Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, Park Slope!

Don't forget that the annual Park Slope Civic Council Children's Halloween Parade (sponsored by the Park Slope 5th Avenue BID) takes place tonight at 6:30 pm. Interested in marching? Join us at 7th Avenue and 14th Street, starting at 5:30 pm, and march north along 7th. The Parade will turn left on 3rd Street and end with a celebration at Washington Park/The Old Stone House!

What else is going on along Fifth tonight and this weekend? Plenty! Find out more at

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marathon Specials

In case you weren't aware, this Sunday is NYC Marathon day! It's one of our favorite days of the year and it's a great day to pop by Park Slope's Fifth Avenue for a little shopping, dining and drinking. Here are a few, marathon-specific events you should be aware of:

Bake Sale!
President Street Garden (aka the GreenSpace@President) is holding a fundraiser bake sale from 9am - 3pm. Help fuel up your favorite runner, or just stuff your face with sweets while watching from the sidelines. We won't judge, but it's for a good cause, either way!

Brooklyn Porridge Company (741 Union Street)
1) All marathon runners get one free topping on any porridge or parfait through Sunday!
2) Energy Porridge Bowl: Porridge topped with Bananas, Blueberries, Almond Butter & Currants sm $5.50 lg $6.95 (that's 2 free toppings!)

Goldy & Mac (219 5th Avenue)
20% off any regularly priced merchandise to any runner who brings in their finishing medal the day of the marathon and the entire week after the marathon.

Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn (254 5th Avenue)
In recognition of the New York City Marathon, the Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn will be featuring an all day New York Oyster Happy Hour to help runners (and spectators) regain the vitamins, minerals & protein depleted during the 26.2 mile course.The Oyster Bar Brooklyn will be featuring at least 3 varieties of local New York oysters for $1 each, as well as drink specials throughout the day!

Taco Santo (669 Union Street) 
Offering a $12 brunch which includes a brunch entree, and choice of orange juice or bottomless coffee or tea. Highlights:  huevos benedictos featuring fried avocado, bacon and morita chile hollandaise. Starts at noon.

Palo Santo (652 Union Street)
Palo Santo restaurant will open at 10:00am and offer a $19 prix fixe, which includes any brunch entree, bottomless coffee or tea, and choice of sangria, mimosa or fresh squeezed orange juice. Each additional mimosa or sangria is only $1!

Aperitivo Cafe (279 Fifth Avenue)
10% off discount to all runners to carb up before at both Aperitivo and Sotto Voce (225 7th Avenue). Just show up with your placard!

Rachel's Taqueria (408 Fifth Avenue)
Mesquite grilled shrimp rice and beans or French fries. $ 11.00 dinner 5 to close

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Last Week of October on Fifth

There's so much going on this week along Park Slope's Fifth Avenue! Come on down to explore #theother5th before, during and after Halloween!
Of course, we have a couple more days left of Dine in Brooklyn. Click here to get more information.
This Friday, don't miss the annual Park Slope Halloween Parade!

As usual, the parade kicks off on Halloween Night from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 PM (line-up starts at 5:30, if you want to join in). The parade will make a left turn down 3rd Street and end on Fifth Avenue at the Old Stone House and Washington Park.

We look forward to seeing you there (in costume, of course).
Halloween is always great on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue but this year Halloween is a weekend-long celebration! From costume contests, spooky movies and drink specials to fun, friendly events for the whole family. To check out the Halloween activities near you, go to


Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday! Come down to Fifth Avenue to shop, drink and eat small and stay for our annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at 6:30pm at S'Nice (5th Ave and 3rd Street). More details in the weeks to come.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dine in Brooklyn - Week 2

Welcome to the Second week of Dine in Brooklyn! From Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th, visit some of your favorite Brooklyn dining spots for deals, including $25 Prix Fixe Dinners and/or Two-for-$15 Lunches.

Participants within the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID include:

200 Fifth
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Blue Ribbon
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Stone Park Cafe

For more information, go to

We'll see you there!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Shopping on Fifth

With so many one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques located along Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, we’re highlighting a few new items for the Fall. We'll be doing this at least once per season, so stay tuned!

