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Attack of the Bed & Breakfasts The View From Argyle Heights by Homeowner Harry (Another in a series of observations about life in West Midwood as it is lived today…or maybe not) There are now 11 Bed & Breakfasts in Victorian Flatbush and eight of them are in West Midwood (see list). I like to think that’s due to the refreshing winds that blow aloft up here in Argyle Heights, since we are a staggering 38 feet above sea level. But it might also have to do with how delightful it is in our neck of the woods,and the entrepreneurial spirit of our citizens. After all, West Midwoodians are descended from a hearty stock, many of whom wandered down the passes of Prospect Park looking for a better life and detached garages. But B&B’s are a fairly recent phenomenon in our Flatbush environs. They started to spring up almost at the same time that hotels spread from Downtown into Brownstone Brooklyn and now there are at least seven chain hotels stretching from the Brooklyn Bridge

We Got Letters

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We Got Letters – Stacks and Stacks of Letters THE VIEW FROM ARGYLE HEIGHTS by Homeowner Harry (Another in a series of observations about life in West Midwood as it is lived today…or maybe not) At the end of my piece for the Summer issue of the Newsletter on the writers of West Midwood (“ Reading & Writing & Even Some Arithmetic” ), I urged anyone who I had unintentionally excluded to write me – bur reiterated that my criterion was a published book listed on Amazon. What follows are the missives I have received via e-mail or postings on http://argyleheights.blogspot.com . In order to encourage a free exchange, I have protected the identity of those who wished to maintain their anonymity,which was almost everybody. Since thedates didn’t matter, I deleted them for readability. To: Joe Enright From: xxcvbrty@aol.com Subject: Newsletter Sir, I read your piece with some interest in as much as I also have a book that was published whi

Summer Reading

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The View From Argyle Heights: Reading & Writing & Even Some Arithmetic by Homeowner Harry (Another in a series of observations about life in West Midwood as it is lived today…or maybe not) May 13, 2011...The beach and vacations beckon! So it’s time to think about what books we want to take with us. Or in my case, which books I will stuff in my suitcase intending to devour … only to experience the guilt and shame two weeks later as I re-pack them, untouched, for the return trip home, having read nothing longer than a Mets box score. As I pondered the question of what I should pretend to read this Summer, it occurred to me that we have a number of published writers in our neighborhood and maybe I should seek out their guidance. Then, as it turned out, there were so many, I had to narrow it down to just those inhabitants of our leafy glen with a published book available on Amazon. That bottom line qualification ruled out many with journal articles, blogs and other writing cre