The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Honoring Lamuel Stanislaus (and Hell, Zell way to CRUSH it!)

It's not that I don't THINK about blog-posting every day. I do, I do. And yet, at this busy time of the work and school year, I find myself feeling guilty for indulging my hobby. For instance, so much to say about the changing of rent regulations. Like, watching our newly elected State Senator absolutely crush it...I mean, taking the lead after only days in office, to help sponsor and deliver some of the most important tenant protections in decades. Big, big stuff. Hope you've been following. More on Zell Myrie when I finally get a chance to sit down with him. Thank the Lord we chose the right candidate in that race.

In the meantime, how cool is it to learn about a guy who you probably never met, who did so much for Flatbush and the Grenadian specifically and Caribbean community generally, getting a street named after him and all that? Thx be to Liat Weinstein at the ever-amazing BKLYNR for this delightful and informative read.


Photo and story by Liat Weinstein in BKLYNR


Lamuel used to lay awake at night wondering whether he could pay a $99 a month mortgage for a brick row house situated on Rutland Rd. between Flatbush and Bedford Avenues, his son Eugene Stanislaus remembered.

On Saturday, June 15, 65 years after Lamuel A. Stanislaus purchased the home that kept him up at night, the corner of Flatbush Ave. and Rutland Rd. in Prospect Lefferts was renamed in honor of his contributions to the Caribbean-American community of central Brooklyn. The renaming ceremony brought together family, community members and elected officials to celebrate Stanislaus’ career as a Grenadian diplomat and dentist and featured speeches by those close to him.

Stanislaus’ legacy remains scattered across Brooklyn— through his work on the West Indian Day Parade, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture that draws more than two million participants to Eastern Parkway, and Brooklyn Heights Dental, a family practice he founded in 1956. Yet Stanislaus is most often remembered as an emissary of Grenadian culture in his role as Permanent Representative of Grenada to the United Nations, a position he held from 1985-1990 and again from 1996-2004.

“We grew up on this block, this is where we were raised, with just a terrific father and a terrific mother, always emphasized family and giving all the glory to God was also part of his mantra,” Eugene Stanislaus said. “He was always very active in Caribbean-American politics and he was one of the original founders of the West Indian Day Carnival […] He was involved from the very beginning, organizing the police to come and oversee and the event, and was the first one to attract the politicians to come to the event.”

And as Paul Harvey might say, here's THE REST OF THE STORY.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Two Ears In the 'Bush Is Worth One In Manhattan

You can roll out of bed for this one. Music all over the hood. A festival for the rest of us, if by rest of us you mean homebody.

PLG Arts presents the third annual PLG Arts Music Festival 2019, a weeklong event June 15-22. The schedule features over 50 prominent and upcoming New York musicians in 12 locations throughout Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to many artists. Performances and events include Dawn Drake & ZapOte at Parkside Plaza; Axiom Addicts at Maple Street Block Party; Rho & the Nomads at Toast; Gabe Globus-Hoenich holding a drum workshop for children at Greenlight Bookstore; Sivan Arbel at Salem’s Hour; Pointless Forest and the Curtis/Sperazza/Garabedian trio at The Owl Music Parlor; Monday night jazz jam at Erv’s; Rafael Rosa at Drink Wine & Spirits; Kazemde George at Salem’s Hour jam session; Dayeon Seok Group at Bar Bayeux; Noah Garabedian at The Nest jam session at Bluebird; Improvisers Pool at Soup and Sound; Tavche Gravche and Reggie Chapman at Bar Bayeux; Choiroke karaoke and People of Earth Salsa Band at Brooklyn Commons; Shelly Thomas Duo at a landmark private home; and Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine at Toast.







Friday, June 7, 2019

Big Night Out On the Flabenue - Next Wednesday the 12th

TIX HERE

Parkside Empire EAT, DRINK and BE GIVING | Fundraising Event

TASTE & SIP the vibrant culture of Flatbush Avenue!

MIX AND MINGLE under the Brooklyn sky.

DISCOVER what makes Prospect Lefferts Garden one of Brooklyn's hottest neighborhoods

Your purchase comes with unlimited food and drinks provided by local vendors.

PLUS Enter to win raffle prizes generously provided by shops and restaurants along Flatbush Avenue.

