The Q at Parkside
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 8, 2010
Globe Electronics: This guy is the real deal
Your stereo breaks. A charming old radio stops tuning in the NPR. Your niece's band just put out its first record - on vinyl - and you need to get that old turntable humming again. What do you do? Where do you go? Do you have to buy everything new?
Not at all, my fellow Caledonian. Just head to Globe Electronics, where proud proprietor Voltan Bagot will hook you up. Yes, that's his real name. And I think of him more as a professor than proprietor (especially when he's wearing that neat & clean white smock). The guy has chops; he can fix anything. He learned his trade back in Guyana, and his shop has stood on Flatbush between Parkside and Clarkson for 30 years. A family man, he also serves as Secretary for the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District. And his window display is truly a work of art.
Early on when I moved to "the Q at Parkside," I started having trouble with the hi-fi. My Marantz receiver from the 70's was on the fritz, but going to J&R is such a bummer I couldn't bear the thought. The new equipment may be shiny and black with computerized settings and slick styling, but it's all plastic, and it can't hold a sonic candle to the old gear. I'm not being cute or hipster here (though I've been accused of being both). A/B 'em sometime and you'll be amazed at how right ol' Clarkson FlatBed can be.
When you live in a quirky neighborhood like ours, it's easy to dismiss stores as outdated, superfluous or clueless. I know, because I fall into that trap all the time. But GLOBE ELECTRONICS stands out, both because it provides a needed function and does it with class. And where else are you going to buy a used TV from 1987?