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‘Age-Friendly Park Slope’ Puts Senior-Friendly Businesses on the Map

In an effort to make Park Slope a place that seniors can keep calling home, Heights and Hills has joined with Good Neighbors of Park Slope, a volunteer organization that helps those aging in the area, and Councilman Brad Lander, whose office provided seed funding, to kick off Age-Friendly Park Slope.In celebration of the initiative's first week, a group of Age-Friendly businesses offered specials for seniors, including a free dance class at the YMCA. Read more…

Park Slope Shops Roll Out ‘Age-Friendly’ Welcome Mat for Older Customers

More than 60 small businesses around Park Slope will have bright yellow window decals identifying them as "age-friendly," meaning they offer discounts for seniors, have a bathroom available for older customers, or have a front door that doesn't take superhuman strength to open. To mark the start of the initiative, several businesses offered free events, including a salon day at Local Roots, a cooking class at O'Live Brooklyn, and a dance class at the Ninth Street YMCA. Read more…

The Mayor’s Gym Routine? He Runs New York City

On most mornings, Mayor Bill de Blasio starts his day at the Y.M.C.A. on Ninth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For the entirety of his 30 months as mayor, the Y.M.C.A. gym has served as the center of a kind of Camp David for Mr. de Blasio, an archipelago of neighborhood haunts in a roughly three-block radius that was part of his pre-mayoral life and where he now routinely returns. Read more…