Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tonight: Last Night of Dancing Under the Stars

One last night of hot jazz, blues, pop and R&B with L.A. Blacksmith! The entertainment and the weather promise to be hot so dress light and get ready to dance like the summer is coming to an end! Oh wait...it is coming to an end.

As always, the festivities will start at 6 with kids programming. The adult, dancing portion of the program will begin at 7 and continue till 9.

See you there!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fifth Avenue's New Vintage District?

So, as we mentioned back in July, "LuLu's then&now" is opening at 75A Fifth Avenue tomorrow (August 31st, one day ahead of the September 1st date we originally reported). Promising to sell a mix of new and gently used children's clothing, toys, books and baby gear, the store will join Guvnor's Vintage Thrift, Odd Twin, and Beacon's Closet in a sort-of mini "vintage-clothing district". When you add in Fifth Avenue's antique shops and you connect it all to Atlantic Avenue's row of antique shops, you have yourself quite an interesting walking tour.

There, we gave you the idea for free. Now run with it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

News Round-Up

Restaurant Letter-Grading Serves Up Anxiety [WSJ]

Off the Stoop onto the Street, Park(ing) Day in Brooklyn! [Park(ing) Day NYC]

LuLu's then&now Opens Next Week [Brownstoner]

Befit Your Own Budget at Brooklyn’s BYOB Spots [Brokelyn]

Park Smart Pilot Has Cut Traffic in Park Slope, DOT Finds [Streetsblog]

Police Blotter: Restaurant Week for Local Thieves [The Brooklyn Paper]

Thursday, August 26, 2010

President Street Garden Reopens


Here is some good "open space" news for Fifth Avenue. The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID has announced that it is partnering with local community volunteers to reopen the Community Garden at the corner of Fifth Avenue and President Street. The BID will be opening and closing the garden and providing some maintenance on a daily basis.

We are looking forward to dropping by and enjoying it!

Photo via Flickr. Perhaps the garden will be a vibrant community asset again in the coming months, as it was in this photo.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fifth Avenue: Home to one of the "10 Best Cookies"

Last week, the Village Voice's Fork in the Road blog published a list called "Our 10 best Cookies in NYC" and, what do you know, our very own Little Buddy Bisquit Company made the grade with their "Ginger Molasses" cookie.

Congratulations, guys!

You can check out the complete list here. This should be a great page to bookmark, for future reference!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tonight at Dancing Under the Stars: Vince Lisi

The above performance featured Vince Lisi so we think this is what Fifth Avenue is going to experience tonight. We hope so, because you can definitely dance to it. For a change, the temperatures will be cool so, unlike the previous Tuesday nights this summer, it should be an easy night to dance without collapsing from heat stroke.

As always, the festivities will start at 6 with kids programming. Tonight's kid performer will be Gabriel Hays. The adult, dancing portion of the program will begin at 7 and continue till 9.

See you there!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Help Save Puppet's Jazz Bar

Last week we received a message from Puppet's Jazz Bar, asking for some help from their customers. We thought we would help the cause by spreading the message to you.

To All Our Valued Customers, Musicians, Friends & Family,

We hope everyone has been having a great summer. Puppet’s Jazz Bar has missed you. As we all know, times are very tough right now economically. Puppet’s Jazz Bar has been fighting to survive this economic climate since the day we opened. The last few months have been especially hard on us and we are currently in dire straights. We need to boost business now or we will not be around much longer. That means we need your help. We’ve decided to have a fundraiser on Friday and Saturday August 27th and 28th in an effort to save our friendly neighborhood Jazz Club. We feel that we provide a valuable service to the neighborhood by providing quality healthy food and amazing live music on a daily basis. If you feel the same way, we need you to start showing it. We hope that you can join us. Feel free to invite as many people as possible. We need anybody and everybody to come out and support. Not only for us (the owners of Puppet’s Jazz Bar), but also for all the musicians (both old & young) who depend on Puppet’s, and for the neighborhood. There will be no cover charge for the fundraiser, but we will be accepting any form of donations you can give to save Puppet’s Jazz Bar, whether it’s cash, check, charge or just buying some food/drinks. If for any reason you cannot come to the fundraiser, but still want to give a donation to help save Puppet’s Jazz Bar, you can email us through the website (www.puppetsjazz.com) to arrange a meeting with either Marty or Jamie, or just come on by and give what you can. Thank you for all of your support over the past 6 years! We hope this event will be a great success, so we can continue to serve you in the future.


Marty, Jamie, Paul, Jon, & the entire Puppet’s Jazz Bar Family

Perhaps Puppet's is one of your 3/50 Project local businesses to support and save? Or, perhaps you just love Jazz music or you recognize the importance of having a diverse, interesting mix of businesses on Fifth Avenue. Whatever the reason, we hope that you will spread the word and/or help, if you can.

