I went to the dentist today: from Bed-Stuy to Flushing, Queens. Instead of enduring the 1.5 hours long commute (2 subways and a bus), I decided to bike — and ride along ‘my’ home street, Myrtle Ave.
FYI, as Wikipedia tells us:
Myrtle Avenue in New York City, New York, United States, is a 8.0-mile-long (12.9 km) street that runs from Flatbush Avenue Extension in DowntownBrooklyn to Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Our part of it, in Bed-Stuy used to be called Murder Avenue. You can guess why, this is what Wikipedia explains:
There are references to Myrtle Avenue in hip-hop culture and rap music, reflective of the street passing through African American neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The popularity of the nickname “Murder Avenue” dates back to the minor 1993 hit of the same name by the Geto Boys.
Now Myrtle Ave is quite something else — and yet many, many things. Check out these pictures, from the beginning of Myrtle in Queens to the Chocolate Factory, where I live.
[I walk the last mile of Myrtle, until Downtown BK, every morning with the dogs when going to Fort Greene Park. Pictures and info of that last stretch of the ave, in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene fo Brooklyn, can be found from this wonderful website: http://www.myrtleavenue.org/]