Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reminder: Food for Thought October 21st

Join restaurants from all over Park Slope, including many favorites from #theother5th, and raise money for the Park Slope's Civic Council's College Scholarship fund!

Wednesday October 21st 6.30pm - 9.00pm at the Prospect Park Picnic House

Enjoy cocktails, drinks and hors d'oeuvres from all of your favorite local eateries and watering holes.

The BID would particularly like to thank Freddy's Bar, Benchmark, Stone Park Cafe, Bricolage, Oyster Bar Brooklyn, Backyard and TD Bank for supporting this event.

Purchase tickets here.
For more information go to the Park Slope Civic Council website.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Borough Park Relief Fund

This photo of Francisca Figueroa was taken in December 2013, when her salon, Franchezka Unisex, and the businesses on the block between 12th to 13th street, were featured on this blog. Last week, Francisca perished in the house explosion in Borough Park, Brooklyn. She was a lovely, generous woman with business sense and an integral part of our community. The shrine growing in front of her salon is a testament to that. We will miss her.

If possible, please consider helping the displaced families and covering funeral expenses and recovery needs of the families involved. Information from City Council Member Brad Lander, below.

-The BID Team

Council Member Brad Lander

Earlier this week, a horrible tragedy shook 13th Avenue in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where a building collapsed following a gas explosion. Ligia Puello and Francisca Figueroa were killed in the blast, and we are grieving with their families. Three pedestrians and a dozen firefighters were injured. Four small businesses were destroyed. And nearly 50 of our neighbors were displaced from their homes, and lost everything they own. 
Together, we can help them. Please give to the Borough Park Relief Fund, at nyc.gov/bprelief
I’m sorry I did not know Ligia or Francisca – but their families, friends, and neighbors describe them with love. Ligia Puello lived on the third floor of 4206 13th Avenue with her daughter Kimi. They were not only mother and daughter, but best friends.
And Francisca Figueroa operated a salon, Franchezka Unisex, on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, just a few short steps from my office. A small memorial shrine has been set up outside the salon in Francisca’s honor. From the many heartfelt messages left among the flowers and candles, you can see that she was a much loved local businesswoman, neighbor, friend, and mother.
The Borough Park Relief Fund will help cover their funeral expenses, and help their family members recover from this horrible loss. And it will also help buy clothes, household goods, school supplies and much more to help displaced families recover. Please give generously.
New Yorkers step up in a crisis, and they sure have in this one.
Our first responders …
were on-the-scene from the very first minute, and round-the-clock since then. FDNY firefighters, NYPD police officers, the NYC Office of Emergency Management, HPD, the Buildings Department and Red Cross officials have worked tirelessly, professionally, and with great compassion. They put out the fire, made sure the surrounding area was safe, searched carefully through the rubble, set up a Resident Support Center to assist families who were made homeless in the blink of an eye, kept the community informed, helped try to restore the community, and showed great compassion to the families.
I could name dozens of them, but I’ll just mention a few: FDNY Chief Leonard (known to many of us in Brooklyn) may be chief-of-department now, but that did not stop him from leading watches at every hour. OEM’s John Grimm coordinated agency efforts seamlessly, and seemed to be there 24/7 for days. HPD’s Vito Mustacioulo was overseeing building demolition, but somehow still found time to help displaced families. And NYPD’s Captain Gonzalez provided a level of compassion for the Figueroa family, during the 36 hours while they were waiting on the site, that went far, far beyond courtesy, professionalism, and respect.
Neighbors and community groups …
stepped up to offer round-the-clock free coffee and water for first-responders. They offered shelter and comfort. Our friend Alexander Rapaport from Masbia (the Borough Park soup kitchen that provided hot meals for the elderly at the Park Slope Armory during Hurricane Sandy, and offers people meals with dignity every night just a block away), purchased thousands of dollars of food and supplies for displaced families.
Even the affected families themselves …
showed extraordinary compassion. One of the most poignant moments for me from the past few days was when the Figueroa family, in hours of unimaginable grief, bought a dozen pizzas for all the first-responders on the scene. Moments like that remind us of the extraordinary power of a compassionate community, and its healing powers through even the most difficult times.
Please join them in showing compassion …
Now, it’s our turn. Today, as those in Borough Park continue to grieve and attempt to move forward after their loss, we are launching the Borough Park Relief Fund, as part of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. I’m grateful to partner with the Borough Park Jewish Community Council, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and many other elected officials and organizations in the effort.
These funds will go towards helping both individuals and local business affected by the explosion attempt to recover and rebuild, including supporting relocation costs, lost or damaged effects and goods, and funeral and medical expenses.
Thank you for supporting our neighbors in Borough Park through their hour of need.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Puppetry, Games and Arts After School at The Old Stone House

This Fall, enroll in the new art-based after school program at the Old Stone House!

Teacher artist/puppeteer Theresa Linnihan will be leading an after school program with games, crafts, activities and lots of fun.

The Fall session starts October 14th and goes through December 16th (Closed Nov 11th and 25th). Free Pickup from PS321, PS39 and PS372.  There will also be sessions in the Winter and Spring.

Space is limited to register today.

Need more information? Contact Maggie Weber (718) 768-3195

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Park Slope Welcomes Namaste

We are pleased that Namaste, an Astoria, Queens family business, has opened a restaurant on #theother5th. As a Brit I am always seeking out a warm, friendly place to have a delicious curry and Namaste hits the spot.

Parminder Singh and his family have pleased my family to no end with a delicious chicken tikka masala,  which has just the right amount of spices and creaminess for my children, and the shrimp curry is out of this world. To top it off we had some puffy, fresh nan bread, the kids mango lassis, which they adored, and of course I needed to wash it down with a couple of Kingfisher beers.

The service is excellent and the place, albeit small, is warm and welcoming. They have a backyard, lunch and happy hour specials and of course home delivery.

-Joanna Tallantire

195 5th Ave
(718) 857-1951 or order online

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What's new at Du Jour Bakery?

Here's what's new at one of our favorite spots on the Avenue:

Du Jour Bakery now has extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays (until 9:30 pm), so they can make you dinners featuring seasonal items and daily specials. Can't wait!

They also have a newsletter you can sign up for. Go to their website to find out more.

Challah bread is baked fresh every Friday but it's so popular you should reserve some! Don't miss it!

Du Jour Bakery
364 5th Ave
(347) 227-8953

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Laugh and Drink for Dogs

Get yourself down to The Room at Dizzy's this Saturday and enjoy a fantastic night of laughing and drinking, all to benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Jokes from Adrienne Lapalucci, Lynn Bixenspan, Phil Gable and Jake Vevera. Hosted by Caitlin McKee.

Saturday October 10th doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets on Sale now.

The Room at Dizzy's on 5th 
230 5th Ave corner of President

Monday, October 5, 2015

Miti Miti hosts LGBT Mixer

Join Miti Miti, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the LGBT Business Committee next Tuesday, October 13th from 6pm - 8pm for an LGBT Mixer !

There will be Cocktails and hor d'oeuvres served at this after-work networking series for the Brooklyn LGBT community, along with a side dish of mixing and mingling. Don't miss it!

138 5th Ave
Park Slope