Thursday, June 30, 2016

Piper Theatre Presents: Psycho Beach Party at Washington Park

Coming up in July, more great theater to enjoy, right here on #theother5th!
Piper Theatre Presents: Psycho Beach Party at Washington Park!
Psycho Beach is a wild mishmash of summer fun with hot beach bunnies and surfer dudes ready to ride the waves!  Join Cricket as she tries to join the cool kids all the while battling her dangerous multiple personalities.  Charles Busch’s classic comedy parodies the 1960’s Beach films of Annette Funicello and Sandra Dee and applies a few subversive twists!  Join us for the Psycho Beach Party this July as Piper brings the beach to the park the summer.  Join us for a luau of fun!
Starts July 14th @8pm! For more details, click here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tonight: BID Annual Meeting!

Everyone is welcome to our Annual Meeting!

Wednesday, June 29th, 6:30pm
The Old Stone House
Drinks and dinner provided

Come along and find out more about 5th Avenue as we review this year's accomplishments, adopt our FY 2017 budget, elect representatives and hear from Yelp.

Meet local merchants and community representatives, eat (food from Sidecar) and drink (wine from Red, White and Bubbly) local. We look forward to seeing you there.

Meeting materials are available for download at:

We will see you tonight at The Old Stone House!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Stroll Fun Coming Soon!

Come out and take over 5th Avenue. Kids play, bands and special events fill the blocks!

South Summer Strolls
Saturday, July 16th 5pm-9pm 12th-18th with Doggy Fashion Show & Empanada Eating Contest
Saturday, July 23rd 5pm-9pm 12th-18th with Twelfth Night Performance

North Summer Strolls
Saturday, August 13th 5pm-9pm Dean to Sterling with Lulu's Cuts and Toys 15th Anniversary
Saturday, August 20th 5pm-9pm Dean to Sterling with Artichoke Pizza Eating Contest

Pizza Eating Contest sign up opens on July 1st!

Empanada Eating sign up opens on July 1st!

Doggy Fashion show: contact and check out this video on last year's fashion fun event!

For more details on everything that is happening, go to our website !

Monday, June 27, 2016

Interview with Donald O'Finn

Recently, Donald O'Finn, co-owner of Freddy's Bar and abstract video artist,  was interviewed by Mike Cobb for his web audio series. Mike is a popular musician (leader of the band the Crevulators) and has been doing an audio series on Brooklyn characters for some time.

The show focuses on Donald's past, the history of Freddy's and Brooklyn's ever-changing face. Take a listen and you'll see that Donald is truly a Brooklyn Character #southslope !

Friday, June 24, 2016

Puppetry Arts Festival This Weekend!

Saturday, June 25th 11am - 3pm rain or shine! 
4th St at 5th Ave
Free admission and fun rides and activities. All funds raised are for Puppetry Arts Charitable Funds.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watch with Tish Tonight!

Thursday, June 23rd at 6pm 
Old Reform Church at the corner of Carroll and 7th Ave
Join Public Advocate Tish James for a viewing of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Excelsior is More Than Just a Bar!

A cute backyard and a gorgeous interior, Excelsior is a fun and vibrant place to hang out in South Slope. 

Excelsior moved from it's 15 year location in center slope to their new location between 15th and 16th, where they have been open for about a year. The space is bigger and has a club feel with an upstairs level for entertaining and a long bar downstairs.

The upstairs space can also be used for private parties. Space for about 50, with a private bar and a stage! Or for performances and shows, just give the team a call.

Between 15th and 16th Streets on #theother5th
(718) 788-2710

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Today: Celebrate Summer With Music!

Happy Summer, everyone! Don't forget to celebrate the season with music, all day long along Park Slope's Fifth #theother5th! The full schedule is available on the BID's website,

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tomorrow: Make Music NY!

There is no better way to welcome the summer season than with music!

Free music from local bands up and down 5th Avenue from Dean to 18th Streets!

The Chocolate Room 5pm-8pm Molly Tigre; Super Hi-Fi
Bogota Latin Bistro 7.30-8.30pm Sonido Costeno
Miti Miti 5.30-6.30pm Lucas Rotman
Body Reserve 4.30-5.30pm Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Greenspace @ President Street 6-8pm Opera and guitar duo with Opera on Tap and Your BID Director Mark Caserta
Private Picassos 5-6pm Mils Trills with Amelia Robinson
High Dive 7-8.30pm South Hope
Oyster Bar Brooklyn 6-7pm Aviva Jaye & Leah Shaw
Jonathan Blum 1pm-8pm Various bands
The Gate 7pm-9pm NGN Blues
MS51 (corner of 5th St) 4-5pm Triple A Old Time String band
L'albero dei Gelati 5pm-7pm Jody Kruskal
Pinots Palette 7-9pm Laurie Woods
The Monro Pub 6-8pm Girls go bands
Windsor Shoes II 4-6pm Lucy Kalantari
Freddy's Bar and Backroom
Ryan Parker
Various bands
Along 5th Avenue 6-8pm Paprika Marching Band

Friday, June 17, 2016

Class Sharings at Spoke the Hub

Saturday June 18th 

at the Old First Reformed Church (Carroll St and 7th Ave) 

It’s the end of another amazing season at the Hub! Join them in celebrating with teachers, staff and kids by coming to the end of year performances. Tickets in advance here.