Beautiful host/hostess gifts:

O Live Brooklyn’s Gourmet Gift Pack features their all natural White and Black Truffle Oil, Roasted French Walnut Oil, Toasted Japanese Sesame Oil, Aged white Balsamic Vinegar and Aged Traditional Balsamic vinegar in 60ml bottles. Nuff said. ($50)

Our hearts skipped a beat when we saw these Simply Curated Candles, from Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store. Made in Brooklyn, they’re handmade and poured into vintage glasses, making each one completely unique.  The scents are amazing – Guava Fig Soy, Sage-Cedar Soy, Vanilla Lavendar Soy, Grapefruit Bergamot Soy. ($48)

Fall is the perfect time to get cookin’ at home - and how better to organize your clipped and curated recipes than the Midnight Garden Recipe Tin Box? This elegant, vintage-inspired box comes with 12 dividers and 24 cards.  From Pink Olive, noted for its whimsical gifts for happiness and home. ($38)

Cool Kids:

For the little man in your life, there’s the Hiho Batik’s Taxi Hoodie, in vintage black for the super-cool kid. Since each one is a handmade batik design, all have slight variations making them as individual as the lucky boy you have in mind.  ($75)

Sure, we’ve all been visited by the Tooth Fairy but this charming Tooth Fairy Mouse in Matchbook from Pink Olive delivers winsome in a whole new wonderful way. ($36)

Kids have a lot of gear to carry - and what better way to lighten the load than a Personalized Messenger Bag from Hiho Batik with the name of the birthday boy or girl. ($50) 

We love this Camo Sweatshirt. Super cozy, it will keep the wearer warm all fall.  Available in S, M, L ($50) Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

Hats are hot – and Goorin Bros. , a family-owned fourth generation shop, has a most appealing selection.  

We especially love the Jessica Rogers, a captivating cloche with an asymmetrical brim and a retro vibe ($65) 

Also, the Maise Lock a hand-crafted wool felt pinch fedora in deep purple ($130)

Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store
232 Fifth Avenue, between Carroll and President
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
195B Fifth Avenue, between Union and Berkeley Place
Hiho Batik
184 Fifth Avenue, between Sackett and Degraw
O Live Brooklyn
140 Fifth Avenue, between Douglass and Baltic
Pink Olive
167 Fifth Avenue, between Lincoln Place and Berkeley Place

Friday, October 24, 2014

News Round-Up

Have a great weekend, Park Slope. Get ready for Halloween, next week!

Playtime in park Slope: Upcoming Children's Events [Park Slope Stoop]

Friends of Park slope Library Book Sale This Saturday [ South Slope News]

Homeward bound: Slopers show puppies love [Brooklyn Paper]

Reboot! Popular Park Slope Pizzeria Returning to Brooklyn Neighborhood [Daily News]

Park Slope Among Neighborhods Slow to Adopt Composting [DNA Info]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

This Saturday: Halloween Carnival

Halloween may be just over a week away but the holiday actually gets an early start in Park Slope every year at the annual Haunted Halloween Carnival by Puppetry Arts.

This Saturday, October 25th (11 -3) enjoy costume activities and snacks, a bounce house, Star Wars characters, a costume contest and more. This is an indoor event at the 1st Street Recreation Center at PS 372 so it's rain or shine. See you there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Next Week: Park Slope Halloween Parade!

It's hard to believe, but we are just over a week away from Halloween and, of course, the annual Park Slope Halloween Parade.

As usual, the parade kicks off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 PM (line-up starts at 5:30, if you want to join in). The parade will make a left turn down 3rd Street and end on Fifth Avenue at the Old Stone House and Washington Park.

We look forward to seeing you there (in costume, of course).

Photo: our friends from Puppetry Arts lighting the way in last year's parade.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIne in Brooklyn this Month!

Hey Park Slope: yesterday (October 20th) marked the start of the fall edition of Dine in Brooklyn! More than 150 restaurants throughout the borough will be participating, including the following Fifth Avenue hot spots:

200 Fifth
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Blue Ribbon
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Stone Park Cafe

Dine in Brooklyn runs over the course of two weeks: Monday, October 20th through Thursday, October 23rd and Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th. Deals include $25 Prix Fixe Dinners and/or Two-for-$15 Lunches.

For more information, go to

We'll see you there!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month with Flirt Brooklyn

Patti at 586 5th Ave

Women owned businesses still only make up 30% of the total of small businesses in the US, but have grown by 59% since 1997 to 8.6 million today. Much of this growth is thanks to better access to training, resources and access to capital and contracts after the signing of the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988 and the establishment of the Women Business Center program and the National Women's Business Council.

Flirt Brooklyn
You can go into many stores on our own 5th Avenue in Park Slope and see women entrepreneurs providing beautiful products, great service and training. One such store is Flirt Brooklyn. They have two warm and inviting stores, both, we are pleased to say, in the 5th Ave BID. So to celebrate Women's Small Business Month I visited Patti Gillstrap, one of the three women owners (also Seryn Potter and Heather Falcone), at the 586 5th Avenue near 16th Street where they also have a sewing studio; Home Ec.
Flirt Label Designs

Home Ec
The sewing studio is warm and cosy, there are boxes of samples, material and patterns. There is a bank of sewing machines and lots of space for cutting and designing. Flirt set up intentionally to only sell their own designs in the store, but so many talented designers walked through their door, they then expanded to sell their items too.