Flavors of Flatbush participating stores and partners are: Bluebird Brooklyn, JusFishy Restaurant, Scoops, Brooklyn Perks, Errol's Bakery & Catering, J & J Delicious Cakes, Cinnamon Girl Bakery, Ix Restaurant NYC, Taqueria El Patron Mexican Grill, King Of Tandoor, Hype Kitchen, Trixies Pet Food, Pumpkin, Tafari Tribe, Tracie with Style Hair Studio, IGoFix, Awesome Brooklyn, Les' Blooms Floral, Bonafini Restaurant, DR Cuts,The Parkside Plaza, PLGNA Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association, Drink PLG Wine & Spirits, Brooklyn Beer & Soda, Erv's, First Class Liquors Inc.,

The Parkside Empire | Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association beautifies, organizes, and promotes small businesses along the Flatbush Avenue commercial corridor between Parkside Avenue and Empire Boulevard. Money raised will go toward Parkside Empire Annual Street Festival, the avenue’s yearly holiday street lighting, small business support and marketing, local shopping guides, and more.

SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors: IMPACCT Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Council Member Mathieu Eugene, The Parkline, and BKLYN Commons.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All Attendees must be over the age of 21.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Take the B, Q, or Shuttle Train to the Prospect Park stop, the event is directly across the street. Street parking is also available.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call 347.236.0981 or email parksideempire@gmail.com for additional information.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

PLG Arts - Stuff-a-Plenty In June

Wish I wasn't so busy at work...I could say something cute or annoying about all these great events. But you know what? Screw that. Support these fun thangs and check out the poster for the PLG Music Festival. You heard right.

Wednesday, June 5 - 5-8pm @ New Bridges Elementary/PS 532Live Here, Learn Here: Friends of District 17 Community Night Out
Details here! If you can't make it, but believe we as a community need to invest in our local District 17 public schools, consider donating here.
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Saturday, June 8 - 11am-2pm @ The Nethermead/Prospect Park
Trail Blazers & PLGNA's Family Picnic!
RSVP/More details here and here.
Bubbles, s'mores, crafts, relay races, and much much more!
(Want to relive your summer camps days but don't have kids? Please consider volunteering - sign up here or shoot us an email! It's a light, but very fun, lift!)*
Wednesday, June 12 - 7-10pm @ BKLYN Commons
Flavors of FlatbushJoin the Parkside Empire - Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association and support and celebrate our local businesses! Unlimited food and drink and raffle prizes provided by Flatbush Avenue vendors.


Buy your tickets here.

Speaking of local businesses, please sign and share our petition as a show of support for Scoops! Negotiations are ongoing, but our fingers are crossed that Tony can stay in his current spot on Flatbush for years to come!

We look forward to seeing you at any or all of these upcoming events! 
Stay tuned for more! 

The PLGNA Board:
Brenda Edwards 
Cheryl Sealey 
Nelson Simon
Virginia Bechtold 
Calista DeJesus
Deborah Mutnick
Candace Edwards
Rashida Sykes
&
Bob Thomason - Board Member Emeritus

Thursday, May 30, 2019

You've Got To Be Kidding Me

Four years on and Community Board 9 is still a hot mess. Just as it looked like they were finally about to pick a new District Manager after Pearl Miles was forced out four years ago? This happened. Yelling. Walk-out. Claims of misconduct. Ugh.

Thx to Lore Croghan and the Brooklyn Eagle for sifting through the nonsense, which was apparently egged on by some of the Usual Suspects, and I don't mean disgraced actor Kevin Spacey. The saga of CB9 would be the longest, most painful Netflix television series, and I beg you not to make it.

Read Lore's article here

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Gem In Our Midst - Parkside Plaza

It wasn't always thus.

Not but 5 years ago, the NE corner of Parkside and Ocean was sprawling piece of nothing. Just an cement expanse to be traversed. With old shopping carts, broken payphones and assorted garbage. Now you can't swing a dead cat without hitting thriving plants or relaxing neighbors or even the awesome CaribBEING container. (Why you would be swinging a dead cat is beyond me.)

