Ft. Tilden now and then (post Sandy)
- To overstate the obvious CLICK on any picture to ENLARGE; all original photos are copyright denise puchol 2010-2012..to infinity and beyond!
While strolling one of the few intact sections of the Rockaway boardwalk, came across this..
A restaurant facade
A small sign indicates that this is a location set for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire…which explains this billboard
…since Atlantic City is almost 100 miles away!
Shorakkopoch Rock, marking the site where Peter Minuit “bought” Manhattan.
from Wiki “Legend has it that under a tulip tree in the park Peter Minuit, Director General of New Netherland, ‘purchased’ Manhattan from the a band of Native Americans in 1626 for the Dutch West India Company; the purchase price being a shipment of goods worth 60 guilders. The tree, the largest tulip on the island, survived for centuries until it was felled by a storm in 1933. Until the 1950s the base of the tree under which this transaction allegedly took place was still to be seen, surrounded by a large iron fence, but as it rotted it was finally removed and a boulder (Shorakkopoch Rock) and plaque replaced it.”
WPA workers installing paved and lined paths in 1938
The Spuyten Duyvil creek boat basin c.1930
Marine Park, Brooklyn
When I was a kid this was a dumping ground for abandoned cars and boats…..some parts of New York City do get better.
Although it’s only 21 acres, Battery Park contains dozens of monuments and memorials, here are a few:
The Korean War Veterans Memorial designed by Mac Adams was installed in 1991. The piece also functions as a sundial, every July 27 at 10 a.m., the anniversary of the exact moment in New York when hostilities ceased in Korea, the sun shines through the soldier’s head and illuminates the commemorative plaque installed in the ground.
The Merchant Mariners’ Memorial by sculptor Marisol was also installed in 1991. The design is based on photographs of an actual historical event; during World War II a Nazi U-boat attacked a merchant marine vessel, while the mariners clung to their sinking ship the Germans photographed their victims. It includes one seamen in the water, submerged with each high tide.
Pier A was built in 1884, the clock tower was installed in 1919 is a memorial to US servicemen who died during WWI. The pier was originally built for the Dept. of Docks and Harbor Police and wasused for many years as the main station for the Fire Dept’s. Marine Division.
The Sphere, by sculptor Fritz Koenig, once stood in the plaza between the World Trade Center towers. Six months after the attacks it was relocated to Battery Park, without any repairs, and formally rededicated with an eternal flame as a memorial t the victims of 9/11.