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Park Slope was the source of all of Lovecraft’s horror! Here is where he lived with his future ex-wife.

H.P. Lovecraft spent his formative writing years in Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. From a thoroughly researched Brooklyn Eagle feature story:

W. Paul Cook, H.P. Lovecraft’s old friend and sometimes publisher, summed it best in memorial: “To the very end of his days he hated New York with a consuming passion. I mean the city itself, not the many good friends he had there. But it took the privations, trials and testing fires of New York to bring his best to the surface.”

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eruvmap1A secret (or little-known) boundary line runs around my apartment and surrounds the neighborhoods around Prospect Park. It is the boundary of the Park Slope Eruv, which allows Jews limited travel on the Sabbath, as long as they stay within the eruv. The boundaries for eruvs were traditionally the physical fences surrounding all the courtyards in a Jewish neighborhood, but they are now commonly demarcated by wires suspended from utility poles and lightposts, which means you’d never know you were in an eruv unless you knew what to look for. The Congregation B’nai Jacob on 9th street maintains the Park Slope Eruv and members of the congregation check each week before the Sabbath to see that the boundary is intact and that Jews can travel.

I love the idea of a gigantic pentagram drawn under my town protecting me from evil. That’s not what an eruv is, but I still like the idea.

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