Will Crime End on Flatbush?
"When pigs fly", according to the NYPD (or so it seems)
Say hello to "Skywatch",
the NYPD's airborne surveillance tool currently parked at the BP station
on the corner of Flatbush and Washington Avenues. Is Skywatch here to stay? Is he/she just visiting? Is
the plan to intimidate drug dealers into moving further south down
Flatbush Avenue, or indoors? I knew I should have kept attending the
71st precinct's community meetings. Does anyone have the answers? One
of these went up in Manhattan on the Upper East Side - does that
mean that PLG is now in the same high-end league as the UES? Or does it
mean that our neighborhood is slowly taking on the look of an open-air
penitentiary - complete with guard towers and surveillance
BREAKING NEWS: Lennie's Trinidad Diner History?
Fidelia at the helm
The security gate on Lennie's, PLG's
hole-in-the-wall culinary landmark on Washington Avenue across from the
BP station, is now displaying a "FOR RENT" sign. Has this
neighborhood treasure truly gone under? How sad if it's true. Sure,
delicious rotis can be had in other places (most notably Ali's Roti Shop
further down Flatbush) but there was something very homey and special
about getting a (cheap yet exquisite) handmade roti from the always
sweet Fidelia. You will be missed Fidelia!
is the Cruelest Month
But a new and improved Planet may
be on the way...
Our house is under contract and
we are preparing to leave by the end of April - but there may be a new
(and improved) sheriff in town shortly. We will be meeting tonight in an
undisclosed location with a person -
soon to be a resident of our fair neighborhood - who has expressed
interest in taking over the command of the Planet. Stay tuned... (or at least check back every so often).
Seafood Menu Added to "Food &
Give the "Best Takeout Seafood
Restaurant in Brooklyn" a Try
See what folks are saying about this place on ATP
Blogger Sells His Home - Open House This Sunday, 3/4, 2-4pm
Planet PLG Founder Sadly Says
"goodbye, and thanks for all the fish"
For a variety of reasons we have reluctantly decided sell our home
and leave the city. We will miss our beloved PLG and all of the truly
wonderful people we have met here. We hope you have enjoyed reading
Planet PLG (we apologize for slacking off these past months) and we are
proud that in some small way we have helped celebrate and advocate for
this fantastic neighborhood we all call home.
City Council Gets First Member Born in Haiti
Dr. Mathieu Eugene was elected to the City Council yesterday for the
40th district, becoming the Council’s first Haitian-born member.
Meet The Candidates for City Council on Tuesday, February, 13th!
This is probably your last chance to hear directly
from the candidates and decide who deserves your vote. Having the right person
representing us in the City Council can make a huge difference for the future of
And then there were 10... - Room 8
Three out of 13 candidates were found ineligible
Tuesday by the Board of Elections for the February 20th special election to fill
Yvette Clarke's vacated City Council seat.
To Live, and Run, in Brooklyn - The Politicker
THURSDAY EVENING IN PLG:
Meet Zenobia McNally At K-Dog
Now that Yvette Clarke represents us in Congress,
we need to elect a new city council member. There will be a special election on
February 20th to decide who gets the honor. Meet one of the top contenders at
K-dog on Lincoln Road this Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.
From Prospect Park
Southwest to Northern Uganda|
OR: Kevin and
Aimee's holiday among the war displaced
You may remember an earlier PPLG
article on Kevin Bott, an NYU PhD student (and big league mensch) who is
using applied theater to try and bring about positive social change. Just
off the heels of a highly successful theatrical production in a NY prison
Kevin and his equally wonderful wife Aimee have left the comforts of their
Windsor Terrace apartment to spend several weeks in nothern Uganda. Their
plan? To offer help, to learn all that they can about the war-driven
humanitarian crises there, and to spread awareness of the needless suffering
of innocent people - especially children. To that end, and also to reassure
skittish friends and family,
they are keeping
a blog of their experiences which we will be monitoring closely.
Kevin and Aimee were inspired to make this trip after viewing the highly
Invisible Children which is an excellent way to learn more about the
situation in Uganda. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to their
More on Kevin and Aimee's trip from a
12/17/06 email announcing their blog:
"As many of you know, Aimee and I will be traveling to Uganda today.
