Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend 2014

Staying home this weekend? Here are some activities in Park Slope for you to consider. Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a great weekend!

Park Slope Planner: The Best Events August 28 - September 1  [Park Slope Stoop]

South Slope Weekend Events Spotlight August 28 - September 1 [South Slope News]

Whassup: This is it Edition [FIPS]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome to Clear Choice Dental Group

This Saturday, August 30th from 12-3 drop by Clear Choice Dental Group's new location at 422 Fifth Avenue (near 8th Street). There will be prizes, music and giveaways.

Clear Choice is a new and unique concept in dental urgent care and full service dental care with in-house specialists. Patients will be able to enjoy the convenience of having all their dental needs taken care of under one roof. They accept most dental insurance plans. However, if you do not have dental insurance, they offer membership in their very affordable in-house dental plan for as little as $15 per month, which includes two free exams, cleanings, and digital x-rays each year as well as significant discounts on treatments and services. This sounds like a nice addition to Fifth Avenue!

For more information, vist their website at or call them at (718) 832-1900 to learn more or. Walk-ins are always welcomed and accommodated as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fashion on The Other Fifth

Fifth Avenue celebrated its last Summer Strolls event with a Fashion Show. The stage was set outside Tabeel Aromatherapy Gifts and Salon. Tabeel's idea was to showcase the many beautiful designs that can be found on the The Other Fifth! And what a great show!  Here is a glimpse of what we saw, which boutiques participated and where you can go to get those and similar items.

On the Catwalk were Petrune, Eleven Boutiques, Tabeel Aromatherapy Gift and Salon and Goorin Bros.

Tabeel's Aromatherapy Gifts and Salon

Tabeel not on 5th Ave!
Tabeel was the inspiration behind the Summer Strolls Fashion Show. She has owned her store at 76 Fifth Avenue for 20 years! Her store is awash with scented candles, bath and body essentials, soaps and essential oils.

Tabeel also sells apparel through her store and website and at the 5th Ave Fair! Here are a few of her outfits on the catwalk! Many of them are versatile, so you can change the dress into a skirt, for example.

Tehetine with Darlene holding the microphone


Eleven Consignment Boutique and Eleven Vintage Boutique

Andrea and Monroe elegantly hit the runway, both sporting different outfits but both wearing cut price designer pieces and affordable items. I don't know how Andrea managed to hand that bag back!

In the Vintage store you can find Abbie, who will assist you in putting an outfit together to suit your price range and style. The Consignment store will buy, trade and sell clothes and accessories. Liz is the Owner of the two stores. Eleven Consignment Boutique located at 70 5th Ave and Eleven Vintage Boutique at 71 5th Ave.


Goorin Bros.

Andrew and Claren really fell into character on the runway. Claren's bowler hat was a hit with the audience. In fact, the Team in Goorin have a knack for finding you the perfect hat for your head. Situated near Berkeley at 195 5th Ave there is an assortment of beautifully made hats for men, women and children and for all occasions. Bringing history back with hats.


Ru showing off the store
Claren and Andrew

Petrune Brooklyn

Petrune sells classically made vintage clothes but specializes in one of a kind hand made items as well. As you can see, Emma looks stunning in both outfits on the runway. They were timeless, beautiful pieces. Visit Petrune and you see they always have a fantastic window display; it's impossible to walk on by. Petrune is located near President Street at 233 5th Ave.


A final note: Thanks again to Tabeel and her team for organizing, The Old Stone House for the sound equipment and Mark Caserta, BID Executive Director, for the stage and background work.

See you next year at the Summer Strolls!

Joanna Tallantire

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rosmersholm at OSH

Coming up in just over one week at The Old Stone House:

Random Access Theatre presents a riveting new adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s haunting and poetic masterpiece Rosmersholm.

Hailed by critics to be Ibsen’s greatest work, Rosmersholm is a psychologically thrilling love story of an unlikely pair of passionate social progressives. Former pastor John Rosmer has renounced his faith following his wife’s suicide and adopted an idealistic humanism that he shares with an unconventional, strong-willed young woman, Rebecca West. But as John and Rebecca’s political crusade evolves and their relationship deepens, shameful secrets from the past threaten to destroy their love and everything they hold dear.

