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Noise & Kids - Apartment Living

Question :
Well, we got our first kid-noise complaint today. My downstairs neighbor wrote: I can hear your son running back and forth, back and forth. I can pretty much hear everything down here. Its a bit much, especially at 7:30 AM. "

 

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How to cool a windowless nursery

Ideas ro solve a classic city problem: cooling a windowless kid's room!

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How to Keep Baby Asleep on Noisy Street

How do you ensure your baby gets some snores and zzzzz's when it's all sirens and beep beeps?

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Playground problems - how to handle a bully the right way

A PSP member writes.: "I'm writing more for my husband than for myself - but in any event I'm hoping for some insight from the collective about an ugly incident that happened this weekend. He can't shake his anger and frustration and honestly, I'm bothered by it too and would love to hear some thoughts on the matter..."

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How To Get A Speed Hump in Brooklyn

Do you feel like the street traffic on your block is unsafe? Think about asking New York City for a speed hump! Brooklyn District Manager Craig Hammerman shares his tips on how to ask The Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider installing a speed hump on your block.

 

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Lost or Found a Pet?

Have you found or lost a cat or dog in the neighborhood?  Here's what to do...

 

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TV and Movies Filmed in Park Slope

Cause we're more than baby strollers, ya know...

Here are PSP member stories about some of the Hollywood movies and TV shows that used Park Slope as their film set.

1) The Royal Tenenbaums

"In my favorite film, The Royal Tennenbaum, Henry Sherman (Danny Glover) lives at the Ethical Culture Society!"
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"Royal finally concedes to a divorce from Ethel at the front of Henry Sherman’s building in Park Slope. While the distinct plaque reading SHERMAN is no longer there, you will find signage for the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture."

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"The Royal Tenenbaums - one of the bathroom scenes was filmed at a house on 16th st between 5th & 6th Aves. I was walking my dog and saw Anjelica Huston and Gwyneth Paltrow walking up the street."

2) The Intern

"Also The Intern...again didn't seen the final product but seeing Robert DeNiro and Rene Russo filming a scene just off 7th Ave was a treat!"

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See more photos HERE

3) The Squid and the Whale

"The Squid and the Whale was filmed on Sixth Ave between St. John & Lincoln. At least some of it was. I lived across the street and remember the signage, although I never saw any of the actors."

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The Squid and the Whale was filmed at 167 6th Ave, view photos from the house HERE

4) Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Scene where Dave gets mugged in subway at 7th Ave Station:

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5) Meet Joe Black

"At the Armory—the party scene—my neighbor saw Brad Pitt in front of her house."

6) Julie and Julia

Cafe Moutarde was used for a scene supposed to be set in Paris! Here is Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep and Jane Lynch in the Parisian-like setting:

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image via the New York Times

7) It's Complicated

8) Wolf of Wall Street

"The Wolf Of Wall Street was filmed in Prospect Park."

9) Goodfellas

"Smith and 9th Street - the scene where Dinero is telling Lorraine Bracco that he's got some fur coats for her; trying to get her to go into an abandoned store front."

10) The Age of Innocence

"The Age of Innocence was filmed on 8th ave between Carroll and President in the mid 90s. I remember Daniel Day Lewis riding down Carroll on horseback in fake snow."

11) For Pete's Sake

"The lobby of 125 PPW (corner of 8th st) was used in the 1974 Barbara Streisand film, For Pete’s Sake. There's a car chase scene where you see the building exterior and the park."

12) Addicted to Love

The Armory was used for Addicted to Love with Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan. They rebuilt one of the character’s apartments in the armory. Here’s a shot I think:

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13) The Smurfs

"My daughter tells me part of The Smurfs was filmed at the Prospect Park Boathouse."

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14) War of the Worlds

"A small scene of War of the Worlds was filmed on Carroll between 7th and 8th aves."

15) Winter's Tale

"Winter's Tale team kept their horses right outside my window on Garfield Place, filmed in Prospect Park."

and from another member: "Last year's Winter's Tale has exterior shots of the Ethical Culture bulding and the edge of Prospect Park (including Colin Farrell on a horse!)."

