Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Call Of Coney Island

Taking in the rich history of Coney Island is a project.  First, you need to get to Coney Island.  Second, you need to look up at the ceiling at Stillwell Ave.  Third, you need to walk outside into the bright … Continue reading

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On Brooklyn Heights

Sherida Paulsen and Francis Marrone made an extended encore appearance today to discuss the definition of historic districts and how Brooklyn Heights came to be one.  Things I learned today: 1. New York City’s laws about preservation of a historic … Continue reading

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Now I Could Sell Anyone The Brooklyn Bridge

I learned so much about the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday that I could probably hock it at the corner market for a pretty penny.  From Robert Zagaroli, Richard Haw, the Rudolph Burckhardt film Under The Bridge, and Ken Burns’s documentary … Continue reading

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The Barge Man And The Pigeon Boy

June 22, 2010 could possibly be the longest day in the history of days.  Several lectures and a bus tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard was not enough.  No, no.   Lunch at Bubby’s and a quick visit to the Brooklyn … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Navy Yard By Bus

The Navy Yard in Brooklyn today stands as a private community of bustling artists and manufacturers near Vinegar Hill.  The once castle-like gates at Sands Street have been truncated and now announce the Brooklyn impound.  Many buildings could host scenes … Continue reading

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What To Do In Greenpoint, Part II

Look at one building from the land…. and by sea (or, in this case, creek–Newtown Creek):

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What To Do In Greenpoint, Part I

Look at buildings…

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Taxiing Along Newtown Creek

Thanks to Dan Campo and Peter Spellane, I now know everything I need to know about Newtown Creek.  In fact, I am an expert, having also sailed on down and back with a narrated tour under the sun, the cool … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Is Good

After a longish tour of Newtown Creek on a NYC Water Taxi, under the Brooklyn Bridge, under the Manhattan Bridge, under several other bridges, past refineries, oil, sugar, workers in hard hats, manufacturing plants, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and some … Continue reading

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First Night of Local History

Phew!  Francis Marrone  needs to breath, which is something he did not do during his 30-minute whirlwind recap of the history of Brooklyn, our little introduction of background for where we’ll be stomping for the next week.  Some fun facts about … Continue reading

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