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Four Steps You Can Take to Help Food-Insecure Families

While we’re all aware of the job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a less publicized aspect of the crisis is the skyrocketing level of food insecurity across the country. According toFeeding America, the number of people without adequate access to nutritious food is likely to grow by 17 million in 2020, including nearly seven million children. Bringing that number down starts in our local communities—so we’ve compiled a few


How to Help this Holiday Season: Volunteer & Giving Opportunities in Brooklyn

As we head into a most unusual holiday season, we at PSP hope you’ll join us in supporting those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic and its effects on poverty,  food insecurity,  and housing insecurity. No matter your age, skillset, or availability, there’s an opportunity for you to donate some time or money to lend a hand this holiday season.

Ways to Give 2019

Giving is a great way to help those who need a hand up this holiday season. We have many ways to help, including gift drives, warm winter wear drives and more.  For any of the great drives below, feel free to organize a toy drive with your office or your baby group!  Have a holiday party potluck and have people bring gifts to donate.

Share these drives with work colleagues, block associations, or on social media. Every little bit helps!


Second Chance Toys

Earth Day is April 22nd and we have a way to SAVE THE PLANET ONE TOY AT A TIME!  Second Chance Toys rescues gently used toys for children in need.

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 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?


How to cool a windowless nursery

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

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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..."

NYC Family Bucket List

Off-Broadway WeekNew to the city? Been here for years and now moving away? Read on for the quintessential Brooklyn and New York activities that received glowing reviews from Park Slope Parents members.

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Top Tips for Mosquito Control

Plagued by skeeters? PSP members have tips to keep your yard clear so that you can hang outdoors without unwittingly turning yourself into a feast.

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Top Tips for Tick Bites

It’s once again the time of year to protect yourself against tick bites, particularly if you’re in a rural area and/or one where Lyme disease is more prevalent. There’s no need to panic, as Lyme is often avoidable and treatable, but knowledge is key—so be sure you’re informed, and tuck those pants into your socks before tromping out into the forest!

Pictured here is a wood tick, which does not carry Lyme disease, but is nevertheless gross.


Wanna Adopt a Dog? Here's Some Advice

Looking for a a new addition to the family? PSP members have advice on adopting (or fostering) a dog.

- Remember that YOU will be spending a lot of your time with your dog. Make sure you feel confident your family will be able to provide your pet a good and loving home in 5, 10, or 15 years.

- If you are not ready to commit to adoption, try fostering a dog. This is a great way to see if a dog might be right for your family or not.

- Find a dog


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...


TV and Movies Filmed in Brooklyn

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.


Lost or Found a Pet?

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

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.

Stay connected with the Neighborhood - via Facebook!


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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.

Tips for a BBQ in Prospect Park

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

Private Birthday Parties at Prospect Park Carousel

Tips on having parties at the Prospect Park Carousel

Staying Safe & Reporting Crime in Prospect Park

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

Feed the Ducks for Tuppence

Feeding the Ducks in Prospect Park

How to Help this Holiday Season: 2021 Edition

Find donation and volunteer opportunities for every family and budget.

Want more good stuff? Check out the PSP Guide to the Holidays to find your perfect celebration.

Not yet a member of Park Slope Parents? Join us today to get connected to the PSP Activists Group, Volunteer Corps, and so much more!


PSP Marching On: What Next

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

Become a Foster Home for a Dog or Kitty

Interested in Fostering a kitty or dog?

Volunteering: Making It Part Of Family Life

The Park Slope Parents Guide To Cleaning Stuffed Animals

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

Questions & Answers about Volunteering

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Prospect Park Alliance Playground Committee

Help make the Prospect Park Playgrounds better!

Brooklyn For Peace

Brooklyn For Peace is committed to eliminating war and the social injustices that are its causes.

Park Slope Neighbors

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

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.

Park Slope Civic Council

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

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.

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!

