I would've liked to go the Brooklyn Public Library "conversation" about gentrification, if only to hear what Alicia Boyd sounds like when she's a panelist (BPL, whose idea was THAT? Did you want to be certain the dialogue would get ugly?) Turns out only my love for conflict would've been satisfied. Here's what a Q reader emailed to me:
I went to a lecture this evening at the Brooklyn Central Library focusing on gentrification,
Boyd was a panelist along with Morgan Munsey, an architect and
preservationist. Morgan, btw, is a frequent contributor to Brownstoner
using the moniker Amzi Hill. His discussions on that
blog about architectural history in Bedford Stuyvesant are quite
interesting and informative. However, Morgan is also a RE agent with
Halstead and apparently didn’t disclose that information to the BPL
since it was not mentioned in the panelists’ brief bios
that the library published. When he was introduced he mumbled, stumbled
and coyishly smiled that he’s a RE agent and forgot to mention it. That
was the beginning of the end for me.
Alicia Boyd then spoke and fired up her audience. It was essentially a
race bashing, profanity infused debacle. I was saddened and then
maddened that the BPL would choose a panel of this caliber. My dismay
and disappointment led me to do a little research
about Ms. Boyd and I came across her healing site. How convenient that
you can donate to it in the name of a donation to MTOPP. I then read
your blog posting about her tactics, AirBnB hypocrisy and the comments
that followed. Needless to say, I am incensed
that anyone takes her seriously, INCLUDING the BPL!!! My next email
will be to the BPL.
I’m a native Brooklynite and have wanted to live in PLG ever since my
dad would take me for walks through the neighborhood in the 1960s (!). I have a very sweet spot in my heart for PLG and I’m hoping to
eventually settle there. But not on Sterling Place.
Thanks for listening.
(name withheld by the Q)
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.