Book Deal This: Your 80s Park Slope Childhood

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10/20/2008 1:45 PM |

I really enjoyed the N.Y./Region piece that ran in last Thursday’s Times, “Thanks to Facebook, Your Childhood in Park Slope in the ’80s Never has to End,” which has done its part to make the Facebook group “Thirtysomething and Grew Up in Park Slope” even more popular. I wish there was a group like this for every New York neighborhood, but it obviously suits the Slope and its all-grown-up kid residents particularly well.

But what disappointed me about the piece — which came up several times in conversations I had with other Brooklyn transplants this past weekend — was the lack of a slideshow (shoulda coulda woulda, Gray Lady!). Fortunately, the group is open and you can click through about three hundred of awesome, retro-tinged images here. I spent half the morning staring at them. Good lord, that is an utterly marvelous heart-antenna headband, no?

There are probably thousands more pictures just like these, sitting in shoeboxes under people’s beds or languishing in storage spaces. And it seems to me that Jay Sinrod, the group’s founder, really ought to spin the internet destination and its newfound fame into an accidental art book, interspersed with nostalgic-heavy first-person essays by locals. Can’t you just see it nestled in between the sweaters at Brooklyn Industries? Or on the racks of Urban Outfitters, right next to Mortified and Bar Mitzvah Disco? Bring it, please.

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  • I liked this artice/Facebook photo album/book/80s Park Slope childhood better when it was called The Squid and the Whale.

  • From the article: Hardly inspired by "The Squid and the Whale," Mr. Sinrod, whose parents divorced when he was young, says he cannot bring himself to see the movie. "I always tell people the same thing when they tell me I have to see it," he said. "Why see it? I lived it."

  • you know, i had the same reaction to whit stillman’s “metropolitan”- people, including my own mother, told me i “had to see it” and i wondered why i “had” to see something i’d already lived through.

    and then i saw it, i HAD lived it, and we were all as stupid as i remembered. though it did make me wish i still had black-tie events to go to.