Monday, March 31, 2014

A Taste of Fifth After-Party at Freddy's

A Taste of Fifth is just over a week away (buy your tickets today)! We just learned that Freddy's Bar (which just around the corner from The Grand Prospect Hall at 627 Fifth Avenue near 17th Street) will be hosting an after party, featuring Miss Ida Blue. Check out the song, above, and come on down. The show starts at 9:30 with 2 for 1 drink specials!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chili Cook-Off at The Gate

We saw this banner in front of The Gate today. They're hosting a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday at 2 pm. You probably don't want to miss this!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dizzy's Internet Cafe

While walking the Avenue this week, we noticed a sign in front of Dizzy's (230 Fifth Avenue @ President Street), announcing their new Internet Cafe, which is open from 8-5, daily. It appears to be set up in the greenhouse space located behind the restaurant on President Street.

Now that's a great space to get some work done! Check it out before everyone else discovers it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Two More Weeks!

We're getting excited!

Lots of restaurants, free beer and wine, music from the MS 51's Jazz band and DJ Cornell McIntosh and a raffle featuring goods and gift certificates from some of the Avenue's best stores! Even better, $20 of every ticket you buy goes to some very worthwhile causes in our neighborhood.

Get your tickets today via Don't miss out on this fantastic community event!

Parents, you need a night out! is offering a discount for anyone wishing to attend A Taste of Fifth. Just use coupon code Taste15 when making the reservation and receive $15 off of babysitting for the night!

Participants (in formation)

200 Fifth
ACME Wine and Spirits featuring Brooklyn Republic Vodka
Al Di La
Blue Sky Bakery
Participating Charities:
*Imani House

Sponsored by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, Forest City Ratner, Tormaresca Wines, Phoenix/Beehive Distributors and Media partner: Park Slope Parents

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

5th Avenue Family Festival

A sure sign that spring has arrived: the 5th Avenue Family Festival is coming up on April 26th, 11 am - 3 pm, on 4th Street near Fifth Avenue.

Our friends at Puppetry Arts have a big day planned for the kids, including a bounce house, snacks, clowns, Star Wars characters, rock climbing and more! Save the date!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Remember, It's Spring

Spring means warmer temperatures, flowers, sunshine and more people out on Fifth Avenue enjoying restaurants and bars and checking out the new season's merchandise in our world-class, independent boutiques.

So, there is no way that it is going to snow this week. It's spring. Not a chance.

Major Snowstorm Possible This Week [Weather Channel]

Friday, March 21, 2014

Upcoming Events

Diana Kane: Thursday, March 27th, 6-8 pm, check out Johanna Goodman's artwork in the store. There will be nibbles and drinks,  raffles,  discounts and fun!

Ground Floor Gallery: Last chance to see Brian Stinemetz' solo exhibition, "Through and Through," and the NARS Studio Sampler featuring Ronald Hall, Betty Hart, and Erin Rachel Hudak. 10% off any artwork purchased during the event in anticipation of their one-year anniversary next month!

 *p.s. If you're in Park Slope this Saturday, March 22, stop by the Urban Alchemist Pop-up Shop Sale between 12-4pm!

Hiho Batik: Two Fifth Avenue merchants for the price of one! Sunday, March 30th, 11 am - 2 pm, drop by for music by Amelia Robinson (Mil's Trills), special art, t-shirts and batiking templates all designed by Fifth Avenue's "Rabbi Painter." Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Save the Date: The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair is just two months away! It will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 12-6. Save the date and if you are interested in having a booth and you don't already have a store, bar or restaurant on the Avenue, click here for an application via Clearview Festival Productions.

Oh, and pray that it doesn't rain again, this year!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just 3 Weeks to Go!

Just three weeks from today, Fifth Avenue restaurants and bars will be showing off their stuff at A Taste of Fifth (Wednesday, April 9th, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at The Grand Prospect Hall).

Buy your tickets today before it's too late! For $45 online (via or $50 at the door, you get to sample all the savory and sweet offerings from our local restaurants and bars with complementary wine and beer.  You’ll also be raising much-needed funds for 14 of Park Slope's local charities (see the list below).  

Need a babysitter? is offering a discount for anyone wishing to attend A Taste of Fifth. Just use coupon code Taste15 when making the reservation and receive $15 off of babysitting for the night!

Participants (in formation)

200 Fifth
ACME Wine and Spirits
Al Di La
Blue Sky Bakery
Participating Charities:
*Imani House
Sponsored by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, Tormaresca Wines, Phoenix/Beehive Distributors and Media partner: Park Slope Parents

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Make Music NY 2014

Every year on June 21st, New York City welcomes the start of summer with live music in parks, gardens, and cafes and on street corners and sidewalks throughout the five boroughs. Now in its eighth year, this celebration, known as Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is taking place on a Saturday in 2014! Now that's a great excuse to party!

Everyone can take part, from professionals to amateurs, from the mainstream to the bizarre, across every style of music. The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID is setting up performance locations along its 30 blocks from Dean to 18th Streets in partnership with Make Music NY. If you are interested in performing, use their new online "matchmaking system" which can help match you up with a scenic Fifth Avenue sidewalk stage. The system provides all the necessary permits to perform outdoors free of charge, and promotes all of the performances through postcards, posters, the website, a program, WNYC radio spots, and full-page ads in Metro New York and Time Out NY. Sign up at today!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Our guess is that you probably celebrated St. Patrick's Day already over the weekend, as it falls on a Monday this year. But, if not and you plan to celebrate today, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Fifth Avenue, of course, has lots of world-class bars and restaurants in which to enjoy the day. Here are a couple things we noticed while walking the avenue:

Chip Shop: Corn Beef and Colcannon $13, $18 with a pint and NO GREEN BEER (AMEN!)

