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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

FEPMA (nee FECMA) Rises

The Wife said "hey, Q, take a break from all the community stuff and write a goofy post like the old days." This is not that post, yet the advice obviously touched a nerve. Goofiness springs eternal, so soon I'll be back to may regularly scheduled silliness. In the meantime, hells-a-poppin' round these parts!

Anybody have news on the shooting last night? A reader tells me of a melee near 205 Parkside, perhaps in the oft-rowdy interior of Parkside Court, around 10 or 10:30 PM. Would love to know details if you have...

In a more encouraging development comes news that FEPMA (Flatbush from Empire to Parkside Merchants Association) is hosting a planning meeting for a Street Fair this very eve at Tafari Tribe (703 Flatbush). Here's the poster:
If you're a merchant along Flatbush, by all means come. The real significance to me lies in the hope that we'll see better coordination amongst the businesses along this avenue of exponential potential. I mean that. There's already tons of cool businesses; but there's trash, vacancy and, um, questionable commercial activity aplenty. Merchant's Associations can lead to BIDs, which can then leverage a city-led initiative to bring services to the neighborhood, including, say, a couple dudes from The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing & Able program to help keep things clean. But for the time being, this is a great start. Go Team Flatbush!

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