Private Classes
Patti showed me so many things that children and adults have made, starting with a basic skirt or bag and then over time building up to a more complex project with more layers, pockets, frills and buttons. You can sign up as a complete beginner and bring your own pattern and material or delve into the many patterns they have in the studio.

Princess Costume
Currently there is a special promotion where new students can spend 2 hours sewing  for $75 instead of the usual $90. This is a great opportunity to get those Halloween Costumes made! Classes are usually Wednesday to Saturday but email Flirt for more information.

Open Studio
Bags from simple to more complex
If you are already a competent sewer, there are open studio hours for $10 per hour. A great option if you just don't have the space to store or work on a machine at home. Also Patti is there if it all starts to go wrong!
Hats different materials

Shop Local
Flirt is the ideal place to shop local for Small Business Saturday on 29th November. Patti tells me they also hold wish lists, so go and choose some items, leave your long list and then send your Partner in to buy for the Holidays!

Flirt Brooklyn stores: 93 5th Ave near Park Place and 586 5th Ave between 16th and Prospect Ave.


- Joanna Tallantire

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Weekend: Fall Civic Sweep!

This Sunday, October 19th, put your warm, old clothes on and join the Park Slope Civic Council at its annual fall beautification, recycling and clean-up event – Fall Civic Sweep!

Meet at the sidewalk in front of Old Stone House/Washington Park on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets from 10 am to 2 pm and join community volunteers in sweeping up litter and leaves, weeding and mulching tree pits and painting out graffiti on lampposts. 

Also, bring your unwanted electronic equipment for recycling by the Lower East Side Ecology Center: working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, CD & DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones and PDA’s.

In addition, Solar One will be on hand to discuss their initiative Here Comes Solar!, which assists local homeowners and cooperatives in adopting solar technology for their homes and buildings.

Come on down and make your community better, Park Slope!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Calexico Gets Its Liquor License!

In case you haven't heard,  after 8 long months of waiting (for residents and restaurant owners, alike) everything is finally in place and Calexico has its liquor license. Needless to say, they are in the mood to celebrate! So are we!

This weekend (Friday through Sunday) the Fifth Avenue location will offer two-for-one margaritas and beer specials, with 10% of the weekend’s proceeds going to the Prospect Park Alliance!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dine in Brooklyn Update

Next Monday, October 20th marks the start of the fall edition of Dine in Brooklyn! More than 150 restaurants throughout the borough will be participating, including the following Fifth Avenue spots:

200 Fifth
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Blue Ribbon
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Stone Park Cafe

The event is taking place over two weeks: Monday, October 20th through Thursday, October 23rd and Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th. Deals include $25 Prix Fixe Dinners and/or Two-for-$15 Lunches.

For more information, go to

Get ready to eat, Brooklyn!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Participatory Budgeting

If you live in City Council District 39 it's that time of year, again, to join in the 4th annual participatory budgeting effort.

Each year Council Member Brad Lander hosts a series of community meetings to help him determine how to spend $1.5 million in capital funds. Roads? Schools? Parks? You decide!

The upcoming meeting schedule is provided below, starting tonight with a meeting on Streets and Transit !

Streets and Transit: Tuesday, October 14 at the NYC Transit Museum (Boerum Pl. and Schermerhorn St)

Kensington Neighborhood Assembly: Thursday, October 16 at PS230 (1 Albemarle Rd)

Parks and Environment: Monday, October 20 at the Picnic House in Prospect Park (95 Prospect Park West)

Arts, Community and Culture: Wednesday, October 22 at ReelWorks (540 President Street, #2F in Gowanus)

Public Education: Monday, October 27 at PS 154 (1625 11th Ave in Windsor Terrace)

All of the meetings will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To get more information or to RSVP, click here.

 Photo via NY Observer

Monday, October 13, 2014

This Week: Food For Thought!

This is it! The Park Slope Civic Council's third annual “Food for Thought” fundraiser takes place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Prospect Park Picnic House.

Featured Fifth Avenue restaurants include BackyardBenchmarkStone Park Cafe and Du Jour Bakery, along with Freddy's Bar and Red White and Bubbly.

Purchase your tickets today via! Tickets are $75 pre-sale but the price goes up to $100 at the door!

Questions? Email or call 718-369-4006.

Proceeds will support the Civic Council's education scholarship program.