Pork Slope: Opening at Noon! Take the day off and celebrate!

Freddy's Bar: Saint PADDY'S Day Bash with "the Highland Shatners" and "The Star Of The County Down"

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bogota Latin Bistro at The White House

Yesterday, Bogota Latin Bistro owners Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou joined President Obama at the White House for an announcement about potential changes to overtime pay for workers. Bogota is often highlighted for its progressive pay and health policies and it's great to see the owners recognized for all of their hard work.

Congratulations to Farid and George, you did Fifth Avenue proud!

For more information on yesterday's announcement, check out the articles on CNN and the LA Times.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Upcoming Recycling Event

If you are anything like us, you have a lot of electronic junk gathering dust in your home after getting new hi-tech gadgets for the holidays. Right? Well, it's time for some spring cleaning with the Lower East Side Ecology Center !

Come to Fifth Avenue between Sterling Place and Douglass Street on Saturday, March 29th 10 am - 4 pm, for an E-Waste recycling event!

ACCEPTING: Working & non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones & PDA’s

 For more information contact the Lower East Side Ecology Center or 212.477.4022

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Leaning Spire is Removed

Way back in August of 2011 we posted about the spire of St. Augustin Church swaying in the wind after being damaged by Hurricane Irene. It was eventually secured "temporarily" with rope and there it sat until yesterday, March 11, 2014, when a crane finally rolled up to remove the spire and take it to a repair shop. Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Board Member Erika Clark took pictures that you don't want to miss. It's not every day that an historic church has its spire removed for repairs.

We're looking forward to its return!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Taste of Fifth Update

It's just under a month until we celebrate A Taste of Fifth at The Grand Prospect Hall!

There are more than 30 restaurants signed up already, ranging from the large (Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn) to the small (Beygl and Blue Sky Bakery). Of course,  all of them promise to be DELICIOUS so buy your tickets via today before they are gone!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sing-a-Long with Amy at Has Beans

Hey South Slope parents: don't miss this amazing opportunity to get your kid's toes tapping every Friday at Has Beans (620 5th Ave between 17th and 18th Sts).

Bring your toddler to sing and dance with Amy Miles at Has Beans. Amy is a well known performer and composer who toured with They Might be Giants. She also wrote the theme to Jimmy Fallon’s “Guys with Kids”. A mom and music teacher herself, Amy will get your preschooler bopping with her ukulele or guitar to familiar tunes and others composed by herself. Bubbles, bunnies and books are also part of her repertoire. 

Performances run on Fridays from 10 - 10:30 am. $7 per family.

-Joanna Tallantire

Friday, March 7, 2014

Annie's Blue Ribbon Backyard

Like many of Fifth Avenue's storefronts, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store has a usable backyard behind it. It's a perfect place to hold events, do some crafts and teach some classes. Unfortunately, it needs some TLC. Well, a lot of TLC.

The good news is that they are working to raise some funds to give the backyard space a serious makeover and you can help! You can donate online or drop by their store and maybe ask to take a look at what you are investing in. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Winter is Over at Le Pain Quotidien

Yes, it's still cold outside. But, based on the emails we are getting from Fifth Avenue merchants about sales, updated menus and spring store hours, we're feeling more optimistic that warmer days and sunny skies are in our future!

Our friends at Le Pain Quotidien have posted new spring hours: 

 Mon-Fri: 7:00AM-7:30PM, Sat & Sun: 8:00AM -7:30PM

and they've added a few seasonal menu items you should know about:

- Organic Tree Bean Chili: $10.95
with fresh guacamole, radish and scallions. Served with our organic bread. It's only 300 cal !!!!

-Organic Quinoa Detox Salad: $12.95
freshly shaved cabbage, carrot, avocado, turmeric, ginger & gomashio. Served with organic cold-pressed colza oil and bread.

-Spiced Organic Hot Chocolate: $4.85 (hey, we said it's still cold outside).
Cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, orange zest and star anise  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Taste of Fifth - Just Over One Month Away!

It's hard to believe but A Taste of Fifth, which will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, from 6:30 - 9:30pm at The Grand Prospect Hall, is just over a month away. Tickets are selling quickly and the list of participating restaurants and bars keeps growing (see below). Also, this year we are adding a raffle of items from Fifth Avenue's unique boutiques. You won't want to miss it!
Buying a ticket now not only allows you to sample all the savory offerings from our many local restaurants and bars (complementary wine & beer), but you’ll also be benefiting many of our local charities.  Tickets are $45 online ($50 at door) with $20 of every ticket going to the local charity of your choice!  
Need a babysitter? is offering a discount for anyone wishing to attend A Taste of Fifth. Just use coupon code Taste15 when making the reservation and receive $15 off of babysitting for the night!.
Participants (in formation)
Blue Sky Bakery

Participating Charities:
Sponsored by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, Tormaresca Wines, Phoenix/Beehive Distributors and Media partner: Park Slope Parents

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Yves Cuilleron Wine Dinner at Stone Park Cafe

On Wednesday, March 12th, Stone Park Cafe is hosting an evening featuring the wines of the Rhone Valley.

Between 5:30 and 10:30 drop by to celebrate the end of Winter with Cuilleron. Josh Grinker will be preparing a special market menu to pair with the wines; Josh Foster and Robert Voris will be opening Vin de Pays, St. Joseph, Marsanne and Condrieu. A representative from Rosenthal Wine Merchants, which imports Cuilleron, will be on hand to answer questions.

This sounds like a great way to spend a March evening. Reserve a space now before it's too late!
Call 718-369-0082.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Big Sale at Life Boutique

Life Boutique Thrift has posted a 75% off sale for the entire store at 515 Fifth Avenue.
Drop by! They have amazing stuff and it looks like they will be making improvements later this month!