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Vote Now For Park Slope In The Curbed Cup!

Every year, Curbed holds a vote to decide the Neighborhood of the Year. This time around, the matchup is Park Slope vs. Roosevelt Island. Even though this should be a no-brainer (trees and brownstones vs. hospitals and a Soviet-style Main Street?), Roosevelt Island is winning with 55% of the vote! Let's mobilize and show everyone what the best neighborhood in the city really is!


New York Times Provides Snapshot of Park Slope in 1960

Sterling Place, looking toward Seventh, 1961.
The New York Times today continued a week of articles about The Park Slope Plane Crash of December 16, 1960, today focusing on the context: the run-down, red-lined neighborhood that United Airlines Flight 126 crashed into. It has some great photos of Sterling Place and Seventh Avenue from the time period as well.
Edwardian and Victorian row houses were scarred with peeling paint, broken windows and missing stoop stones. Scavengers pilfered abandoned or burned-out homes for radiators and brass pipes to sell as scrap metal. Residents called a group of rat-infested buildings on Prospect Park West a “serious blight” and a breeding place for “prostitution, crime, vice, narcotics and immorality.”
Things sure have changed! Yesterday's article was an overview of the accident; tomorrow's article will be about the crash itself, from the point of view of the pilots and air traffic controllers.

In other news, an eight foot memorial to those who perished in the crash will be unveiled in Green-Wood Cemetery this Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the crash, at 10 AM. It's incredible that there's been no memorial to this disaster before now!


After Double Stabbing, Man Jumps in Front of Train at 15th Street G Station

Photo Via NY Post
Have a rough commute this morning on the F or G train? It's most likely thanks to a wild incident that happened at 21 Howard Place in Windsor Terrace: According to the Daily News, a 31-year old man fatally stabbed his 57-year old mother and wounded his 51-year old father before throwing himself in front of a northbound G train at the 15th Street station at about 8:15 this morning. Both the suspect and his father are in critical condition. A neighbor tells the Post that the son was mentally ill, and had been in and out of the hospital recently. Absolutely crazy!


John Jay High School on Saturday Night Live

Last night's episode of Saturday Night Live included a great shot (above) of John Jay High School, to open a sketch featuring the host, Paul Rudd. Not a particularly funny scene, unfortunately, but a good choice for an establishing shot!


DNA Footwear Coming to 230 7th Avenue

An outpost of DNA Footwear, which specializes in Uggs, is headed for the space last occupied by A&P Laundromat, on Seventh Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. The owner told me that he expects it to be open within a couple weeks. 

There are three other locations of DNA, the closest one being Fifth Avenue and President Street.