And now, a Community Resource Fair. Or rather a community resource fair. Who needs a capital letter when you've got the good people of FAT CATS there to bring the capitals by the word-full. Here's betting they've got a thing or two to say about that "dead cat" saying. But I don't make make 'em up folks. I just sling 'em.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Alexa, Read Me the Echo

The Lefferts Manor Association has been publishing the Echo way longer than Jeff Bezos has been hawking books, so its only by the good graces of the recently departed Ben Edwards that JB's billionaire butt wasn't sued into submission.

Or...let's just read the latest issue, shall we? 

On a day when a Kosher Beer Garden has opened in full swing where Toomey's used to was (can you even make this shit up?), chef-ed by cooking chameleon Alan Harding of one-too-many-not-bad-but-not-great restaurants fame...yeah, on a day like that. And on a day when I walked through Prospect Park to find full-on Marines combat-ready helicopters and military sea planes and even some kind of rocket launcher in the Park near Park Slope...I mean WTF? At least we know what Brooklyn neighborhood will survive the Iranian, or Long Island, invasion. This is seriously twisted, y'all. Why are they bringing killing machines to Brooklyn??? Memorial Day doesn't mean recruitment day. You should have seen all the young male-identifying young boys salivating and their liberal-arts-grad-dads trying hard to explain their actual feelings on the matter, and mostly just acquiescing to the fact that their kids are WAY more interested in the heavy artillery than they want to admit, hoping they'll grow out of it, but maybe a bit embarrassed they don't stand up for their supposed pacifist beliefs.

Twisted times. Really, really twisted times. Thank god for olde tyme classics like the Lefferts Manor House Tour!






 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Why Evict Scoops? Thriving Business, Neighborhood Treasure

It'll never make sense to me, how landlord's can look at such a unique and utterly treasured tiny takeout joint like Scoops and want them gone. What about the Vegans who live here, and the incoming Vegans, and the people who just love this delicious Ital food and dairy-free ice cream? I mean c'mon Mr. Man...have a heart. The guy's paid up on his rent. Sheesh. Time to make some noise.

Tony Fongyit Presides Over a Noble Kingdom
Get your name on this petition, pronto! And show up for the protest next Saturday by (gulp) Equality for Flatbush, the group that organized a protest against me, your humble blogger, for being a racist pro-development gentrifying machine. So you know I'm desparate to save Scoops if I link to their schizophrenic web presence!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Malbox

photo by Trey Pentecost in the Brooklyn Paper
That's no typo. This Mailbox is monstrously malodorous, should be sued for malpractice and malfeasance, its maleficent malfunction making it the Menace at Midwood.

So, breathe in Colin Mixson's latest from Brooklyn Paper about the notorious postal bin. And similarly, take in this dandy new look from near-miss Council candidate Brian Cunningham, who to this blogger looks like he's ready for the runway, if not another run at elected office.

From Mixson's missive:

The blue mailbox at Midwood Street and Flatbush Avenue is one of the single most pilfered collection points operated by the U.S. Postal Service in the borough, according to area advocates, who’ve created a website called worstmailboxever.com that locals can use to petition the city for a more secure drop box to send out their rent checks and birthday cards.

Whole Story Here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Edie Jo's Opening, like, Real Soon

Who among you hasn't cast your gaze upon the open storefront next to Greenlight Bookstore and thought...are they going to serve cheeseburgers? The long-done battle over the mammoth 626 Flatbush has given way to shrugs of resignation, and the existence of a truly good bookstore and the 2nd-floor Maple Street School has ensured that the shorter "community use" building at 626 is now fully ensconced along the Flabenue.

So yes, the corner space is rented and nearly complete. It's going to be a neighborhood hang kinda restaurant, comfort food it would appear, locally owned, and best of all? There Will Be Booth (the original title of the Paul Thomas Anderson film, before he realized that the history of restaurant booth seating provided less than the ideal level of narrative thrust for a film starring Daniel Day Lewis and was scrapped for the oft-favored film favorite - Blood. (Think Blood Simple, Blood Wedding, In Cold Blood, Blood Diamond, My Bloody Valentine, Rambo: First Blood, Blood River, Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell and any number of movies with the simple name "Blood.") Frankly I'm more interested in the history of Booths, and I'm linking a fascinating article about just that here. Both Prohibition and Prostitution factor heavily, I kid you not.

So soon, folks. Soon. Edie Jo's. Soon