Emotionally charged and politically relevant, Rosmersholm examines the challenge of living out our convictions in the face of harsh social realities and our buried past. Featuring a new edit of Ibsen’s text by Katherine McDonald and directed by Artistic Director Jennifer Sandella, this unique site-specific production will run from September 4th-14th at the beautiful Old Stone House in Park Slope, allowing the audience to intimately experience this stunning tale in a gorgeous salon from the proximity of a tea guest.

Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street
When: September 4th-14th, Thurs-Sun, 7:00PM.
Tickets are available via

Monday, August 25, 2014

Last Photos from Summer Strolls

Well, it's over! South and North Slope Summer Strolls are done for the 2014 summer season. Were you able to attend one? What did you think? Feedback is welcomed!

This past Friday, we were lucky enough to have a free photo booth (photos coming soon), a fashion show at Tabeel and not one, but TWO rock climbing walls, thanks to the NYPD.

Photos from the evening are available here.

We want to thank this season's sponsors: Air BnB, Green Mountain Energy, Fusion Academy, NYC Department of Transportation (Weekend Walks Program), Moven and the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID.

We also want to thank Erika Clark (BID Board Secretary and Summer Stroll photographer), Joanna Tallantire, Paul Molnar (BID President, owner of South), The Old Stone House, Piper Theatre, the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn and South Brooklyn Shakespeare for helping to make this summer season on 5th so great.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fashion Show, Free Photo Booth and More!

Don't forget that tonight is the last night of North Slope Summer Strolls!

Friday, August 22
5-9 pm
Fifth Avenue Between Sterling Place and Dean Street

New tonight:

Fashion Show: Outside Tabeel Aromatherapy Gifts and Salon (76 5th Ave between St Mark's Ave and Prospect Place). The Show will give a snapshot of what you can find along Park Slope's Fifth Avenue (aka The Other Fifth)! Boutiques such Eleven, Petrune, Goorin Brothers, Tabeel and more will be participating.

The show starts at 6:30. Don't miss it!

Free Photo Booth: Get your picture taken in a traditional photo booth right in the middle of Fifth Avenue! It will be located near Sterling Place, in front of Key Food. Bring a friend! Bring a bunch of friends!

Also taking place on Fifth tonight:

- Vintage Cars
- Street Chess
- Amusements by Puppetry Arts
- Rolie Pole Guacamole at LuLu's
- Tumbling with NY Kids Club
- Deep Pockets (jazz band) at Pure Bistro
- Face Painting
- Food and drinks from local bars and restaurants,
- A climbing wall by Brooklyn Boulders and
- much, much more!

Come on down and celebrate the end of summer in the street!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spoke The Hub Open House Weekend

September is almost here. Don't pretend it isn't. School will be starting soon and summer camp panic will turn into after-school and extra curricular activity panic.

Don't worry, though, our friends at Spoke the Hub are here to help! They have an Open House Weekend coming up from September 5-7 with scholarship auditions, in-person registration, FREE sample mini-classes and more!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014 4:00-6:00pm SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
Spoke the Hub’s Space @ Gowanus Arts 295 Douglass St

Scholarships are available for general study and placement in their STH Young Artists Program.

Saturday and Sunday September 6-7, 2014 9:30am-4:30pm FALL OPEN HOUSE and FREE SAMPLE CLASSES

You and your family can dance, sing, sweat and stretch with Spoke the Hub! FREE classes for the whole family from Sing, Dance and Make Believe to Chair Yoga and everything else in between. There is something for everyBODY at Open House Weekend!

 Questions? Maril Ortiz, or 718.408.3234

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Friday: Last Summer Stroll !

Wow, this summer is really moving fast! There is just one Summer Strolls event left on Fifth Avenue this season!

Friday, August 22
5-9 pm
Fifth Avenue Between Sterling Place and Dean Street


- Photo Booth (FREE)
- Vintage Cars
- Street Chess
-Amusements by Puppetry Arts
- Rolie Pole Guacamole at LuLu's
- Tumbling with NY Kids Club
- Deep Pockets
- Face Painting
- A fashion show at Tabeel (6:30 pm)
- Food and drinks from local bars and restaurants,
- A climbing wall by Brooklyn Boulders and
- much, much more!

