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    Check it out. Cool looking stuff by James Denmark at Dorsey Art Gallery.

    For those unfamiliar with the important legacy of Lawrence Dorsey, I append this article about his passing:

    Down the block from the cozy, green and black, brick-bordered framing store and art gallery he opened up in Prospect Lefferts Gardens as the Vietnam War raged, stands Lawrence P. Dorsey’s parting gift to his community — a new street sign unveiled last week, co-naming the corner, “Lawrence P. Dorsey Way.”

    Relatives, residents, merchants, members of Community Board 9, elected officials, and internationally-famous artists crammed the concrete outside Dorsey’s Art Gallery — sandwiched between a house of worship and a mom-and-pop print store at Rogers Avenue and Fenimore Street — to hail the beloved community fixture whose simple shop, established in the early ’70s, showcased works by some of the nation’s greatest African-American artists, and inspired the art collections of such notables as Bill Cosby and Roberta Flack.

    Art luminaries and Dorsey exhibitors James Brown, Ann Tanksley, Teddy Gunn, Emmett Wigglesworth and Otto Neals were among the 150-strong crowd, which attended a church service first, and later cheered as the sign was hoisted to honor the art patron, whose zest for life and art was sought alike by neighborhood folk and such celebrated artists as print maker Elizabeth Catlett, and the late painter and illustrator Tom Feelings, who also exhibited there.

    Dorsey’s gallery was the pride and joy of the neighborhood, according to Neals, a sculptor, painter, printmaker and carver who has helped run the store as a member of the Dorsey Art Club since its namesake passed away in 2007 at the age of 88.

    “People just loved Lawrence, anytime you came by, he was here, and you could have some wine, cheese and talk about art,” said the artist, whose work has been commissioned by the Prospect Park Alliance and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation while gracing the private collections of, among others, Harry Belafonte and Oprah Winfrey.

    Neals, who created a bust of Dorsey for the occasion, was among a group of artists who marked the event with a commemorative presentation aptly named, the “Street Renaming Exhibition.”
    Dorsey will be remembered for his humble spirit, he added.
    “Lawrence didn’t show off a lot, but he knew his stuff and he went along in a quiet way.”

    Now, that spirit will live on — along Lawrence P. Dorsey Way. - Shavana Abruzzo

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    The Flowers of Ocean, besides being the phrase I'm using for my upcoming EDM outfit, are a-coming. Amy Musick and Paul G. are part of the team that brought you tons of tree guards on Ocean from Lincoln Empire to Parkside. Wow. What a major achievement. Now this "Day of Planting" event on June 7th...all invited. Boy Howdy!



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  • 05/14/14--12:02: Hmmm...

  • Only six days left...

    This seems like a pretty good deal, though I don't know what a Margarita goes for these days. Mango Seed's a great place, though I would encourage them to drop the price on a few things. A glass of wine, for instance, is way over-priced. Still, it's one of the best bets in the 'hood!

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    Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (left) Friends of Wingate Park's Vivia Morgan (center) and Soumia Chraibi, a member of the Councilman's staff.





    Kenton Kirby of Caribbean Life wrote a nice piece on Vivia Morgan, the tireless crusader for a better neighborhood. Vivia has taken her three-year old "Friends of Wingate Park" and turned it into a little powerhouse for good. She also happens to be a member of a group called "100 Black Construction Workers," and part of LIUNA - Laborers International Union of North America. She's run as a fringe candidate for national office. She had the great line "tax pot not people" from her libertarian-tinged campaign. She's as true a Brooklyn original as they come.

    As to this Wingate Park: why should you as a Leffertsian Flatbusher care? Well, it's just to your east on the other side of NY Avenue, just north of the hospitals, has a popular playground, a jogging track and field, workout equipment. It's a huge amenity for the neighborhood, and Morgan and friends recognize that and try to beautify and strengthen it. If you're the sort of person who sees your neighborhood more broadly than just the local train stop and dry cleaners, you'll see that this Park is crucial to the well-being of local families and kids. For the past few years they've run an awesome free concert series - MLC Concerts, with the likes of George Clinton and Ohio Players and Toni Braxton and my all-time fave rapper Rakim (okay, so I'm dating myself, big deal).

    In the Q's opinion, the world is a better place because people like Vivia Morgan make it their business to identify special things and work hard to keep them special. And hey, I don't smoke the cheeba-cheeb, but I'll be damned if keeping it illegal is making the world a better place. So hell yeah, legalize, regulate and tax the #$(* out of it! Right on, sister!


