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.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
It's Not Easy Being Green
Google and Bing aren't my friends today. All I wanted was some clear story about the green Flatbush tree thingy at Flatbush/Empire/Ocean, and danged if I couldn't come up with a single relevant link. Help me out here...Bob Marvin? Where are you when I need you?
Let me guess. As part of some sort of 1970s campaign to re-energize a demoralized business district from Empire on down, some civic group, maybe a local chamber of commerce, commissioned these things to brighten the neighborhood. I get why you'd want to write "Flatbush Avenue" on one of the signs. But another looks blank, like it's original message was scrubbed off. What did it say? I've got a few guesses:
"Where everything costs exactly half what it does in Park Slope!"
"You know what they say - Tight pants..."
"Where Wendy's meets Phat Albert"
"Go Tell Aunt Roti"
"Come smell our baking bread"
"A Neighborhood That Used to Be Home to the Brooklyn Dodgers"
"Beauty Begins at the Parlor"
"Abandon all hope ye who enter here"
"Home of the Malbone Street Wreck" (hey, look it up!)
Any info...do tell! And who thinks this thing is due for a rehab, or at the very least, a detox.