Announcing “Age-Friendly Park Slope.” Better for seniors, and for all of us.

Announcing “Age-Friendly Park Slope.” Better for seniors, and for all of us.

Park Slope is a great neighborhood for people of all ages. And we work hard to stand up for our seniors, as we did in the fight to protect our elderly neighbors at Prospect Park Residence.

But there’s more we can do to make our neighborhood welcoming and accessible to older residents.   

So I’m proud to announce a new partnership with Heights & Hills, the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, and Good Neighbors of Park Slope: “Age-Friendly Park Slope.”

We are joining “age-friendly” cities around the world, and neighborhoods around NYC, that are taking concrete actions to make communities better places to grow old.

To get started, we’ve identified more than 60 small businesses in Park Slope that follow a standard set of “age friendly” practices.

Some offer air conditioning and a chair to escape the heat in the summer. Others have a bathroom that seniors can use. Others offer benefits like discounts and free delivery. All 60 are places that welcome seniors in Park Slope.

We’ll be releasing the full list of businesses, including many newly announced senior discounts on Monday. Keep an eye out for more information, and the “Age-Friendly Park Slope” sticker in the window of recognized businesses.

To kick off the new initiative, our partners have organized a week of age-friendly events celebrating a few of our participating local businesses.

Please RSVP to the events below at AgeFriendlyParkSlope [at] gmail [dot] com:

Monday October 24: FREE Salon Day by Local Roots
(Hosted at Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, 463A 7th St. at 7th Avenue)

Tuesday October 25: FREE dance class at the YMCA
(YMCA 9th Street, between 5th And 6th Aves.)

Wednesday October 26: FREE cooking class at O'LIVE BROOKLYN
Learn the flavor characteristics of extra virgin olive oil and how to taste like a pro!
(140 5th Avenue, between St. John's and Sterling Place)

Thursday October 27: FREE painting class at PINOT'S PALETTE
Create a beautiful painting in a fun setting!
(382 5th Avenue, between 5th and 6th Sts.)

Friday October 28:  FREE Age Friendly Wine Trail
Special wine-tastings at 4 Age Friendly wine stores
(No RSVP necessary, just drop by between 2 - 3 PM!)
  • Big Nose Full Body (389 7th Ave., btwn 11th & 12th St)
  • Prospect Wine Shop (322 7th Ave., btwn 8th & 9th St.)
  • Shawn Fine Wine (141 7th Ave., btwn Carroll & Garfield)
  • Slope Cellars (436 7th Ave., btwn 14th & 15th St.)

Big thanks to our partners in launching this new effort. We are lucky to have Heights & Hills now operating the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (in addition to providing home care services, access to home-delivered meals, and support for caregivers), and Good Neighbors of Park Slope, an all-volunteer group organizing neighborhood residents 50 and older. I also want to give a special shout-out to our neighbor, Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, who pioneered the research and advocacy that has made New York a leading Age-Friendly City.

We’ll keep working together to address the many challenges facing seniors in our neighborhoods and across NYC. As WNYC reported last week, I’m working with State Senator Daniel Squadron on new State legislation that would protect residents of assisted living and nursing homes from being thrown out like those at Prospect Park Residence. And we’ll keep working for more accessible public transportation (keep an eye out for another campaign on that front, coming soon).

For today, I’m grateful to represent so many older residents who want to lead active and connected lives, and to patronize our local businesses...and so many local business owners eager to welcome all Park Slopers into their stores, no matter their age.

Together, we will make Park Slope an even more age-friendly neighborhood. That’s good for seniors, and for all of us.


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