The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Major Bumsky Feburary - June on the Q at Parkside

Prepare to be inconvenienced. Starting February 21 you will no longer be able to get off or on the train heading south at Parkside Avenue. Phase II of the reconstruction project begins then and runs through a projected June 22.

And of course, keep your eyes open to various midday closings as well, 10am to 3pm. The MTA does not suffer an uninformed consumer.


14 comments:

EZ said...

Hey all you residents that whine on this website about some decent housing being built in this neighborhood: how about focusing your attention and your arguing power on the fact that there is going to be no southbound service to the Parkside stop FOR 4 MONTHS!!! What could they be doing to the platform that will require 4 months of construction? This neighborhood is a joke. Muster up the energy you put into having coffee shops opened or a tree being plated that will be inevitably be littered by losing lottery tickets and focus it on something more important.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

You funny Mr. EZ! So you think if we all huff and puff the MTA might cancel the long needed reconstruction project for the safety, appearance and longterm functionality of the southside of the station? A petition maybe? Some phone calls to 311? Get on it, homegrown!

I wonder what it must be like to be you, EZ. Can't be easy.

Alex said...

Uhhh... EZ, I guess 1/2 of Brooklyn is a joke given that the R tunnel is shut down for, what is it - 18 months, with no service to lower Manhattan? And the L is interrupted for what seems like 80% of weekends? Joke's on you!

EZ said...

The R tunnel is shut down due to damage from being flooded with salt water from Sandy and there are plenty of other trains that service lower Manhattan. The Parkside Q stop is being shut down for 4 -5 months to repair some steps, cracks, lights maybe some painting (judging from how they renovated the northbound side they arent doing anything that drastic because its still pretty cruddy). Cortelyou and Beverley road stations are getting new columns to fix structural issues but nothing like that for Parkside station. Smith 9th street was shut down two years but at least they overhauled the whole damn station when the changes at Parkside will be minor to unrecognizable. I cant defend the L train being interrupted sometimes, but I use it quite frequently to visit folks out it Williamsburg & Bushwick and havent had much of a problem with it in the last year minus crowding. This neighborhood is a joke and for more reasons than just the crappy subway station being shut down for 4-5 months to fix some lightbulbs and some stairs. The station will go back to looking run down in a few months anyway because this is also one of the dirtiest/garbage ridden hoods in all of the 5 boroughs.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Let me get my facts straight. These folks you visit in Williamburg and Bushwick they're..."friends?"

I suspected you might be the sort of person who would love the youthful overpriced Bushwick boho experience, and now comes confirmation. Go get 'em tiger!! Don't let the doubles hit you on the way out!

babs said...

Yo, Q, don't be hatin' on the 'Wick! I know, I grew up here, and all I ever knew of Bushwick was packs of wild dogs and arson fires, but things have changed! There are good restaurants (just off the Morgan St L stop you've got Roberta's, Dear Bushwick, Shinobi Ramen, and more) and an actually really nice sense of community, mixed with a great residential/industrial vibe.

Definitely a very different experience from our far more bucolic surroundings, but isn't that part of what's so great about living in NYC in general? Choose your experience by the day, and the subway WILL get you there (even if sometimes it takes a while).

Clarkson FlatBed said...

No hatin' going on. I love all NYC. This guy don't. That's why the the dis.

I remember well dropping off my lady at dance rehearsal in the 'Wick in '90s. The wild dogs of lore are NOT an exaggeration. But I did and do love it there, just as I love home sweet home.

If you're not prepared to take the down with the up, you've got no business living in the Big Bruised Appple.

diak said...

I think you're being way too hard on EZ. I don't appreciate his characterization of our neighborhood as a "joke," but beyond that, what is he saying that's so deserving of the putdowns? That for 5 months of no subway service you have a right to expect more than a paint job? That our neighborhood has an obvious sanitation problem? How is he wrong on those points? What am I missing here?

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Diak: He has perfectly valid points, though calling it just a paint job is a bit extreme. It's that this is his six or seventh comment with exactly the same "this neighborhood is a joke" complaints. It's tired. He's tired. Time for him to go somewhere where things are perfectly to his liking, that's all. He paints the whole neighborhood with the same brush, and complains that he doesn't see the proper effects of gentrification. I'll publish his comments, but not condone his relentless negativity.

diak said...

Okay, Mr CF. I was reacting only to his comments here. I didn't know it was part of a much longer "joke."

EZ said...

I have commented on two other topics not 6 or 7. One was on the posting about the Merchants Association meeting and people opposing chain stores from being allowed in the neighborhood and my response was how about not wanting anymore hair salon/beauty shops/hair supply shops: that every third store in the hood is a some kind of hair related operation and I can barely get a decent meal up here. The second was about people complaining about noise and odor during the deconstruction 626 Flatbush to which my response was that it always reeks of something because PLG is statistically an EXTREMELY dirty neighborhood and it is always noisy because of the incessant honking by Dollar Vans and people constantly yelling and arguing with each other around the way. All of these are valid complaints but in no way are they words yearning for "the proper effects of gentrification", you used the G word Flatbed. Im sorry if my comments/complaints stray from the constant 123 On The Park banter and how it will destroy your utopian society. I could care less about "the proper effects of gentrification" as you put it but I cannot find any pride/sense of community in a place where folks are constantly yelling at each other, fighting & arguing and have no desire to properly throw away garbage. Luckily my lease is almost up so I will leave you be here to get back to discussing pressing issues in the community. Good luck, some of you people are fond of the hood for some reason. As for letting the doubles hit me on my way out, please no, they are one of the most disgusting forms of snack food out there

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Doubles are one of the most disgusting snack foods out there?

For that comment alone, I can take nothing EZ says seriously.

Take it easy dude. Live by your nickname and life will be a lot less of a bummer. Meanwhile, people who care will keep trying to make things more livable. You're not necessarily wrong on the facts; it's your attitude that leaves a lot to be desired.

Write us back in a few months and let us know how things are going. Something tells me you'll find reasons to hate it there too. Surprise me!

PaulG said...

Sheesh EZ, take a chill pill.

ElizabethC said...

As someone who has been crushed by the sell out of Doubles on a Friday afternoon I say this: Sir, you know NOT of what you speak!