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- 07/16/14--04:04: _Medgar Evers Quad D...
- 07/16/14--18:57: _First Civilian Obse...
- 07/17/14--19:16: _Midwood Flats
- 07/21/14--11:44: _A Tale of Two...no,...
- 07/21/14--12:24: _23-Story Building t...
- 07/22/14--12:48: _Working It Out On P...
- 07/22/14--13:15: _Dr. Cuts Adds Speci...
- 07/24/14--11:24: _Trouble, and Opport...
- 07/24/14--11:40: _Le Flabenue Needs V...
- 07/27/14--20:22: _Gone Fishin'
- 07/29/14--05:48: _Burglars and Vandals
- 07/29/14--19:20: _Wanted for Burglary
- 07/30/14--11:06: _One Man's Rezoning ...
- 07/30/14--19:21: _Got 'em
- 07/31/14--20:36: _Cult Bolts - New Fl...
- 08/04/14--12:45: _The Q Needs Your He...
- 08/06/14--09:39: _Bluebird Cafe to Op...
- 08/08/14--07:39: _New Jointz Galore
- 08/09/14--09:00: _Come Meet Candidate...
- 08/09/14--19:26: _Be Aware
- 07/16/14--04:04: Medgar Evers Quad Design - Third Time's a Charm?
- 07/16/14--18:57: First Civilian Observation Patrol (C.O.P.) In Many, Many Years
- 07/17/14--19:16: Midwood Flats
- 07/21/14--11:44: A Tale of Two...no, three...wait, four...Neighborhoods
- Well, there's always the market rate tenants, and they must live with the vagaries of rental negotiations. This is a landlord's favorite scenario, of course.
- The owners of houses and coops and condos. Despite property tax increases and maintenance costs (yes coop owners, we have those too!), this situation is hugely advantageous to the resident lucky enough to pay a mortgage or own the place outright. Prices have tripled in a decade, and currently show little slowdown. As we've seen recently, home ownership is NOT always a good investment. But here in Brooklyn, even a real estate novice like me looks like a genius.
- There's the "lucky" renters of low-cost rent-stabilized apartments, who, in the current environment, are often being harassed or neglected or bought out of their leases. And while the buyout may seem lucrative, these folks are going to find a hard time finding similarly priced housing elsewhere. Some folks, too, have been paying "preferenced" rates, meaning that when the landlord has the opportunity (read: now) they can revert to the "allowed" rate, meaning a massive increase in monthly cost, all at once. This will surely force many tenants to leave, almost immediately.
- There are the "lucky" recent movers into rent-stabilized apartments, who have often been shafted before signing with a price that's not legal. On top of it, they may be merely a link in the chain, as the landlord races against possible legislation to end the current policy of rent-stabilization exit.
- 07/21/14--12:24: 23-Story Building to Rise on Nostrand Near Church Ave
- 07/22/14--12:48: Working It Out On Parkside
- 07/22/14--13:15: Dr. Cuts Adds Specialist To Practice
- 07/24/14--11:24: Trouble, and Opportunity, at 265 Hawthorne
- 07/24/14--11:40: Le Flabenue Needs Vous!!
- 07/27/14--20:22: Gone Fishin'
- 07/29/14--05:48: Burglars and Vandals
- 07/29/14--19:20: Wanted for Burglary
- 07/30/14--11:06: One Man's Rezoning Is Another Man's Trash
- 07/30/14--19:21: Got 'em
- 07/31/14--20:36: Cult Bolts - New Flats Coming
- 08/04/14--12:45: The Q Needs Your Help - Spring Comes To the Flatbush Trees!
- 08/06/14--09:39: Bluebird Cafe to Open Where DJ Oyster Didn't
- 08/08/14--07:39: New Jointz Galore
- 08/09/14--09:00: Come Meet Candidate Diana Richardson - 2night!
- 08/09/14--19:26: Be Aware
|from the Daily News|
In an open letter to Tish James a few years back, the Q waded into controversial local politics for perhaps the first time, and certainly the first time since being given a seat on the Community Board, which I've recently learned can be snapped away on a whim - bye-bye our wonderful Transportation Committee chair, for instance, who was not re-appointed. Sigh. So what was the Q's beef to Tish?