We'll see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Gowanus Wild" Opening Tonight at Ground Floor Gallery

Often, when you mention "Gowanus Canal" to Brooklynites, the reaction you get is "ewwww." That's perfectly understandable, but artist Miska Draskoczy may be able to change your mind with his gallery debut show, Gowanus Wild.

The show is opening at the Ground Floor Gallery (343 5th Street) tonight from 6-8:30 and will run in tandem with the Gowanus Open Studios Weekend (October 17 – 19). The exhibition celebrates the rapidly-evolving Gowanus landscape through Draskoczy’s sharp yet sensitive eye. It will conclude with a walking tour of the Gowanus sites captured in his art on Sunday, November 9, from 5 – 7pm. RSVP for the FREE walking tour at:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Learn to Draw Caricatures!

This sounds like a lot of fun!

Learn to Draw Caricatures - a one night workshop with cartoonist/illustrator André LeRoy Davis. Beginners welcome, bring photos of your subject, all materials supplied.

Hosted by: Spoke the Hub

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: STH Re:Creation Center 748 Union Street @ 6th Ave – Park Slope

Cost: $20 Advance Online / $25 at the door, $10 Students, Seniors and Members

Link to purchase tickets:

Website link for more information:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dine in Brooklyn: Fall 2014 Edition

Dine in Brooklyn returns this month from October 20th - 23rd AND October 27th - 30th.

This year’s general offering will be a special prix-fixe dinner for $25.00. This price does not include tip. There is also a two for $15.00 lunch special at some locations.

Stay tuned for details on where to Dine in Brooklyn (or more important, Fifth Avenue). Dine in Brooklyn will be live online at

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kids Gelato Workshop!

This sounds like a ton of fun. And delicious!

Our friends at L'Albero dei Gelati will be hosting a Kids Gelato Workshop on Wednesday, October 15th from 4-5pm at their Fifth Avenue location (341 Fifth Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets). Cost is $20 per child.

Of course, the best part of this is that once your child learns to make gelato, they can continue to make it for you on a regular basis at home.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Welcome Back to The Chocolate Room!

We are thrilled to welcome The Chocolate Room back to Park Slope's Fifth Avenue (#theother5th) at 51 Fifth Avenue!

We dropped by on Friday and checked out their bigger, better space and even picked up the newest chocolate bar from Brooklyn's own Mast Brothers (Maple!)

We also took a moment to interview co-owner Naomi Josepher, who is relieved to be back on Fifth, satisfying our collective sweet tooth.



Q: We are so excited to have The Chocolate Room open again and we know that the neighborhood is ready to check out the new space. Welcome back!

A: We are ecstatic to be back on 5th Ave. We searched a year for our new home. We found ourselves looking in neighborhoods all over Brooklyn, but we always preferred to stay close by. We were very very lucky to have been able to move into this exact space. It's a space we've known for 10 years, and always had our eye on. We're so grateful for the welcoming this community brings us and for the support over the last 8 months as we've built out. We had many visits from dear friends that would come by to offer words of encouragement and support as we worked day and night. We are deeply grateful for the Brooklyn community that has enabled us to return!

Q:Tell us a little bit about your new location. What has changed ?

A: Bigger space with room for both our guests and more chocolate! We will eventually have an outdoor space, hopefully by spring. We will have an ice cream window for easy access to our delicious homemade, all natural ice creams made in our shops. We have room for ready made cakes! We always encourage placing an order if you know you will need it, but now we have room to create additional Layer Cakes, Almond Cakes, German Chocolate Cakes, Cheesecakes, and more for people to walk in to purchase for last minute needs. We're applying for a full liquor license which we anticipate receiving in a few months.

Q: What are your best sellers at The Chocolate Room and are the best sellers different between your locations?

A: All of the items we offer are very popular but our best sellers would be our Chocolate Layer Cake, Brownie Sundae, and Dark or Classic Hot Chocolates.

Q: Do you have any plans for events or specials at The Chocolate Room, now that you have a bigger space?

A: We are in the process of scheduling free tastings on the weekends. Come by to learn about a variety of companies that produce beautiful chocolate. See our Facebook page or CHOCOboard page on our website for dates of the tasting.

Q: You've been on 5th Avenue for a long time. What are some of your favorite shops, bars and restaurants?

A: Yes, we love 5th Ave. It has a vibe that feels creative and vibrant for us. We are excited to see new stores coming in...we love many stores on 5th. Some of our favorites include: Al di la, Flirt, Gorilla, Jonathan Blum's paintings, Dizzy's, Culture, Graphicolor, Luscious Food, Blue Sky, Pepperoncino, Diana Kane, and many more.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Supporting the Streetsblog Street Ball event

Streetsblog and Streetfilms are local pedestrian and cycling advocates. On Thursday October 23rd at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, they'll be holding their annual Streetsball fundraiser (get your tickets here). As well as drinking, music and dancing, the event has a silent auction which Fifth Avenue businesses are participating in!

