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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Breaking News: CB9 To Get New Leadership

Sometimes, nice guys finish first!

The Q will happily share the outcome of tonight's elections at Community Board 9, but in the lead-up to the vote, I've just learned that longtime chair, Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, has decided not to run for a (I dunno 30th?) term. Dwayne Nicholson and Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales are running for the position. Other Executive Committee positions are being contested by relative newcomers, yours truly included.

Should be an interesting evening at the CB. Will let you know how things turn out. All CB9 meetings are open to the public, and start at 7PM at MS61's auditorium, 400 Empire Blvd at NY Avenue.

I've gotten to know Jake fairly well over the past few years. We had coffee last winter, and he took me on a private tour of the Chabad neighborhood on and around Kingston and Eastern Parkway, spiritual home to the movement. You could see how proud he was of the enclave and his role within it. He's a super guy and a great leader in his community and beyond. He continues to serve as a chaplain in the army, one of the few "exemptions" to the beard rule! It may be time for a change, but it's always good to reflect on the many good things he's done for the community. Thanks Jake!


Christopher1974 said...

Since you'r involved, this is something I've been meaning to ask for a long while. Are CB meetings accessible for the deaf/hard of hearing (with realtime transcripts?) or can they be made accessible? Maybe the city has a fund or the mayors office for people with disabilities (MOPD) can help with that? Who do I talk to about it.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Great question and...I have absolutely no idea who to talk to. Various CBs have more or less entered the modern age, CB9 not being one of them. If you live in the confines of CB9, I'd send District Manager Pearl Miles an email:

There is definitely no interpreter on hand, nor is there any transcript. The secretary's notes show up, um, oh, here they are! They just arrived in my inbox, from last month's meeting.