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.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Roll Out the Barrels

This time of year, we Middlebushers are likely to encounter more of these shipping barrels than usual. If you know what I'm talking about, then you can skip to the link below if you missed the awesome slide-show piece in the NY Times this weekend.

But if you're scratching both your heads right now, wondering what I'm talking about, don't be alarmed. I was flummoxed myself when I first emigrated to Flatbush Caledonia. You've probably seen these big containers though - through the windows of various shops on Flatbush Avenue, or maybe someone rolling one down the street on a hand cart. They're the cheapest and most common way to ship things to the Caribbean. You can send a whole barrel full of goodies to family for less than $100 (sometimes MUCH less), making them the preferred method of transport for Christmas goodies heading to Jamaica, Guyana, both Turks AND Caicos...etc., etc.

NY Times On Shipping Xmas

1 comment:

Andrew Gardner said...

And all this time I thought they were filled with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Thanks for the edification.