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Links 1 through 10 of 11 by Francis Anderson tagged brooklyn

No neighborhood is the butt of more stroller jokes or the recipient of more anti-gentrification scorn. But any way you slice it, Park Slope is the very definition of a well-rounded neighborhood. Of the dozen categories we tallied, it falls just slightly below average in two: affordability (the average two-bedroom rental is $2,275) and diversity. In all other areas, it’s somewhere between above grade and superlative: It’s blessed with excellent public schools, low crime, vast stretches of green space, scores of restaurants and bars, a diverse retail sector, and a population of more artists and creatives than even its reputation for comfortable bohemianism might suggest (more, in fact, than younger, trendier Williamsburg). It might not be everyone’s idea of a perfect neighborhood, but statistically speaking (by a hair), there’s nowhere better.

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A bus "tricked out with a dance floor, moody lighting, a D.J. and free alcohol," with "Judas Priest blasting and cigarette smoke billowing." This is the scene on the Rusty Knot party ride from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to the Rusty Knot, a campy nautical-theme bar in the West Village. Begun last month by the owners of the bar, Taavo Somer and Ken Friedman, the shuttle "was at first nothing more than a way to fill their bar on Monday nights in the dead of winter". But "with its minimal supervision, the ride is a reminder of the days when New York nightlife seemed to have no rules." The free trip takes about 60 minutes and includes free Budweisers, and not surprisingly it results in a "cocoon of debauchery." "But even with music that can be punk-club loud, on the sidewalk nothing is heard but a muffled rumble. It is of New York, but separate from New York." Pick-up locations and times can be found on the bar's Web site and by following the Rusty Knot on twitter @therustyknot.

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Rather than have an entire block of empty boarded up storefronts, local arts group Ad Hoc Art and non-profit community development organization Metrotech BID partnered to transform the row of stores into a gallery for street art. Over 15 artists were invited to create site specific installations in the windows, many of which nod to the former businesses they inhabit.

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These Brooklynites, most in their 20s and 30s, are hand-making pickles, cheeses and chocolates the way others form bands and artists’ collectives. They have a sense of community and an appreciation for traditional methods and flavors. They also share an aesthetic that’s equal parts 19th and 21st century, with a taste for bold graphics, salvaged wood and, for the men, scruffy beards.

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This Thursday, Brooklyn Industries is teaming up with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to host an event in their NY and Chicago stores to celebrate plants. There will be raffles for plants, gardening books, and botanic garden memberships. Representatives from the garden will also be on hand to offer advice on resuscitating sunlight deprived houseplants back to life. Brooklyn Industries will launch their new spring 2009 line which is inspired by gardens and art. “Green” refreshments will be served. You can find details of the event here. Garden and fashion label, interesting pairing.

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Yesterday the global volunteer group Carrotmob held its first reverse boycott event in the Brooklyn neighborhood Park Slope at family-owned Tarzian Hardware. Carrotmob, a global volunteer group, brings together consumers and businesses to benefit the planet. Believing that a little bit of money can elicit a large amount of change, Carrotmob uses the “carrot” of consumer purchasing power to entice businesses to become more green.

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“This year’s series, “Ugly New Buildings”, addresses how in the past few years much of Brooklyn has been torn down to make way for luxury housing. Personally, I can’t say I like the new modern architecture very much..."

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Who knew that the first Louis Vuitton boutique in Brooklyn would touch down smack in the middle of an exhibition in one of the borough’s most venerable art institutions?

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Takashi Murakami's retrospective opens tomorrow at the Brooklyn Museum, covering 18,500 square feet with cartoony drawings, sculptures, paintings, video and smiley-face flowers.

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