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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

National Night Out - Next Tuesday

The 29th Annual iteration of "National Night Out," an event meant to bring neighbors together to help fight drugs, crime, and hooliganism, will be happening in both PLG and Caledonian-Flatbush-Caton-Park-Q-at-Parkside. The latter is happening at the corner of Caton and Argyle. This seems about right given recent troubles that have taken place in the Parade Grounds, from dry-ice bombs to, gulp, gang-style murders. For the former, I'm not so sure Maple between Bedford and Rogers is the ideal location to get those bad guys shaking in their boots, but it IS a damn pretty block. I guess I always thought part of the point was to show the riff-raff we ain't gonna take it, not to show them, say, the beauty that is 100 year old limestone town houses and tasteful coordinated landscaping. I can think of a few blocks (mine for instance...yours?) where a show of community solidarity with the precinct could speak volumes. At any rate, please join the crowd and there's some serious good times to be had. Posters for each event below...



7 comments:

Hey You!!!! said...

Just a heads up to the people of PLG, there are people knocking on doors saying they work for CON-ED and asking to read your bill so you can receive a "refund check" -called con-Ed and they said to call the police. He's been breaking into people's homes and robbing them if you open the door.

Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to post that about the fake Con Ed person on Leffertswatch. Can somebody confirm with the precinct this is happening and get information? That's home invasion which is a serious crime.

Anonymous said...

P.S. I agree about it being funny how often this event is held on Maple II. There doesn't seem to be any reason outside it being a pretty block, especially pertaining to the purpose of National Night Out.

danielle said...

I'm pretty sure they are soliciting for another energy company. Annoying, but not dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Maple 1 would be a better idea for next year's event. I walked past Ray's this afternoon and the drug dealing was beyond BLATANT. It is hard to believe that the NYPD can't get a handle on this activity and then has the National Night Out on Maple 2. Shameful and so disappointing!

Bob Marvin said...

Shush! Fon't talk about drug dealing by Ray's. You'll interfere with what must be the longest running drug investigation in NYPD history.

Delory Wright said...

National Night out Against Crime conjures up the idea of taking a break from crime, like ‘let’s have a truce’. Clearly, it would mean that one or both parties remove themselves from their comfort zone in order to accomplish the said objective.

On National Night Out, I had a mutual interest in both the 70th and 71st Precints’ events since my business is now located within the confines of the 70th and FEPMA, within the 71st. The contrast between both events was stark, as was the subsequent results. The locations spoke volumes and impacted the results. Whereas, the 70th was able to capture the essence of the community by taking the event to the Park, namely the Parade Ground at Caton and Argyle Road, the 71st was held on one of the most pristine block in the neighborhood, making it seem like they were ‘preaching to the choir’. The 70th accomplished the coming together of the entire neighborhood in a climate of camaraderie, which I concur, is the objective of National Night out against crime.

Let’s hope that in the future, with the ongoing issues on Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues, careful consideration is paid to the location of this event and its maximizing effect on community policing.