At the end of each program will be a surprise!

There are four different programs throughout the day:
  • PreK Program at 1:00pm
  • Program #1 at 3:00pm
  • Program #2 at 5:00pm
  • Program #3 at 7:00pm

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DNA Info Highlights our Four Summer Strolls Events on #theother5th - Everything Free to the Public

Pizza Eating Contest, Shakespeare Coming to Park Slope Summer Strolls

 The crowd takes in a Shakespeare production at a Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Summer Stroll. This year's strolls include a pizza eating contest and dog fashion show.
The crowd takes in a Shakespeare production at a Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Summer Stroll. This year's strolls include a pizza eating contest and dog fashion show. 
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Justin Bereman
PARK SLOPE — Stuff your face with pizza or fill your mind with Shakespeare at this year's Summer Strolls street festivals.
The annual series, hosted by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, shuts down stretches of Fifth Avenue to cars and turns the street into a neighborhood party.
Each Summer Stroll runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and features food, drink, dancing, live music and activities such as giant street chess, climbing walls, and vintage car shows.
"We're excited to offer amazing free entertainment to our neighborhood, thanks to the creativity and commitment of our merchant partners,” said Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID executive director Mark Caserta in announcing the Summer Strolls. “We've got something for everyone — from Shakespeare to a Doggy Fashion Show, from a kids carnival to a pizza eating contest."

This year's schedule is:
► July 16, South Slope Summer Stroll No. 1, Fifth Avenue between 12th and 18th streets. This Summer Stroll includes a chance to take your canine companion for a spin on the catwalk at a well-attended (and free) doggy fashion show, 6 p.m. outside Freddy's Bar, 627 Fifth Ave. (at 17th Street).
► July 23, South Slope Summer Stroll No. 2, Fifth Avenue between 12th and 18th streets. See a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" with a 1940s noir look performed by South Brooklyn Shakespeare.
► Aug. 13, North Slope Summer Stroll No. 1, Fifth Avenue between Dean and Sterling streets. LuLu's Cuts & Toys will celebrate its 15th year on Fifth Avenue with a free carnival for kids that kicks off at 5 p.m. in front of LuLu's at 48 Fifth Ave.
► Aug. 20, North Slope Summer Stroll No. 2, Fifth Avenue between Dean and Sterling streets. Test the limits of your stomach at a free pizza eating contest hosted by Sal Basille and Francis Garcia of The Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters." The cousins are better known to New Yorkers as the owners of Artichoke Basille's Pizza, which opened a Park Slope branch in August 2015. Contestants will battle it out to see who can down the most of the pizzeria's signature cheesy, gooey artichoke-topped pizza.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Father's Day Pop-up Restaurant at CHiPS!

On Sunday, June 19, drop by CHiPS for a restaurant-style dining experience in the CHiPS soup kitchen. Their dining room will be transformed and feature a prix fixe menu of authentic Sicilian “grandma-style” cuisine from Chef Teresa of Staten Island’s famous Enoteca Maria. Profits benefit CHiPS programs and services.

It’s a great way to celebrate Father’s Day while giving back to those in need!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Naresh of Emcon Retiring After 28 years of Service

After 28 years serving our community, Naresh Bhagroo is now retiring and handing the business over to his son Caesar.

Well known and loved, Naresh has worked for and then owned Emcon Pharmacy in the north end of the BID and has spend nearly three decades supporting the community. Counseling customers, dispensing prescriptions and providing special attentive care led to Naresh building a long list of loyal friends and neighbors.

Naresh did his internship at Emcon while studying pharmacy at Long Island University in Brooklyn. After he graduated he was offered a permanent job as supervising pharmacist. After a few years he became a partner of the Corporation and later became President.

The community will very much miss the warmth Naresh dispensed alongside prescriptions. We wish him well and thank him from #theother5th. 

Welcome to Caesar and here's to another 30 years of Emcon!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Next Up: Make Music NY on 5th!

What a great weekend on #theother5th! We hope you enjoyed the Brooklyn Pride festival and parade!

Next up: Make Music NY on June 21st! Fifth Avenue will welcome the start of summer with live music all day long! Save the date!

To see the schedule of bands for the day on Fifth Avenue, click here. To see the full schedule of bands throughout the city, go to

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tomorrow: Brooklyn Pride!