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16) Mo Better Blues

"Spike Lee filmed a scene from Mo Better Blues on either FiskePark or Polhemus."

17) Landlord

"Perhaps the first gentrification film ever, The Landlord, from 1970, starring Beau Bridges, was filmed and set on Prospect Place between 5th Ave and 6th Avenue. If you watch the film what you'll notice right away is the lack of trees. The actual house used for the exteriors is now nearly covered in vines and almost unrecognizable from how it appears in the film."
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"The 1970's Hal Ashby film The Landlord starring Beau Bridges--I specifically remember the beautiful stained glass window that is now part of a yoga studio on 6th avenue near Flatbush featured in the beginning of the film."

18) Heartburn

"Heartburn - Jack Nicholson, Merill Streep?, screenplay by Nora Effron."

19) Sex and the City

"Miranda put Park Slope on the map...sorta..."

20) Anchorman 2

"We watched will Farrow and Christina appelgate film scenes for Anchorman 2 in a brownstone on 3rd street between 7 and 8 ave about 2 years ago."
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"Anchorman 2 filmed on 3rd Street and 8th ave. they filled the whole block with vintage 70s cars."

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Browse more photos from when Anchorman 2 filmed in Park Slope HERE.

21) Sophie's Choice

"The Boat House scenes and maybe more."

22) Mr Popper's Penguins

"Mr Popper's penguins with Jim Carrey - filmed on new Montgomery."

23) Mr. Wonderful

Mr. Wonderful--early 90s. And the only reason I know this is because it was filmed in my old building on PPW between 7th and 8th street. Matt Dillon and Marie Louise Parker were very sweet and didn't mind talking to and signing autographs for a little kid like me.

24) My Idiot Brother

"My Idiot brother with Paul Rudd on 1st St and 8th Ave."

25) Baby Mama

"Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave. Also Baby Mama shot a scene there."
"the block of 6th Ave btwn 4/5th (where we lived at the time) was turned into winter (in May) for a day, fake snow and all."

26) Awakenings

"Maybe this is too far back. But when I was a kid we watched Robin Williams film scenes from "Awakenings" on 7th Street between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue -- fake snow, antique cars, and he was lovely to the neighborhood kids. A cool memory."

27) Mona Lisa Smile

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28) The Muppets Christmas Movie

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"About five years ago some scenes for the Muppets Christmas movie (Letters to Santa) were filmed at my house (and my neighbor’s house) on Carroll St. My neighbor got Miss Piggy, but it was the thrill of my (then) nine year old’s year to hang out with Gonzo."

29) War of the Worlds

"Also, scenes from War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise were filmed on Fiske and Carroll, and I believe that scenes from the Age of Innocence were filmed on 8th ave and Carroll."

TV Shows:

1)The Affair

"The Affair on Showtime! All over the Slope and the Barclay center!"

2) Louie

"The TV show Louie shot a scene with Parker Posey in Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave."

and "Pretty sure I saw an episode or two in most recent season of Louis shot in The Community Bookstore on 7th Avenue and they walk down 7th Ave at night — the episodes where LouisCK is dating a certifiably neurotic woman…..wait, that would be practically every episode…"

3) Orange is the New Black

"Orange is the New Black shot several scenes in Park Slope and had thousands of dollars worth of cables stolen from the set."

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4) Boardwalk Empire

"Some of the casino scenes in Boardwalk Empire were filmed at The Montauk Club, (8th Ave and Lincoln Place)."

5) The Americans

"A scene from The Americans was filmed at Kiwi on 7th Avenue.  It was this year, and I think it was when the father took his daughter to choose a dress for her baptism?"

"According to the manager at Purity when I asked" about the diner being used for a scene in The Americans (it's when Keri Russell meets with the young military guy who she pretends to be attracted to in Ssn 2, I believe), he also shared that Louis CK filmed there once. He mentioned a couple of other things, but I forget what they were."

6) Odd Mom Out

"Odd Mom Out on Bravo did a Brooklandia episode that was shot at the park by grand army plaza and along prospect park west."

