Anorak News | Live-tweeting from the Park Slope Coop meeting – a gathering for tortured PC souls

Live-tweeting from the Park Slope Coop meeting – a gathering for tortured PC souls

by | 7th, March 2012

WITH its leafy streets lined with charming brownstones, Park Slope is one of New York’s most desirable neighbourhoods. The area’s name comes from its location on the western slope of Prospect Park – Brooklyn’s green oasis.

In the family-friendly Park Slope, also nicknamed “Stroller City”, yummy mummies brush shoulders with actors, directors and authors. Tom Hanks has a house here, as does Steve Buscemi and celebrity couple Maggie Gyllenhall and Peter Sarsgaard. Vintage shops, restaurants serving locally-sourced food and fair-trade coffee, community gardens and farmers’ markets cater to the well-to-do residents’ every need and PC preoccupation.

At the heart of the neighbourhood is the Park Slope Coop, a members’ only supermarket selling organic fruit and veg, artisan cheeses, supplements and vitamins, environmentally-friendly cleaning material and more. The coop has over 15,000 members, most of whom work at the shop once a month in exchange for discounts on groceries – and the buzz they get from feeling morally superior to their fast-food chomping peers.

This week, Reuters journalist and Park Slope Food Coop member Chadwick Maitlin attended the association’s monthly meeting and decided to live tweet it. Lasting over two hours, the Twitter documentation of the earnest proceedings gives a hilarious insight into the tortured souls of Park Slope, whose quandaries about things like how many times to re-use biodegradable plastic bags and whether or not to buy “fascist food” is beyond parody. Here’s a selection of Maitlin’s tweets. Read them and weep.































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