You can take a boy out of the 'Bush, but you can't take the 'Bush out of his inbox. Friends and neighbors have been good enough to send along pics and newses of the neighborhood, and since the Q's managed to snag a few moments of internettage from his gracious hosts, I must share with y'all.
First up from Jeanne E. comes a nice reminder of what happens when no one takes ownership of a commercial strip's tree pits. K-Dog and then Blue Roost always took care to keep the frontage in front of their businesses free of debris. I highly suggest that either landlord Rong Ge or the new lease-holders keep an eye on the trash problem, since this block (like her sister avenue Parkside) is traveled by thousands of commuters every day who would ask only that their work-walk take place in visual and olfactory peace. The Q was about to blow a gasket over the insane dumpage at old Mansoob's bodega at the NE corner of Parkside/Flatbush just before he left town. We GOTS to do something bout that corner too. Will the madness never cease?! Okay, maybe I sound a bit histrionic, but it really amazes me the level of indifference.
Remember the fresh tomatoey goodness of Cafe Pomidor, the delightful eatery at the corner of Flatbush and Midwood? Of course not, because it never opened, despite months of promise via a colorful gate-draping banner. Marshals (federal? flatbushian? the discount clotherie a la TJ Maxx?) have seized the space, which apparently often occurs when the rent is not delivered on time and in full. The Q has often wondered why Marshals of any kind need be involved - probably means that there was stuff of some value inside the premises and the landlord has taken possession of said stuff in lieu of payment. (more info on Marhals, per Adrian's comment, here)
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.