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, April 12, 2012

Cleanup Woman (is a great song by Betty Wright)

We're just gettin' started round up, that is. First up, this Saturday is cleanup day for the multi-use Wingate Park, which stands in the shadow of Kings County Hospital, where Rutland Road to the north and Winthrop to the south meets Brooklyn Avenue. Wingate's got something you don't see a lot of in NYC - a full-on track, like in, for running, um, track, and a regulation (euro or american) football field. It's also a swell place to catch a concert, with some of the Q's favorite artists ever having played there in the last few years. (Funkadelic, Ohio Players, Aretha Franklin, Salt 'n' Pepa - yes, the Q does enjoy to shake his booty, literally and figuratively, and has been called Funk Mountain by Mrs. Q, which I think means she tolerates my love for the deep grooves more than fully endorses it.) Here's the deets on the cleanup:

and here's a stolen image of the park:

Yes sir, that's a track all right. So I suppose if you have some shots you want to put, or javelins to throw, this would be the place to do it.


ElizabethC said...

Well, if I don't get in to Singapore Day.....

Anonymous said...

Found this on the Parks Dept page for Wingate Park:

This park honors George Wood Wingate (1840-1928), best known for co-founding the National Rifle Association (NRA). A Union general in the Civil War, Wingate was disturbed by the inadequate skills of the Northern soldiers, feeling they lacked discipline and were poor marksmen. After the War, in an effort to address these problems and to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” he created the NRA with Colonel William Church in 1871. Wingate was also a lawyer and writer and used the latter skill to promote his platform and the necessity of the NRA.