Basically I was confused why she and other community leaders came out against the Quad project, and why they would consider parking and moderate traffic flow on Crown Street more important than creating an actual permanent campus for a college that has carved a niche providing higher education to Brooklyn's most needy, yet most motivated, young people. AND tons of adult learners. No brainer, right? More green, less exhaust on campus, more interaction between students and faculty, more community events. All there was to it was to close down one block of one lowly street. And the street as is (Crown, Bedford to Franklin) could currently be named after Bud Ugglie. It draws some morning communter traffic, but it's hardly a main artery for Central Brooklyn. So why all the vitriol coming from the community against such common sense public space?
My suspicions were confirmed as my understanding grew. Folks on Montgomery and Crown between Bedford and Rogers, gorgeous blocks for sure, have felt kicked around and disrespected by Medgar for years, ever since it took root in 1970. Longtime commercial buildings were razed to make way for the college. The college wasn't always friendly and accommodating to community needs, and communication was non-existent. The college even renamed a block after itself. Then, when an unpopular college president announced the $15 million project, tempers exploded. Twas gonna look like this:
You may wonder why the Q would concern himself with stuff happening north of Empire. As a bike rider and CB9 guy, I've come to very much view this area as part of my neighborhood. And if the redevelopment of Empire Blvd comes to fruition, and the re-purposing of the Bedford-Union Armory happens, and new bars and restaurants take root along Franklin, Bedford, Rogers and Nostrand below Eastern Parkway, I suspect the distinctions between Crown Heights South and Lefferts Gardens will be less severe. It's Empire Blvd's current junky vibe that cuts the two in half, and Eric Adams et al would love to see it turned into a tourist and shopping and residential high-rise zone. With hotels. More on that as the rezoning process continues...
Now THAT was fun. Riding around in a cop car with working sirens and lights and loudspeakers, jabbering away with a new friend. Playing Hutch to his Starsky. Or rather, doing nothing but driving around, down Parkside, up Winthrop, down Hawthorne, up Fenimore, down Rutland, up Midwood, down Maple, up Lincoln, down Lefferts, up Sterling, round Ocean, Clarkson, New York, Empire...and as much Flatbush as possible.
|Riding Shotgun With Partner|
So, we need more recruits! I don't expect you'll do more than drive a three or four hour shift once a month of your choosing (like the Park Slope Food Coop!), or you could do more if you like, of course. Do it with a friend and make it a date! It is most definitely NOT a dangerous job, and you will have no weapon or really any authority to do anything but observe. Is it helpful? We think it will be when it's happening more regularly, and this way we can create a community of concerned neighborhood types who have a regular and meaningful dialogue and trust with the 71st.
So...send me an email if you're up for it and when I get six more, I'll schedule another orientation with Vinny Martinos.
No, the Q is not referring to London-style apartments on a certain Lefferts street. Folks, the name of the soon-to-open gastro pub is to be "Midwood Flats," and its menu looks something, or rather exactly, like this:
|Hamburger? French Fries? Non Traditional Hamburger? French Fries Nouveau?|
The Q is a big fan of restaurant names that tell you exactly where it is. MF is not inspired, but it's not insipid. (Hey, those two words are almost anagrams. Take the R out of inspired and it's insipid...hmmm. gotta work on that one...)
Take it away, boys! A one, two, three, four...
Tripping down Flatbush Lane this Saturday with the kiddies in tow I was struck by how much is just plain happenin' in the 'hood these days. Construction, new joints, new faces. An email I just received today got me thinking about the ways in which we all perceive the world through our own experience - past and present of course, but also through the lens of our hopes for the future.
In a matter of a couple blocks, I enountered four people I've gotten to know a bit better recently. And they were expressing their concerns in a visible and passionate way.
|On right, Vivia Morgan|
|Brenda & Cheryl|
Then I ran into Cheryl Sealey and Brenda Edwards of PPEN, who were busy alerting neighbors to the perils of development, now that the big money has discovered the Lefferts Gardens area. They've shown wisdom and passion for the issues affecting the entire neighborhood...they're hardly what I could describe as NIMBY-ists. As longtime neighborhood residents, you could describe them as "gentry," even as the word "gentrification" wafts through the air, which can feel like a real insult, to people who've lived here and raised families and been part of the social fabric of the neighborhood for decades.