We'll be away for almost a month and would like to invite you all to join
us... via the wonderful world of the blogosphere."
"Aimee will be attending births and perhaps helping midwives deliver
babies in the local hospital. I am helping an NYU colleague organize and
develop a new school curriculum with the Ugandan education and culture
ministry. Also, many of you also know that I have been working with state
inmates in New York, doing prison theater for the past year. I am really
hoping to connect with a prison organization so that I can get a glimpse
into an African prison system (and maybe even do some theater work with
Sunrise over PLG - 12/22/06
Emma Rebecca, 10lbs, 22" long (!) to the editors of this website.
Prospect Park in Lights Celebration
Tonight in PLG|
Prospect Park In Lights Celebration tonight!
WHERE: Parkside & Ocean Avenue Entrance
WHEN: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
WHAT: Music, Entertainment, Lights & FREE Hot Chocolate & Candy!
- Trumpeters from the
- Steel drumming by the Sesame Flyers
- Dance from the
PLG's newest restaurant packs them in - early reviews are positive
enjoying dinner at Enduro, Jim Mamary's newest restaurant on Lincoln
Road, seemed to have the same giddy "I can't believe I am experiencing this in
my own neighborhood" expression on their faces. After a well-attended
pre-opening party on Wednesday, Enduro opened its doors to the public on
Thursday and was immediately swamped with happy dinners. Take-out copies of the
menu were as hard to find as O.J.'s book on Friday (more menus are on the way)
and the bar area was doing a very "healthy" business. Half way through our drink
we turned to the person next to us at the bar only to realize it was the
mysterious figure behind
Across the Park. Other recognizable faces were the newlywed publishers of
Stay Free magazine, the
Axiom Addicts (who are playing 12/15 at Vox Pop), the owners of the first
home featured on the PLG house tour (with a basement bar that rivals Enduro's),
PLUS founder Mark Dicus, local DJ/author "Buzz" and, we are told, Marty
Markowitz. Early reviews of the food have been very positive (but with the
excitement over this place opening they probably could have served stale
tortillas and dry rice and still gotten an enthusiastic thumbs-up - we are
waiting for more sober reactions in the days to come). Enduro is located at 51
Lincoln Road - we will post the menu as soon as we can buy one on eBay.
Iraq for Sale Screening
draws a large crowd|
PLG peace group
plans to screen more films in the future
Local artist and peace activist Daniel
Kohn (standing below) opened his beautiful studio (once a storage area for
Ebbets Field groundskeepers) to the public Saturday for a screening of Robert
Greenwald's expose documentary Iraq for Sale. The film documents how US
corporations like Halliburton, Blackwater and KBR are raking in billions in US
taxpayer money by spending as much money as possible providing supplies for the
occupation of Iraq. Apparently their (often no-bid) contracts are on a "cost
plus" basis, which means they not only get reimbursed for everything they spend,
they also get a nice little bit on top. The result? When a tire blows out on an
$80K truck, they just buy a new truck. When an massive order of computers comes
in that isn't quite right for the job, the brand-new units are bulldozed into a
burn pit and torched un-opened.
-IRAQ FOR SALE-
VIEW THE TRAILER:
A MUST-SEE FILM
Free Cinema This Weekend:
Greenwald's IRAQ FOR SALE
Prospect-Lefferts Voices for Peace and Justice
for a free screening of this critically acclaimed indictment of
corporate war profiteering in Iraq.
When: Saturday, December 2nd, 4 - 6 pm
Where: Kohn Studio
104 Montgomery St.
RING BUZZER #3 (Location is between Washington Ave & Franklin Ave,
near Brooklyn Botanic Garden Greenhouse)
Film will be followed by a discussion on the local anti-war
movement and how you can get involved.
Filming on the PLG Side of Prospect Park
P.S. I Love You. According to IMDB this film, starring Hillary
Swank, Kathy Bates and Harry Conick Jr., tells the tell of "(a) young widow
discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help
ease her pain and start a new life." Call us cynical, but do you think she
would have preferred cash?
