SONYA Stroll: May 15 and 16

I have a fond place in my heart for the SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists) Stroll, since I did my first stroll shortly after moving to the neighborhood in 2004.  Plus, it's such a cool way to get inside some of the neighborhood's most interesting artist spaces.  And a chance to support local artists.  There's usually art for all price points - $10 earrings and $1500 paintings alike. The stroll takes place on Sat and Sun, 12-6, rain or shine.

Check SONYA's website for a map of artist locations. (My personal favorite stop is the Candy Factory building, 124 Washington Ave).

Free Yoga in Fort Greene Park Begins Tomorrow!

Last year,  yogi Lindsay Sage offered free yoga in FG Park.  I went a few times and it was amazing - there is nothing like spiritual exercise outside.  Thankfully, she's back starting tomorrow.  See you there!

Hari Om Brooklyn Yogis!

Yoga in Fort Greene Park is eager to start its second season!  I hope you are as excited as I am to soak up the warmth of an outdoor practice.

Begins this Tuesday -- May 4 (until mid-July) Weather permitting 7-8PM Fort Greene Park -- near the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Bring mat (or use the grass) There is no charge but this year I will be accepting donations

Please feel free to pass this along to your friends that live or work in Brooklyn.  Also -- FYI -- I teach Yoga in Riverside Park (my other home -- at 115th Street) on Wednesday evenings (6-7) and 6:15PM every other Sunday at my studio (, though that's indoors and not nearly as fun).

Looking forward to seeing you!


Clinton Hill Dog Run?

Neighbors with dogs have been interested in a full-time dog run for awhile now to cater to those who cannot make off-leash hours (or who have playful dogs who thrive with more exercise off-leash).  It looks like the Myrtle Ave Brooklyn Partnership is organizing a community meeting around the idea of adding a dog run under the BQE.  I'm in favor- the space there is underused, so why not be creative about its potential? Props to MARP for their forward thinking. Here's the info I have from the group:

Please forward this email to any dog owners in the area who might be interested in discussing this and sharing their ideas.  This should be a quick meeting to gauge interest in this idea.  If the community displays to MARP that we like this idea, they will likely back this plan and help it become a reality.  So please spread the word and route your evening dog walk over to clinton ave & the BQE to find out what the buzz is about.
Community Meeting w/ Clinton Hill Dog Run & MARP
RE: Potential BQE 'All-Weather Dog Run'
on Tuesday 4/27 7PM
@ Clinton Ave underneath the BQE
BYO Dog!

Anniversary Events at Green in BKLYN Today

Please come out and help celebrate Green in BKLYN’s 1-year anniversary on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010. Activities will take place between 11:30a and 7:00p at the store, which is located at 432 Myrtle Avenue

between Clinton and Waverly Avenues in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

April 22, 2010 is Green in BKLYN’s 1st anniversary and also marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Come out

and celebrate with jazz, book signings, wine and workshops, all day long.  (Refer to schedule of activities below)

Green in BKLYN is a one-stop eco-friendly shop where neighbors can find information and products they need

to easily and innovatively green their home and daily lives.  Green in BKLYN offers eco-friendly solutions for

everyday living.

EARTH DAY 2010  - April 22, 2010

First Year Anniversary of Green in BKLYN

40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Green in BKLYN

432 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205


Shop Owner: Elissa Olin


11:30am – 1:00pm

Leda Meredith, Author of The Locavore Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget

These days, nearly everyone wants to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make it seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore’s Handbook: A Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is here to help!

With practical, down-to-earth advice, Brooklyn-based Leda Meredith guides readers through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into their meals. In a concise book designed for mainstream readers, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth. Everyone, including time-pressed, cash-strapped urbanites with mini-refrigerators and zero storage space, will find inspiration and a host of helpful, surprising ideas.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Vandra Thorburn, Vokashi Composting

Clinton Hill-based Vandra Thorburn is the founder & pioneer of Vokashi, a new local business providing buckets and bran to households, small businesses and catering companies for EM Bokashi composting.  The system has no smell, no bad odors, no bugs, flies or pests & it’s easy to manage in your own kitchen.  Plus, it works months faster than traditional composting.