    Here's an excerpt from the CL story by Kenton Kirby:


    Friends of Wingate Park, a volunteer non-profit organization in Flatbush, Brooklyn formed in 2011 primarily to engage Brooklyn youth in activities aimed at maintaining a healthy physical environment, is today in the vanguard of the citywide effort to stem gun- and gang-violence.
    Friends of Wingate Park targets youth and families of Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bedford Stuyvesant and Canarsie in the effort to create a “One Brooklyn” identity, according to Jamaican-born Vivia Morgan, the group’s founder and president. 

    Friends of Wingate Park builds community activism by “bringing neighbors together in an effort to drive out negative influences and create positive, free, fun, healthy programs for the community at large, so as to build a stronger Brooklyn,” Morgan told Caribbean Life.

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  • 05/16/14--08:52: The Tipping of the Hat
  • More News From the North...

    The text from this marketing piece makes me wanna retch. But hey, an apartment building is better than an empty lot, which is what this parcel was not so long ago.



    That's right folks! They'll be tipping their hat to you old-timers and those who've recently, um, left. "And a good day to you, Madame! Nice day for stroll along the Parkway. May I say that your frock looks fetching? May I show you a picture of my counter-tops? Yes, yes, imported. Well, I best be off or I'll be late for bridge. Ta-ta!"




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    pic by mahsa saeidi

    Most blocks in the 'hood have 'em. That one building that you wish you could wish away. Ours is 60. 60 Clarkson. The world's worst slumlord, making money off of homeless people's misery, and treating the few actual lease-holders like dirt. Any wonder the cops are there every other day? You can read my post about the building here, and read more and listen to the building's wretched story on WNYC here.

    Tonight, a story is emerging that a dude stabbed a woman, then the cops came, then they found him, then they shot him dead. I'm not the Blogger of Record, so don't expect that story to hold up in court. But that would appear to be the gist of it. Once again I had the pleasure of being escorted to my house by an officer from the 70th. Oh, and something about a fire in a kitchen. Related? Who knows. I leave it to the better equipped and the less tired.

    Is the Q outraged? I've been on a low simmer about that building for years. Many of us on the block have tried to get involved, but the easiest way to shut this guy down is to...shut him down. Stop giving him thousands a month per apartment to run it as a homeless shelter. Just stop. NYC DHS, are you effing paying ANY attention here? I'm sending the link to this post, like all the others, directly to you.



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    There will be two events in the confines of the 71 Precinct on May 18, 2014.
    Lag Bomer and the Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon. Please read the following advisories.


    On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the Annual Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon will affect traffic in the following areas and times.

    No Parking on the following blocks(from 5/16, 2014 at 930 PM to 5/17/2014, 1200 PM)
    Ocean Avenue       Empire to Parkside
    Parkside                  Ocean to Coney Island Ave.
    Flatbush                   Gap to Empire

    Heavy Traffic delays and street closures
    (from 5/16, 2014 at 930 PM to 5/17/2014, 1200 PM)
    Eastern Parkway
    Ocean Avenue
    Parkside Avenue


    On Sunday, May 18, 2014 the Lubavitch Community will be celebrating Lag Bomer. This holiday is a joyful occasion and when it falls on a Sunday it becomes a special celebration with a large parade on Eastern Parkway. To allow for the Lag Bomer street parade and festival there will be no parking on the following streets from midnight, Sunday May 18, 2014 till times posted.

    Parade
    No Parking on following blocks

    • Kingston Winthrop to Rutland till 8AM
    • Kingston Empire to Eastern till 6PM
    • Albany    Eastern to President till 3PM
    • Eastern Parkway Albany to Brooklyn both service lanes  3 till 3PM
    Street Fair
    • East New York Albany to Brooklyn till 9PM
    • Kingston Lefferts to Maple till 9PM
    Traffic Delays (6Am to 3PM) 
    • Eastern Parkway
    • Empire Blvd
    • Nostrand Ave
    • New York Ave
    • Troy Ave

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  • 05/19/14--11:33: PS 375 - Behind the Curtain


  • It has become clear to this blogger that PS375, the Jackie Robinson School, a/k/a the school that most Lefferts and Caledonian families are zoned for, is problematic. Possibly, even corrupt. The principal, assistant principal, and the superintendent of the District are all culpable in keeping the school from changing with the times. And by times, I don't just mean being open to integration, i.e. welcoming newcomers to the school, or heaven forbid, holding an open house or school tour. I mean that one-by-one Brooklyn elementary schools are recognizing that they must create an internet/social media presence and actually market themselves and whatever strengths they have so that choosy parents - the ones most likely to help bring positive change - attend and get involved. (I know I'm stepping into a landmine here, but screw it. This school has sucked for long enough and it's time someone called them out. I look forward to being proven wrong, but I'm not hopeful.)

