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.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Meeting With DOT Over Flatbush Trees - Monday - Be There!

Okay, many of you know I'm obsessed with those damn green Flatbush Trees. And I KNOW I'm not the first. But now the rubber is starting to meet the road, and I'm proud to say we're meeting publicly and officially with DOT to DOT our T's and cross our eyes on the way towards presenting the NYC Design Commission with short and longterm solutions. PLEASE JOIN ME AND FELLOW NEIGHBORS AS WE TALK TURKEY WITH THE DOT, MONDAY NIGHT JAN. 7 at CB9 HEADQUARTERS, 890 NOSTRAND. If you can't make it and have something to say, now's the time to say it! 7PM - 8PM.

As I noted here recently, the Parks and Land Use committees gave the thumbs up for a local artist to reimagine the trees for a limited run art piece, using helpers from local high schools. Here's the potential before and after:

Brenda from Flatbush made an impassioned plea for the trees destruction, and frankly when all is said and done that just might happen. The trees never received final approval, way back in the late '70s, and if they don't fit into a new plan for the plaza they may go the way of Pet Rocks. And yet, some folks are very attached to these sheet metal creatures, so who knows? The art project idea seems like a good compromise for now. I feel certain the artist, who lives around the corner from the trees, won't let them fall into too terrible disrepair.

See you Monday. Agenda below (that Clove Road project is really interesting too):


1. Presentation/discussion of proposal and process for the refurbishing of the "Flatbush Trees" with representatives from the Department of Transportation

2. Review draft resolution for alternative proposal for Clove Road


Bob Marvin said...

I didn't see the time for this meeting.

Clarkson FlatBed said...


Clarkson FlatBed said...

Just updated. Thanks Bob, as always!

JDB said...

I will not be able to make the meeting but would like to add my vote for updating the trees with an art project for the time being but I would be in favor of their removal as part of a full rehab of the plaza area. Thanks again for moving this forward. It will make a big difference to the nabe.