One neighborhood name vigilante is relabeling Prospect Lefferts Gardens – literally. Stickers reading “This Is Flatbush” have been pasted over references to Prospect Lefferts Gardens on neighborhood infrastructure recently, according to locals posting in the nabe’s Facebook group.
The anonymous sticker-er sparked quite the debate within the group among area residents, despite the fact that the sticker simply states the fact – Prospect Lefferts Gardens IS within the neighborhood boundaries of the larger Flatbush area. The crux of the debate, then, revolves around whether it is also PLG. In the same way that a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square, Flatbush (for those of you who don’t know) encompasses a large swath of “micro-nabes” like Ditmas Park, Prospect Park South, and PLG that are fair game to be referred to by their more specific monikers or simply Flatbush (now you know) – however, calling the area either is LOADED. Judgments will be passed.
There was a time not so long ago when Brooklyn contained South Brooklyn, Flatbush and, like, five other neighborhoods. Exponentially increased property rates and a number of other factors have changed that.
The Prospect Lefferts Gardens moniker can be traced back to the 1960s with the creation of the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association. For more in-depth history, check out this article from The Q at Parkside.
If only it were still 2007 and “This is Sparta” hadn’t already been memed into a long overdue grave, it would be an appropriate reference here.
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