And so it begins! People are finally starting to talk about Lefferts Garden (not plural dammit!) in the mainstream media and I no longer get as many blank stares when I say where I'm from (Flatbush they've heard of, but that doesn't pinpoint it very well - particularly given our proximity to the Park, which you must admit, has always given our neighborhood a touch of class). So now that people are saying "oooo, I've heard that's a real up-and-comer," meaning essentially that white people are moving in and houses cost more than a million bucks, the Q has wondered when real signs of the looming makeover might come. And then...out of thin air, comes this, fast on the heels of the K.A. (a/k/a Aladdin) Deli at the NW corner of Woodruff and Flatbush:
In a nod to the old days, they kept the old K.A. poster of foodstuffs, suggesting that falafel and kabobs are on the menu. So...all kidding aside, the new guys are nice. They're from Yemen, they want to make a go of it, and so far the joint is oodles more hygienic than its predecessor. But that sign! Good lord, are those flames from hell licking at that juicy 1/4 lb. burger? And honestly, are they really going to serve char-broiled burgers anyway?
And that stack of pancakes. PANCAKES!!!! I can't wait to see the look on their face when I wander in one morning in my PJs and order a stack of flapjacks!
All to say...things may be changing, but don't count on tapas and wine joints anytime soon. Unless by that you mean a beef patty and some Boone Farm. Shine On You Crazy Flatbush!!
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.