626 Flatbush is in full demo-mode. A couple days ago some folks were peeved, saying it reeked that the wrecking wreaked havoc on a Saturday, since usually you can't do big demo on the weekend. I asked the gentlemen rerouting traffic on the sidewalk to show me their permit, and while they knew not they let me view the permit case and sure enough there at the top, recently posted, was a special Saturday demolition permit.
I've often wondered how one attains one of these. I mean, think about it. The rule is meant to protect neighbors from undo noise and dirt-raising. And yet, those same neighbors aren't consulted in order to get a special permit for weekend or night work. Like, who hears the case and decides it's okay? Very odd.
Granted no one's gonna miss the sorry taxpayer that was there before. Still, there's an eerie sense of drama surrounding the coming rise of the Flabenue from a dusty cradle. As one smart aleck put it "Brooklyn is growing up." As another Alec put it (actually Alexander the Great) "Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal." However, the original Alec of Smart Alec(k) was a gentleman named Alexander Hoag who, along with his hooker wife used to rob Johns of their possessions while the deed was being brokered. Which begs the question, since she was Alec's wife: was she actually a hooker or did she just pretend to get the loot? And who is John?
From a neighbor on Ocean and a crane shot from the internets, here's the action in action:
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.