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(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, August 29, 2017

Repeat: Don't Drive Sunday and Monday

If you have a parking spot - stay put. If you were thinking of tooling around central Brooklyn, forget it. Many have driven on Labor Day Weekend, never to be seen again. They're somewhere in Paramus, the black hole of the metropolitan region, desperately seeking their way back home.

If you need specifics, here they are:

J'Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade Street Closures on September 3 & 4

On Monday, September 4, 2017 from 6 am to 7 pm, J'Ouvert and  the West Indian Day Parade will occur along Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway. The celebration and parade will draw more than 150,000 participants and there will be amplified sound along the parade route. Please view a detailed list of closures below or download our community notice. We encourage you to share this notice with your constituents and partners.

Sunday, September 3,  2017 to Monday, September 4,  2017
  • Grand Army Plaza, Sunday, September 3, 11pm to Monday, September 4, 10am
  • Flatbush Avenue
    • Between Grand Army Plaza and Empire Boulevard, Sunday, September 3, 11pm to Monday, September 4, 7pm
  • Empire Boulevard
    • Between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue, Sunday, September 3, 11pm to Monday, September 4 10am
  • Nostrand Avenue
    • Between Empire Boulevard and Rutland Road, Sunday, September 3, 11pm to Monday, September 4,10am
  • Eastern Parkway
    • Between Buffalo Avenue and Grand Army Plaza,  Monday, September 4, 7am to 7pm


Bob Marvin said...

From past experience, you can drive OUT of the neighborhood (although only to the south on Labor Day itself) BUT you can't return until Tuesday. One exception would be if you have a driveway, but it's a crapshot as to whether it would be blocked on your return.

Anonymous said...

Families/folks returning from a labor day weekend spent out of town need to be able to drive back into the neighborhood at a reasonable hour on Monday night, beyond 10pm is not reasonable. Tuesday morning is back to work. Hoping the streets are passable by then. Any insight on if that is unrealistic?

D said...

Do you know if you can cross Eastern Parkway and/or Empire Blvd on Monday evening? We're planning on taking the LIRR from Nostrand and wondering if we should bike, take the bus, or take an Uber to/from the station.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Don't drive or count on a taxi until Tuesday morning. You can get from Nostrand/LIRR on the 2/5 train. Even biking will be difficult.

D said...

Gotcha. Thx for the response!

Bob Marvin said...

Anon 11:31--I ONCE made the mistake of driving home from Labor Day weekend on Monday night--the last mile took HOURS. That was >25 years ago--maybe things have improved--I wouldn't hold my breath!