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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Unless There Were Any Question About It...

Once again, the Old Gray Lady comes in to officially state what we all know is happening. She basically gave her blessing for all that the Q has been flapping his digital gums about for many of the past few hundred posts. The Big Money is onto you, Lefferts. "You're a lovely neighborhood, albeit with a few quirks, so get ready! It's your time to S-H-I-N-E!!!!" The whole story here. And yes, you'll recognize some of those quoted in the story. Shout out to Desmond and Quest yo.

Just check the handy map Alison Gregor and associates provide in the article that notes the new upscale and rental and condo projects happening:


Hey, just read the article and tell me what you think. I gotta get to work, but I thought you'd enjoy the advanced heads up. The print article comes out in the Sunday Times.

Now, the Q's no astrologer, but if those dots above were stars, I think I see a French poodle. The legs dip down to Linden Blvd, the tail is 123 On The Park. That means its poop would fall right onto Drummer's Grove. But maybe I'm just seeing things...

12 comments:

FlatLen said...

Well, well, well. I'm with you on this. 10 projects in a very small area, that is no minor thing. And it is interesting, the boundaries shifting a bit...

I find myself wondering, why isn't 190-192 Lenox included in the map? Nothing pending, perhaps?

share holder said...

The Times let the cat out of the bag. Now the human deluge will commence.

Barbara Ann Rogers said...

Note that they did refer to the neighborhood by its correct name (Prospect-Lefferts Gardens) this time, although the didn't get the boundaries right...

Clarkson FlatBed said...

ToSHAY Madame Rogers. touché. And yet, sweet victory is mine. As I believe this is the first time that my name for the nabe "Caledonia" has been seen in print.

Liebo said...

Isn't 329 Lincoln Road going to be a halfway house? While it is new construction, I don't really think that qualifies as an upscale development.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

The article said 10 luxury buildings. The map shows 13 projects. Clearly they meant to include 329 in the "not luxury" category.

Liebo said...

Makes sense. Should have read that more carefully. Thanks for clearing everything up.

Duane Joseph said...

Hmm... the realtors in the area must be super excited.

Can someone define the term "luxury" as it relates to real estate for me?

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Good question Duane. It's not like they're going to advertise "this is a flophouse so bring your bong."

I'd say all you need is a doorman and a rudimentary gym to qualify. And a working elevator.

Barbara Ann Rogers said...

329 Lincoln Rd is not a halfway house. It is long-term supportive housing for women with a history of incarceration and drug abuse and/or mental problems (at least 2 out of 3 or Providence House doesn't get its $85K/yr. from the state). I don't think this is meant to be temporary accommodations for anyone and there are supposedly several apartments available here for low-income community members and a community space, though we'll see if that ever happens.

Barbara Ann Rogers said...

Hi Duane,

I am an area real estate broker and I am not super-excited, but angry at the New York Times's latest screed on our neighborhood. If we're really "on the map" they could have gotten the map right at least - Prospect Lefferts Gardens (I don't care about the hyphen but I do care about the Prospect and the Gardens) ends at Clarkson Ave on the south and at NY Ave on the east, regardless of what other unscrupulous types may try to make people believe.

And in terms of what luxury means to you: it means dishwashers, washer-dryers (in the building if not the unit), common outdoor spaces and/or gyms, and maybe even doormen and central A/C. All the things that people who don't live in NYC are used to and will pay money for (and that all the people who've moved here from elsewhere in the past ten years expect).

I told one of my nephews at Thanksgiving that I don't have a dishwasher in my apartment and he was dumbfounded. "But what do you do?" he asked. When I told him I washed my dishes by hand, he was amazed. "But I thought that was only for special things," he said, "How do you get things clean?"

Heaven forbid I'd mentioned that there's no washing machine or dryer here either - I think his head would have exploded.

Welcome to the suburban-homogenization of NY.

leffertspapa said...

Many of the old apartment buildings around here have dishwashers and laundry in the buildings. They too were luxurious when they were built.