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SJP + PPW = SATC 2.0 (BK)

SJP + PPW = SATC 2.0 (BK)

After the needless brouhaha of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick having twins through a surrogate died down, rumors surfaced that the power couple might have purchased a hand-me-down townhouse on Prospect Park West. Rumors are just rumors (hey kids, not everything you hear is true), but there appears to be confirmation that Parker’s production company just optioned the television rights to Amy Sohn’s book Prospect Park West. Basically, it’s Sex and the City after they have kids and move to Brooklyn. Oh wait. They already did that.

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Fireworks: why are they so damn appealing? (Photo by FlySi/Flickr)

Fireworks: why are they so damn appealing? (Photo by FlySi/Flickr)

I didn’t intend on seeing the New York Phiharmonic play in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn concert series since I had seen the same program the night before at the disgustingly crowded Central Park show. But when my evening plans in Greenpoint ended on the early side, I decided to make use of the (incredible) new G stop at 7th Avenue and meet up with my friends, who had staked out a grassy patch in the park. I missed the Mozart entirely but arrived in time for the Beethoven, my favorite crazy composer. The Philharmonic was superb, the air was warm but not humid, the bugs were greedily feasting on my legs, and the crowd was refreshingly mature (and if there were some young’uns around, the music was loud enough to block out their chatter); in short, everyone had something to be happy about.

But the best part of the evening came after the brief Mendelssohn encore…

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This Bugaboo stroller retails for $950.00 (photo by Design Public/flickr)

This Bugaboo stroller retails for $950.00 (photo by Design Public/flickr)

Before I moved to Brooklyn, I thought there was only one type of baby stroller that had any name-brand appeal: Maclaren. These colorfully accented carriages, brandishing the company logo down the handle or on the seat, appeared everywhere on the Upper West Side.

And then I moved to Park Slope, where I soon became acquainted with the 3-wheeled “jogging” stroller, the stroller that can seat not two, but three (!) whiny children, and modern takes on the uppity pram. Now I know that the ones with the squiggled circle logo and massive back wheels – the same type carriage that once ran over my foot (hence the name of this blog) – is a Bugaboo, Gucci to a Maclaren’s H&M.

The most galling thing? These tricked-out rides, soon to be covered in spittle and crushed organic Cheerios, cost more than what I make in my entire paycheck. So pardon me, New York Times, for not wanting to run over and congratulate any of my neighbors for finally hitting upon this shockingly new concept of acquiring goods for their oblivious infants secondhand.

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The sun came out for the first time all week in honor of the the 7th Avenue street fair. Happy happy joy joy, indeed! Go check out the last bit of it before the rainclouds roll back into town.

Such a pretty truck, but such a hard name to pronounce

Such a pretty truck, but such a hard name to pronounce

When the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck appeared in SoHo last year, I plotted all sorts of ways to sneak out of work early to get a scoop before I had to fight off the tourists. But now, I can sit tight in my office knowing that I’ll only have to fend off swarms of little kids now that the perky yellow truck has migrated to Park Slope. Serious Eats said it is stationed on 7th Ave. and Carroll Street until 8:00 PM and then moves to Union St. and 5th Ave. thereafter, but when I stopped by at 9:00 PM last Friday night, the truck was sitting pretty at 7th Ave. and Garfield Place. It was also gloriously devoid of screaming children.

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One of the Celebrate Brooklyn concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell (photo by hilde.ileana/Flickr)

One of the Celebrate Brooklyn concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell (photo by hilde.ileana/Flickr)

People come from Brooklyn and beyond to take part in one of my favorite summer Slope activities: the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series held in the Prospect Park bandshell. And unlike the McCarren Park Pool concerts of yore (RIP), when you don’t feel like paying for a ticket, you can have just as much fun picnicking with some friends around the bandshell perimeter, listening to the show and drinking some vino.

For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live within walking distance of Prospect Park (suckers!) there is now a new option for the particularly lazy bikers among you: free valet bike parking.

The “Celebrate Brooklyn Bike Zone” will be right next to the 9th Street entrance to the park, and while there are some useful aspects to the zone, like “Bike Experts” to help with minor repairs like flat tires, and a self-lock zone, why anyone would desire to use the bike valet service is beyond me.

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Man 1: Same old shit on Saint Johns. Same old shit.

Man 2: THAT’S THE TRUTH!

Woman: Why are you yelling?

Man 2: BECAUSE THAT’S THE TRUTH!