After some recent traveling, I’m reminded of one of the things about home that I miss most while away: the gorgeous, classic yet cutting edge New York skyline.
And once again, Youtube poster QUEENSNY121 gives a construction update on what’s probably the most asked about building in the bunch, One World Trade Center – All from Bay Ridge’s own iconic landmark, the 69th Street Pier.
Just another reason to get that old pair of binoculars out of the junk drawer and visit a park this weekend…
In the continuation of a similar thread, let’s play devil’s advocate to that forgotten borough across the bridge.
When historians write about the tragic side of the Verrazano Bridge’s construction in the 1960s, it’s normally limited to the hundreds of Bay Ridge residents who were displaced from their homes by eminent domain and the all-powerful Robert Moses.
But what about the rural denizens of then-sleepy Staten Island – who would soon have to deal with becoming a sort of suburban Brooklyn exclave?
In the above Youtube Video, jazz composer and Staten Islander Alex Leonard sings a bittersweet bebop ballad from the perspective of the oyster fisherman – many of whom were the descendants of freed black slaves, farmers, and factory worker who called the largely rural island borough home before the great Brooklyn migration brought condos and McMansion-lined cul de sacs.
In the song, Leonard exhorts visitors to take the ferry rather than the colossal, car-centric span. I guess the Staten Island discount bought less goodwill on the island of Shaolin than Brooklynites commonly believe.
From a Southern Brooklyn perspective, one can draw certain parallels between the eradication of Staten Island’s pre-1964 pastoral landscape with the development of bucolic pre-1920s South Brooklyn.
“The outdoor café that we pay [the city] for yearly can’t be used,” Michael Deliso, barista and manager at Paneantico Bakery and Café [9124 3rd Ave] said, referring to the offensive odor caused by the sinkhole – which itself was the result of a ruptured sewer pipe. “We are losing money.”Continue reading »
A dog run in Manhattan. Note the obnoxious Red Sox gear (Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr).
According to Steve from Bay Ridge Barks, planned improvements to the Owl’s Head Park dog run announced last year by Councilman Gentile and written about more recently by Home Reporter’s Denise Romano – while making things more pleasant for dog owners and walkers in the long run – will unfortunately close the canine-friendly space during the “peak dog time” of spring and summer 2013.
The $850,000 renovation project earmarks $200,000 for new creature comforts that include gravel, benches, fences, and water fountains.Continue reading »