When I moved into an apartment at 28th Street and Avenue D in East Flatbush, the first thing I noticed were the guys on the corner. Rain or shine, these guys are out there chopping it up, drinking rum, barbecuing, and mostly, playing dominoes.
More than just a game, dominoes is a gathering, a scene. The guys watch over the streets and bring life to the corner, making the neighborhood feel like a community.
The sound of dominoes slapping the plywood table is always a sign the workday is done.
“We have been out there since 1986, so nothing can stop us, because it’s just love, music, smoking, and playing.”
Joseph, the storyteller. Probably the friendliest of the bunch, he will always greet you with his signature smile and regale you with outlandish tales. While he was born in St. Lucia, he grew up in Flatbush.