Vandra will answer questions & speak about this unique composting alternative.

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Claudia Pearson, Illustrator of Tribal Alphabet

In Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson’s debut creation for children, Tribal Alphabet, extraordinary illustrations come alive to celebrate the diversity of tribal communities and world's indigenous heritages.

A is for Australian Aborigine , B is for Basque, C is for Cherokee are some of the names of the different tribes from different parts of the world that go alphabetically from page to page all the way till Z is for Zulu. The stunning artwork coupled with the names of each tribe and simple, informative text set in rhyme to describe tribal lifestyle and culture equals enchanting learning galore!

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Organic Wine Reception with from Gnarly Vines, Myrtle Avenue Wine Shop

Additional events: May include live acoustic jazz, face painting, FreeCycle treasures from trash & more…

Keeping the Neighborhood Green

Looking for a way to volunteer for Earth Day?  Join Green Fort Greene and Clinton Hill this wknd and help hang "No Ad" signs to keep unsolicited paper advertisements off of stoops. (Someone needs to get these in the hands of the company who is constantly slipping plastic slipcover ads under my door.) On April 24, join our dozens of volunteers who will get 1,000 "No Ad" signs up throughout the neighborhood. 10 am - noon.  You will be able to cover two blocks  and together we will cover about 50 blocks. You will be greeted with gratitude.  The signs prevent advertisers (like supermarkets and Kohls) from leaving unsolicited ads on our gates and doorsteps.  They work.   Take your sweetheart or the kids, spend a couple of hours, make people happy and make a big difference.  Volunteer: contact

Free DOT Bike Helmet Giveaway at Grand Earth Day Block Party!

The NYC DOT will be on hand this weekend at the Grand Ave Block Party fitting and giving away free bike helmets for all attendees, 12-4pm.  Kids under age 18 need a parent to sign a waiver for them and those 18 and over sign their own waiver.  Come pick one up while supplies last - helmets aren't cheap! FDNY will also be on hand with free coloring books for kids and free smoke alarm batteries for adults.

Still Hip Grand Earth Day Block Party April 24, 11am-8pm Grand Avenue bet. Lafayette + Clifton Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

More Earth Day Fun: Grand Ave Block Party on 4.24

The neighborhood continues celebrating Earth Day, this weekend on Grand Ave.  Here's the info from Still Hip Brooklyn: Saturday, April 24 | all day! 12:00pm Fati & Charles 1:00pm Graciela of Music Para Mi 2:00pm rolie polie guacamole 2:30pm Sean Kershaw 3:00pm Pistachio: A Brooklyn Girl Made of Trash 4:00pm Tres Leches 4:30pm Rene Collins 5:00pm Audra Rox! 6:00pm LIG funk band

PLUS: Private Picasso Art Crafts find out about Green Drinks + Vokashi composting Book Signing of Brooklyn Baby by Allison Lowenstein Baby Raising fair with info on Doula's + Montessori playgroups + classes + more!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BRING ALL YOUR CLOTHES TO DONATE TO WEARABLE COLLECTIONS AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR COMMUNITY ROOTS CHARTER SCHOOL! We will have tons of bins set up for your used fabric goodies

Celebrate Earth Day at Habana Outpost

Our favorite local eco-eatery is hosting a full day of fun to help celebrate the 40th annual earth day!  Schedule is below.  I'm most intrigued by the beekeeping seminar!  (In case you missed it, beekeeping just became legal in NYC!) Sean Meenan presents Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost Saturday, April 17th 2010 Join us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with a day full of free workshops and events for the whole family!

