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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Mysterious Parkside Court

Ever peeked down Parkside Court and said "man, I wonder what's going on down there? I'd go down and check it out, but I can't pretend I was just passing through on my way somewhere else, cuz it's a dead-end street." My inner monkey-voice says that to me-self almost everytime I pass it on the way to and from the Q at Parkside.



It's just another Brooklyn block, right?! Like Westbury and Chester and Beekman (off Flatbush), Parkside Court is a freaky cul de sac caused by...the Q at Parkside. In a densely populated neighborhood like ours, these near deserted streets beckon with a combination of exclusivity and wonder. And Chester court has a bunch of cute Tudor houses. If you have an extra $700,000 lying around, you could swoop one up, and the kids could play in the street, cuz there's never any traffic. I think I even saw a tumbleweed or two rollin' rollin' rollin' down the pavement.

But now I know someone on Parkside Court! Her name is Unitey, and I'm going to ask her to guest blog about it. I won't bug her today because it's Memorial Day. But maybe you know something about Parkside Court - a story, a thought, a nightmare? Please share!

Have a great holiday neighbors!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I live on Parkside Court, and let me assure you, it's far from "nearly deserted." Yeah there's that big abandoned building on the end of the block, but even it has its fair share of tenants, and the rest of the block is constantly bustling with all sorts of folks. Feel free to cruise on in. There are definitely weirder things than a white guy walking to the end of the block and back happening all the time.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Thanks Anon. Y'all should have a block party sometime. I actually had a daydream one time that you guys did that, and since there was only one way in, you were charging money the Parkside Ave entrance.

You're right though. I am white.
see you at the Pioneer soon!
tim

Bob Marvin said...

One difference Parkside Court has from Beekman, Chester, and Westbury is that it's a private street that doesn't appear on some maps.

Anonymous said...

The other day as I was leaving the train I was pushed aside by a man sprinting past, followed by a police officer, sprinting, but not nearly so fast. My fellow passengers began shouting advice to the runner, (I chose not to pick sides.) But ignoring their well-meaning advice he went down the dead-end. The not-so-fast police officer caught him. Apparently he had picked someone's pocket leaving the train, right in front of the NYPD, and then ran down a dead-end trying to get away. As he was lead away my somewhat vocal train-companions let him know what we thought of his intelligence. Not much.

That's my story. Don't go down there if you're trying to resist arrest. It won't end well.

Nice blog, by the way.

Anonymous said...

I own a house on the block. Yes, anyone with good intentions is welcome. My neighbor's stoop doesn't get nearly the attention it should- she's a great gardener. I bought 10 years ago from friends who had owned it for 15. My sister has owned a house on Winthrop "1" for about 25 years, so we've all been around awhile. Charging for a block party is a good idea; maybe we could raise money to repave the Court!

WaRREN DAVId said...

ARE U PEOPLE INSANE MY BEST FRIENDS SISTERS OWNED THE HOUSE LEFT CENTER COURT!AND TRUST IF U DONT LIVE OR ARE NOT VISITING A KNOWN RELATIVE U WOULD DO WELL,TO STAY OUT THE COURT ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT!
SPEAK TO THE LOCAL PRECINCT THEY WILL TELL U WHAT I WONT!
#EYESWIDESHUT

Anonymous said...

Parkside court is a disaster no regard for anybody cars park any way they want not allowing sanitation trucks to propely do their job this block is dangerous and needs paving if it's a private block then they should all pay for paving

Anonymous said...

Is it mostly one group/ ethnicity or various. How did they get it to be private. Were they trying to be a mini Forest Hills Garden's type of block?