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Entries in history (9)

Monday
Jul292013

Buh Bye Eagles Clothes Sign

[VIA SHOOTINGSHIT ON INSTAGRAM]

The Eagles Clothes sign, atop the factory building on 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, was a part of the Brooklyn skyline since 1951. U-haul, owner of the building since the late-1980’s, brought down the vintage sign last week to make space for a two floor expansion. With the Eagles sign goes another piece of its generation’s audacious, historic Brooklyn.

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Monday
Jan072013

Science-y Test Maybe Finds Old Locomotive Under Atlantic Ave...Maybe Not.

Photo from Locomotive Engines Upon Railways by DePambour, 1836

The Brooklyn rumor mill is reporting mumblings of a large, local cavernous tunnel filled with an unknown object, and no, I’m not talking about Kim Kardashian’s recently-announced pregnancy.

Special science-y tests have detected a large, 20 foot metal object, rumored to be a 19th century locomotive, far inside a half-mile long tunnel near Hicks Street. “It’s like finding a giant hoard of gold,” said Bob Diamond, founder of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association. “That locomotive has been sitting there since the outbreak of the Civil War — it’s like a living piece of history."

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Tuesday
Jun192012

[Review'd] A Tour Grows In Brooklyn (And How I Learned That Al Capone Couldn't Handle Park Slope)

Back when you could paint your brownstone pepto bismol pink / via Gothamist

Think you know everything there is to know about Park Slope? Think again, smart ass. Richard Kadlub, AKA "Big Rick," will gladly prove you wrong on his fantastic walking tour of our hood, adorably dubbed "A Tour Grows in Brooklyn." The three-hour journey begins on the gritty, industrial 4th avenue, where I can only imagine the visiting Scottish woman in our group was thinking, did I really just travel 3,000 miles to see a car wash and collision shop? 

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Thursday
May032012

Here are my top 5 favorite NYC Photos from the recent department of archives launch!

 

If you’re a history buff with a specific fondness for New York City history like myself, then I'm sure you've already heard that the Department of Archives launched a massive digital collection of nearly 900,000 photographs of the city that span over the course of 150 years. Apparently all 8 million of us jumped for collective joy and made a beeline for the website, because it immediately went under for maintenance seconds after being launched due to overwhelming traffic. I am happy to report that as of now, the site is up running, so you should definitely check it out. 

Last Tuesday, Time Out New York narrowed down what they thought were the 50 best photos of NYC from 1849 to 2012. I've narrowed that down even further to my top five favorites:

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Monday
Jul112011

Important Things To Know About Union Street

Ok, so true: because I live on Union Street, and because the Park Slope Food Coop is on Union Street, and because so is Hunan Delight, and because it takes me right the hell into Carroll Gardens, and right the hell over to the R train too, I DO have a soft spot in my heart for it. Which is, I guess, why it was so much fun to read all about the history of it on Forgotten NY.

You should read about it too.