    Without going into details (I've forwarded what I've learned to higher-ups - we'll see if they respond), this school will require the persistent demands of local parents to convince the DOE that the status quo is not acceptable. For decades now, parents have sent their public school kids out of zone and, mostly, out of district. Finally two District 17 schools are beginning to break down the segregated monolith that characterizes the backward local District 17. Both PS705 and PS770 (practically out in Brownsville for chrisakes - but dang good according to parents) are experiencing a diversity heretofore not found in the district. Also, the Caton School is being seen as a bright spot for its warm environment and high marks for school vibe, as well as a super strong dual language focus. A reviewer at InsideSchools noted the way the principal brings math into the everyday in an effective manner. So it's not all doom and gloom. And if you've discovered other diamonds in the rough, by all means let us know!

    Here on the Q, a post criticizing Superintendent Buffie Simmons led to an outrageous outpouring of disparaging remarks and scores of alleged misdeeds, though the personal stuff I would just as soon disregard. Shortly after I posted that piece, I got a call from the DOE about an investigation over Simmons' behavior and the outcry on the Q. I also received a bogus letter from an attorney, suggesting that I must immediately take down the comments and provide said attorney with the names and/or IP addresses of commenters. Having a semblance of respect for the 1st Amendment the Q of course refused, and the "attorney" claimed to be "suing Google for that info, so I might as well turn it over." I called Buff's bluff, and never heard from them again.

    Enough is enough. Even though parents of older children have gone elsewhere, I think it's time to stand together as a community and demand the ouster of the administration at Jackie Robinson and the reconsideration of the performance of Superintendent Simmons. What set me off? The ridiculous survey results from PS375, which you can peruse here: Survey results - PS375. The overwhelmingly positive response from teachers who unanimously recommend the school is firm proof of a longtime rumor that teachers were intimidated into giving positive results.

    If there are bold parents out there prepared to go the distance so that future generations of children can reap the benefit of an improved school that serves ALL folks in the neighborhood, please email me. I can't lead the effort, I'm just too overbooked, but I'm more than happy to offer my unconditional support and access to the contacts I've collected. PS92 will be seeing a change in leadership, probably next year. So another short-term option would be changing the zoning map, which sends some parents three times farther away to their zoned school.

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  • 05/19/14--19:17: Not a Bad Taco, Paco


  • You know that punch-you-in-the-gut Chinese-run Tex-Mex place on Flatbush just down from Clarkson on the east side? Chances are good that one hungry night you decided to give it a try, and after just a few bites swore never to dip south of the border riding that culinary caballo again. (You probably finished your food though, in a fit of catch-22). Well, it recently shut and re-opened with new owners who just happen to also own the cute taco cart on Church Avenue next to that upscale grocer at East 17th, not far from the Q/B stop, called El Dorado. I've had decent tacos there a time or two, and so I was looking forward to trying this new hole-in-the-wall. And you know what? It was pretty good. These El Doradans have the advantage of being actually FROM Mexico. It's not going to win any awards, but if you want a decent taco at a good price, you're going to walk away satisfied.

    While there I glanced across the street to note this enticing looking shop's grand opening:

    Imagine my utter disappointment when I read the relatively fine print below the giant name. I was thinking record store, you know, maybe a place for DJ's to mingle and talk shop. Then I looked at my calendar and remembered it wasn't 1983. More to the point, what mom & pop shop sells footwears AND housewares? I'll tell you who - TRAX. Weird combo, like selling mattresses and potato chips. Love that sign though.

    Then at 766 yet another owner-owned Pharmacy is ready to open. These days, the Q and family go to Lincoln Pharmacy at 723 and frankly I've never been happier, having been deprogrammed from the cult of Duane Reade. Do I miss the long waits and impersonal service? Hell no. But I gotta say I think we may have a few too many of these independent drug stores along the 'Bush for this new entry to have a chance. But I do get why there are so many. If you build a solid clientele, it can be quite lucrative, especially as your customers age and embark on heavy-duty til-you-die drug regimens. Ever wonder why there's a Duane Reade or Walgreens or CVS everywhere you look? Bingo. We Americans eat prescriptions like popcorn.