Speaking of gentrification, some folks see what's going on throughout Central Brooklyn and spring into action. That's Imani Henry, of Equality for Flatbush. He's working on a documentary to highlight the culture of a world that may soon go the way of the dodo, and he just closed a campaign to raise money through IndieGoGo. If you haven't seen Imani and his video, check it out here.
|Imani Henry, holding sign at right|
Looking back on our time in NYC, Mrs. Q and I have watched neighborhood after neighborhood go through the same bizarre dance. In the early '90s, she lived in a very small two bedroom on East 2nd. Folks were being offered money to leave, mostly older Polish immigrants, and the landlord had long-since stopped offering leases on paper, leaving the unsophisticated renters vulnerable. For transient types like Mrs. Q and her roommate, such a cash-only apartment situation seemed almost ideal, knowing that they could easily find a similarly priced apartment elsewhere if need be, and they could simply split on a dime if that was their whim. They were the middle-pieces in the game, back then. Heck, we (meaning me and most of my friends) ALL were.
But with prices rising wildly throughout most of Brooklyn, such a move seems more and more scary these days. Many people have moved to the neighborhood and found a rent-stabilized apartment, and hope to stay. The email I got today showcases how strange and tenuous that relationship is, though, particularly if your landlord is itching to hit that $2,500 threshold.
In a nutshell, the person who sent me the email nabbed an apartment for $1,8000, even though the previous tenant was paying $950. Even with the shoddy "renovation," the landlord should not have been allowed to charge more than $1,300. My correspondent learned this too late, however, and NOW the landlord is refusing to offer her a new lease. Eventually they will have to, because our protagonist knows her rights, and is putting up a fight about it. But it would appear that the landlord is going to make life tough for this tenant, and that the ultimate goal is to up the rent again upon her leaving.
Here's a rent calculator that she sent me that can help you assess how much your landlord can increase rent in various scenarios
So how many kinds of housing sitches are we dealing with?
If that makes it any clearer why some folks are upset about more than the menu items at the new restaurant, then I suppose we're on the same page. Though I too would prefer some vegatarian options, not because I'm a vegetarian, but because I firmly believe that a just society needs a gastro-pub that caters to everyone, not just the red meat-eaters and the lobster-lovers.
Diversity of food options, too, is often the ideal.
I guess 23 is a lucky number for developers. Or perhaps, it's the maximum you can get from FAR for R7-1 zoning for certain sized lots. Either way, the race is on. Nostrand, with its ideal access to public transportation (the 2 and 5 run beneath it) will surely see a massive uptick, literally UPtick.
According to YIMBY, permits have been filed to build a 23 story building on Nostrand below Church a couple blocks. Currently, the site at 1580 Church is a one-story "tax-payer," as they say in the biz.
Currently, our (CB9's) negotiations with City Planning taking place over the last couple months have identified the areas south of Eastern Parkway and over to New York, west to Ocean and south to Clarkson, as the likely boundaries of a rezoning study. And while that may sound like a good plan for those opposing skyscrapers around here, it may be a mixed blessing. Because any rezoning will likely not involve any net losses in buildable space. Meaning, corridors like Nostrand and Empire might see taller buildings allowed to offset downzoning elsewhere. Stay tuned...
Growing up in the heartland, the little Q rarely heard so much as a raised voice, let alone the kind of dust-ups you hear in NYC all the time, often about not much at all. "Conflict? Does it even exist except on TV?" coddled Q might have asked. But after 25 years in Brooklyn, had the full-grown Q been in the Kennedy Fried Chicken place on Parkside last night, and the below dialogue broken out, I too would have stuck around to see if the two adversaries would eventually come to an understanding, maybe even shaking hands. Because despite the heightened rhetoric, in their way, they are trying to come to an understanding that will allow both parties to claim partial victory. When the testosterone comes out to play, what you often see is a bit of backing off as the hormone surge recedes, though in this flick we don't get to see the eventual outcome.
