Changes of venue, concerns over Shabbat, MTOPP's name change, a feisty borough president, lots of hoopla over not-so-much...these appear to be just a few of the notes that have filtered north to the Q from Friday's somewhat-anticipated meeting on dubiously-titled "Empire Boulevard Rezoning."
Look, Eric Adams has every right to be miffed that he was characterized as having staked a claim on Empire Boulevard beyond musing as many of us have from time to time about its potential for embettering. And MTOPP has become increasingly incoherent. And hey, Shabbat is Shabbat, and either you want observant Jews to attend or you don't. Personally, I think you can have a meeting whenever you want wherever you want, but it makes no sense to call yourself a Crown Heights open discussion and schedule it on a Friday night. That's a rookie blunder, and forgivable as such, but don't blame the Q if the Chabad are rankled. Luckily, a follow-up public meeting will be held at 11am on a Sunday at a local coven and a third is scheduled for 3am J'Ouvert morning.
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.