Prospect Park West Contest Winners

Congratulations Amy and Roberta you won! My husband tried to enter.
His entry:
"Name of your child's current school: Peter Stuyvesant HS
Thing you love: Go Peg Legs! (that is really the name of the football team)
One challenge that the school faces: The spelling of its name...does it end in 'ant' ,'ent', 'end'?
Keep that book in the family!"
I have disqualified him and he is not allowed to read the book. He thinks that "Sex in the City" is a documentary and he would never be able to do his coop sift in peace again.
I think the new neighborhood parlor game should be who will play "you" in the movie. Heh, Sarah Jessica, I am not in the book, but I would like to be played by Laura Dern and my husband is Colin Firth. Your turn.
Thanks for all the entries.

My first impressions of Prospect Park West

I had a consult in Manhattan with a lovely family who is moving to the Slope so I finally had a chance to crack open Prospect Park West by Amy Sohn for a few quick stops on the F train. I howled through the first chapter, got off the train to talk about nursery programs and when I got back on the F the first thing I read was an abridged list of the schools that I had just recommended. Of course it wasn't accompanied by the well researched data and keen insight that I provide, but if I had been drinking milk at the time, it would have come out my nose. I am going to institute a new rating system. So far Prospect Park West gets 4 out of 4 individual serving organic, antibiotic free milk boxes.

The thing is that it has tons of realistic details as well as exaggerated characters. It is like having a famous author in the family. You were at the dysfunctional Christmas reunion. You know the people and what happened. You can gleefully enjoy the embellishments safe in the knowledge that as the boring third cousin, you won't be mentioned. We all know what we love about the neighborhood. We don't need to see that in print. It would be boring. Comedy is cruel and this is comedy set in a very familiar locale.

I have one request. I would like Simon & Schuster to come out with an indexed addition, "people and places that Joyce knows". Otherwise I am going to have to go through it with a highlighter.

There are still a few days left to submit entries for the "Win the Book Contest". Email me with the name of your child's current school, one thing you love and one challenge that the school faces. If your child is not in school yet, tell me what grade level you most fear and why. I will be picking an entry at random on Friday, Sept. 18 at 4pm.

Win a book!

I have a copy of Prospect Park West by Amy Sohn to give away. I am dying to read it. As soon as I finish updating all of my school data sheets with new progress reports (heck, they are all A's anyway!) I am going to take a "guilty pleasure afternoon" and crack it open.
Here's how to play:
drop me an email with "book" in the subject.
Tell me one good thing and one challenge that your child's current school is facing and tell me the name of the school. If your child isn't in school yet, let me know what grade level you are most anxious about. The deadline is Friday Oct. 18 at 4pm. I will pick an email at random and send you a book.

Thank you Simon & Schuster! I love giving things away. Feel free to send me more books anytime, and I will let you know what I think about the Prospect Park West in upcoming posts.

My kids are prepping for the SATs. Heh, Barron's or Princeton Review - they are happy to try out any test prep books that you are giving away!

What's Up in the Park?

I just got my weekend update from the Park's Department . I'm only listing the stuff I want to do, there is plenty more in all boroughs. Check out their website.

Met Summer Concert: Live in Prospect Park

Friday, Jun 20, 2008

8:00 p.m., by the ball fields in the Long Meadow

The Met's summertime tradition of free outdoor performances returns with a special one-night only event in Prospect Park. Celebrate the start of summer with two of opera's biggest stars - Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna- singing popular arias and duets. Ion Marin conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the operatic event of the summer, sponsored by Bank of America.

River To River Festival: BPC Parks' Swedish Midsummer Festival

Friday, Jun 20, 2008

5:00 p.m.


Reviving its decade-old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar-oriented performances--from jazz, classical, and flamenco to old fashioned rhythm & blues--local guitarists will display their talents for the general public.
Price: Free
Wagner Park

7th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, Jun 21, 2008
5:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and family to Socrates Sculpture Park to welcome the summer and celebrate the longest day of the year! Participate in art workshops with artists from Materials for the Arts, The Noguchi Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, and Socrates Sculpture Park; have fun with Free Style Arts Association; get your face painted by Agostino Arts and Transformation! Face Painting; participate in a special solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna; join free103point9 and Electronic Arts Intermix for Cinema On Air; watch a performance by My Barbarian; sample foods from local restaurants; have a picnic and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline!

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City (32-01 Vernon Boulevard)

Explore the Marsh Hike

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
10:00 a.m.
Discover the beauty and rich diversity of this unique ecosystem as we discuss the importance of protecting the plants and wildlife that call the marsh home.

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park (East 33rd Street and Avenue U)

Scandia Symphony Concerts in Fort Tryon Park

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bring your blanket to Billing's Lawn, overlooking the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, and experience the music and culture of Scandinavia performed by the musicians of the New York Scandia Symphony and guests.
For three Sundays in June, Scandia Symphony will provide entrancing music in a spectacular setting - and all for free!

Celebrate Brooklyn: Salif Keita & Haale

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
6:00 p.m.

Celebrate Brooklyn presents Salif Keita & Haale.

Known as the “Golden Voice of Africa”, KEITA blends the traditional griot music of his own Mali with sounds from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal. “Keita’s voice leaps out of every song with tender urgency.” (NY Times) Persian rock goddess HAALE’s enchanting vocals soar over her band’s amplified rumble, which serves “as a reminder of the extent to which rock bands like the Doors and the Velvet Underground turned to the East for their hypnotic efforts.” (NY Times)

***Celebrate Brooklyn is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals.Location: Bandshell, Prospect Park

Astronomy Club

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Join us for this monthly gathering of star gazers, as we explore the heavens with our Dobsonian telescope. All ages welcomed.

Location: Fort Totten Ranger Park. Enter the park at fort entrance, north of intersection of 212 Street and Cross Island Parkway.

Free Ice Skating

To celebrate the Independence Community Foundation's grant to help underwrite design costs for the new Lakeside Center, the Parks Dept. and Prospect Park Alliance is having a free skating day on March 7 at Wollman Rink. The skating season always gets by me. The fall is too full of the holidays and then in a blink it is too warm and the rink is closing for the season on March16. Get out and skate before the crocuses come up. The Lakeside Center is supposed to have two new ice skating rinks
For info 718 965-8999 or 718965-8960