NEWS: SANTA'S NAME IS "MORT"|
Planet PLG's exclusive on Prospect Park events finally hits mainstream press
GENERAL MEETING DRAWS A GOOD CROWD|
You know people are serious about
working for positive change in their community when they are willing to sit
in tiny wooden seats designed for toddlers in a stuffy classroom. The recent
PLUS (Prospect Lefferts United for Services) general meeting provided the
many first-time attendants with a summary of the group's recent activities
- Marketing Brochure for the Neighborhood
PLG is a great neighborhood, but we still don't have a bank, a bookstore
and many other "nice-to-have" businesses. PLUS has created a snazzy brochure
to help draw businesspeople to the neighborhood - now it's just a question
of locating funds to print it out.
- The PLG Dinner Club
PLUS program to support existing restaurants and create a nice social
event to boot officially kicked off last Wednesday with dinner at Ali's Roti
Shop. For $12 participants were treated to, in the words of PLUS leader Mark
Dicus, "a family style traditional Trinidadian meal featuring Trini Barbecue
chicken, lentils, macaroni pie, rice and peas, curried chicken, curried
beef, curried goat, doubles, and much more". If you missed it, you can still
enjoy Ali's delicious fare by stopping by at 589 Flatbush Avenue - and stay
tuned for more PLUS-sponsored Pris Fixe meals around the neighborhood..
- Storefront Improvement Program
If you have walked down Lincoln between Flatbush and Ocean lately you
have seen PLUS' handiwork in the form of bright new awnings in front of
several businesses. More is on the way (in the months to come new awnings
will pop up in front of the Maple Street School, Enduro and, eventually, the
bodega on the corner of Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue). PLUS was able to
secure additional funding for this program that, this time, does not require
businesses to pony up any funds at all. Before and after photos of
businesses were passed around and yours truly spoke briefly about our long
somewhat successful dance with the MTA over improvements to the Parkside
Avenue subway stop.
If you'd like to get involved in these PLUS
activities or suggest new initiatives for the group contact PLUS' fearless
leader, Mark Dicus.
HOUSE AND SENATE|
It's a New Dawn in America! Clarke to join majority in Congress.
"CLUELESS" READER'S ELECTION QUESTION:|
"So voting is coming up on Tuesday and I
realize that I have absolutely no idea where the polling place is here in
PLG. You should post it before Tuesday, I'm sure there are other
clueless people out there like me."
Thanks for the question.
to find your polling place.
at the Maple Street School
PLUS GENERAL MEETING: Wednesday, November 1
The Entire PLG Community is Invited to PLUS'
PLUS is a community organization that supports existing businesses and
businesses interested in establishing themselves in PLG. The
organization co-sponsored the recent ARTMart 11225 event on Lincoln
Road, obtained funding to improve neighborhood storefronts and has
worked closely with the Borough President's office and the DOT on
bringing improvements to the neighborhood.
The meeting will
start at 7:30 and will be held at The Maple Street School, 21 Lincoln
Rd. b/w Flatbush and Ocean Avenue. Come get an update on recent PLUS
activities and how you can join us in economic development initiatives.
If you haven't joined the PLUS yahoo group,
feel free to subscribe
Inside The Theater Down The Street|
from the recent EDC tour of the Loew's Kings
We had hoped to make it to the NYC Economic
Development Corporation tour for prospective developers of the Loew's Kings
Theater last week to see for ourselves the glory of this abandoned beauty. Alas,
the day job once again got in the way. Fortunately a certain
apparently does not have the same problem - he went and posted photos of the
tour to flickr (many thanks to Brownstoner for posting this info on his site).
We have been shouting from rooftops about this theater for some time now but if
you haven't been following the story you can get the background info on the
theater here. Borough
President Marty Markowitz has taken up the Loew's Kings cause of in a big way
and the EDC has issued a "request for expressions of interest" looking for
developers interested in restoring the Loew's Kings to her former glory. We are
continuing to scan the horizon for a white knight with deep pockets...
See Also the A&E
Loew's Kings Video
Planet PLG Exlcusive
Secret Holiday Events Planned in Prospect Park
Senior PPA official gives tantalizing hints at recent OBTP meeting
||Because the official
announcement has yet to be made, Josephine Pittari, Sr. VP of Operations
of the PPA, would only offer hints as to the mysterious events being
planned in the park for the holiday season. Apparently someone with deep
pockets has come forward with an event idea for New York City. This
person was not originally thinking of Prospect Park as the venue (it is
believed that Central Park was the orginal plan) but changed plans upon
touring (and seriously digging) our emerald jewel. So, what's the deal?