Kid’s Corner:  12-6pm All day long there will be free arts & crafts, games, and entertainment for children focusing on recycling and nature:

FINDERS KEEPERS!!!! TOSSERS WEEPERS!!!:  Saturday 1 – 3pm Recycling within your environment with Habana Works and the Leadership Learning Lab.  This hands-on workshop will explore how to reuse what’s in your home, community and environment—or in this case, what’s at Habana Outpost!  Children will be asked to go on a scavenger hunt through the courtyard and use what they find to create new objects, or give old objects new purpose and meaning.

The ABC’s of Bees and Beekeeping:  12 – 5pm Local beekeeper John Howe (New York City Beekeeping Meetup) will explain how honey is made with a live observation hive and arts & crafts projects.

Free Eco- Face Painting:  12-6pm Let us turn your kid into butterflies, ladybugs and bumblebees…and while they’re at it, they can learn how important these insects are to our environment!

Eco-Fashion:  3 – 4pm Find it, recycle it, rock the runway in it!  Join us for the 2nd annual Scrap Kins Kids Repurposed Fashion Show where local kids will be strutting their eco-stuff front and center for all the courtyard to see!

Electronic Waste Recycling:  10am - 4pm The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) will be collecting your unwanted electronic waste in their e-waste container. Composting Workshops for Adults:  12 - 6pm Brought to you by The NYC Compost Project at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, funded by the Department of Sanitation, these fun workshops will teach you how to make the most of your trash and start composting at home.

Shop Green:  12 - 6pm Local vendors and designers will showcase green products and services in an outdoor market.  Featuring: Still Hip Brooklyn, Via Nativa and Recycle a Bicycle.

Get Involved:  12 – 6pm Meet local eco-minded groups and individuals to find out how you can get involved!  Participating Groups: Green Home NYC, Greene Harvest CSA, Manhattan Young Democrats – Environmental Committee, and Transportation Alternatives, Greene Hill Co-op, and Fort Greene Compost Project.

Please visit our website for more information - or call 718 858 9500. Habana Outpost - 757 Fulton Street

April Art at Tillie's

April 2010 EventsTillie’s of Brooklyn 248 DeKalb Avenue Brooklyn NY 11205 718 783-6140

Special Silent Auction to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti Presented by Pratt Institute's Community Engagement Board One evening only: Monday, April 19th 6 – 8 p.m. All artwork is done by Pratt Institute faculty, alumni and students. Bidding will start at 6:00pm and will end at 8:00pm. Whoever bids the most by 8:00 p.m. will take their work of original art work home. Money raised will go towards relief efforts in Haiti through Unicef.

Cloud Paintings Lucy Sikes April 20 – May 22, 2010 Lucy Durand Sikes is known to many as “The Brownstone Artist” because of her many portraits of homes and landmark buildings in the neighborhood. Less known are her paintings of landscapes and clouds. She came to Brooklyn to study graphic art and illustration at Pratt Institute in the 1950s, when whole blocks of houses were abandoned and being torn down in the name of urban renewal. With her late husband, Bill Sikes, she became dedicated to brownstone preservation. Together they helped found the Brownstone Revival Committee, which started the Back to the City movement and worked with the Pratt Area Community Council, and later the Clinton Hill Society, to preserve the houses of the neighborhood. Though she created scores of brownstone portraits, Lucy Sikes never abandoned her love of landscape painting.