Come on down and celebrate the end of summer in the street!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Battle Week 2014

It's Battle Week! It's  time to remember one of the key battles in the Revolutionary War, which was fought right here in our neighborhood (The Battle of Brooklyn aka The Battle of Long Island).

As usual, there are a number of interesting events taking place, from a display of Revolutionary War flags to walking tours. For a full schedule of remaining events, go to

Also,  this Saturday, come down to the Old Stone House & Washington Park for the Revolutionary Fare! This is an amazing food and drink tasting event inspired by the 18th century, including a roast pig, oysters, a colonial cocktail, delicious baked goods.  great music and more!

August 23, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm

$45 in advance/$50 at the door
Purchase them now via .

Monday, August 18, 2014

Photos from North Slope Summer Strolls

Well, it looked like it was going to rain and it certainly felt like it was going to rain, but the weather held out for the first-ever North Slope Summer Strolls on Friday. Congratulations to South Brooklyn Shakespeare for another great performance of Romeo and Juliet, right in the middle of the Avenue (photo above shows a battle scene with the Barclays Center in the background).

To see more photos from Friday, check out our Flickr page. North Slope Summer Strolls will return for the final event of summer on Friday, August 22nd.

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Staycation Alert

Lots going on along Park Slope's Fifth Avenue this weekend, if you find yourself staying in town!

This is it! Tonight is the debut of Summer Strolls AND South Brooklyn Shakespeare on the North Side of Fifth Avenue. Details below. We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 15: Dean Street - Sterling Place 5-9 pm

On tap for the 15th:

- Rock climbing wall from Brooklyn Boulders
- Amusements by Puppetry Arts
- Vintage Cars
- Street Chess
- Music by LA Saxy and Deep Pockets
- Tumbling with NY Kids Club
- Face painting and juggling
- Outdoor food and drinks from local bars and restaurants
- A Live performance of Romeo and Juliet, Please note that the performance will start at 7:00pm at 5th Ave and Dean St.
- and more!

Don't miss it!

Saturday Night

The second and final movie at the GreenSpace@President Street (located at Fifth Avenue and President Street) takes place on Saturday, August 16 at dusk. This week's movie: A Pain in the Ass

Bring your own chairs and the movies are cancelled in the case of rain.


This is the last weekend to catch the "Staycation" show at Ground Floor Gallery (343 5th Street near 5th Avenue). Don't miss the show before it packs up Sunday evening!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tomorrow Night: Romeo and Juliet Live on Fifth!

Don't miss the live performance of Romeo and Juliet by South Brooklyn Shakespeare, tomorrow night at North Slope Summer Strolls!

What: Romeo and Juliet FREE!
Where: Fifth Avenue near Dean Street at North Slope Summer Strolls
When: 7:00 pm

Bring a blanket or chair and grab some food and drinks from one of Fifth Avenue's stores, bars and restaurants. Summer is almost over. Get out and enjoy it!

See you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eye Care for Kids at Park Slope Eye

Our friends at Park Slope Eye have added a new member to their team: a pediatric eye care specialist! Another great example of our small, local businesses meeting the needs of local residents:

Park Slope Eye has responded to the demand for superb pediatric eye care and has added Dr. Jessi Lee to the team. Vision is the dominant sense in learning and development and Dr. Lee is passionate about the life-long benefits that comprehensive vision care can provide for your children. Dr. Lee joins us after completing a year long residency program focused on Pediatrics and Vision Therapy at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. In addition to her regular pediatric care during residency, Dr. Lee completed close to 200 additional hours of continuing education at meetings and workshops focused on pediatric care. Her areas of specialty training include learning-related visual problems, strabismus, amblyopia, sports vision, traumatic brain injuries, and special needs populations. She is skilled in working with patients of all ages including infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DNC in Brooklyn

You might notice that there is a lot of fuss going on around the Barclays Center this week. Representatives of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) are in town to assess whether Brooklyn can act as host of the 2016 presidential nominating convention.

The Barclays Center is certainly a great venue for the event and commercial corridors like Fifth Avenue are close-by and offer a much better experience than the type of Macaroni Grill and Cheesecake Factory settings you find around other arenas. We're a natural to host this important event!

The only question is whether Brooklyn has enough close-by hotel rooms. To that we say, "Who sleeps during a presidential nominating convention?"

