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This past weekend was a big one for holiday shopping. With the distressed economy, people are either being practical or out of control with the spending. My suggestion? Buy a couple ladders in primary colors; it’s a purchase that is useful and a little frivolous, too.

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Back to Seersucker Restaurant for another look; now the deviled eggs are served four at a time. Right now the window has an autumn pumpkin/squash motif and a menu for take-out Thanksgiving food. The pig-out holiday is barely more than a week away, and this Southern food restaurant will make sure to work in some pork products, don’t you worry.

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That’s my theory at least – The Magic Touch was too much of a good thing. It was a cocktail lounge, as the other side of the sign says, and it served Italian cuisine. That means it was a fancy joint. Above all, there are the spiffy graphics of the sign; all I can say is that I’m glad the current owners left this remnant of old Carroll Gardens on their building.

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Reading an e-book while walking, wearing color-coordinated shirt and shoes, and sporting a pointy hairdo – these are advanced skills. An average pedestrian, such as myself, aims to do one thing, like carry a magazine and not trip over cracks in the sidewalk.

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Under the umbrellas, in the side yard of the bagel store, is the Gowanus Yacht Club, open seasonally. Membership happens when you walk through the entrance, and in case you’re not familiar with Brooklyn, there are no yachts, and the Gowanus is an filthy industrial canal that has just been superfunded. Continue the irony – order and enjoy a cold PBR and a hot dog.

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340 Court Street was built by the International Longshoremen’s Association, when dockworkers lived in Carroll Gardens, then in the 1990’s was sold to Long Island College Hospital. In 2007, the Clarett Group bought the blue and white building, razed it, started construction in 2008. The construction, expensive housing – townhouses and maisonettes – was not popular in the neighborhood. Work stopped in 2008, and with the exception of a couple days, has not resumed. The blue plywood and viewing windows are similar to another stalled  construction site, this time in Manhattan.

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Would you go to a restaurant that displayed this sign? A clothing store? A dental office? What about a dry cleaner? That’s where I saw this sign. If it falls down, the store owners might write the hours on the wall with an El Marko.

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I was drawn to Seersucker from across Smith Street by its neat and orderly front window, though it wasn’t clear what sort of business it was. My guess was plant boutique, then I saw the menus posted to the right. The restaurant, specializing in southern food, has been open about six weeks, and reviews have been mixed. The fried chicken and biscuits have fans, but the main complaints center around blandness, serving size, and price. For example: $12 glasses of wine and plain deviled eggs served three halves to a plate.

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Weekends, a few Carroll Gardens Italian delis are grilling food on the sidewalk. Other places have gelato for sale. In some countries, it’s considered rude to eat in public. That isn’t a problem in these parts.

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Carroll Park was turned into a big flea market today. The prices were good, but the merchandise was easy to resist. Anyone want to buy some used checked lycra pants?

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