    Speaking of popcorn, gonna make me some and call it a night.

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    Clarkson gets some love on the tour, yo!

    Each year for decades now, the Lefferts Manor Association hosts the PLG House Tour, where-at you get to peak into your neighbors homes and ooh and ahh and snicker and snark. Add to that the numerous stoop sales that take place, and you've got yourself a recipe for good clean fun and musty old board games. All the details are here: Lefferts Manor Dot Org. And you can purchase $20 advance tickets here.

    Anyone can join the stoop bazaar. From the LMA mothership comes this request: 

    JOIN the stoop and tag sales 12:00 – 5:00, Sunday, June 1st during the Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour Day. The Maple II Block Association is helping to organize stoop and tag sales that day all over the neighborhood. So far we know of a few Streets that will hold sales.

    • Maple Street between Bedford & Rogers
    • Rutland Road between Flatbush & Bedford
    • Midwood Street between Bedford & Rogers
    • Sterling Street between Rogers and Nostrand
    • Check out theMaple II Block Association table on 151 Maple St. All proceeds go toward founding of block events and projects.\
    For more info on House tours seehttp://www.leffertsmanor.org/tag/house-tour

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    The agenda is below. Not a lot of fireworks planned for the public session, but in the business session nominations happen tonight for the Board leadership. In the Q's opinion, the election this year (in June) should be quite interesting, with challengers going up against longtime executive committee members in every position. The Exec sets the agenda each week, and the chair assigns committee chairs. So a change would be significant to the Board's work. Stay tuned...






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  • 05/20/14--10:39: Ocean Avenue Hero

  • There's another Shaun White. OUR Shaun White, and there's no question WHICH Shaun White I would want to be around in an emergency.

    Shaun helped an old lady escape from a fire at 465 Ocean Ave early this morning, just below Caton (yep, that's in the Q's catchment area). You can read the whole story, as related by Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner of the Daily News.

    From the piece:

    FLATBUSH — A good Samaritan hoisted a disabled woman onto his shoulders and carried her from a burning apartment Tuesday, witnesses and the FDNY said.

    Shaun White saw Aloma Malcolm's grandson struggling to get her down a fire escape from her fourth-floor home at 465 Ocean Ave. in Flatbush as thick black smoke billowed from windows behind her at 6:25 a.m. "I ran over and started climbing up the fire escape," said White, 41, a building superintendent who works across the street.

    "They were on the third floor. I saw he was struggling and I said, 'Gimme her.' I threw her around my left shoulder and brought her down to the landing. It happened so fast. The fire was blazing. It was chaos. All I was thinking was get them out."

    Malcolm, 69, who uses a wheelchair, complained that her throat hurt and was taken to Maimonides Medical Center in serious but stable condition, relatives and fire officials said. Three other people received minor injuries but refused medical attention at the scene, a fire spokesman said.

    Shaun, you get the Q's first ever Super Hero award. Color me impressed!

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    Be honest. Part of the reason you want your kid to go to public school is that you paid your taxes and you don't want or can't spend $40,000 to go to a private academy. But let's be honest about something else...some schools in this City are getting better, and the options are greater, in part, because more and more folks with resources are joining the system. This is the unintended but bright consequence of soaring private education prices. (This is not yet happening at state colleges, but perhaps that will change too if enough folks start demanding a low-cost option for the absolutely essential baccalaureate degree.)

    With the influx of more affluent parents comes a HUGE opportunity. But for it all to work, we HAVE to demand economic and racial diversity. TRUE diversity. Not the kind where you as a white person walk into a room and say "that's nice, there's a few people of color here." The numbers gotta be equal or close to equal. People of color yes, but also people of meager means. That's why so many public schools are creating "set asides," not for race (which would be illegal), but for free or reduced lunch, the system's de facto indicator of low-income.

    We have got to stick together and insist that separate is not equal. We tried busing, but the backlash was intense, and led to more and more flight of whites to independent school districts outside the inner cities, once again depriving schools of true diversity. And don't misunderstand me...I firmly believe the benefits are two-way. We can raise our kids to respect each other if we allow them to study and play together from the earliest ages. I've personally seen how we often segregate ourselves on the playground, in nursery schools...it's a matter of "comfort level," and it's a real thing. But at the public schools we have a chance to turn over the reins a bit, and trust that the best teachers will take care of our kids equally, and allow every kid to blossom according to their minds and deeds, not their circumstance.