Photo via Jazzpassengers.com

Friday, August 20, 2010

News Round-Up

The 3 Best Spotless NYC Nail Salons [Refinery29]

Cars Keep on Driving Into Stores [Racked]

Park Slope Historic District Likely to Expand [Brownstoner]

4 Ways to Make the Grade: Back to School Tips for NYC Kids [Daily Candy]

BK Fashion Blogger Q&A: Keiko Lynn [Brooklyn 365]

Brooklyn's Subway Origins, at an Insane Intersection [The Bowery Boys]

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Recap: The 3/50 Project

Cinda Baxter

Merchants and members of local Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Districts converged on St.Francis College last night to hear Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, talk about the importance of America's brick & mortar small businesses and give some tips on how to navigate these challenging times in a positive way.

It looked like many members of Brooklyn's small business community walked away feeling excited about making The 3/50 Project part of their local efforts. Watch for the campaign's logo along a business district near you!

A big thanks to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's Shop Brooklyn for bringing such a great program to the borough!

We managed to capture a few photos in the auditorium's low-light atmosphere without distracting the speakers with our flash. There are a few successful shots on our Flickr page.

Oh, and please, support your local stores, bars and restaurants!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tonight! The 3/50 Project: Building Business From the Ground Up

Join the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's Shop Brooklyn for The 3/50 Project: Building Business From the Ground Up. Come hear
nationally renowned speaker and retail consultant Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, as she talks about how Brooklyn's small business owners can thrive with a little ingenuity, some great marketing, and a real commitment to the community.

7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Tickets are available at ibrooklyn.com

So, why is this event so important? Our local, small businesses are struggling every day in this difficult recession. If you can't make it to the speech, here are some reasons why it is so important to support locally owned small businesses (via Shop Brooklyn and newrules.org):

  • Local Character and Prosperity In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

  • Community Well-Being Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

  • Local Decision-Making Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and will feel the impacts of those decisions.

  • Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

  • Job and Wages Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

  • Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

  • Public Benefits and Costs Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

  • Environmental Sustainability Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

  • Competition A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

  • Product Diversity. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tonight at Dancing Under the Stars: L.A. Blacksmith (Jazz, Blues, Pop and R&B)

"For over 35 yrs, I’ve had the pleasure to work with some talented artists in the music business. I’ve toured (sang and played) with Ben E.King, Shirelles, Brass Construction, Crown Heights Affair, Isaac Hayes, Stephanie Mills, Denroy Morgan, Ray Goodman and Brown, Persuaders, Melissa Morgan, Freddie Jackson, G.Q. Skky, and Sam Moore."
- L.A. Blacksmith

Sounds like a hot night out on Fifth!

As always, the festivities will start at 6 with kids programming. Tonight's kid performer will be Gabriel Hays. The adult, dancing portion of the program will begin at 7 and continue till 9.

See you there!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Shop Fifth Avenue, Shop Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's Shop Brooklyn is in full swing this week. Below is a list of the participating businesses along the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID. Drop by and see what kind of "Brooklyn Bonus" you can get!

Aunt Suzie's Restaurant
247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-788-2868

Brooklyn Eye Works
537 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-768-1780

Diana Kane
229-B 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-638-6520

Little Buddy Biscuit Company
635 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-369-6355

Luscious Food
59 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-398-5800

Mulino Ristorante
133 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-398-9001

St. Kilda Jewelry
71 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: 718-398-4459

Zu Zu's Petals
374 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-638-0918

Friday, August 13, 2010

News Round-Up

This Slope Man Wheels and Deals [Brooklyn Paper]

What the World Needs Now is Another Magazine Stand [Effed In Park Slope]

Fornino Restaurant Review [Brooklyn Exposed]

Is Health Dept. Cracking Down on Backyard Bar Smoking? [Gothamist]

Enter to Win a Free Mobile Website! [Mobile Meteor]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coming Up Next Week

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce and Shop Brooklyn (a program of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz) are sponsoring:

The 3/50 Project: Building Business From the Ground Up
on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Program:

Come hear nationally renowned speaker and retail consultant Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, as she talks about how you can help your business with a little ingenuity, some great marketing, and a real commitment to your community.

Relying on the simple premise, "Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy," The 3/50 Project exploded onto the national stage as a way to help brick and mortar businesses reclaim consumer dollars in a positive, effective manner. Learn about The 3/50 Project, what it means today, and how you can use it and other shop local campaigns to strengthen your own business.

Refreshments will be served.

We understand that tickets are FREE for BID/Chamber members and Shop Brooklyn participants but you need to register online at ibrooklyn.com or email Lori Raphael, Director, Real Estate & Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (lraphael@brooklynchamber.com)in order to register. All others, you can purchase your tickets ($25) at ibrooklyn.com.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Toys "R" Us Pops Up On Fifth?

Brownstoner is reporting that toy giant Toys "R" Us is planning to set up a number of temporary "pop up" shops in smaller spaces along Brooklyn's commercial strips, during the holiday season. A sign has already been spotted on Fifth Avenue and 11th Street at the "Jeans Express" space.

