May 17, 2006

Slope Park Activists Stage Bosom Buddies-style Protest

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"A lot has been said about Park Slope how, you know, you get trapped behind a mother with a doublewide stroller and their dog and stuff, well, you really can't blame them; what you really need to do is think about how to expand the sidewalk."

That's the rallying cry of the community activists who protested the lack of public space and the automotive hegemony of The Slope over the weekend. They took a stack of quarters and some lounge chairs and threw themselves a Bosom Buddies opening credits-style loaf-in in two metered parking spaces on 7th Ave. Then they filmed themselves luxuriating in literally tens of square feet of openspace while cars whizzed by on one side and pedestrians maneuvered through the festivities on the other.

Among the supposedly blameless strollers who nonetheless feature ominously in the little quicktime documentary of the protest: several Maclarens, a Kolkraft umbrella stroller, a Phil & Ted's [with the optional underseat seat], a Bugaboo, a Graco in-line double, and a rolling triplets rack with three infant carriers perched on it [looks kind of like those "made in Florida" ones. whatre they called again?].

Of course, all these strollers are as narrow as a regular single stroller, and thus should trap approximately no one. But why let facts get in the way of a good ol' fashioned call to arms, right?

Parking it in the Slope [naparstek.com via curbed]

2 Comments

Wow, it's like a cat walk of strollers.

and the made in florida stroller is the Triple Decker found at http://www.doubledeckerstroller.com

we had one (the double) and loved it.

Park Slope - the worst elements of living in an urban neighborhood, coupled with the crappy parts of living in a suburb.

It's been 4+ years since I've lived there and couldn't be happier about it.

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