Her work has been featured in one-woman shows in the Kaymar Gallery, Valsamis Gallery, Atlantic Gallery, Grand Army Plaza Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Long Island University Gallery and the Town Hall Gallery in Johnsonburg, NY, as well as group shows in the Brooklyn Museum, the Broome Street Gallery, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and the Lever House Gallery. Over the years she participated in and helped organize many Clinton Hill Artists’ shows. She is a member of South of the Navy Yard Artists. Her art has appeared in Friends Journal, the New York Times, and The Phoenix newspaper. Artists’ Statement: “I am a realist and I suppose my art could be described as impressionist. I paint out in the fields and woods. Sitting on the ground with my paints spread out around me, I let myself become a conduit for the beauty in front of me. But I am always conscious of the underlying structure, which is defined by light: the mass of the hills and the volume of the trees. Clouds, although ephemeral, have every bit as much substance as the mountains and valleys. The movement of water is especially fascinating to me. Cumulus clouds as they move majestically across the sky are the subjects of my art. I feel their beginnings in moisture rising from earth, invisible until they reach a sharp line high above the ground -- a change from warm to cold air. Suddenly I see them billowing up. Ephemeral though they are, nonetheless they possess a beautiful structure in their brief solidity. The heart of my imagery is in western New York, with its long hills and valleys. I relish the colors of alternating woodlots and fields, and the subtle colors in the clouds. I return to the same farms and wooded waterfalls year after year. Always the same, yet always different, these images form a spiral as I grow in my understanding of their color.” Reception: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 7-9 p.m.

Free Bike Helmet Giveaway a Pratt's Green Week

Every year Pratt Institute holds its annual Green Week celebration, promoting green design, sustainable living, and environmentally conscious community.  As part of Green Week and for the last three years in a row, student group Envirolution has invited the Department of Transportation to give away FREE bicycle helmets.  This event is free and open to the public, as with all of this year's Green Week events. The details:

DOT Free Helmet Giveaway Next Tuesday March 30th 11am - 3pm Center of Pratt Campus ** In the Student Union in case of rain A parent or legal guardians must come with children under 18 to receive a free helmet

For more information about Green Week and the DOT Free Helmet giveaway - please take a look at

Helmets can be expensive, and this event is a great all-ages stop for a free helmet and some cycling safety tips.

Fort Greene PUPS Annual Spring Cleaning

This weekend: bring your dog to off leash, help clean up, and earn treats!  This info just in from Fort Greene PUPS:

Every spring in Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene PUPS hosts our annual poop pick-up. We call it a treasure hunt, since it is sometimes difficult to find the offending substance. We realize that runs contrary to what some park users think, but all you have to do is look in one of the trash cans at Fort Greene Park to see that the majority of dog owners do indeed pick up after their dogs. Unfortunately, there are some renegades who are either unobservant or uncaring, so PUPS works to promote responsibility among local dog owners. And since us dog folks use the park 365 days a year, we are usually the ones who end up stepping in dog doo if it gets left behind. Not to mention the hardworking park staff, who get the unenviable task of cleaning up the mess when it's not picked up by dog owners.

In the war against poo, PUPS knows that a once yearly clean-up is a drop in the bucket. We do our best, but as you can imagine, this "event" is a hard sell. To promote this unglamorous affair in the past, we've had a "Grand Poo-Bah" poop weighmaster come in and weigh the amounts picked up, with the winner walking away with a prize.

This year PUPS is trying something new for our annual spring cleaning. We're giving away plastic Easter eggs stuffed with a free poop bag, dog ScooterSnack, and chocolate egg. We'll be in the park during morning off-leash hours this Saturday and Sunday distributing the eggs. If you have a dog, and you use the park, consider it your doo-ty to clean up any leftovers from winter.

Want to Open a Local Business? View Local Available Storefronts!

Are you looking to open a business locally?  Join Pratt Area Community Council this weekend as they give tours of vacant storefront space: presented by Pratt Area Community Council, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, in partnership with FAB Alliance BID, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, NYC Business Solutions, and NYC Small Business Services

Welcome Reception and Breakfast Saturday, March 20, 2010 Bed-Stuy Restoration 1368 Fulton Street, Between New York and Brooklyn

10:30am Breakfast Reception | 11-12pm info session 12-4pm self OR guided tour provided by Molly the Trolley

Maps and Property Info Pick up the list of vacancies at two starting points:

*Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Area* for info on vacancies between Flatbush and Bedford, pick up listings at PACC's Fulton Street Office: 896 FULTON STREET (between Washington and Waverly Avenues) CONTACT: DALE CHARLES 347-823-5700 EXT. 16

*Bedford-Stuyvesant Area* for info on vacancies between Bedford and Troy, pick up listings at Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza: 1368 FULTON STREET (between New York and Brooklyn Avenues) CONTACT: BERNADETTE MITCHELL 718-636-6989

Reading at Greenlight Bookstore by Gabriel Thompson: TONIGHT

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:30pm - 9:00pm Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton Street (@ the corner of South Portland) Join Young Friends of PACC for the Working in the Shadows Book Reading!