Prospect Park Alliance

Help our biggest park stay our best park!

Volunteer to help out PSP!

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

The Buy Sir Patrick a Baby Stroller Campaign!


Frequently askes questions about PSP clothing swaps.

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The Park Slope Armory - 10 Facts You May Not Know...

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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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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.

Going to Ikea? Some info from the boards

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

Sustainable Eating Resources

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


Members Speak Out about the Park Slope Food Coop

The Neighborhood


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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How to be a great patron at bars/restaurants

In addition to being amazing places to eat, drink and make merry, our local restaurants and bars must keep their establishments safe, healthy, and running smoothly, not only for families but for all visitors. Given our interactions with businesses in the past, we know that there are many attempts to work with families before deciding to establish “kid-friendly” hours and rules. We know that it only takes a few people’s behavior to cause these


Pain in the butt! How to deal with a neighbor who smokes

Over the years, PSP members have asked the group about smelling cigarette and cigar smoke from their neighbors.

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


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...

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

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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)

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. 


More Bed Bug Woes

More bed bugs questions answered...

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


Double Parking Do & Don'ts

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

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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The Baby Exchange and Other Threads

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

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Getting Rid of Mice

For helping to get rid of the little vermin... we highly recommend... A PYTHON.. Or a Mongoose!


(but really-- if you need to rid yourself of mice-- read on....)

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

Tools that are handy for rental listings

MLK Day of Service: How to Help in 2022

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service? In honor of Dr. King's legacy fighting for systemic change, this Monday, January 17th, is a great time to volunteer to improve our community.

Here are a few ways you and your kids can help!

Giving Tuesday-- Check out our Favorite Places!

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and, if you’re like me, you’ve gotten a plethora of emails asking you to give. We wanted to remind people to give locally and as generously as you can. If you have presents to buy this season, consider purchasing MEMBERSHIPS as gifts and asking family and friends to do the same. It can be a membership for folks in your family or for friends, a nanny, baby group leader who helps plan lots of events, a teacher,


Sean Casey Animal Shelter Needs Your Donations!

The Sean Casey Animal Shelter--a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter--is accepting donations at the following sites through Sunday, Dec. 18:

Brooklyn Toiletries Drive


Hey All,


Do you have toiletries (body washes and lotions, soaps) that you can donate?


Give New Life to Your Old Shoes

Photo credit Joe Hastings

Can you imagine your child being denied an education because he or she doesn’t have shoes?  Yet in many impoverished countries, footwear is a requirement to attend classes.  Lack of shoes also contributes to the spread of disease.

Soles 4 Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects new and gently used shoes and distributes them to people in need.  To date, the charity has given away nearly 14 million pairs of shoes to


Support CAMBA

CAMBA Volunteers

Looking for a way to 'give back'? Brooklyn-based charity CAMBA is having a food an book drive.  CAMBA s a non-profit agency that offers integrated services and programs in: Economic Development, Education & Youth Development, Family Support Services, HIV/AIDS Services, Housing Services & Development, Legal Services.

Right now CAMBA is looking for donations of the following:

--Rice, Pasta,Cereal

--Beans,Canned Tuna/Salmon, Peanut


Looking Out for "The Heart of the Slope"

The Heart of the Slope

Want to give back this year? Why not consider a gift to The Old Stone House?

The Old Stone House, or OSH to its admirers, is that stone house in the Middle of Washington Park (formerly known as JJ Byrne) on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets and we think it's one of the very best things about living here in the Slope. 

The building is a 1930 reconstruction with some original materials of the Vechte-Cortelyou House which was


Soccer and Coats!

Veterans of AYSO soccer will know this already, but their coat drive ends December 31st.  You can leave cleaned coats at the top of the stoop (24/7) at 491 1st St (7-8 Ave), in Brooklyn.  Contact Bruce Shearouse, Brooklyn AYSO Community Affairs Director, (646) 236-3566 for more information.

