On our way to the train today we noticed activity going on inside what was once Access Point, a store offering a wide range of phone cards and some form of internet access. Strangely enough, Access Point went out of business.
There's been a "space available" sign up since January - it's now down, leading us to believe that it's been rented. Because we like food, we're hoping that it's been rented to a purveyor of falafel (we realize that there's a snowball's chance in hell of that being the case). And as we said back in January, Thai would also be nice.
We heard through the grapevine that everyone's favorite PLG eyesore is up for some rehabilitation. Rumor has it that the owner finally plans to renovate.
However, said rumor also posits that the owner plans to renovate the house into a three family dwelling. Is that possible? Isn't this house within the boundaries of Lefferts Manor and hence restricted by the single family deed covenant?
Today's New York Times includes an article about the strain on NYC's subway system, outlining which lines are strained beyond capacity, leading to poor performance (i.e. overcrowding and late trains). Not surprisingly, it's the 4,5,6 and L trains that suffer the most.
Also not surprising to anyone who rides them is the performance of the Q and B trains. According to the MTA, the Q runs at about 71 percent of passenger load, 83 percent of its capacity (trains per track) and 98 percent of trains run on time. The B train's performance is similar.
Congrats PLG - we've got one of the top performing subway lines in the city at our disposal. One caveat - the data appear to reflect lines as a whole, so there is no breakdown by borough. It could very well be that most lines perform well in Brooklyn, but get tied up badly in the Bronx, etc.
Ok, so no shockers here. However, we're pretty impressed that the MTA decided to actually look at its data and make it public. Given that the MTA has new management at the helm, this could be the beginning of a new era of transit improvement in NYC.
After encountering much speculation about new activity at the old Handyman, we decided to go straight to the source: the new owner.
The plan is to open a bar called Lime, which is much more than a citrus fruit. The owner, Lou, informed us that "lime" means "to lounge, etc" among Trinidadians. Lou's plan is to attract a Carribbean following while creating additional theme nights that will cater to other demographics. When we spoke, he tossed around ideas such as having an 80's night and a jazz night (PLGArts - are you out there?).
Lou seems to have it together, so we're excited to see what unfolds at Lime.
Back when Fireside Grill closed and City Jerk opened in it's former spot, we weren't too psyched to see a new spot for Caribbean food open up. In our opinion, we've got enough of it already.
We recently discovered the City Jerk has excellent jerk chicken. The bird is high quality and the thighs are super meaty and moist. The jerk seasoning and strong but not overwhelming. We went twice in one week and it was excellent both times. We're getting to be regulars.
Though completely subjective, we feel that the chicken is better enjoyed intact rather than chopped up into pieces with a cleaver. The latter is the default mode of serving at City Jerk, so if you don't want it all hacked apart you have to custom order as such.
Seriously - it's good. Located on Flatbush near Midwood.
Someone drew a new bike lane on Lincoln Rd. We assume that DOT did it, but it could just as easily have been some bicycling hoodlums seeking to inconvenience us.
Yes - inconvenience.
Lincoln Rd. is prime for double parking, stereo blasting and general nefarious loitering. With the bike lane taking up 25% of the street's width, it will be impossible for us to leave enough room to the left of our Escalade for through traffic.