Dollar Van Roadrunners
They run Flatbush Avenue, the Avenue on which we Rockawayites drive to make our way to the Junction, to a parking spot for a subway trip to Manhattan or on to downtown Brooklyn.
They run the Avenue, and they are Flatbush’s own roadrunners, the Dollar Vans who run the Avenue from dawn to dusk. Signs and arrows tell the rest of us drivers when we can turn left or right, but The Dollar Van roadrunners turn northbound to southbound in an instant, with an illegal Uee. Many of these roadrunners have official vehicle tags telling us they are running for hire, many do not …and at least one was recently sighted, a roadrunner hailing from the state of Pennsylvania, a poacher no doubt.
We New Yorkers well know the blaring automobile horn, a signal of rage or of warning, and know what it means when we hear it or use it. But when the roadrunners of Flatbush sound their horn, expect not a honk of warning or caution; expect the roadrunner’s beep beep: a call not for caution but for business. When you hear it, “Ask not for whom the horn blows, it blows not for thee.” It blows for the dollar.
If you are really lucky, you may get a premier sighting: a beep from an out of state, unlicensed van, followed by a u-turn right in front of you, from the other lane. These are the roadrunners who run the road called Flatbush Avenue.