    Sound hippy-dippy? Bullshit. It's real. It's possible. It's here. Check out this organization, NYC Appleseed, and read more about the problem and solutions that are working. This is our time, parents. We can look back on our lives and say "well, at least my kid got a good education," or we can say "my family was part of a bold experiment to remake society." Are they really incompatible? Will your child really not learn to read and write and 'rithmetic in a public elementary school? Do you really think your kid's gonna get mugged every day for their milk money on the way to school? Are you really concerned that low income parents and kids will adversely affect your children? I believe it starts by educating ourselves to the realities of diversity in education. Come on out to this thang, sponsored by Brad Lander, in the increasingly UNdiverse neighborhood of Park Slope.


    End of sermon. Back to flyers and new business alerts.




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  • 05/21/14--18:59: Slim Jim's To Open By July
  • Okay, it won't be called that. But it's also not gonna be called DJ Oyster either, a name that was panned on this here blog when it first became public. I like Slim Jim's, after it's location across from Phat Albert's and the name of its proprietor Jim Mamary. But hey, I'm not footing the bill. That stretch of the Flabenue does need a little good clean fun. And owner Mamary confirmed that he plans to open by the end of June. (The Q has noted that proprietor's are often ambitious in the calendars, so take it with a grain of gourmet sel de mar.

    Let her rip, Jim. I know a lot of folks who are looking for your new joint to rock our socks off.


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    Kool and the Gang may very well have been talking about shoes. My Funky Shoes is open for business, on the 'Bush between Fenimore and Rutland, and I'm here to testify that it's one fine specimen of Brooklyn boutique. The Boss Lady is Janeen "JoJo" Bannister, and she's set the bar high for craaaaazy shoes. There'll even be kooky kids shoes soon enough.


    I stopped in today and JoJo and her son were busy with customers, so things are clearly off to a good start. Stop in and wish them well, and check out the funky inventory. And if you need a video presentation, here 'tis:



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    Escovitch. Don't Deny Yourself. Done right, it's delicious.

    Two fantastic versions of that song, one by Dave Dudley and the other by the Flying Burrito Brothers, vie for best on my list of 1,000 greatest tunes of all time. The tune and changes and words are exactly the same, but the meaning of the songs seems completely different. That's an amazing accomplishment, really. I know that sort of lyrical costume change happens sometimes in the world of American Standards, as per Jonathan Schwartz's WNYC radio program, but then you have to listen to HIM, which means your day is pretty much ruined. Sorry Jonathan, but I just can't stomach the sound of your saliva amplified as it is through that shock-mounted Neumann microphone.

    Has it really been six days since I posted? The Q has busied himself at work and play, and I've hardly missed it. Perhaps the blogging has lost its luster. On a related note, there's been something I've been meaning to ask you for some time, and now's as good as any. Do you eat a lot? I mean, of course you eat some, and I'm not asking whether you eat too much, but do you sample the various foods of the nabe with relish? Or rather, since relish doesn't go well with everything, do you buy food at local counters on a regular basis?

    It occurs to me that what the Q needs, besides an editor, is someone to share their subjective opinions about neighborhood nosheries so that folks can hopefully become a bit more adventurous in their culinary experimentation. Me, I'm a coop shopper and daddy of poorly trained little ones, and the kids are remarkably unadventurous in their leanings, so I really don't eat out enough to make a dent in the remarkably diverse nearby offerings. (I know, I know, it's not a neighborhood of Restaurants with a capital "R," but c'mon now, every third or fourth business out of 100's serves food, and you've got to be a royal snob or have allergies to certain Caribbean spices if you can't find a decent, strange or genuinely genuine morsel of deliciousness out there.

    The Yelp is a disaster, and not to be trusted, though I'm a fan of the writing of certain snotty reviews. The other sites have barely enough votes to lend a hand, and are geared towards the gourmet. Local shops might get a review that serves as a pretentious thumbs-up, as in "I wandered into this filthy hole-in-a-wall and found the proceedings charming in a third-world sort of way. The food was "interesting" and I hope to stop in again next time I'm here on Safari." But c'mon, man, you live and eat here. You're a native.

    If someone wants to be the Ruth Reichl of the Q, please identify yourself and I'll give you the keys to the kingdom. In the meantime...

    What's your favorite local eatery? Please share frothily!


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    There are cat people, there are dog people. Cat people see kittens and turn to smoochy mush. Dog people see kittens and say "meh." Dog people on the other hand see a drooly poopy big-testicled whelp and their hearts pump double-time. Me? I see the drooly poopy big-testicled needy yapping whelp. And I see their poop everywhere, and I don't think nice thoughts when I see it.

