a Thirst at Ellis Bar [Brooklyn Paper]

Park Slope Rallies Against "Bernie Madoff" of Kitchen Repairs [Gothamist]

More on Valentine's Week

Well, Valentine's week is half over. If you haven't done so already, it's time to find a gift, a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine or some sparkling jewelry for that special person in your life. Did you forget? Don't panic, the Merchants along Park Slope's Fifth Avenue are here to help!

Download a copy of their list of great Valentine's Week deals along the avenue and take a stroll. Don't forget to check out the romantic dinner deals and make your reservation now! Valentine's Day diners along Fifth will be treated to strolling violinists!

Not a fan of the day of love? Download the list and hit one of Fifth's many bars with a friend. It's a great way to pass the day and maybe you'll even find someone to celebrate with next year!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Penny for a Pint

According to The Brooklyn Paper, Fifth Avenue's Ellis Bar has found a cure for the recession blues.

On Friday nights, at special times, they charge just 1 penny for a pint of beer! Oh, there is also "25-cent Bourbon Thursdays" and "free midnight tacos on Saturdays".

Time to dig through those couch cushions for change and head over to Ellis Bar!

To read the full article in The Brooklyn Paper, click here.

Photo via Flickr [Tube.'s]

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Flowers on a Budget

Fifth Avenue's ZuZu's Petals is reminding Park Slope residents not to let the recession steal the romance from their lives.

They are putting together a Valentine's Day bouquet selection for (almost) every budget.

Call ahead and order flowers and you can share a nice glass of wine with ZuZu's staff when you pick them up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

zuzus petals
374 fifth avenue
between 5th and 6th street
718 638-0918

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Week Sales and Specials

Merchants along Park Slope's Fifth Avenue will be celebrating Valentine's Day all week long with sales, specials and even free chocolate!

Get your loved one some beautiful, hand made jewelry or take them out for a meal at one of the avenue's 60 + restaurants. Say the word "love" at one store and get a special treat!

The list of great deals is just too long to share with you here. Download a copy of the list and bring it with you as you stroll along!

Friday, February 5, 2010

News Round-Up

Development Watch: 572 5th Avenue [Brownstoner]

Message to our Brooklyn Store Customers [3r Blogging]

Openings and Closings: A Park Slope Eatery Opens, Skyline Books Closes … and more [City Apartments]

Brad Lander: Bring on the Prospect Park West Bike Lane [Streetsblog]

Bonnie’s Grill [Dmanburger]

A Hit and a Miss in Park Slope, Brooklyn [Between Courses]

Man Bites Dog! Someone Is Hurling Eggs at Cute Pups in J.J. Byrne Park [Brooklyn Paper]

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Yet Another Reason to Shop Local

Found the above sign on our walk along 5th Avenue yesterday. It reads:

Dear Customers, Friends and Neighbors –

We are very sad to announce that at the end of February, 3r Living will be closing our Park Slope store.

When we opened this store in April of 2004, it was a dream come true. Over the past five years we have been honored to provide the community with greener, healthier and safer options, as well as a much-needed community recycling center. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the customer and friends we have made over the years

This is not an end, but rather a new beginning. Look for us online at and

Also, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help us to make sure that this does not happen to other businesses in the area. Eat, drink and shop local! Supporting restaurants, boutiques and bars on 5th Avenue , even just a little, can go a very long way.


Samantha and Mark Caserta

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Shop Brooklyn for Valentines Day

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is extending his successful Shop Brooklyn website to help you find that something "special" for your loved one at Brooklyn's boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Watch for Valentines week deals from your favorite Brooklyn businesses by going to

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Two Upcoming Restaurant Events

Cool events at Fifth Avenue restaurants coming up later this week:

WHEN: Tonight! Tuesday Feb 2, 5:30pm-11pm
WHERE: Melt, 440 Bergen Street off 5th Ave.
WHAT:Celebrate your Love of Food

"Taste Life Tuesdays"
Discover new foods and sample innovative culinary creations, a 5 course tasting menu $25 prix fixe. Courtesy of Mark Simmons, Executive Chef at Melt and former contestant on Bravo Tv's "Top Chef". Enhance your dining experience, pair each course with a taste of 5 carefully selected wines $20. Make a reservation for every 1st Tuesday of every month.

The menu for 2/2/10:
Alaskan Crab, Green Apple and Wakame Salad.
Vidalia Onion Soup, Bone Marrow on Brioche.
Mahi Mahi with Braised Red Lentils and Celery, Ginger Chutney.
Simmons Fried Chicken with Truffled Honey and Kale.
Jaffa Mousse, Scorched Oranges and Salted Peanuts.

For more info: 718.230.5925,

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 4, 7:30pm
WHERE: Belleville Lounge, 332 5th Street (at 5th Ave)

Please Fire Me takes anonymous submissions from people who hate the jobs they can't leave. At this month's Speakeasy we'll hear live stories of jobs gone wrong from the best storytellers in New York. They hate their jobs and don't even care if they say it anonymously.

Later that night...

Tin Pan Blues Band
Like Ray Charles and Tom Waits hanging out on Bourbon Street!
9:30 - 11:30
No Cover!
1 Drink Minimum

For more info: 718.783.1197,

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Newsletter

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District issued it's first-ever e-newsletter today. If you are interested, check out the latest news here.

If you would like to be added to the newsletter list, email us at with "subscribe" in the subject line.