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
Aperitivo
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Benchmark
Blue Ribbon
Camelia
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Miriam
Peperoncino
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 dineinbk.com.

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. Flirtbrooklyn@gmail.com

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.

#theother5th

- 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
Aperitivo
Bogota Latin Bistro
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice
Rare Earth
Benchmark
Blue Ribbon
Camelia
Chip Shop
Grand Central Oyster Bar
El Pollito
Luke's Lobster
McMahon's Public House
Miriam
Peperoncino
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 dineinbk.com.

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 brownpapertickets.com! Tickets are $75 pre-sale but the price goes up to $100 at the door!

Questions? Email foodforthought@parkslopeciviccouncil.org or call 718-369-4006.

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

We'll see you there!