Let’s get more butterflies in Windsor Terrace

Butterfly lady

I mean who doesn’t love butterflies? That’s why we need to not forget the ongoing work of Jennifer Hopkins, or as a 2010 NY Post article calls her, the “butterfly lady”. To quote a 2012 post on PS 154’s blog:

As some of you know, we are lucky enough to have Brooklyn’s “butterfly lady” on our after school staff. Jennifer Hopkins -who is known to our kids as “Miss Jenny”, started the Windsor Terrace Greenway project seven years ago. The Greenway is a path of butterfly- friendly plants connecting Prospect Park with Greenwood Cemetary, Brooklyn’s two largest green spaces. These plants support travel for butterflies by providing “rest-stops” between their natural habitats.

Jennifer has agreed to help us create one of these “rest stops” right here in our after-school garden. If you would like to learn more about the Windsor Terrace Greenway and how your deck, window sill, or backyard can be a part of it, check out this site dedicated to the project.

The site dedicated to the project, located at Brooklynbutterflyproject.org, includes all the info you need to make your own rest stop and help keep butterflies flying between Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery.

(thanks Gina for this post’s inspiration)

Goodbye Babbo’s, Hello Community Bookstore Terrace Books

Babbo's Books

One of the big (for Windsor Terrace) Windsor Terrace stories to hit the wires right before I started this blog was how Community Bookstore will be taking over the space occupied by Babbo’s Books on Prospect Park West. To quote KARMABrooklyn, Babbo’s owner “Leonora Stein is changing careers… she’s now the Book Buyer for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum Shop.” (congrats on the new gig Leonora!)

Though I don’t read as much as I should anymore, I’ve always appreciated used bookstores. When I was younger I spent countless hours in them, and so I always appreciated that Babbo’s was there, and it’s great that the space will still be full of used books for sale.

You probably heard all about this already, maybe even via our Twitter account, but here’s a few stories about it to read before bed tonight, or while you’re hiding from the rain:

DNAinfo: Park Slope’s Community Bookstore Opening Windsor Terrace Outpost

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Park Slope’s Community Bookstore to open Windsor Terrace shop

Brooklyn Paper: Windsor Terrace to get a new, old bookstore

Publisher’s Weekly: Community Bookstore to Open (Mostly) Used Bookstore

Brooklyn Magazine: RIP to the Best Used Bookstore in Brooklyn

Ivan Koota paints Brooklyn Places like Farrell’s Bar and Grill

Farrels Bar and Grill

Though it’s not one of my favorites by Ivan, this is a blog about Windsor Terrace and so I bring to your attention his 2008 painiting titled, “FARRELL’S BAR AND GRILL.” Mr. Koota writes:

Farrell’s Bar has been a fixture in Park Slope since 1933. For those of you who remember the movie “Smoke” , it was shot at the factitious “Brooklyn Cigar Store” right across the street from Farrell’s. Originally, the Bar featured drinks and nothing else. It was a “serious” drinking place.

Park Slope?!? ;-)

Check out more of Ivan Koota’s prints at his website ‘Brooklyn Places‘ or in his eBay store where you can pick one up for yourself.

It’s Brooklyn Pride Week, but no festival on Prospect Park West this year


Brooklyn Pride Week kicked off Monday afternoon at Borough Hall with a flag raising ceremony, featuring, naturally, Windsor Terrace resident and Borough President Marty Markowitz. Marty will show his face again as part in the big parade that happens on Saturday (June 8). Everybody – especially Marty, loves a parade, but don’t go looking for it or the annual street fair in their old location. As the Brooklyn Paper reported, “the borough’s famous gay pride celebration has changed course this year to go straight down Park Slope’s booming Fifth Avenue.”

Brooklyn Pride’a Jerry Allred said that the controversial Prospect Park West two-way bike lane was one of the reasons for moving over four avenues to Fifth Avenue, claiming that since its installation, vendors were having a difficult time setting up shop from Ninth Street to 15th Street. In addition, he said, the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District has been wanting the festival to move to the busy thoroughfare for years.

More about that at the Brooklyn Paper and more info on Brooklyn Pride 2013, below…

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