Monday, August 11, 2014

This Friday: Summer Strolls!

This Friday, Summer Strolls make their debut in the north end of Fifth Avenue (North Slope Summer Strolls). So far, the weather looks perfect, so block out the time and come on down!

Friday, August 15: Dean Street - Sterling Place 5-9 pm


Friday, August 22: Dean Street - Sterling Place 5-9 pm

On tap for the 15th:

- Rock climbing wall from Brooklyn Boulders
- Amusements by Puppetry Arts
- Vintage Cars
- Street Chess
- Music by LA Saxy and Deep Pockets
- Live performance of Romeo and Juliet, Please note that the performance will start at 7:00pm at 5th Ave and Dean St.
- and more!

Don't miss it!


Friday, August 8, 2014

News Round-Up

Some ideas on how to spend your weekend and more. We hope you enjoy it, whatever you have planned! Don't forget North Slope Summer Strolls next Friday!

Park Slope Planner: The Best Events of August 7-10 [Park Slope Stoop]

Whassup: See What Sticks Edition [FIPS]

Murder to vehicular mayhem for Slope’s new commanding officer [Brooklyn Paper]

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Wow, the summer is getting even slower. We can tell by the length of time it takes to get email responses this week. Anyway, if you are looking for something to do tonight, Park Slope Bingo Club will be rocking and rolling at Union Hall tonight:

 Join Dick and Perry for some hot bingo action. We will be giving away drinks, show tickets and cold hard cash. We will have multiple games and you get to play them all with your $5 Bingo pack. Games go from 8pm - 11pm and you can buy in at any time. Bring your friends! Bring your grandma! But maybe not your grandma's friends... we've gotta draw the line somewhere.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

North Slope Strolls Coming Up!

The summer is half over and so is our schedule of Summer Strolls. Just over a week to go until North Slope Summer Strolls start up:

Friday, August 15: Dean - Sterling Street 5-9 pm
Friday, August 22: Dean - Sterling Street 5-9 pm

Come enjoy the summer weather, explore the avenue and the extra open space as we close Fifth Avenue for these nights and turn the street into a block party!

On tap for the 15th:

- Rock climbing wall from Brooklyn Boulders
- Amusements by Puppetry Arts
- Vintage Cars
- Street Chess
- Music by LA Saxy and Deep Pockets
- Live performance of Romeo and Juliet, 7:30pm at 5th Ave and Dean St.
- and more!

Don't miss it!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hey, Moms Need a Drink Too!

Hey mommies: how many times have you said, "I really love my child but I could sure use a drink right now." Don't worry, Backyard (388 Fifth Avenue) has you covered!

Tonight from 3pm - 5pm drop by for Half Pint with Your Half Pint, Sponsored by Baby Caravan. It's a Happy Hour for New Mothers! Bring your baby in carrier! $5 Half Pint Draft Beers!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Major Changes To Fifth This Week

A couple of long-time Fifth Avenue institutions are closing this week. We want to take a moment to recognize their importance:

- Excelsior Bar (390 Fifth Avenue): Sadly, they served their last drink last night. Excelsior has been an anchor in the community and a key organizer of Brooklyn Pride for many years. We wish the owners lots of luck and we hope they can find a space to reopen soon, nearby or right on Fifth Avenue.

- M&S Prime Meats (312 Fifth Avenue): This old-time Italian sandwich shop/deli/butcher has been on Fifth Avenue in some form or another since the 1940's. We are told by the staff that Thursday, August 7th will be their last day in business, as the owner (Mel) has some health challenges that make it difficult to continue.  We will really miss their food and we wish Mel the best in the future. Luckily, the storefront will not remain empty for long. It will soon be occupied by Russo's.

Thank you for all you have done for Park Slope's Fifth Avenue!

Friday, August 1, 2014

News Round-Up

Some Park Slope headlines, in case you missed them this week. Have a great weekend!

Join the 78th Precinct for the National Night Out Against Crime [Park Slope Stoop]

Seven Story Apartment Building Coming to 5th Ave [South Slope News]

M&S Prime Meats to Close In August, Russo's Taking Over the Space [Here's Park Slope]

I'm So Park Slope [FIPS]

Excelsior excised! Park Slope gay bar closing after 15 years [Brooklyn Paper]