SISTER CITIES

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It would be difficult to conceive of two more comically disparate locales than Long Island’s Sagaponack and Brooklyn’s Flatbush. The former is based on the divine conceit that residential perfection can be a reality – as long as it’s sufficiently funded. Bejeweled with oceanfront mansions and backyards that rival Nethermead, the Hamptons enclave usually qualifies as one of the most expensive zip codes in the nation. Flatbush, on the other hand, is a historically working class bastion that occasionally appears on lists of a less salubrious nature – some of them produced at 1 Police Plaza. It’s not perfection that’s sought here – it’s mitigation of

BIRDS OF PREY

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A Great Neck developer who was sued for deploying a fake FBI agent to intimidate an elderly Flatbush man into signing over his home has flipped a house at 259 Maple Street between Bedford and Rogers, Flatbushed has learned. Park Slope Associates picked up the PLG property for $500,000 in 2013 and sold it off last month for $1.4 million after a renovation, according to records. Roughly two weeks before that sale closed, The New York Post reported that a 66-year-old Flatbush man sued the same company for scheming to divest him of his property at 2319 Bedford Ave. between Albemarle and Tilden. According to the suit, Park Slope Associates sent

CORNER CATS

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Three men in front of the long defunct Erasmus Pharmacy at the corner of Bedford and Church Avenues in 1978. Here’s an ad for the business from 1930…     That corner, today.  

HOOD RAT

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Neighbors of former Brooklyn District Attorney William Geoghan knew something was amiss the night of September 30, 1945 when the second-floor lights in his 1842 Bedford Avenue home flickered on. The retired lawman and his family were out of town at the time and they knew of no proxies who would have had access to the residence at the corner of Maple Street. Lefferts Manor denizens were already on high alert when home after home had been picked clean of valuables over the preceding month. These were bold heists. The intruder had even raided three residences in a row on Rutland Road between Flatbush and Bedford – numbers 94, 96, and

OAXACA BOSS: TAKING TALENTS TO ROGERS AVENUE

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The Oaxaca Taqueria mini-chain has leased space at 406 Rogers Avenue between Sterling Street and Lefferts Avenue and hopes to start slicing the carne around June, owner David Schneider told Flatbushed.com. After considering a squalid cavern on Flatbush Avenue next to Midwood Flats, Schneider said the corner Rogers location ultimately made the most sense for his march into PLG. The 1,400 sq. ft. ground floor commercial space – formerly host to the House of Hills funeral home – is being totally renovated and will feature large glass frontage, Schneider said. “We like to come into areas that are underserved. People actually appreciate you being there.” The taco tactician cited his Bed-Stuy location on Bedford Avenue

BLOOD ON THE LEAVES

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His campaign trail extends from Clarkson Avenue to Empire Boulevard. His motorcade consists of a single vehicle – a 1964 Chevy Nova straight 6 engine with painted flames that leap from the hood. His spokesman – currently on leave at a canine anger management camp – is an ornery bull mastiff named Bush. After a long run as an independent, he has been aligned with the extremist Bloods Party since the late nineties. For a particular Flatbush demographic, “Monsta” Rose serves as street mayor – lauded by constituents, feared by combatants, and respected by both. He is the hardened sage, the raconteur,

SAME OL’ SAME OL’

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Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne and Fenimore Streets. The black and white image was taken in roughly 1910. The color image was taken in March 2015. Note the original dollar vans – horses and carriages – doddering past the site of the 626 Flatbush development.    

A CHECKERED PAST

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  It was October 31, 1929, and the genteel residents of Lefferts Manor were still reeling from a stock market truncheon blow that had knocked the nation into a financial coma just a week earlier. A panicked selloff over the preceding months climaxed on October 24, when Wall Street plunged 13-percent. The grisly spectacle came to be dubbed “Black Friday.” While not yet apparent at the time, the Great Depression had been set into motion. The reverberations no doubt shook the foundations of Lefferts Manor, an exclusive Flatbush enclave comprised of architectural marvels, and inhabited by the cream of the

SUMMERING ON PARKSIDE

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Believe it or not, wealthy 18th-Century Manhattanites once considered the pastoral expanse of Flatbush – and PLG in particular –  to be a prime spot for tranquil summer cribs.  Remarkably, former Loyalist NYC mayor David Mathews (served between 1776-1783)  would often bounce to a little sugar shack at the corner of  Parkside and Flatbush when he needed a breather from the taxing bustle of Manhattan. From Wikipedia: “Mathews lived in Manhattan but maintained a summer residence in Flatbush, located approximately at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Parkside Avenue, and where he conducted much of his business while Mayor.” He summered on Parkside and Flatbush! But

OLD SCHOOL

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Any documentary featuring notable Jews from Brooklyn inevitably presents a tender recollection of  Erasmus Hall High School at Flatbush and Church. After hearing that a youthful Barbara Streisand once bearhugged textbooks  just a few blocks outside of the PLG green zone I had to do a bit of cursory research on the gothic mammoth. The breadth and volume of famed sportsmen, scientists and singers who graduated as Dutchmen and Dutchwomen is astounding. Flatbushed presents a beginner’s guide to what could be the most remarkable high school alumni list in history. Babs – A Google search reveals that she’s a national