What is it like doing the back-breaking work of low-wage immigrants? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent the year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent. He stooped over lettuce fields in Arizona and worked the graveyard shift at a chicken slaughterhouse in rural Alabama. He dodged taxis as a bicycle delivery “boy” for an upscale Manhattan restaurant and was fired from a flower shop in Chelsea. Combining personal narrative with investigative reporting, Working in the Shadows shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement—while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour.

Not so long before he went undercover as part of the low-wage immigrant workforce, Brooklyn-based author Gabriel Thompson was the director of community organizing at PACC. The Young Friends of PACC are thrilled to host this book reading at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene.

Arrive early, light refreshments and wine will be served.

Young Friends of PACC is dedicated to engaging community members in their 20s and 30s in activities supporting affordable housing, tenant rights, community and economic development in Central Brooklyn.

For more info on this event, please call 718-522-2613 x 14.

Student Art Show at the Y

Students of the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School are showing off their creative masterpieces at a show at the Bed-Stuy Y.  The opening reception was last week, but the exhibition will be up until March 25, and is a mix of photography, abstract painting, and graphic design done by 9th-12th graders at the school. The show is open to all and you do not need to be a Y member to check it out.

Fort Greene Tennis Association Fundraiser

There's a new group in town who are working towards getting the Fort Greene Park tennis courts renovated.  They're also focused on providing active recreation for public health. We'll speak to them in depth in the next week or so, but in the meantime they're having a fundraiser tonight at General Greene:

I'm digging their logo.

Designing the Myrtle Ave Pedestrian Plaza Gallery

As we've reported before, the service road on Hall Street near Bergen Bagel has been selected by the NYC Department of Transportation as a public plaza site.  While the city gears up to build out a permanent plaza, Myrtle Ave Brooklyn Partnership will host a pop-up workshop displaying the ideas submitted for the project so far.  There will be an opening reception on Friday night from 5-8, and gallery hours this weekend. It's a really cool way to get involved in an urban planning project that will actually come to life right here in our neighborhood.

Here's more info:

You are invited to view and comment on submissions received through our open call for ideas, along with best practices collected by our staff, at the upcoming “Designing the Myrtle Pedestrian Plaza – Pop Up Exhibition and Workshop” from February 5th – 13th.  Please come by to view and comment on the submissions, and contribute your own ideas on sustainable design elements, amenities (seating, public art, etc.), and programming for the Pedestrian Plaza that will be built on the Myrtle Avenue service road between Emerson and Grand.     Feel free to forward our invite (below) to your own email lists, friends, neighbors, etc.

Haiti Support Fundraiser at Kush- TOMORROW

Kush Cafe is holding a fundraiser for one of their servers, who lost several loved ones in the Haiti quake.  The price is good, and attendees will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet.  Kush's food is excellent - check it out. Please join Kush Café for an evening of remembrance and hope as we honor the family of our very own server Darnelle Dasne, who lost several loved ones when her childhood home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was destroyed by the earthquake.

Dasne Family Fundraiser Wednesday, February 3rd 
5pm-11pm $20 Per Person All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Salade de Saint Marc
Mixed greens, tomato, onions, egg, lemon dressing Main Courses Beef Tassot au Riz Djon-Djon
Crisp beef bites with black rice & banana pesée Lambi
Fricassee of conch, mirepoix vegetables, red kidney beans, rice & banana pesée All profits will be donated to the Dasnes. RSVP: or (718) 230-3471 Kush Café
17 Putnam Ave (@ Fulton btwn Cambridge & Grand)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Knit+Wine First Birthday

Local knitting group knit+wine celebrates its first anniversary on Sunday!  Here's some info bout the group and this Sunday's event: Knit+Wine is a monthly casual gathering of knitters and wine-drinkers at Bar Olivino, a lovely wine bar in Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. We meet on the last Sunday of every month, from 5-7:00 p.m.

