fyi, i wrote this post a couple days ago and saved it in draft form to publish today. sadly, i just got word that 8 to 10 shots were fired at 176 Clarkson, in the very public lobby no less. Man down, seriously wounded. No word yet on motive or whether the assailant is still on the loose. Feel free to share anything you know w/th Police first, but here too if you're so inclined.
Lindiwe Kamau, intrepid leader of the Nostrand Avenue Merchant's Association, is quoted in the Daily News in regards to the lopsided state funding of security cameras for Boro Park over other, higher crime neighborhoods. Please do form and share your own opinion of course, but it seems to me that our electeds sound a bit defensive in the article and that they've been unable to find even enough money for a single security camera despite repeated pleas from Kamau and other local leaders. While everyone would like to see government money spent equitably across neighborhoods, let's be real. Effective pols get the money they need for the projects they believe in. Emphasis on the word "effective."
Last summer I witnessed hundreds of people speak up at town hall meetings for more police presence and security cameras. To my knowledge, not a single camera has been installed, nor has there been an increase in street patrols or crackdowns on known drug hotspots and gang hangouts. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I don't think anyone with power has done a damn thing in the intervening months. The effort to create a central Brooklyn "Take Back Our Community" initiative sounded promising, but it also put a lot of emphasis on big bands of volunteers creating another level of infrastructure. Meanwhile, after the horrific killing of an eight-year old boy in Boro Park, serious change is under-foot, to the tune of 150 new cameras and renewed vigilance from the civilian Shomrim patrols. BP has its priorities in order, I guess.
Remember that C.O.P. program we were going to start in the 71st? Is that a sucking sound I hear coming from a vacuum of leadership? I'm still waiting for my jacket.
I guess we'll just have to pray that when the heat hits, all the mean guys will leave their "heat" at home.
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.