Monthly Archives: June 2006

“The Avenue”

5th Avenue – Brooklyn

Originally uploaded by talker.

A liaison of The Fifth Street Boys writes in the Park Slope Message Boards:

“Back in the day, when I was kid, not only were there no restaurants on ‘The Avenue.’ There were none of the boutiques and niche-market stores that give it its current flavor.”

“There were no Starbucks (Plaza Drugs), there were no Barnes & Nobles (a parking lot for the hospital), there were no Sushi restaurants (Danny’s Candy Store and others)…there was nothing!”

“There were two Bohack markets and an A + P (Now Key Food and Dagostinos) and a few bodegas.”

“The absolute first restaurant on “The Avenue” was Szechuan Delight … (they) rented the site of Keiton Cleaners (sp?) after they had a fire. I remember people were shocked to see a Chinese restaurant on The Avenue and to be honest the atmosphere sucked. I liked the food, but the place still smelled like smoke when they opened.”

“The one thing there were lots of on The Avenue was bars. In no particular order, there was City Lights was on the corner of 1st and The Avenue; The Iron Horse on 2nd and The Avenue; Ryan’s on Garfield; Minsky’s on 3rd; The Coach between 1st and Garfield; Mooney’s between Carroll and President; The James between Union and Berkeley; The Gaslight on the corner of Union; and others that I can’t remember now.”

“As a rule, there was a bar on every corner and sometimes another one in between. The good ones like Ryans (now The Appletree grocery strore [which is NOT a bodega] ) opened at 8:00 a.m. for the old timers and didn’t close unil “last call” at 4:00 a.m.”

“And Ryan’s, like Farrell’s (which sadly used to be located on 9th Avenue in Windsor Terrace–a neighborhood with some balls–but somehow without having to move is now located on Prospect Park West in the South Slope), used to serve “taps” which were waxed paper quart containers that you could take outside and drink on the corner and shoot the shit with people as they walked by…and all the time enjoy a cold–well, luke warm–beer (I think it was Miller High Life on tap, oh well, you can’t have everything)!”

“So there you have it…The Avenue…back in the day…before there were stroller nazis, before there were panhandlers, before there was anything other than bars and the Fifth Street Boys and then the Savage Nomads and the Crazy Homicides out past 16th street…but we didn’t go there…not unless we had to…not unless we wanted to rumble.”

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Pavilion Movie Theater Going Condo?

UPDATE:Probably just a scurrilous rumor. Updates from Ben and WINNERBK suggest that there has been a change of ownership, but that the theater itself isn’t going anywhere. WINNERBK says: “I heard from a reliable source that the Pavilion Movie Theater is going to remain a movie theater and WON’T be converted to luxury condos. My sources tell me that there is a long term lease with the theater and that it will continue as a theater for the next 20 years.”

Kensingtonmom writes on the Park Slope Message Board: “Has anyone heard this rumor? I know Pavilion is not the greatest theater, but I like having a movie theater in the neighborhood. Do we need MORE luxury condos?”

Here’s a snippet from the e-mail (or PSP post?) in question: “For those of you who haven’t heard, the Pavillion Movie Theater, as of June 12, is under contract to be sold to a developer, One Liberty Properties, Inc, to be turned into a condo building. It’s not clear what can be done to prevent it at this point… I called my block association but they are divided because they think the theater makes it harder to park on our block and many would rather have a residential building there.”

Brooklynpotter says this would only make the parking on 15th St. worse than it is already. He says the Pavillion has been a theater of one sort or another since the 1940s, at least:”I have a pic of it from when the buses going by were electrified… my accountant’s secretary grew up here and she performed in talent shows there. and i hear from another friend who grew up here that the guy who used to own it brought all the day old candy over to the 14th street jewish center on sundays.”

As Carnivore points out, the closing of the Pavilion would leave BAM as the only remotely walkable theater in the neighborhood. Netflix, anyone?

Rumor control in the Park Slope Message Board

ALERT! “Brooklyn Blog Fest” on Thursday at the Old Stone House

We have been a bit remiss in noting that THIS THURSDAY at 8 PM is “Brooklyn Blog Fest” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. The creators of this site have been invited to spend a leisurely 2-4 minutes discussing the evolution of, and (woohoo! 60 seconds per site!).

The Old Stone House is on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. Check out full details of “Brooklyn Blog Fest” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope.

How To Meet Single, Straight Women in Park Slope

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Joined: 27 Apr 2006
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1. Go to the park on a weekend.
2. Sit on the hill near the baseball fields (in front of that house).
3. Bring a dog.
4. Be friendly. Say hi. Don’t stare all night and then leave.
5. Make sure you are approachable.
6. Of course, you can always post your picture here and let us check you out.

Hook Up: Park Slope Message Boards

Gathering at hotels or going on single vacations is one way. Instead of staying put in your apartments you stand more chance if you are on cruises or even rental cars.

Prospect Park Is Not The Tour de France


Originally uploaded by groovylab.

Kensingtonmom writes in the Park Slope Message Boards:

“Prospect Park is not the training ground for the next Lance Armstrong.”

“I really think *some* of these over-outfitted bicyclists have to get a grip on reality and share the park road. They are one group of people who need to use it and not dominate it.”

“Today I was crossing the road with my stroller. I looked left and right before proceeding–all was clear. When I got to the center a pack of bicyclists came up over the hill (not in the bike lane) and then started cursing me for being in their way. ‘Watch where the f your going.’ ‘GET OUTTA MY WAY asshole.'”

“For God’s sakes… it is a public park and I looked both ways and was crossing the friggin road! Ugghh.”

Comment on this post in the Park Slope Message Boards

That Stranger Ringing Doorbells Asking for $$/Claiming Emergency

chrislisa writes in the Park Slope Message Boards: “This is the second time in a month this guy has come to my home. First time was about a month ago, approx. 8pm. He rang my doorbell (I live on the ground floor of a brownstone on President Street).”

“I looked out the window and he introduced himself as a neighbor who was in a bind, his daughter had an asthma attack, had just taken her to the hospital and needed money to get her medication. Of course I knew this was bogus, so I didnt let him in or give him money.”

“Tonight, the same man came to my home, this time at 10:30, claiming there was an emergency a few doors down. my partner chased him away. we called the police to warn them about this guy.”

“He’s a white male, heavyset, wears eyeglasses (similar to old school cazals, big and thickisch) and had on a blue hooded sweatshirt (both times) I would say he’s in his 30’s. not sure of height. has anyone encountered this same situation?”

More sightings of “Emergency Guy with Old School Cazals” in Park Slope Message Boards