All levels of knitters & crocheters welcome -- this is not a class but an informal gathering to knit, share projects, tips, and drink wine all at the same time!

Knit+Wine Night (1 year birthday party) at Bar Olivino in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Sunday, January 31st 5:00 - 7:00 pm

RSVP: or Facebook

899 Fulton Street (Clinton-Vanderbilt)

CHB Interviews: Jess Liese, Host of Rope's Trivia Night

I'm a huge fan of LOST.  So when I heard that Rope's next monthly trivia night was going to be LOST-themed, I just had to know more.  I chatted with trivia host Jess Liese about her event, and what to expect on February 3.

1. How often does Rope hold trivia night?

Trivia happens once a month, usually on the first Tuesday. For February, though, we're postponing it until Wednesday so that it won't conflict with the Lost premiere. A good number of trivia regulars are avid fans, and I figured if President Obama can rearrange his schedule to accommodate Lost fans, so can I!

(...and okay, fine, I didn't want to miss it either.)

2. What are the rules?  How many people per team, and what's the prize?

Teams are typically 3-5 people, though we've had as few as 1 and as many as 8 playing on one team. Basically, there are four rounds of competition - two where I read the question and your team writes down the answer, a music round, and an "identify the pictures" round. After the second and fourth rounds, I tally up the correct answers and review the standings, share snarky wrong answers, and hand out a couple of prizes.

Prizes are many and varied. Everybody pays $2 each to play, and the winning team gets everybody's money, with shots or rounds of drinks going to the runners-up. I offer bonus questions occasionally, which earn teams the chance to spin our Bonus Prize Wheel. Most of the wheel prizes are either free booze or free candy, but there are a number of really oddball things (mostly junk I find at the dollar store near my office) up for grabs as well.

At the last trivia night, I found so much cool stuff at the dollar store that I wound up giving a prize to every team.  There were some very awesome plastic robots and I should have just bought the whole lot. But part of the fun is coming up with stuff to give out, so I'm sure I'll find something just as cool this time around. (I'm looking to stock up on Lost-themed stuff for February, so expect some polar bears, backgammon, and Virgin Mary statues.)

3. How did you end up running Trivia Night?  How long have you been at the helm?  What's your "day job?"

I've been hosting trivia at Rope for about five months now. Years ago, a bunch of coworkers and I regularly attended a weekly trivia night in the west village, and after awhile I started hosting that on occasion. Eventually the bar closed, I changed jobs, and I never did find new trivia as awesome as that had been. Fast forward a few years and one of my ex-coworkers, now tending bar at Rope, heard they wanted to re-establish a trivia night there. She immediately thought of me. I was excited to get back into it, especially as they've let me design my own game and bring in theme nights.

By day, I work for an educational publisher, developing content and features for online reference databases. My trivia credentials are many and varied, though. In addition to previous hosting experience and basically getting to absorb useless facts for a living, I competed on Jeopardy about four years ago. (Unfortunately, I didn't win, but I only missed one question!) I keep trying out for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and passing the test, but their contestant pool is a lot smaller. I guess I'll stick to this side of the trivia podium for the time being.

4. How do you pick your questions?  Is it difficult to bring fresh material to quiz night on a regular basis?

Initially, I thought it would be. But actually, coming up with questions is the most fun part of the whole experience. Usually I have a theme night, and if not a theme night then theme categories. In November, I hosted a night devoted to my favorite trivia category, U.S. presidents, which brought a huge crowd of history teachers and assorted pedantic trivia nerds. It was so much fun, and came so naturally to me, that I've been coming up with themes ever since. It is far easier to come up with, say, ten questions about medically-themed TV shows than it is to come up with ten questions about anything at all in the world.