So, Fifth Avenue, is this good for the neighborhood? Bad? Will you shop there this holiday season? And, most importantly, what effect do you think this pop up shop will have on Fifth Avenue's Needgaard toy space, which was recently set up above the pharmacy? Is this really "shopping local"?

Let us know what you think!

Photo via Brownstoner

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tonight at Dancing Under the Stars: Tom Moran (Daddy Rocker)

"With many comparing his voice, lyrical content and production to such mega hit-makers as John Mellencamp, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, Tom Moran is now ushering in his very own style of country & rock-n-roll music."

Check out his video, above.

As always, the festivities will start at 6 with kids programming. Tonight's kid performer will be Jason Rabinowitz. The adult, dancing portion of the program will begin at 7 and continue till 9.

See you there!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Crain's: Focused on Small Business

Over the past week or so, Crain's New York has been reporting on the challenges faced by small businesses and entrepreneurs in the city. City rules and regulations on stores, bars and restaurants are known to be archaic and difficult to understand and the enforcement of these rules by city agencies has often been described as "arbitrary" by those most affected.

Luckily, there appears to be a new focus on the needs of struggling small businesses by the Bloomberg Administration and the City Council. However, although the initiatives were launched 8 months ago, Crain's and many local business owners are skeptical that anything will change. In fact, there appears to be a lack of metrics on whether this effort is succeeding, prompting Crain's to publish their own.

So, Fifth Avenue, what do you think? Is the enforcement of city rules a difficult burden and, if so, are you hopeful that things will change for the better?

By the way, Crain's also published a nice, supportive article about the upcoming The 3/50 Project: Building Business From the Ground Up lecture with 3/50 Project founder Cinda Baxter (August 18th). Get your tickets at ibrooklyn.com. Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District members get in free, as the BID is a sponsor!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Round-Up

12 NYC Bars That Allow Dogs [Huffington Post]

More Toys "R" Us Pop-Ups In Store [Brownstoner]

Young man savagely beaten to death by mob in Park Slope attack Daily News]

Steve Jobs Isn't Planting an Apple Store in Brooklyn Any Time Soon [NY Racked]

McBrooklyn Eats at Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn For the First Time [McBrooklyn]

Have Laptop, Will Annoy?

This week, the first shots in the "free wifi" war may have been fired by New York Times technology blogger Nick Bilton, in a piece about some new restrictions he has found on computer/ipad/ereader use in coffee shops throughout the city.

The "sandwich shop in Brooklyn" referenced in the post (which is withholding tables from laptop users between 12 - 3 pm, aka lunch time) is none other than Fifth Avenue's sNice. In defense of their new rules, an owner of sNice wrote to Effed in Park Slope and said:

Here’s how it went down about a year and a half ago: noontime rolls in and nearly every freaking table is occupied by a single person on a computer (there’s fourteen of them—I counted!). My capacity is cut in half because they don’t want to sit with anyone else and no one wants to sit with them. A family comes in who wants to eat and I spot a single empty table so I ask the woman on her computer at the next table does she mind moving so this family can sit together and she says yes she does mind! I was flabbergasted. And that evening my husband and I decided that we needed to do something about this.

It's hard not to notice that a lot of Park Slope residents use Fifth Avenue establishments like sNice, Gorilla Coffee and Ozzie's as their office away from home. Sure, they are paying customers who are often loyal to the establishment they visit. But, in these difficult times, are they overstaying their welcome? Is this the beginning of a new trend? A new community rift like the stroller wars? Or, is it much ado about nothing?

Let us know what you think.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Photos of Dancing Under the Stars

Here are some photos from the past few weeks of Dancing Under the Stars, taken by Michael Cohn-Geltner. They were taken from week one on and you can see the size of the crowd growing over time. Don't miss it, next week!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tonight at Dancing Under the Stars: Sonido Costeno

"Sonido CosteƱo is a modern day Latin New York City band. Their creative fusion of Latin music with other world music is enticing and the high energy in which they transmit it transforms their restaurant and club audiences into dance hall performances."

Check out a video of one of their performances, above!

As always, the festivities will start at 6 with kids programming. The adult, dancing portion of the program will begin at 7 and continue till 9.

See you there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Shop Brooklyn - the Summer Edition

Yesterday, we received a Facebook event invite to: "Shop Brooklyn -- Summer Days!" We thought you would want to know about it, as we suddenly find ourselves in the month of August (can you believe it?):

August 11 - August 22

Shop Brooklyn, a borough-wide initiative of Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, is pleased to present Shop Brooklyn--Summer Days!

Partnering with Brooklyn Business Improvement Districts and merchants associations, and retailers we present you another exciting opportunity to champion our independent businesses that make Brooklyn so unique.

A Brooklyn Bonus will be offered by participating retailers that may include deep discounts, freebies, or a special experience.

Help support our Brooklyn "mom-and-pops" and take advantage of Shop Brooklyn--Summer Days!

Check out the soon-to-relaunch iShopBrooklyn.com for more information and participants.