Mecca for cross country running, from the youth to professional level.
But it has a lot of personal history for me. I ran 4 seasons of High School Cross Country there. I remember the Cemetery Hill and the flats. I remember the smell of Ben Gay. I remember the 3 hour subway ride from Sheepshead Bay to Riverdale.
I also remember the Carrot Cake shop on Broadway. A little store that only sold carrot cakes and pumpkin pies. After the kids race we went there for cake. I had the carrot, (Wow, that was good) and the kids had red velvet. (They likie too.)
So I mentioned to the nice lady that I remember coming here after my own races back in high school. She said that many parents say that now, many are coming back with their kids. I asked how long they were there? She said 23 years.
23 years. That did not make sense. I am 47 years old. 23 years ago I was 24, long done with high school track. So I got home and looked it up. The New York Times said "Mr. Adams, who was 58, opened his niche bakery in 1986, using a secret carrot cake recipe from his mother and grandmother in the Virgin Islands."
I graduated high school in 1981. When did I ever go there and remember eating that devious cake?