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When the economy tanks, what else is there to do but play Bingo?

“I was trying to avoid dealing with the fact that the economy is playing games with people’s heads,” said Spencer Rothschild, owner of Barrio on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. “Bingo can really be a fun group activity, and it doesn’t take a lot of concentrat­ion.”

In other words: it’s simple fun for anxious Brooklynites.

The action begins on Oct. 14 — and continues every Tuesday — at the new Mexican restaurant, which is near Third Street.

The idea stemmed from Rothschild’s memories of playing Bingo at the legendary West Village free-for-all Tortilla Flats and other joints in the 1980s.

Like those glory days of Bingo, there’s no cover charge and patrons don’t actually have to buy dinner, but of course Rothschild is hoping that people will eat something while they’re in the restaurant.

“We think it will be great — eat a little, drink a little, and play some bingo,” Rothschild said.

Bingo Night. Tuesdays at Barrio (210 Seventh Ave., at Third Street in Park Slope), 8 pm. Call (718) 965-4000.

Updated 5:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Chana Balk from Prospect Heights says:
Hi there. I have recently started a new business in Brooklyn that I thought might be of interest, and might be an interesting story for your paper (not to mention, some good exposure for the business). Its called Baby Bites Brooklyn ( and we host events for expectant, new and not-so-new moms, where we bring in an expert speaker on an issue relevant to early mommyhood, bring the moms together to connect with one another, feed them and offer some great raffles/prizes. We also host sample classes and parenting seminars for moms and dads. Baby Bites has been in Manhattan and has a list of 6000 moms, and I am leaving a 10 year career as a lawyer to start this business and bring Baby Bites to Brooklyn. Please call me at 917-596-2902 if you wish to discuss further. I hope to hear from you. Best,
Oct. 11, 2008, 7:35 am

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