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Far Rockaway; then and now

The Rockaways have transformed in the last 100 years from playground of the wealthy, to summer resort of the working classes, to poverty and neglect.  All of the grand hotels and most of the bungalows are gone, but many of … Continue reading

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newtown creek and grand st. bridge

The Newtown Creek has been one of the most polluted waterways in NYC for over 150 years. “Newtown creek for many years has been a source of nuisance. It receives the contents of several of the large sewers of Brooklyn … Continue reading

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photo of the day; Vinegar Hill

Brooklyn Historic District 19th century developer John Jackson hoped to attract Irish immigrants to the area by naming it Vinegar Hill from the Battle of Vinegar Hill during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Con Ed smokestacks on the waterfront, the plant has … Continue reading

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photo of the day; Washington Heights

Morris-Jumel Mansion; the oldest house in Manhattan a 1903 Photochrom from LoC The house was built eleven years before the Revolution, in 1765, by British Colonel Roger Morris and his American wife, Mary Philipse. The breezy hilltop location proved an … Continue reading

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