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Tuesday
Nov092010

Business of the Week: Southpaw


When Southpaw opened in June 2002 on Fifth Avenue between St. Johns and Sterling, the former 99 Cent store instantly became one of the go-to places in the city for high quality live music. At a time when Williamsburg and the Lower East Side were the city's music hot spots, the owners knew that Park Slope residents were hip enough to recognize a great venue when they saw one.

The 5,000 square foot space features a large bar area, and the performance area itself is smaller than those you'd find in Manhattan but with a capacity of about 500, it's the perfect size to enjoy a show. There's a lounge downstairs, Down South, that hosts private parties.

The acts themselves vary widely, ranging from hip hop to country, sometimes on a single night. Monthly events include a storytelling night on the first Monday of the month and The Rub, a super-popular old-school hip hop party on the first Saturday of every month.

Southpaw, 125 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-230-0236.

Tuesday
Nov092010

Keeping Park Slope's Gas Lamps Lit

One of my favorite things about Park Slope are the gas lamps that you see in front of some houses. They don't actually illuminate much, but you have to admit that they're beautiful to look at, and Park Slope is one of the only neighborhoods left with the gas infrastructure needed to power the lamps. But what happens when they break? The Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog ran a great video today about what it takes to keep these gas lamps working. If you have a few minutes, it's really interesting.

Monday
Nov082010

New Ravitz "Drip" Prototype Appears: "Urban Nests"

The brick facade of 200 7th Avenue will soon be getting some new "drips," the hanging artwork that building owner Mark Ravitz has been affixing to the building facade for the past 20 years. This one's called "Urban Nests," and it should be replacing the current "Four Eyes" within a month or two. The prototype made its appearance in the front windows last week. It's fuzzy!

Monday
Nov082010

Sleet!

Commuting to work bleary-eyed on a Monday morning is probably not the best time to encounter frozen precipitation, but sure enough the weather gods were angry enough this morning to punish us with biting wind and freezing sleet. According to City Room, this was the earliest date that snow or sleet has fallen since 1984.

And if that wasn't enough to put you in the mood for winter, don't forget that sunset tonight is at 4:44 PM!

Saturday
Nov062010

Photo of the Day: 11-6-10


RIP Ruby's Bar of Coney Island, shuttered for good today for no good reason by Zamperla Inc. after 76 years in operation.