Yesterday, we got a unique chance to see the dry docks at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from a unique angle: via the water. Most ferry boats and pleasure cruises rarely turn into the Navy Yard Basin (also known as Wallabout Bay), sticking to the most efficient path on the East River. But we were being taken to see the working waterfront in New York City aboard the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey, as part of the project to rehabilitate the S.S. Columbia, a passenger steamship from Detroit that will be making its way down the Hudson River to New York City next year.
Tucked away in the northeast section of the Bronx is the lesser-known Pelham Bay Park, a reminder of the borough’s bucolic past. Former Parks Commissioner Robert Moses transformed the woodland area into a functioning park and recreational facility, complete with playgrounds, a golf course and a racetrack, but it has a long history dating back to before the Revolutionary War.
Here are ten secrets of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.
Photo via Flickr/Franco Folini
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A Currier and Ives print of the Great Fire of 1845 burning buildings around Bowling Green Park. Image via Wikiwand
On July 19, 1845 the third massive fire to devastate New York City hit the heart of the modern day Financial District. Although the fire didn’t cover as much ground as the Great Fires of 1776 or 1835, it did come with the greatest loss of life leaving 30 dead. (more…)
Photos via Queens Museum
For years, New York City parks and green spaces have featured artwork and exhibitions for public consumption. Some examples of this are The Art Students League Model to Monument series in Riverside Park and Isa Genzken’s Two Flowers statues in Central Park. On July 2nd, the Queens Museum in partnership with ArtBuilt Mobile Studios and NYC Parks announced the return of the Studio in the Park series with the exhibit Chance Ecologies: Flushing River. The exhibit which opened in July and will have a six-week residency in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Photo by David Attie via Brooklyn Historical Society.
For those into photography, David Attie is a 20th century artist that is hard to forget. However, his passing in the 1980s resulted in him being largely forgotten by the mainstream. But a recent rediscovery displayed at the Brooklyn Historical Society has resulted in a new appreciation for his work.