7) Bored to Death

"Board to Death was filmed several times at the brownstone across the street from us on 1st st between 7th/8th. Zack Galfianakis was on the block many times."

8) The Good Wife

In case these haven't been mentioned: Elementary, Suits, Boardwalk Empire and Blue Bloods have all filmed at the Tracy Mansion on 8th ave; the Good Wife has filmed around there (8th ave/Carroll St); Madam Secretary has done a couple of shoots in front of a townhouse on Carroll St near the park.

9) Gotham

"Did anyone mention Gotham? The Montauk club is the Mayor's house."

10) Mysteries of Laura

"The TV shows Gotham and Mysteries of Laura filmed at the Montauk building (corner of 8th Ave and Lincoln Pl)."

11) Broad City

"Broad City: Abbi has a hallucinatory experience at the Whole Foods on 3rd while Ilana cruises around Gowanus on her bike looking for her (includes the mural behind Ample Hills on Nevins)."

12) Black List

"The Black List was filmed in our apt building in WT this year."

 

100 People, Places, and Things that Made 2016 An Awesome Year for PSP

In no particular order, the people, places, and things that made 2016 an awesome year for Park Slope Parents include...

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Staying Safe & Reporting Crime in Prospect Park

What you need to know about staying safe and reporting a crime in Prospect Park

 

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Private Birthday Parties at Prospect Park Carousel

Tips on having parties at the Prospect Park Carousel

 

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Tips for a BBQ in Prospect Park

Local parents share how they've had a BBQ in Prospect Park

 

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Join the Prospect Park Alliance Junior Volunteer Corp!

Are you a parent of a young volunteer? This spring, the Prospect Park Alliance launches the Junior Volunteer Corps, a new program that invites families and youth organizations to help clear leaves and debris, making your favorite Park look its best. The program is a great way to encourage environmental stewardship and volunteerism throughout a child’s life.

 

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Resources for Ticks and Tick Bites

What you need to know about ticks in NYC and Prospect Park.

 

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Volunteer to help out PSP!

There are many ways for you to give back to Park Slope Parents. 
 

 

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Prospect Park Alliance

Help our biggest park stay our best park!

 

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JJ Byrne Park and the Old Stone House

Help our 5th Avenue Park, where we've had many a PSP Event, grow better and stronger!

 

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Family Justice Center

Help out a great organization that helps address issues of domestic violence here in New York City. Park Slope Parents works with FJC to get needed items to the folks they serve.

 

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Park Slope Civic Council

PSCC organizes our yearly Halloween Parade, does the Park Slope House Tour, Clean Sweep and many other civic minded events.

 

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Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives is a 5500-member NYC-area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. We work for safer, calmer streets and car-free parks.

 

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Park Slope Neighbors

A new neighborhood organization committed to the protection and enhancement of quality of life in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

 

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Brooklyn Parents for Peace

Brooklyn Parents for Peace is a network of Brooklyn residents — parents, neighbors, and educators — alarmed by the growing militarism of our society and its effect on our lives and our children's future.

 

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Prospect Park Alliance Playground Committee

Help make the Prospect Park Playgrounds better!

 

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Brooklyn DA's Office (Community Programs)

The Kings County District Attorney's office offers more than 30 community outreach programs for teens, senior citizens, parents, battered women, students, individuals with disabilities and many others. We are committed to crime prevention, intervention and rehabilitative programs for the Brooklyn community.

 

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The Park Slope Parents Guide To Cleaning Stuffed Animals

How to clean those stuffed animals for donation to a charity (or your own use).

 

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Become a Foster Home for a Dog or Kitty

Interested in Fostering a kitty or dog?

 

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PSP Marching On: What Next

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Wondering what action to take? Put on your pussy hat, tell your friends, and make your voice heard. Here are some ideas:

 

Join fellow PSPers:

 

PSP started a new specialty group called “PSP Marching On” that is dedicated to continuing the energy and activism which came out of the Women's March of 2017. We'll work with existing organizations to keep the fight going. Sign up through your membership settings in Club Express and find the group here.