A little background: according to the videographer who sent me this clip, the issue that brought it all to a head was when the grill cook spat on the ground while cooking. Why so upset? Perhaps a bug flew into his mouth? We may never know. The patron, understandably concerned by such unsanitary behavior while his food was being assembled, took issue with the action, leading to an invitation by management to engage in an unethical carnal act between patron and chef. Perhaps I should qualify that. It would be unethical, and illegal, were it non-consensual and/or performed in a public environment.
The conclusions I draw from this interaction are quad-fold: 1: I will not be ordering food from this establishment anytime soon. 2: Spitting while cooking is considered vulgar and unhealthy. 3: The use of homophobic profanity is never called for, even in jest. 4. I'm really glad the clip shows the players from the neck down.
Leave it to Desmond Romeo, proprietor of local fan favorite Dr. Cuts, to shake things up a bit. As Q readers know, I really like Dr. Cuts and have given Desmond the gig to trim my delicate locks and found he had no problem navigating my "straight hair," as it's sometimes referred to in the biz, "straight hair" referring to both curly and actually straight hair typical of European heritage.
Desmond will be adding a part-time straight hair specialist, a talented
Here's Desmond, digging into his craft:
When you think about it, that's an awful lot of trust we place in the scissor-man or braider-lady. I mean, they're behind you, and they have implements. Sharp implements.
From the 71st:
July 21, 2014 at approximately 730 PM in front of 265 Hawthorne Street two males were involved in a verbal altercation that turned violent when on male pulled out a firearm and shot the other male 4 times. The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
July 22, 2014 one male was shot in the lower abdomen at the corner of Washington Ave and Montgomery Street for unknown reasons. At this time it is early in the investigation but we believe the victim knows the perpetrator and was the intended target. Victim was taken to Kings County Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Anyone with information on these two crimes or any crime please call the 71 Precinct Detective Unit at 718-735-0501.
265 Hawthorne is between Rogers and Nostrand, FYI. The building itself has not been implicated, ironically it's a building I've been planning a post about for some time. Just gathering the info. It's an example of a building where the City took over the property due to landlord negligence and arrears. Then, using Pratt Area Community Council as sponsor, the tenants association is working to make it Limited Equity Coop (HDFC is shorthand around here). The tenants could buy their apartments for $2,000 a piece, and their monthly rents would go up slightly, but it would then be considered "maintenance." Loans get made to do repairs. It's a pretty sweet deal, actually, though you must sell at below market rates preset by the agreement.
Take a minute, won't you, from your busy day to fill out another Flatbush Avenue Merchant's Association survey? The train has left the station, with your conductor Dr. Cuts at the helm, with yeoman's service provided by the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC). Oh, and I'd include the side-businesses just off the Flabenue in your calculations, including Lincoln Road and Parkside, as they abut the Flab. (As the old saying goes, "better to abut the Flab than to Flab the butt.")
From Dr. Desmond Romeo:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Pratt Area Community Council (PACC). PACC is a local non-profit organization that has served the central Brooklyn community for 50 years by developing and managing affordable housing and providing direct technical assistance to small businesses. PACC has been very successful in its commercial revitalization initiative for over 15 years. One of PACC's prominent successes in merchant organizing is the formation of the Fulton Area Business (FAB) Association now called the FAB Alliance Business Improvement District, a public-private partnership that provides extensive supplementary services such as increased sanitation, security, and marketing to the Fulton Street corridor.
With that said, we have asked PACC to initially lead with our initiative to formally organize a merchants association that will work to create a vibrant commercial corridor along Flatbush Avenue. A primary mission of the association will be to strategically plan ways to support the quality businesses and to compliment the current retail mix along Flatbush Avenue. The merchants association will also be instrumental in addressing our neighborhood concerns such as vacancies, foot traffic and littered sidewalks. To further stimulate the development of Flatbush Avenue, The Parkside Empire - Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association, in collaboration with PACC, is now conducting a Commercial Needs Survey.