Here's all we know to date:
A series of "events" are being planned for the holiday season
All funding is coming from this individual who will hire all the
necessary workers and designers
Each main entrance of the park will host an event
The first event will be held at Grand Army Plaza on November 27th
event will be called "Flip the Switch" (hmmm... an illuminated Christmas
tree and/or Menorah? A giant disco ball? A public execution?)
We also know that our very own Parkside/Ocean
entrance will host an event on December 17th, and that local folk will be asked
to offer up suggestions. We'll post more as soon as details become available.
Stand Up For Your Rights
Ocean Avenue slumlords -
your time has come
Ocean by the Park Block Association meeting brought out a sizable group of angry
tenants from the buildings along Ocean Avenue. Residents of 115 Ocean Avenue in
particular described their frustration with conditions in their building and
what they say is their landlord's attempt to drive out longtime rent-stabilized
residents in order to jack-up the rents for gentrifying newcomers.
Residents of several buildings along the block complained of frequent outages of
hot or cold water (how do you like your morning shower - ice-cold or scalding
hot?), periods without heat, front doors that can be easily pulled open,
crumbling ceilings, holes between apartments, steam pipes on the verge of
bursting and more.
Tennant organizer Bennet Baumer advised residents of problem buildings to
carefully document all problems by calling 311 and to maximize their
effectiveness by organizing themselves into tenant associations. Baumer also
suggested writing certified letters to negligent landlords outlining needed
repairs and lacking services and taking landlords to housing court if the
landlord fails to act.
Planet PLG will be visiting some of the buildings mentioned to document
conditions for an upcoming story. We will also present an update on news from
the Prospect Park Alliance (which was also a topic at Thursday's meeting) soon.
If you need advice on how to
deal with a negligent landlord, contact Bennet Baumer at 212-979-6238 ext. 204.
Bennett Baumer, Tenant Organizer with the Metropolitan Council on Housing
From L to R: Tennant Organizer Bennet Baumer, Activist Chris Owens and Celeste
Davis of OBTP, rumored candidate for City Council to replace Yvette Clark
Ocean by the Park Meeting
You are invited to an important community
meeting at the Moravian Church
Come meet your neighbors and lend support
to the movement to organize tenants in the buildings on Ocean Avenue. We'll
hear from a Tenant Organizer with the Metropolitan Council on Housing and
we'll get an update from the Prospect Park Alliance on what is happening
with the $35MM Lakeside Center which is to be built on our side of the park
next to the lake.
Thursday, October 26th, 7 - 8:30pm
John Hus Moravian Church, 153 Ocean Avenue
View The Flyer
11225 is a huge success!|
Works by 30+ artists, a solid turnout,
free beer and a sneak peak at Enduro
From all accounts we picked the
wrong weekend to go out of town. PLG's first artsy street event in
recent memory exceeded expectations in terms of vendors, buyers and warm and
fuzzy community vibes. Hopefully there will be many more similar events to
come. Congratulations to all the people from PLUS and PLGArts who made it
all happen and thanks to Buzz and our friends at
sharing their photos.
Debbie Hamilton of PLGArts, a svelte Marty
Markowitz and Mark Dicus of PLUS
Photo courtesy of
An artist showing her wares
Photo by Buzz
The Enduro crew (owner Jim Mamary on the
Photo by Buzz
displays his works
Photo courtesy of
CIVIL RIGHTS WATCH:
If NYC would focus as intently on locking up
slumlords with building and health code violations as they have on harassing
this 75-year Clinton Hill artist (who was just taken away in handcuffs), the
city would be a far better place.
The Broken Angel Standoff: A "Clinton Hill Waco" via Gowanus Lounge
It's Not Just a Cool Bar
Flatbush Farm is now a full-fledged restaurant -
76 St. Marks Avenue
You may remember our fairly
recent, way-positive write up on this Park Slope establishment (owned by
Damon, husband of Wendy - the director of PLG's Maple Street School). The
atmosphere was very chill, the people behind the bar were extremely kind and
the bar food was sublime. Well, they've now got the restaurant portion of
the business up and running and we'll be checking in with them again soon.