 

Events:

 

Planned Parenthood Rally
February 11
On February 11, a group called ProtestPP is planning a national day of protest at Planned Parenthood locations across the nation. We will need to rally to protect Planned Parenthood. More information coming soon.

 

People and groups to help you organize and take action:

 

Women’s March
10 actions in 100 days
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Brad Lander’s office
Brad Lander’s office is a good resource. His #GetOrganizedBK is worth signing up for.
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Daily Action
Sign up for daily texts from Daily Action who will alert you about the most important action to take each day.

 

Swing Left
Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives in that district, no matter where you live.
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Other resources:

 

 Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

 

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Sustainable Eating Resources

Local CSAs (Most CSA’s run May/June through November.)

 

 

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Going to Ikea? Some info from the boards

Bad experience at Ikea?  Members speak out.....

 

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Tips for Subletting and Home Exchanges

With a few simple steps, rules and preparation, home exchanges and subletting can be a really positive experience. As a renter, housing exchanges can offer you the comforts of being in a home and provide your family with plenty of space and amenities. And as a host, you can even make some money from renting out your home to visitors.

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Brooklyn Block Party!

A Guide For How To Do It Right!  A block party is as Brooklyn as brick oven pizza. A block party makes your street, avenue, or building a place for fun, games, and connecting with neighbors.  Here’s how to make one summer’s day (or spring or fall day) a delightful memory.

 

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PSP CLOTHING SWAP FAQs

Frequently askes questions about PSP clothing swaps.

 

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Crossing Guard Appreciation Day 2015!

Friday, April 17th, was Crossing Guard Appreciation Day at the 78th Precinct! All the women were extremely thankful that their hard work was appreciated. It was a cold winter and they are out there braving all kinds of weather (like today) to help our kids/families stay safe...

 

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Getting Rid of Mice

Helping to get rid of the little vermin...

 

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The Baby Exchange and Other Threads

One Mom talks about baby transitions as seen from the Baby Yahoo Groups.

 

 

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Fruit Fly Infestation

 It's that time of year.  While we love the fresh fruit summer brings, it seems like we are not the only ones....  Here are tips from members in the neighborhood who got rid of fruit flies with all types of tricks - from filling bowls with vinegar and a drop of dish soap to dilligently cleaning fruit, pouring bleach down the drain and more.  Click below to Read More and as one parent said: "watch 'em drop, well, like flies!"

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Double Parking Do & Don'ts

The Do's & Don'ts of double parking in New York City...

 

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More Bed Bug Woes

More bed bugs questions answered...

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(bed bugs have six legs and are very flat - almost paper thin that helps make them expert hiders)

 

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Please Take Care Of Your Autumn Leaves!

With fall comes spectucular autumn folliage.  Nothing beats the sound of leaves crunching under our feet.  Sadly, New York City streets just can't handle all of it. The leaves, as lovely as they are, clog gutters & drains (especially if you sweep leaves down 'em). And what happens then? Flooding in your apartment. Plus, when leaves pile up it is impossible for street cleaners to do their job. And what happens then? We are left with dirty streets.     

Here are some tips of what to do (but be sure to take a fun fall photo or two before you clean it all up!)

 

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So you have Bed Bugs

From a PSP-er who has been there, done that and had to throw away the T shirt (or at least tumble dried it for 30+ minutes)

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How to Winterize your Home

We asked our members about how to winterize NYC homes and here are their helpful replies...

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Wondering when - and how - to offer a seat on subway/bus politely and without causing offense?

As one PSP member asked the group: "When / how do you offer a seat on the subway or bus to someone who you think may need it but aren't sure if they do?  For example, those who aren't quite elderly but you're just not sure, or those who may be pregnant.  Sometimes I find myself wanting to offer, but I don't want to offend anyone, either!  In these cases, I'll get up without saying anything and walk down the car, but then that leaves the seat open to someone else who it wasn't intended for to snag?"

 

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Oh Rats!

"This evening, as I was stepping out of my ground floor apartment (sans shoes!), two rats raced right under the metal gate, past my door and into the under-the-stairs storage compartment where people in our brownstone keep their bikes...