The Flatbush Avenue Commercial Needs Survey is designed to assess local residents' shopping experiences on Flatbush Avenue and gather their input on what types of businesses are needed/wanted in this area. Simply, this survey will assist in determining what residents enjoy in the neighborhood as well as determine what is lacking. The survey will also help us appropriately recruit businesses.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. So please take a moment to read each question carefully and answer to the best of your ability for your entire household.
Thank you for your time!
Merchant Association President
[Owner of Dr Cuts]
|I'm not really that fond of fishing, but dang I like that phrase "dark thirty."|
|Actually, I'll be back when the rental car is due, but this sounds cooler.|
|Big Laughs! He's smoking under water!!|
|Sorry fellas, but this is just plain weird.|
|I've never heard this song, but I just know I love it.|
Everyone's entitled to a little R'n'R, which in the case of a parent of young ones means Running Ragged. Everything's pretty much all about them, which is of course as it should be, but they have the most ridiculous constant and flamboyant need for new stuff to experience and oy, so much going outside. Though staying INside is worse. But so much falling down! I mean, they've been walking upright now for some time. Skinned knees, bloody noses, hurt this, hurt that, more sandwich, more milk, where's my (fill in the blank), and the near constant refrain of "it's not FAIR!" Those with one probably don't get so much of the latter. I have to constantly monitor how "just" everything is with two, and god forbid one should get something ever so slightly better than the other. Not even better, actually. Different. The actual judging of the quality of things is not a two-year-old's strongest suit. The fiver should know better though, but she's getting smart, and that's the biggest drag of all. She sees right through the parent game, and it sucks, because we were just starting to get good at it too.
But I'm not complaining. I'm living the dream and I know it. The fact that 50 million other Americans are living the same dream doesn't prevent me from seeing it as the dream. Heck I was supposed to be dead or in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame by now, and this beats the hell out of either.
If you see a few fewer posts, it's because right now Lefferts is a couple hundred miles away and that's just fine by me. BUT, if you have stuff that you see or pictures you take or news to impart, by all means shoot me an email. I'll be more than happy to post it, since (for the time being) this seems to be the only Lefferts-centric blog and y'all seem to keep coming back for more of this blah blah blah. I appreciate it actually, I really do. Y'all are part of that "dream," and while I'm not sure how it all fits together or how it's going to end, for a few moments we share a deep connection through the internetosphere. The next time you defrag, think of me will you?
It's a shame all burglars aren't required to wear the above uniform. Spotting them would be so much easier. And what of Vandals? History has not been kind to the Germanic tribe.
A spate of incidents up in the Manor and environs reminds us all to be vigilant. Despite the neighborly ways 'round here, it's all too easy for ne'er-do-wells to take advantage and cause havoc. Let's examine the evidence.
Recently, a family has had to endure a spate of Vandalism of a most curious nature. Three separate times rocks have been thrown through their first floor windows. Once is a bummer. Twice a mystery. Three times and they'd had enough and father managed to chase after the kids only to have a knife brandished on him. They're working with authorities to apprehend the perps.
A few recent burglaries share a common denominator. It appears that one partner rings a doorbell asking for someone who doesn't live there while an accomplice enters the next door house. How or why this is an effective strategy the Q can't ascertain with his law abiding brain. Keeping windows and doors locked may well be an effective deterrent for thieves intent on easy entrance and egress.
Keep an eye out. Report suspicious activity directly to 911 or to Vinnie Martinos or any of the officers of the 71st at (718) 735-0527.
And this just in from Vinnie:
We are currently experiencing a rise in garages being broken into. If anyone sees someone suspicious in back yards or loitering in alley ways please call 911 to report it. If you have in the past or have video of someone in backyards that does not belong there and you don't recognize please email me or send me the detailed photos. It will also be a great help if you do have a video camera facing garages or backyards to please review them for anything suspicious.
Sounds like a true rash of burglaries has emerged of late. Probably the same culprits, and much the same method each time - checking to see if you're home, then entering through windows. Clearly if you're home you should not try to confront the criminals, but rather call 911. There seems to be a team of two working, and they're super bold. Keep an eye out. We're going to nab them! Try to get a good description if you see youths taking an active interest in your building or ringing doorbells. Plus...
