Hamlet on the Slope
To move or not to move? That, for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, is still the question.
flew the co-op
Not even those organic bulk beans are safe these days—the Park Slope Food Co-op reports that thefts are on the rise in their members-only supermarket.
The sneaky shoppers apparently have an MO: The Co-op’s manager, Joe Holtz, describes watching one customer on the supermarket’s security cameras sorting their items—some went to a basket to Read More
French-born decorative painter Pierre Finkelstein is a graduate of the lofty-sounding Van Der Kellen Painting Institute, in Brussels, and the 1990 recipient of the title “best craftsman in France,” according to his website. (We’re not really sure how official any of these rankings are.) His skill? Painting modest surfaces to resemble more exalted ones—like marble or wood.
But from the looks of the Park Slope co-op at 378 Fourth Street that he’s acquired for just over $1 million ($33,750 more) according to city records, he won’t have to ply his trade in his new home.
off the record
Last night, the famously reclusive novelist Donna Tartt made her first and only Brooklyn appearance to support her new book, The Goldfinch, at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.
The fact that Ms. Tartt elected a 150-year-old Reform synagogue as the venue at which to promote her latest novel is no accident. Beth Elohim is an unusually bookish congregation, with members including Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Jodi Kantor, Ron Lieber and Jonathan Mahler.
no fun zone
My Rainbow Looms are my voice and my voice will not be silenced. Read More
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The brownstone at 272 Berkeley Place, renovated by the late Evelyn and Everett Ortner, champions of Park Slope and the couple who set off the neighborhood’s and the borough’s revival, is now up for sale, as reported by Brownstoner earlier today. It is, in many respects, the brownstone that is responsible for Brooklyn as we know it, a borough of lifestyle gurus and movie stars, of precious parenting and farm-to-table restaurants and “laid-back” types who wear $300 clogs and sip $9 juices.
The Ortners moved into the brownstone in 1963—when most other middle-class residents were fleeing the city—and not only restored it, but proselytized about the the experience, extolling the joy and beauty of brownstone living. Mr. Ortner died in May of this year and Ms. Ortner predeceased him; they left no immediate relatives.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Judging by the horde of cameras alone, Election Day is Bill de Blasio’s day.
The public advocate and his wife voted near their Park Slope home this morning, meeting a storm of cameras and reporters as they ambled into a local library to vote. Mr. de Blasio, leading his mayoral rivals comfortably in all of the latest polls, brushed off any talk that he would vault past 40 percent and avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary.
First, Comptroller John Liu yelled, “Yes we can!” to the crowded Apollo Theater last week. Today, rival Bill de Blasio compared his own surging mayoral bid to President Barack Obama’s re-election effort–with his own celebrities in tow to make the case.
“You’ll remember the pundits in October 2012. Remember the message we heard over and over again? ‘Well, the Obama momentum has ended, you know, it’s almost about to be over, Romney’s moving, he’s surging,’” said Mr. de Blasio at a phone banking event in Park Slope.
Since its rezoning in 2003, Fourth Avenue in Park Slope has seen a few new apartment buildings go up, but developers only got a few years in before the financial crisis put a freeze on new construction along the avenue, leaving it in its current half-industrial, half-luxury residential state.
But as Brooklyn’s housing market heats back up, landowners are putting development sites back on the market, and builders are crawling over each other to get a piece of the action.
A site marketed by TerraCRG, 275 Fourth Avenue, currently occupied by a suburban-style McDonald’s at First Street, just sold for $14.8 million, Ofer Cohen told The Observer—well above the $12 million that the seller was asking for the land.
Katy Perry once asked, “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?”
Park Slopers have an answer for you, Ms. Perry. It’s a no.
On June 24, the Brooklyn neighborhood, along with the No Impact Project, will host a “Ban the bag from NYC” workshop to help reduce and eventually eradicate the use Read More