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.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Meeting set with 205 Parkside Owner and Architect

Pearl Miles, our fearless District Manager at CB9, has responded to neighborhood concerns for the centrally located Masonry Cesspool Building by setting up a meeting with the perpetrators. Some of you have expressed interest in joining - if you have specific expertise to bring to bear, I'd love to hear from you. So far the Q has reached out to Hawthorne Street blog, Eric Adams office, and will be looking for someone from the unfortunately named PLeGNA, as well as inviting a longtime resident lawyer of some repute who lives 'round the way. I suspect the meeting will end up looking something like, or exactly like, this:

Calm, rational conversation overlooking Midtown... I'm the guy in the lower right hand corner, and yes, that is Brylcream with a touch of Grecian Formula.

By the way, Grecian Formula is not Greek at all and...has lead in it! Meaning that dad's vanity can lead to baby's retardation! Not only that, the same company makes another krazy-kool product that you don't admit to using - Odor Eaters, and despite the company's obsession with gross body issues and snake-oily potions, their name is way less stomach-churning than PLeGNA - it's COMBE INCORPORATED. All you ever wanted to know about C.I.:

Combe Incorporated, based in White Plains, New York, is a privately owned personal-care company founded in 1949 by Ivan Combe. It is best known for its Odor Eaters line of foot-care products. Combe also owns the brands Just for Men, Lanacane, Scalpicin, Vagisil, and Grecian Formula.

Combe was the originator of the Clearasil brand but sold the rights to it in 1961.

In October 2002, Combe acquired J.B. Williams, thereby adding such longtime names as Brylcreem and Cepacol to its brand stable.



Rudy on Winthrop said...

You are fantastic. Do we have a time and place?

sarah said...

I'm glad there's a meeting in the works. Sadly, I have no expertise in this area, but I look forward to hearing the post-meeting report!

babs said...

What's wrong with PLGNA (don't know where that e snuck in from)? Its actual name is the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association and if you'd like to invite someone, send them an e-mail at

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Babs: I'm familiar with PLGNA, and have sent a note to President Martin Ruiz. My understanding is that you also serve on the Board? And please, try your best to take a joke. It's pronounced PLeGNA, and that is truly hysterical. Sheesh!

babs said...

Backatcha CF - I got the joke, but was playing along. And many old-timers from PLGNA's glory days in the 1980s seem to pronouce it PLaGNA, which I've never understood, either. But I'd really suggest a member of our very active Housing Committee attend this meeting - I'll e-mail them as well. Thanks!