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Day 1666

Still at it!

July 22nd, 2016

I'm still walking and regularly posting — I'm just working through a big backlog of photos right now. See below for the latest posts. (The dates on the posts are the dates I took the pictures.)

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Cherries on the branch

June 4th, 2015


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Phetus

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Kingbee hits the road

June 4th, 2015



Using mobile murals, the Royal Kingbee continues to invade new lands.

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1510 Albemarle Road

June 4th, 2015



"This beautifully maintained temple-fronted building" is the "grandest of the Colonial Revival houses in Prospect Park South", according to the neighborhood's 1979 historic district designation report. You can see some better photos of the house here.

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184 Marlborough Road

June 4th, 2015





According to neighborhood lore, the renowned journalist and adventurer Nellie Bly once lived in this house. I searched a few newspaper archives and was unable to find any contemporary verification of her residence, but I did come across an account of a bizarre 1919 court case in which Ms. Bly "accused her brother Albert of appropriating machinery used in the manufacture of dental tools." Albert denied the charge and claimed "that his sister had mutilated a portrait of himself that hung in [his] house." Meanwhile, another brother, Harry, alleged that Albert "took a quantity of silk".

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Well-windowed dwellings

June 4th, 2015



215 and 219 Marlborough Road

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Pumps on a stump

June 4th, 2015


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Rockingsaurus

June 4th, 2015



The plaque to the left of the steps says that this house — 1402 Beverley Road, in Beverley Square West — was built around 1899.

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1205 Beverley Road

June 4th, 2015



The turret serves as a reminder of what color the entire house used to be.

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MEOW!

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Parkville Puffer

June 4th, 2015



Located where Parkville Avenue crosses Ocean Parkway, this plaque is one of several installed in the parkway malls that feature an alliterative pairing of a sea creature and an intersecting roadway. It's a good bet that the idea for these plaques came from the mind of former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, an ardent admirer and acclaimed aficionado of animal art and alliteration.

Here's a full list of the Ocean Parkway marine life, from north to south:

  • Avenue C Clam
  • Cortelyou Cod
  • Ditmas Dolphin
  • 18th Avenue Anchovies
  • Webster Whale
  • Newkirk Needlefish
  • Lawrence Leatherback
  • Parkville Puffer
  • Foster Flounder
You can see photos of all the plaques here.

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The All New Brain Eaters Show

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"Dedicated to the Americanism of Theodore Roosevelt", this memorial (close-up) in Asser Levy Park (formerly known as Seaside Park) was unveiled in 1925 by the United Spanish War Veterans' Department of New York, the department having held its 21st annual encampment here in Coney Island the previous year.

The central tablet is made from metal taken from the warships Maine, Oregon, Olympia, New York, and Brooklyn. (The explosion of the Maine in Havana harbor in 1898 was a catalyst for the start of the Spanish-American War, while the Oregon, Olympia, New York, and Brooklyn all served in the war.) The department created the mold for this tablet around 1920 with the intent of presenting a copy to each city that hosted its annual encampment.

(We've previously seen a Maine memorial plaque that was cast from metal recovered from the Maine — as well as a version of that plaque that apparently was not.)