5. Where do you live, and how did you come across Rope?

Technically, I don't live in the neighborhood. I'm a short G train ride away in Park Slope.  I've been hanging out at Rope on and off for about five years, though, and I love the area. I was coming to the neighborhood even way back when I had to take two trains and a bus to get there!

6.  Tell us a little more about Rope - the clientele, the vibe, etc.  What makes it a cool place to grab a drink?

Rope is exactly the kind of bar I have been wanting to hang out in since I was old enough to want to hang out in bars. Come to think of it, it's probably good that I don't live in the neighborhood, because I'd probably be an alcoholic if I did. It's cool but not elitist, the drinks are thoughtfully prepared but won't kill your budget, the music is listenable but not overwhelming. The crowd is basically a cross-section of local residents - not just hipsters and Pratties, but people who've lived in the area for decades, young professionals, regulars. It's really the kind of place you can visit once or visit daily and you won't feel out of place either way.

Also, they have DUB pies and there is nothing not awesome about that.

7. Give us the 411 on the LOST-themed trivia night in conjunction with the season premiere.  Can non-Losties participate?  And while we're at it, who is your favorite Other?

The great thing about LOST, and one reason I've been so addicted to it throughout its often-infuriating five seasons of "let's explain this one tiny thing you don't care about while introducing six other new questions" and "let's spend half a season focusing on characters that don't further the plot only to kill them off when we realize you're on to us" is that it pulls in so many elements of history, science, literature, philosophy, and pop culture in a way that adds to the suspense and mystery.  So if you're into any of those things, regardless of whether or not you're a Lostie, you'll probably get a few questions right, as I do plan on exploring that in at least one round. (Although it may benefit you to have a rabid fan on your team!)

And I don't know how anybody's favorite Other is NOT Ben Linus. That dude owns the entire show.

8. Favorite restaurant in the neighborhood?

Big fan of Graziella's and the General Greene (which I realize is about two blocks out of the neighborhood...hopefully it still counts!).

9. If you could change one thing about the nabe, what would it be?

It is perfect in all ways but one - it should be closer to a major train line. I'd move there in a heartbeat if I could be close to a number train or the Q.

10. If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be and why?

Raspberry basil with a vanilla-mascarpone swirl.

A note to CHB readers from Lesterhead- Bring your A game to this event.  I have been watching LOST since it began and my knowledge is no joke.  See you there!


This Thursday's Society for Clinton Hill meeting will be focused entirely around local blogging. I'll be there with Van (of Lunchtime with Tillie) on behalf of CHB.  Also slated to present are Jon Butler of Brownstoner and Andy Newman, recently departed from The Local.

Come on out to learn more about the folks behind these blogs, ask questions and get aquainted with the Society.

Hope to see you there!

General Meeting Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7 – 9 pm

St. Angela Hall, St. Joseph’s College, 267 Waverly Ave., (DeKalb/Willoughby)

AGENDA 7:00 pm Refreshments. Meet and greet your neighbors.

7:30 pm Welcome and announcements: Dave Haberer, President A special welcome to all those new to the neighborhood.

7:45 -8:45 pm The World of Blogging – how we all get our up-to-date news. Presenting a panel of our neighborhood’s most powerful and interesting websites and blogs…those sites that keep us all informed - an“informal” Q&A about what they do, what their challenges are today and how they find that balance between comments from the really angry to those that may be civil but boring. So, bring your questions and plan to be entertained Don’t we all love blogs? We do!

Moderators: Sunny Argan


Clinton Hill Blog – Robin Lester

Brownstoner - Jonathan Butler

Clinton Hill Blog – Cultural Events - Van

NYT Local Blog – Andy Newman

8:45 pm Open Mic – please sign up at the door to make your 1 minute announcement or comment.

9:00 pm Adjourn