You can check out the delights of their menu by clicking on the links below:
Until PLG Gets Its Own
We love Community
Board 9... really. We don't have anything truly bad to say about them.
We just wish they were open to the idea of shutting down Lincoln Road
between Ocean and Flatbush just once - as a test - to see how the community
reacts to a PLG market. To date, they won't do that... The struggle
continues. Maybe if ArtMart 11225 (which will not close down the
stretch) is a clear success they can be made to reconsider.
In the meantime check out the Caton/Flatbush Farmer's Market:
"For several years now a small Farmers market has been selling produce on
the corner of Flatbush and and Caton every Wednesday. The produce is fresh
from upstate New York and Pennsylvania soil; peaches, plums, watermelon,
collards, okra, baby tomatoes--all bursting with flavor."
"Many people in the neighborhood are surprised to hear there is a farmers
market in Flatbush. Most people respond, "Oh, yeah, the one at Grand Army
Plaza, I've been there" This is probably because the market's produce is
barely visible from the street, hidden behind the white vinyl tent. The last
market of the season is November 15th. I recommend the pears, and the
Flatbush/Caton Farmer's Market
Don't Destroy Brooklyn Fundraiser
This Saturday in Prospect Park
Walk Don't Destroy 2 will be an opportunity to help fund the DDDB
legal campaign at a fun, interactive and exciting event. Join your friends
and neighbors to help stop eminent domain abuse, massive over-development
and the destruction of the Brooklyn we know and love.
The court battle against the 'Atlantic Yards'
hinges on our ability to fund our legal team. While we have a very strong
legal case and legal team, we can't win without your help in raising money
The walk is less than 2 miles, and starts at
noon at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The event will include hundreds of
walkers for a full day of talent, children's activities, music, food and
booths at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
71st Precinct Community Council Meeting
Got a beef? Tell it directly to the
71st's top cop
You are invited to hear the affable Inspector Frank Vega deliver
his monthly "Commanding Officer's Report" to the community. As we've
noted in the past, these meetings are dominated by Crown Heights
residents and issues - it's important for PLGers to show up too so that
our concerns are considered as well.
Where: Intermediate School 61, 400 Empire Boulevard
When: Thursday, October 18th at 7:30pm
ArtMart 11225 on Lincoln Road
Mark you calendars and make sure to come out
for ArtMart 11225 this Saturday, October 21st - sponsored by PLUS and
PLGArts - on Lincoln Road between Flatbush and Ocean Avenues. This should be
a very cool event.
Are Invited to an Important Community Meeting!
Thursday, October 26th, 7 - 8:30pm
John Hus Moravian Church, 153 Ocean Avenue
View The Flyer
Avenue once had the finest apartment buildings in all of Brooklyn -
Yet, in 2006, are you:
• Dissatisfied with the maintenance of your apartment building?
• Worried about rising rents?
• Leasing from a landlord who takes your money but ignores your
• Frustrated by the seeming indifference of your neighbors?
• Interested in increasing the quality of life in your
Tenant Organizer, Metropolitan Council on Housing
Learn about the tenant rights, basic principles of tenant organizing,
and smart solutions for positive change on Ocean Avenue!
Administrator of Prospect Park
The driving force behind the rebirth of Prospect Park will give us a
first-hand update on the new Lakeside Center soon to be built by the
lake on the PLG side of the park.
READER'S TIP: Saturday is Brooklyn & Slim's
"The last night will be Saturday, and there will be free food. Probably
Caribbean and Southern cooking, including Yvonne's excellent baked macaroni
Although we weren't around for most of it, Brooklyn & Slim is widely
recognized as a neighborhood institution. It's very sad that the sweet
people who own it have sold it. We can only hope that whatever follows will
preserve some of the warmth of the place.
Revival House - Beloved Brooklyn Theater Will Be Saved -
K-Dog & Dunebuggy's New Awning
More new storefronts coming soon
from PLUS' Storefront Program
Fall 2006 in PLG
MUCH MORE >