REMINDER: Brooklyn Pride will be celebrating 20 years with their annual festival and parade on Saturday, June 11th. Details below. We look forward to seeing you there!
5th Avenue bet 3rd and 9th Sts
11am - 5pm

Starts: 5th Avenue @Lincoln Place
Ends: 5th Avenue @9th Street
7:30 pm

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Scavenger Hunt and Sexy fun at Brooklyn Pride

Brooklyn Pride Festival and Parade is coming up  this Saturday. As if that isn't enough, our local merchants are putting on some fun activities for you to join in!

Please, Ginger's Bar and Excelsior have partnered up to bring you a fab Scavenger Hunt with Grand Gay prizes from 12pm-10pm this Saturday at Brooklyn Pride.

Also, there will be fun sexy activities at Ginger's Bar with Please and Excelsior. A Spanking Booth and a self serve photo booth with props!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

La Casa Rug Cleaning Sale

25% off rug cleaning at La Casa Artesanal on #theother5th and it's sister store on 7th Ave, El Milagro. They will also pick up oversized rugs free of charge.

La Casa Artesanal 
512 5th Ave

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Experience Japan in Brooklyn

Our neighbors at Experience Japan Brooklyn - on 7th Street do some amazing events and workshops for you to enjoy.

This weekend they are hosting a Japanese paper and calligraphy exhibit! They also hold tea ceremonies, judo classes, calligraphy classes and Japanese language classes among many other events. It's like a little slice of Japan right here in Park Slope!

Check out the website for more details and see what is coming up!

300-302 7th Street

Monday, June 6, 2016

This Saturday - Brooklyn Pride

Lots going on along #theother5th this weekend. Brooklyn Pride will be celebrating 20 years with their annual festival and parade on Saturday, June 11th. Details below:
5th Avenue bet 3rd and 9th Sts
11am - 5pm

Starts: 5th Avenue @Lincoln Place
Ends: 5th Avenue @9th Street
7:30 pm

Friday, June 3, 2016

Weekend Fun on 5th and Beyond

Leopoldi's 50th Anniversary Celebration
All day Saturday and Sunday with sales and fun activities.
415 5th Ave

Spoke the Hub
Mini Festival - Local Produce
Free classes, kids fun, stoop sales and more.
10am-6pm Free
Union between 5th and 6th Aves

Swings Benefit at JJ Byrne
Saturday, June 4th 7pm-10pm
This Saturday at JJ Bryne/The Old Stone House, swing the night away, eat and have fun outdoors with your wonderful community while raising funds for Park Slope's beloved playground, garden and park. Great food and drinks from many of your favorite 5th Avenue and Park Slope establishments. 
Tickets here

Park Slope Fun Day at Market Place Church
Saturday, June 4th 1pm-5pm
Market Place Church is hosting their 2nd Annual Block Party on Baltic Street and Fifth Avenue, just around the corner from the Church. Lots of fun. 
Come on down and join in!
More information here.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

This Weekend Celebrate with the Leopoldi Family!

50 years on 5th! Joe Leopoldi told us the family story of the store, which we have shared below:

Joe and Flo spent many hours a day working in the luncheonette. Joe had a strong, independent, entrepreneurial spirit and saw an opportunity when Fazio Hardware at 415 5th Avenue went up for sale. He was a strong believer in the American ideal of free enterprise. He wanted to be his own boss. He bought the hardware store and closed the luncheonette. The store kept it's old fashioned, "real hardware store" feel with it's old ceiling fans, little wooden drawers in the wall, old wooden counter and squeaky floor. An avid gardener himself, Joe felt it was important to have a well stocked garden department, in addition to a well-stocked houseware and appliance section in the store. Joe played his favorite music, 1940's "swing" on the radio.

The store survive the tough 1970's when the City went through a financial crisis. Over the years, Joe had his children help out at the store doing jobs like sweeping, breaking up boxes, washing windows, stocking shelves. He felt it was important for his children to grow up with a strong work ethic. As the years went by, the kids had more important roles in the store. Joe Leopoldi died in 1989. His sons continued his legacy, and continued to keep the hardware store running strong with the help of their children, even after the big box stores opened up in Brooklyn. Leopoldo Hardware remains a place where customers go for personal, friendly service.

Head down to the store this Saturday and Sunday and celebrate 50 amazing years of serving and supporting the Park Slope community on #theother5th. Thank you Leopoldi Family!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Don't Miss the Swings Benefit at JJ Byrne


Saturday, June 4th 7pm-10pm

This Saturday at JJ Bryne/The Old Stone House, swing the night away, eat and have fun outdoors with your wonderful community while raising funds for Park Slope's beloved playground, garden and park. Great food and drinks from many of your favorite 5th Avenue and Park Slope establishments.

Tickets here!