 

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Managing Bedroom Temperatures and Sleeping

How can you control the temperature in your child's bedroom to be comfortable for winter sleeping - especially in New York City where come winter time, apartment temperatures can vary from an ice box to a sauna. One parent asks:

"We rent a 2BR in a pre-war apartment building and are having a really hard time controlling the temperature in our 1-year-old son's room, which is heated by a steam radiator. In general, it's way too hot (85+ degrees if the heat is on) so we balance it by opening the ​window a tiny crack. But the heat unpredictably cycles off at night and the temperature will go down to the mid 70s, which feels cold for a baby sleeping without a blanket. We also tried turning the furnace off and it made a really loud banging noise throughout the entire night and he woke up frequently. So basically every night we are scrambling to try to keep the room at a comfortable temperature and it's causing us a ton of stress as the temperature of the room is regularly fluctuating 10+ degrees."

 

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Real Estate 101: FSBOs -- Getting Ready to Sell

Real Estate 101: FSBOs -- Getting Ready to Sell

with Real Estate Coach, Broker, and Brooklyn Mom, Jasmina Nikolov

 

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Event Permit Application Process

The event application process - from the 76th Precinct Community Newsletter

 

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Parking while on vacation

While owning a car in New York City has many advantages, one of its disadvantage is parking - and dealing with alternative street parking, especially when you gone for a long period of time and won't be around to move it. What do you do? Here are PSP member tips for parking while on vacation.  293754573 39fceaae82 z

 

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Pregnant on the Subway

PSP members share their experiences, tips and stories about riding the subway (and trying to get a seat!) while pregnant.

 

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Subway Safety: Kids Riding Alone

From train safety to travel manners, here are tips and suggestions for what to do when your Tween/Kid is ready to ride the Subway alone.

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Dealing with Street Harassment

PSP members talk about how to handle street harassment (like cat calling, sexual remarks, lewd comments, leering).  

 

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Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have infested hotels, movie theaters, public transportation, schools, dorms, etc., etc. They also are showing up in the apparel in retail stores, likely brought in from overseas in the original shipment. The bugs are hitchhikers and frequently lay eggs on, or find their way into, clothing, luggage and furniture. Note: to protect yourself entirely from bed bug exposure is practically impossible, but there are many efforts that can significantly reduce your chances of bringing them into your home.

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Taking Care of Your Tree Pits

Tips for taking care of your tree pits.

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Being the Noisy Neighbor

So your neighbor have said you are too loud – what to do when you’re the one making the noise.

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How to be a GREAT neighbor when Sleep Training

Sleep training your child can be an anxious experience in itself. This anxiety is emphasized in New York, where many parents get nervous about upsetting their neighbors with their crying baby in the early hours of the morning. What can you do to keep the peace with your neighbors?

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Bad Landlords and Bed Bug Disclosure

A guide to helping you find bad landlords and bed bug history in the house hunt!

 

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Moving beyond Park Slope

Are you currently agonizing over moving out of the ‘hood and exploring what options there are beyond Park Slope?

 

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Block Party Planning Time!

Thinking about summer and Block Parties? Since it can take 60 days (or 90 in some areas), you might need to get crackin’ on plannin’.

Here’s some information about throwing a great party as well as links to applying in Community Board 6 and CB7.

 

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Member Discussion About Being Street Smart: What Would You Do?

"Hey All,

I receive lots of emails, some funny, some serious, and some that I feel are useful to post so that our members can learn from other people’s experiences.

I’d love to know what YOU would do in this situation as a way to discuss best practices and action plans.  While it’s sometimes hard to think clearly when things like the below scenario happen, having a discussion about it might just help you come up with ideas if it were to happen to you down the road.

Here’s the situation....

 

 

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To Own or Not To Own A Car in New York

To own a car, or to not own a car in Brooklyn - that is the question...

 

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What are the 7th Ave Stores and Businesses you LOVE?

PSP members recently shared their favorite local businesses to the Advice List.

Don't forget to shop local when you can, don’t forget to take advantage of the 600+ discounts available as part of your PSP membership, and support our local businesses & community!

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Here are PSP member favorite local spots:

 

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