No one should be on a Fire Escape. No one. Not safe for them, definitely not safe for the people in the apartments near them. If you see someone, call it in. Sorry to be a Nervous Norman, but that's the fact, Jack. The Q has zero tolerance for fire escape antics. Okay, maybe someone smoking a cigarette and their window's wide open, or watering a plant. But c'mon. Even someone locked out should contact the Super rather than pull a Spider Man.
And yes, the 71st is aware and working in concert with Brooklyn South to stem the tide. I'm told there are unmarked cars working the neighborhood, though of course I have no way to confirm that. We have at least 10 reported break-ins in July. I'm speaking with the 71st tomorrow so maybe I'll learn more.
This piece from DNA INFO:
Related? The lobby at 125 Hawthorne was ransacked and hardware and such stolen.
Lock, keep and eye out, and here's a probable suspect. Breaking my heart. 16 years old. And as we've said, probably not alone.
Seems that it may be time for an update on the various voices bellowing loudly for recognition in the rezoning process. Today I see in Brownstoner that MTOPP, a/k/a Alicia Boyd, has tried to create a stir around the (not even yet-proposed) rezoning of Empire Boulevard. Remembering, as the Q has pointed out previously, that we are only now getting to the point of discussing the geographical area of a rezoning study with City Planning, it seems to me very unproductive to create the impression that the neighborhood is united against rezoning and developing Empire Blvd. Quite the opposite. Unlike 626 Flatbush which has had detractors and proponents since the beginning, I've heard relatively few voices express an interest in keeping Empire Blvd the Fast Food and Storage Facility corridor that it is now. I'd also say that I personally find it disruptive to create the impression that more has taken place than it has. At this point, various players have weighed in on what they'd like to see from Empire. But these are all expressions of desire, hardly the stuff of reality at this point. 626 had its permits and its financing when some in the community began to protest. In my opinion, you can't protest something that isn't happening.
Certainly there is much to be discussed about whether and what the appropriate vision should be for Empire Blvd. I've long felt that it is EXACTLY the appropriate space to consider affordable housing options, even a middle-class focus. Hell, much better than East New York in my opinion, though one could imagine a growth along that corridor for lower and middle class housing that extends eastward to Brownsville and ENY. Empire is an excellent, underused location, and responsible development would be welcome. MTOPP is, of course, entitled to its opinion and tactics. But the fact is that 11226 is much more dense than Lefferts Gardens, which MTOPP has misidentified as the most dense neighborhood in Brooklyn. MTOPP, or more precisely Ms. Boyd, continues to go its own way, misstate facts, and sometimes misses opportunities to build useful coalitions. And on this latest mission, I've noted that Alicia has explicitly expressed the primary reason for the MTOPP position on Empire Blvd. She and her Sterling Street Block Association are but one block away, making any development a concern for its direct effects. Ask anyone on Chester Court...no one enjoys massive construction happening just outside one's window.
On that count, at least, we can all agree.
Vinnie just called to say they got three of the burglars, aged 14, 16 and 17. Looks like they're responsible for the bulk off the crimes. I guess we'll know if the trouble stops.
|Photo by Elizabeth C.|
Lest there be any doubt about COBU's cultness, COBU was first called The Forever Family. Just saying, that doesn't sound like such a good idea to me, and I can how the change of name helped the "Family" to thrive.
If you have 13 minutes to kill, this is an amazing and creepy break-down of how cults work their black magic.
Hey all. As I mentioned earlier, the Q's gone fishin' for a spell, but that doesn't mean my obsession with those dang green sheet metal trees has taken a vacation. In fact, I spent the last couple nights editing the Youtube video that goes along with the crowd-sourcing plea for support. Please check out the video (below) and go to the IOBY site and give modestly or extravagantly so we can finally turn these trees into a piece of public art that will be the envy of the town. And in a town like NYC, that's saying something.
