Lotsa fun. The Q met so many great people, kids were digging it, folks were talking, cops were there answering questions. A group called Brooklyn Learning Labs came by to do a cool art project with the kids. Thanks to all for coming by and expressing support the playground and for efforts to tone down the negative energy around it. Eric Adams came out, and Jessie Hamilton (district leader) and Saundra Thomas and Sylvia Kinard (who's still on the ballot y'all in November, under the Rent is Too Damn High Party).
Below is a pic of the self-appointed Mayor of the Playground, Carlos Easterling, with Chazz (left) and a couple of his proteges. Carlos runs basketball clinics in the summer and special days for the young folks, and is a super-positive presence in a lot of these guys' lives. He knows a lot of the NBA players and is able to bring them out and encourage the whole stick-to-the-playbook attitude that needs reinforcing. We should see if we can get Carlos access to the gym at PS92 on Friday nights. He wants to do an informal Community Center hang, talk about how the week went, give kids a place to go on a night that can be problematic. A couple folks I talked to said there was also possibly a way to partner with a church for a community center as well.
Where will it all lead? Who knows. But it's a start. And yes, they locked the playground when it got dark, even shooing us out. No "fight club" that night at least.
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.