Monthly Archives: May 2006

Extreme Nastiness: Pavilion Edition

Amidst rumors that the Pavilion Park Slope theater (on Prospect Park West) is closing, seven24 writes in the Park Slope Message Boards: “In 1996 the day the Pavilion opened, I began working the concession stand. Thru my time there I was grossed out on multiple occasions. ”

“The manager at the time demanded the popcorn left over at night be re-used by mixing it with fresh popcorn in the morning.”

“For some reason unknown to me, there were pigeons living in the stock room.”

“Ask yourself this: If you were the manager, and you found small holes bitten in to a sack of popcorn seeds, would you throw out the whole sack? The first time I met the exterminator I was glad when he left the theatre empty handed, until the next time he showed up and removed a garbage bag filled with dead rodents.”

“Believe me, there are worse things to worry about than small screens at the Pavilion.”

Is the Pavilion Park Slope movie theater closing? Read more in the Park Slope Message Boards

When Bees Attack: Sotto Voce Edition

Nate of the Apiary writes: “Hello, I saw a swarm of angry bees attack Sotto Voce the other day. I have a silly photo narrative of the events up. Thought you would like it.”

Nate narrates: “Thousands of angry and deadly bees attack the restaurant for no good reason. Outdoor patrons scramble for cover. Gawkers flock to every corner of the block to get a close (but not too close) look at the madness…” More on The Apiary

What’s Up With the Planes? Answer: FLEET WEEK


Blue Angels in a Blue Sky

Originally uploaded by Bob Reck.

Ah, that ol’ September 11 feeling, right on 7th Avenue!

steve writes in the Park Slope Message Boards: “has anyone else heard the planes flying low overhead? … I’ve only heard them, not seen them, 2x… and this morning I was sure something was going to crash.

Flexichick adds: “I heard them, and got the Sept. 11th ‘here we go again’ feeling. Immediately followed by ‘f*** it. I hope I die quickly’ and then back to sleep.”

Answers to all your questions in the Park Slope Message Boards

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Yes, But Their Pad Thai Contains 30% Post-Consumer Recycled Material

Drano writes on the frequently-discussed topic of excessive flyering in the Park Slope Message Boards:

“Just wanted to thank beet for leaving at least 6 menus on the stoop of every single building on PPW the other day. Sushi Master, you also done good. Nice technique, too – not secured or stuck in the door or anything, but just tossed out in the open like so much litter.”

“I’m sure I’ll be seeing those things blowing around for months. Just so you know, I got home pretty early yesterday and recycled the ones you left around our entryway instantly – nobody else even saw them.”

“I know it’s not the crime of the century, but beet really took the mildly annoying practice of menu/flyer dumping to the next level.

Out the offenders in the Park Slope Message Boards

Have You Seen This Guy?

… and do you think what he is doing is ethical?

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Image source: Stay Free! Magazine

Jake Greene is a professional panhandler and a fixture on Berkeley & 7th. Guestpks writes in the Park Slope Message Boards: “He seems to be friends with everyone! So many people stop by to chat with him. I wonder…does he really need to be asking for money?

Well, THAT’S an innocent question, guaranteed not to cause a furor in the Park Slope Message Boards.

A little background: escap says the guy has been a fixture for decades: “I went to elementary school in Park Slope and that guy has been there since then (early 1980s), at least.” Over at Tremble they say that he was wrongly arrested a few years ago and received a six-figure settl/ement from the city – one that he’s already blown on “taffy and root beer popsicles, and now he’s back on the corner…”

Parking Spot Squat on 7th

What are car owners getting away with in Park Slope?

Monthly rent for a 750-sq-ft apartment in Park Slope: $2500
Hourly “rent” for a 250-sq-ft metered parking space: 25 cents

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Did anyone see this or talk to these people? This was reported on Naparstek.com a few days ago:

“On Saturday, a group of Livable Streets advocates staged a ‘parking squat’ in Park Slope, Brooklyn (see QuickTime video here). Organizers David Alquist, Jeff Prant and Geoff Zink showed up in front of the Connecticut Muffin shop on 7th Avenue and 1st Street at 9:00 am, dropped quarters in two parking meters, unfolded lawn chairs and proceeded to hang out, drink coffee, read the paper and chat with friends, neighbors and passersby in street space that would typically be occupied by two lifeless automobiles.”

“A parking squat challenges the idea that the vast majority of a crowded city’s street space–its public space–is best used for the storage and movement of private automobiles. Space is one of New York City’s most precious and valued commodities. The sidewalks of Park Slope’s shopping avenues are narrow and on nice weekends they are jam-packed. Yet, while pedestrians hauling strollers and shopping carts jostle up against one another on tiny strips of sidewalk, single-passenger vehicles frolic across vast swaths of asphalt.

“And while some people in this neighborhood pay as much as $2,500 per month to rent an apartment the size of a parking spot, renting an actual parking spot costs a mere 25 cents per hour.”

Is it really only a quarter?? If so, that’s maybe $3 a day (assuming meters are “read” only 12 hours per day) and $90 a month. At that rate, you could rent a 1,000-square foot apartment for $360 a month.

Read more here: Naparstek.com: Parking it in the Slope

The “Fantastical” Drawings of Bruce Zeines

At Gallery 64 (64 St. Marks Ave, Park Slope) from May 20 – June 24: “Mr. Zeines’ work has been compared in spirit to William Blake with references to Max Ernst and Hieronymus Bosch. His intensely cross-hatched drawings are driven by the subconscious, drawing the viewer into the artist’s deep personal world.”

The show will open with a wine reception on Saturday, May 20 from 5 pm – 8 pm.

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How Many Thai Restaurants Can One Neighborhood Sustain?

Updates:

Mango Thai has not closed down, but the garlic seitan isn’t as good as it used to be, according to 8thandprez.

Beet is (still) not the suck.

Carnivore writes: “despite the multitude of Thai places in the area, they’re all quite deficient in one way or another. I’d trade every single one of them in for one Sripathai!!!

All this and more in the Park Slope Message Board