Donate a Toy & Make a Child’s Wish Come True

Make a child's wish come true

Looking to donate a toy this Christmas? Why not donate to the Park Slope Civics Council’s Toys for Tots Drive? Drop off unwrapped toys at any of these neighborhood locations:
--Astoria Federal Savings, 110 Seventh Ave. at Carroll St./459 Fifth Ave. at 10th St.
--Back to the Land Natural Foods, 142 Seventh Ave. btwn Carroll and Garfield St.
--Baluchi's, 310 Fifth Ave. btwn Second and Third St.

A Year of Living Thankfully

"Uncle Willie" is recommended for kids by New York Cares
Last year, some friends drove up to up to visit us in our TopSecretHideOut Up-state. The area they drove through is not particularly impoverished or deprived. It reflects the sort of rural stagnation common in many parts of the country. Things haven’t got significantly worse because they never recovered from the long, slow decline after WWII.
To the children’s eyes however, the old houses with

Helping a Food Pantry This Thanksgiving

Supporting a food pantry is a great way to help New Yorker in need. It’s also an easy way for kids to learn about the importance of helping others. A food drive is a great way to involve even young children. You can collect food as a family, with a group of friends or in your child’s class at school. Here are some local food pantries to consider...

Help For An Old Friend

A gaping wound and limb fallen from a great tree near 3rd Street

Event Permit Application Process

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

NYC Outings for Kids Under 10

Wondering where to take a kindergartener or elementary schooler for a memorable outing in New York City and its environs? Look no further—Park Slope Parents members who have been there, done that have suggestions to fit every preference.

If you’re not yet a member of PSP, join us to find a community who can answer your questions at all stages of the parenting journey, from the expectant months to the college years!

NYC Adventures with Grandparents

We asked Park Slope Parents members for the greatest and grandest grandparent/grandchild activities in NYC, and they delivered. Check out the recs below, from cruises to kid-led tours!

The PSP Grandparents Group keeps in grand touch through online chats, Zooms, and in-person meet-ups. If you’re a PSP member and the grandparents of your family want to get in on the fun, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need


Being a Good Steward of our NYC Parks

 Here's a checklist to help you do your part in keeping Prospect Park (and our other wonderful Brooklyn parks) safe, healthy, and thriving!

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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. 

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.

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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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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Being the Noisy Neighbor

So your neighbors said you are too loud. What should you do when you’re the one making the noise?

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Taking Care of Your Tree Pits

Tips for taking care of your tree pits.

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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


Moving beyond Park Slope

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

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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Where in the World Did I Park My Car?

Always forgetting where you left your car? Because locating a parking spot is only half the battle, Join PSP and get advice on all aspects of living and raising kids in Brooklyn, from finding a car to feeding a baby and far beyond!


Idiosyncrasies of Urban Life: Things to Know for Life in NYC/Brooklyn

Just arrived in the wild and wonderful world of NYC? Read on for must-know tips and life hacks from your new neighbors. And even if you're a seasoned New Yorker, you might just learn something new!

Spoiler alert:Our top tip is to join Park Slope Parents if you're a parent in Brooklyn! Since 2002, PSP's powerful, passionate, and caring community of 7,000+ member families has shared advice online and IRL on everything from child care to health

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Top Tips for Buying/Leasing a Car

Car ownership ticked up dramatically during the Covid pandemic: reported that through June 2020, walk-ins at New York City-area car dealerships were up 38% that year, compared to an overall nationwide increase of 6%. If you’re in the market for a four-wheeler, read on for tips from PSP members; and if you’re still deciding, first check out our article on To Own or Not To Own A Car in New York.


Tips for Noisy Neighbor

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Top Tips for Adopting a Cat

Looking to add a four-legged friend to your family? PSP members have all the recommendations you need for the purr-fect cat adoption, as well as thoughts on whether fostering might be right for you.

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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.

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


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:

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...