Stealing a page from the Q's penchant for mangling the phrase Grape Google Moogle, Delson Schmelson brought to my attention with the above phrase earlier in the day the closing of Prospect Park for the President's visit to P-Tech High School, which is located in what essentially could be called our neighborhood, in the sense that it takes place within the Greater Central Brooklyn area, of which the Associated grocery store near Ebbets Field is the acknowledged capital.
Some Q readers will undoubtedly ask whether it's actually overkill to close the entire Park. Hardly, and here's why.
In order to handle the ENORMOUS propellers of Marine One (some say this bird's wingspan reaches 800 feet), the only two logical places to land were Greenwood Cemetery and Prospect Park, and securing the perimeters of either would be necessitated by the needs of the leviathan vehicle. Knowing that landing in Prospect Park would upset thousands of potentially UNdead just days before Halloween, the White House chose Prospect Park where the most vocal opponent will likely be A.O. Scott of the NY Times whose barbs are witty and terse, but rarely grotesquely fatal.
In the below picture it is impossible to gauge the actual enormity of Marine One, except to say that the copter in the photo is actually A HALF MILE AWAY from the man at the podium and he's STILL being blown over by the sheerocity of the wind.
Warning: The noon to six time period on Friday would be a terrible time to fall asleep somewhere quiet near the Nethermead only to awaken to Secret Service and handcuffs. Stay clear folks. The Great Bama Mama is coming to town, and he wants to feed some ducks!
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.