The Q doesn't ask for much, does he? Day in and day out I share my thoughts with y'all, and info and pictures, and I don't do advertising because dag nabbit the webernet is chock full of ads and crap and you can never tell whether the author of most stuff is taking a cut on the sly. (Okay, actually I'm too lazy and/or busy to manage this as a "business." But seriously I enjoy the independence that comes with the plain ol' vanilla blog (hmmm...why did I say vanilla?) and I appreciate every one of your eyes and even the comments that take me to task. Dialogue is good. Talking to each other is good. And public art is good too, because I think we can all take pride in the physical visage of the 'hood.
Please check out the video. Consider a gift, and even if you're not super into me or the blog, you might be super into the idea of the first of hopefully many uses for the plaza up at Empire-Flatbush-Ocean.
Oh, and if you don't mind, could you send a link of this to everyone you know, and who ever lived around here? It would be great if there were a worldwide aspect to this campaign. Because folks, Flatbush is a neighborhood with an extraordinary history, full of extraordinary people, and its coolest days are behind it, ahead of it, and all around it. I know that's more than 100%, but hey, so's Flatbush. It's alive, it's you, it's me. It's NYC to a capital T. It's America as it could be. Except for the street trash...but we're working on that!
tim "theQ" thomas
Here's the poop on the Oyster. We knew, didn't we, that the name DJ Oyster would not stand up to scrutiny, especially after the Q's critical commenters weighed in. Bluebird Cafe has a nice ring to it, though I certainly hope that's not one of the main entree's. Oh what do I know, maybe Bluebirds are the new chicken in this crazy universe where cuisine is the new rock 'n' roll. Thanks to my spies, I'm able to bring this to you from 250 miles away as I sit on the steps of the town hall of tiny Sandgate, VT, so small it has no shops save the "Wayside" general store. This is the only internet for miles around, and cell phones don't reach us at the Corner House. And yet, I can't help but be drawn here to check up on y'all and wish Jim Mamary and his new bistro at 504 Flatbush a great run. In nearly a dozen years the refrains I've heard loudest have been that we need a good bistro (soon we'll have two, plus longtime cantina Lincoln Park) and a good coffee haus (we have three). But something tells me the complaints will keep on pouring like lemonade on a hot summer day. I guess if you're paying $1400 for a studio, things stick in your craw.
|Thanks Mark S. for the Photo!|
Seems August is a busy month for bi'ness on the Flabenue. The sign for "Cinnamon Girl" is up btw Midwood and Rutland, suggesting a not-too-long wait for its Neil Young memorabilia, and/or, as I recall from Mrs. Q's conversation with the owner, take-out goods and sundry essentials.
Then there's that drinky-eaty place on Beekman, truly a revolutionary concept given Beekman's sometime's checkered past. "Erv's" is what my spies say it'll be, and owners Rob and Cate (Kate?) are looking for a roughly Labor Day opening. It'll be a cafe and drinks spot.
Btw, by "spies" I mean pal to the Q Mark S. who also writes lovely pieces on local eateries and will undoubtedly be sampling the wares.
The Q welcomes our new neighbors and wishes them all the success in the world. And if THAT doesn't earn me some free foodstuffs, what will?
Diana Richardson is a colleague of the Q's at the Community Board, and I highly recommend her as Democratic District Leader, a strange volunteer springboard job that gives her a voice on all matters Dem, including assigning poll workers and providing a voice at the County-City-State levels of the Party. This can be a big deal where judges are concerned, as they help decide who's on a ballot that they will undoubtedly win (they're Dems after all). Check her out - she's a take charge lady with her finger on the pulse.
For more info on what DL's actually do, clicky click.
Hey folks. A description from the 71st Precinct about an attempted rape makes it a bit more possible to stay alert. The guy's short (5' 3") and bald, and dark-skinned. That's a heck of a lot more to go on than the usual. Not that short, bald, dark-skinned guys are a bad lot, mind you, but this is serious stuff.
From Vinnie Martinos:
Last night a dark skin, bald head, 5'3 130lbs male did forcibly touch a female and ran away. Moments later same male followed a second female into her building on Rogers Ave. and attempted to rape her. Victim did scream and the residents of the building did scare the perp away. If anyone has any information on either of these crimes please contact the 71Pct detective at 718-735-0501.