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID would like to thank it's merchants for participating in this event. Here are the items donated for the 5th Avenue BID auction package. We hope you try to win it!

Greg and Liz at O Live Brooklyn have donated an Olive Oil 101 Class, which explores When, What and How as well as the flavor characteristics and chemistry of a single varietal extra virgin olive oil. They also discuss the olive oil business world and how to identify extra virgins! Find out more  and sign up for a class at
140 5th Ave

Lizabeth, the owner of Eleven Consignment Boutique donated a $50 Gift Certificate to spend in their stores, which opened in 2010. They have a trendy consignment store and a vintage store close by on 5th Avenue and one in Manhattan. Eleven participated in the Summer Strolls Fashion Show in August, alongside other boutiques from the BID. Pop in and see the team at either store and put new life into your wardrobe!
71 5th Ave

Du Jour Bakery have donated a $25 Gift Certificate. You can definitely eat your way through a few delicious cakes and coffee and enjoy the laid back atmosphere or sit in the garden. TJ and Vera are wonderful chefs and owners of this very popular local cafe.
365 5th Ave

Thank you to Jen and the Team at Body Reserve whom have donated a Gym Membership. Located right in the heart of the BID at Union Street, there are classes, trainers as well as an equipped gym. Now there's no excuse to go and get fit this winter!
207 5th Ave

Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store generously donated a $50 Gift Certificate. There are so many beautiful gifts, cute toys, unusual accessories and eco-friendly house ware items, it'll be hard to choose. There's also tubs of candy to delve into and an array of lovely cards.
232 5th Ave

718- 522-9848

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Private Picassos Coming to Fifth

Good news for amateur art fans: from October 15th - November 14th, Private Picassos, a mobile art studio that provides personalized art lessons for children and adults, will be making their home in Brooklyn at 318 5th Avenue.

During the month, they will offer art activities for artists of all ages with no pre-registration required. Weekly classes for kids age 1.5-12 years and adult studio hours will also be available.

Sunday-Saturday 9am-6pm
Wednesday 9am-9pm

More information can be found at

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome to Teaus

Teaus, which opened last month at 86 Fifth Avenue, is a tea cafe with deep roots in Flushing, Queens. We dropped by their new Park Slope location this week to meet the crew and get a better idea what they are about.

Welcome to Park Slope's Fifth Avenue! We are excited to have you guys on the Avenue.

We noticed that you have glass bottles for tea. Can you tell us more about that?

A: Our primary goal is to create an environmental bottle that can be reused. We give 50 cent discounts for customers who bring the bottles back for refill. And, we also wanted to have some interesting container for our teas. That is when we thought of the glass bottle.

What are some of your most popular teas?
A: Rose Milk Tea, Mango Green Tea, Triple berry Green Tea. Also, we have some quite special drink called "Tea Smoothie".Instead of using water making the smoothie, we use tea, it creates refreshing taste to our drinks.

What made you exited to open a business on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue?
A: After success of our first store in Flushing, Queens, we wanted to expand our business. We have done our research on many areas such as Williamsburg, Astoria, and Manhattan. After my first visit to Park Slope, I really enjoyed the place. In my opinion, it is a really mature neighborhood. It is close by Barclays Center, and it has many upscale restaurants.Then, I realized it does not offer a tea room like ours. That made me excited to pen a business on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue.

When we visited last week, we learned that there is a now Japanese food offered at Teaus by a company called Kuma. Can you tell us more about what will be offered?
A: I am currently experimenting with all kind of food business in all of my stores. I am planning to serve some light food in our store, but I do not want to end up something like bakery-ish. Kuma is our temporary partner, and hopefully we can end up being a long-term partner. They serve light Japanese snacks and food! My current plan is to convert our stores to Fusion tea house.

Do you have any plans for events or specials at Teaus?
A: We do occasionally host some sort of events like "glass bottle drawing contest", where our customers can draw on our bottle and win a prize. Our next event probably will be Best Halloween Costume Contest. Details will be posted soon.

Have you had a moment to try some of the stores, bars, or restaurants along Fifth Avenue? If so, what are your favorites, so far? Any that you hope to try in the near future?
A: I noticed there are many bars in the areas, but really didn't have a chance to try. I did had the chance to try Shake Shack, which was really pleasant. I am looking forward to try some of the upscale Italian restaurants in the near future.