Well folks, it appears to be happening. 626 has closed, and Hudson's ready to roll.
Le post previous on le subject.
Regarding comments below about the other big apartment projects:
Chetrit's still plodding along on Parkside. Tom Anderson said they were
up for another shot at public financing in June for Lincoln Road. I'll
drop him a line. Everybody wants these things done yesterday, huh?
with the schpilkas! They'll happen when they happen. What, you're gonna
get out there and help them throw up some gyp-board?
though, I've been watching the wheels go around both here and in other
parts of Brooklyn very closely. And I'm wondering...what exactly is it
that you makes y'all so sure a big tower goes up, and things get clean
and tidy and less gangstery? And how does that happen, exactly? I mean,
the police ARE paying very close attention, and have been, and a lot of
things they've been watching I can't even tell you about because it
really could muck things up if word got out. I'm serious...not that
we've got Einstein and Holmes on the case, but there are cops out there,
believe it or not, so I'm not sure a single building would, by itself,
spell the difference.
I think one commenter nailed it when
he/she talked about strolling Flatbush. Because of the perception of
danger, families don't really shop or hang on the Flabenue, making it
LESS safe, and that feeds on itself. Businesses have no need to cater to
types of business that doesn't exist, and the cycle continues. Lighting
is spotty; supers and biz owners don't shoo away loiterers. Dogs are
allowed to terrify people. This stuff ain't rocket science. What I'm
saying is if more people WENT there and hung out, fewer knuckleheads
would hang there. And if more people hung out, more 911 calls would come
in complaining about unacceptable behavior and trash. That's really a
big part of what changes - perception. There's other stuff too of
course, but that's what I saw happen on Smith Street, long before it
became restaurant row. And folks, it was DANGEROUS in 1989. No joke.
Then I saw it on 5th Ave. And Vanderbilt. And Dekalb. And Murder, I
mean Myrtle. And Franklin...
And I'm looking at this issue as
closely as I can for a guy with a family with a full time job. It's
fascinating stuff. I keep coming back to the book "There Goes the
'Hood." by Lance Freeman, mostly because it's the only full book I've
had a chance to read since, I dunno, Voyage of the Dawn Treader or
something, but also because he notes the both micro and macro ways that
These days I'm watching a slow motion soap opera
on my street, and the story is not at all linear. And real people get
lost and bruised in the shuffle. There's more white folk on block, to be
sure. Has quality of life gotten better? Me and (30 year resident and
co-conspirator) Janice were talking last night and the answer
is...sorta, not really. And very few people, at the end of the day, give
a damn about the big picture.
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.