Ever wonder why the limestone on the corner of Prospect Park SW and 10th Ave is missing its 2 planters from either side of the stoop? The rest of the lime/brownstones on the block have them. Well here's what happened many moons ago:
This is where my great grandparents (the Mirabito's) lived for many years in the early to mid 20th century. My dad moved to the top floor with his mom & dad shortly after he was born in the early '30's.
One day just after dinnertime, a group of trolley conductors and motormen returned to the trolley car barn on the spot where Bishop Ford is today (500 19th Street), after finishing their run. They decided to go to a local pub, preceded to get inebriated and got into their 1940's era car heading south on Prospect Park SW. They promptly drove that car right up onto the stoop of my great grandparents' house, knocking over and ultimately destroying the flowerpots. The way my dad tells the story, my grandmother gave these guys a piece of her mind and they agreed to pay for the repairs/clean up - except, the flowerpots were never restored. There were no cops, no DWI's, no arrests, just an apology. And they made good on their promise. Now you know the rest of the story...