    It must be in the DNA.

    So here, just 8 weeks old and ready for adoption, are some cute orphan kittens from down the block in dire need of your undying love:



    Go here to adopt, and please support the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (not to be confused with Animal Collective, and if you got that gag, you spend too much time reading online 'zines.)

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    From Shelly Kramer came this great comment, worthy of its own special post:


    As someone who eats from restaurants on Flatbush Ave nearly every day here's my go to list.

    Jamaican Pride Bakery: Pumpkin Vegetable Soup (Friday Only). My husband is a big fan of their beef patties & meat loaf (seasoned beef in a more bread like dough, they don't have it regularly)

    Blessings Herbs & Coffee: Egg, Avocado & Tomato Sandwich. Any/All salads

    Errol's Caribbean Bakery: Veggie Patty, Callaloo (with or without Salt Fish) with Ground Provisions (I usually ask them to take off the oil)

    Tugboat: Simple Sally Sandwich

    Jus Fishy: Salmon Burger with Sweet Potato Fries (served with grilled pineapple, onions, & tomato). Also have a great seamed fish & veggie sides.

    Scoops: BBQ Chunk with whichever grain they have for the day & veggie side they're serving. They also have great soup.

    De Hot Pot: Doubles, but my new favorite is their Vegetable Roti (Pumpkin, Potato & Chickpea Chana)

    Tip of the Tongue: 3 Bean Chili, Chicken Salad on a Croissant, Spinach & Chickpea Salad

    Family Pizza: Slice

    Golden Krust: Stew Chicken or Ox-Tail, rice & peas (ox-tail gravy on rice & peas) with steamed cabbage,

    Out of the neighborhood, but deliver here: Ghandi Indian, A.M. Thai

    I've found via eating a lot of Caribbean food over the last nine years, in this neighborhood, the Trini places season their food more consistently than the Jamaican restaurants. So if you're a person who wants your food to taste the same each time I'd stick to Scoops, De Hot Pot or Jus Fishy. If you like a more peppery flavor Errol's is your place...as my husband (native Yardie) says "they're heavy handed with the pepper"

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  • 05/29/14--06:33: Welcome Home to Heights Park
  • You dinnint. No you dinnint, Doug. WTF?


    In an attempt to rename yours and my neighborhood (I guess Lefferts and PLG are too tainted by jerk), these POS (piece of sh#$) townhouses on Hawthorne have been "rebranded" the dumbass name Heights Park. True, we're up over 100 feet from sea level, leaving us fairly safe during the next 40 day 40 night rainstorm or hurricane, which is not out of the question. ["Gardens," which is also a ridiculous name but I've learned to live with it since it's marked on the buses (we were originally named in 1968 for the Botanic Garden, singular).]

    I honestly spit out my morning Joe when I read that.

    Doug. Really? You dinnint? Din you?

    Curb cuts and all. Oh go eff yourself. Start your own neighborhood. See if the Q cares!*

    *Oh yes, the Q cares. He cares a whole bunch.

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  • 05/29/14--10:25: Stabbing At P-Park Station
  • You might see a stabbing shown on various (grisly) websites devoted to crime in NYC. It took place Wednesday morning at 2am-ish. Vinnie from the 71st tells me that two guys started an altercation that began on the Q train north of here, going south. When they got to the station, the stabbing occurred, then they fled. So technically it's the 71st, but one could argue we were merely the "lucky" recipients of the action.

    The Q's always keeping an eye on the numbers. But lately we've been pleasantly surprised by the infrequency of major incidents - last year was a different story. Be careful out there, and remember that if you see something serious going down, it's really your duty to report it - don't assume someone else in "on it." What "serious" means to you might differ from person to person, but the 911 calls are not like timeouts in a football game. You can make as many as necessary, and you don't have to be 100% correct in your assessment. If you see illegal activity, including drug selling, please call 911, despite what you think is the right use of that number. Resources are deployed based on the number of 911 calls. There are plenty of operators, and you can remain anonymous if you want. Regardless of your views on the police, they are way less effective without information and help from the public. I've been told time and again that relatively minor offenses lead to bigger, badder stuff, and is often indicative of a potentially volatile situation lurking under the surface. It's true that the cops can go overboard at times, but they're actually BETTER at dealing with situations when they know what they're getting into. So again, more info the better, in real time.

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