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.
Friday, April 5, 2013
From KFC To TD Bank
I'm going to go out on a limb here and call this a net gain for the neighborhood. Too many greasy fast food joints, not enough places to stash your cash. Now, I've always made fun of the name of this Canadian banking franchise. Say it fast enough and it sounds like a topless bar. But, these days, banks are banks. None of them have any character or stick around for very long. So what's to like or not to like? It's a bank!
For those who are interested in such things (I and I for one), TD's home is Toronto in a Mies van der Rohe skyscraper, and it/they became a player here in NYC when it/they bought up Commerce Bank during the near Great Depression of 2007. It became even bigger after buying Chrysler Financial, which while technically not a bank like you or I might think of it, was, since it lent people billions of dollars money to buy its semi-functional cars, which, since having been bought by Fix It Again Tony (FIAT), I'm told, have become quite a bit more functional, though I don't own a car and don't really care one way or tah other. Over the years, TD bought up all kinds of banks, including ones you might have heard of like Peoples and First Vermont. Kinda fascinating, right?