So after months of brutal battle by the forces of Tish James and Mathieu Eugene over Lefferts, Sterling and Lincoln, the northern most border of the 40th District remains in the hands of the Haitian Sensation. The latest map of boundaries is here clearly showing Empire Boulevard as the dividing line once again, preventing the breakup of neighborhoods.
The Q met the feisty Tish for breakfast a few weeks back, as part of his curiosity campaign, and though she acted all non-committal about her bid for NYC Public Advocate, she was committed enough to call me a week later for a campaign contribution to that very race. For those of you who've seen Battle for Brooklyn, the illuminating doc on the Atlantic Yards protests, Ms. James comes out as one of the few public officials willing to take on the political and financial establishment in the biggest landgrab (to date) of Brooklyn's 21st century. The Q is ashamed to admit the degree to which he loves the new Barclay's Center (it reminds him not so much of a "rusty turtle" as Fudgie the Whale), but as you may recall the project was pitched by Bruce Ratner as so, so much more. It remains to be seen whether affordable housing, parks and plazas, and thousands of jobs materialize. But the Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen, the Who, Jay Z, Barbara Streisand, the Nets, Justin Bieber have all graced our borough in the last couple months...pretty impressive. I'd love to be a fly on the mallet as that list of characters played croquet together!
Where was I?
Oh yeah, turns out Tish's annointed successor - the most awesome Laurie Cumbo - won't be dipping down into PLG after all. For awhile, it looked like the ever-dapper Eugene would lose Sterling, Lefferts and parts of Lincoln to redistricting.Mr. Eugene so far has no competition in his seat for next September's primary. Without a challenger, he will once again be sworn in as your representative in the City for four more years come January of 2014. He will be your voice in government until the end of 2017. Anyone going to challenge him?
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.