Spooky fun at the Park Slope parade

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Of course, this year’s parade was led by our inimitable editor, Gersh Kuntzman, dressed as the Prospect Park West bike lane. He got plenty of jeers — and a few marriage proposals.
There’s the also-inimitable Susan Fox of Park Slope Parents doing what she does best.
Admit it, there’s something about a monkey playing the accordion.
Anti-Wall Street costumes were popular, despite the fact that much of Park Slope is in the one percent, not the 99 percent (but who’s counting?!).
Everyone said it: This was the best costume of the night.
Don’t look into her eyes!
Costumes came in all colors, shapes, sizes and curve-huggingness.
The Oborne family soared to new heights, even though they are from the Slope.
The parade was one giant leap for John, age 6, but not for full disclosure (his parents wouldn’t give his last name!).
Pumpkin of their eyes: Jim and Karen Mahoney show off their peach of a son, Shawn, 1.

Thousands of ghosts, ghouls, robots, Things (one and two), and even an editor dressed as a controversial bike lane marched up Seventh Avenue in the Park Slope Civic Council’s annual Halloween Parade.

An all-star team of local elected officials — try Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblymembers Jim Brennan and Joan Millman, and Councilman Brad Lander — marched behind megaphone-toting Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman, who led the way in his guise as the most contested cycle path in Brooklyn history.

“I got a lot of thumbs ups, but a few people said that my bike lane costume was the scariest thing they had ever seen,” Kuntzman quipped. “I also got a few people telling me they wanted to ride me all day long, which I am attributing entirely to their enjoyment of exercise.”

Behind Kuntzman were Rollerblading ghosts, hot dog contest organizer George Shea’s pirate Ship of the Black Spot, and plenty of Occupy Wall Street-themed outfits — though, truth be told, Park Slope’s demographic leans towards the one percenters, not the 99 percenters.

Check back for more pictures and all your parade coverage.

Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Edwin Newsman from Grimy Gritty Gotham says:
Gee, Kuntzy, you write a scant four paragraph article and devote one of those four to a third-person, unfunny quote of yourself? This piece needed a better reporter or a better editor or both. Probably both.

That said I'm glad to see you've adopted the adjective "contested" to describe the bike lane on PPW. Please remind Ms. O'Neill that I suggested this change to her months ago. She insists on using the inapt modifier "controversial" when referencing said lane. "Much-loved" and "smashingly successful" will also suffice.
Nov. 1, 2011, 6:31 pm
Nikki from Park Slope says:
The comment on one of the photos in the Halloween series states: "Anti-Wall Street costumes were popular, despite the fact that much of Park Slope is in the one percent, not the 99 percent (but who’s counting?!)."

I'm not quite sure where this "fact" comes from. According to wikipedia, the median income in Park Slope is 96k. The top 1% earns over 450k.
Nov. 1, 2011, 8:08 pm
G from PPW says:
You better be careful, Gersh, or Louise Hainline will sue you for wearing that costume!
Nov. 1, 2011, 9:36 pm
V from Brooklyn says:
@Nikki - is it not clear that Park Slope represents all that is wrong with this city (and borough and country) in terms of - at the very least - income inequality?

"...much of Park Slope is in the one percent..."

"Much" = a lot.
Nov. 2, 2011, 3:17 pm

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