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Day 1155

Catchin’ up

February 27th, 2015

It looks like I haven't updated the site in a few months, but I'm just working through a big backlog of photos. I'll be posting new ones just about every day until I'm finally caught up. See below for the latest posts.

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A towering dawn redwood

November 4th, 2014



The dawn redwood is often referred to as a "living fossil". In 1941, a Japanese paleobotanist identified a new genus of redwood in the fossil record. Once spread across large parts of the northern hemisphere, these trees appeared to have gone extinct. Within a few years, however, living specimens were discovered in central China and were determined to be the same type of redwood thought to have died out. In the years since, with seeds distributed around the globe, dawn redwoods have once again taken root in the US and elsewhere, and are now a popular street tree in New York. What seems to be the most well-known one in Brooklyn can be found on Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights (Street View).

(I'm no botanist, but I'm fairly certain the tree above is a dawn redwood. Here are closer looks at its foliage and its trunk.)

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Kenilworth Baptist Church

November 4th, 2014



When this little church was dedicated in 1938, it didn't look much different than it does today.

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Hot Spot Tot Lot

November 4th, 2014



Located across the street from the Brooklyn College athletic field and its wild parakeet colony, this playground is appropriately decorated with parakeet silhouettes.

P.S. Check out the crazy rules in effect here!

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It’s hard to see

November 4th, 2014



but up in that light tower is a nest (closer look) belonging to the famed Brooklyn College flock of wild parakeets.

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Townsend College

November 4th, 2014



I don't know if you can read the banners above, but Brooklyn College has been transformed into the fictional Townsend College for the TV show The Following.

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The Ephebic Oath

November 4th, 2014



This tablet, a replica of a 4th-century B.C. stele (photo) that was discovered in Greece in 1932, bears the text of two oaths. The relevant one in this case is the Ephebic Oath, an ancient Athenian oath of citizenship that enjoyed a brief revival as a popular expression of civic virtue in 20th-century America. The oath has since largely fallen into obscurity again, but Brooklyn College still has its students recite this translation of it at graduation:

We will never bring disgrace to our city by any act of dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks; we will fight for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will revere and obey the city’s laws and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those about us who are prone to annul them and set them at naught; we will strive unceasingly to quicken the public’s sense of civic duty; and thus, in all these ways, we will strive to transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.

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Alma mater patris mei

November 4th, 2014



Brooklyn College

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Today’s route — 18.0 miles

November 4th, 2014

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Portal of the day

November 3rd, 2014


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This monument (reminiscent in a way of one we saw in Bayside) is a little factually challenged. For one thing, the Korean War ended in 1953, not 1955. As for the most recently added conflict: 1990 was the start of the seven-month-long Gulf War against the state of Iraq, while the War on Terror(ism) commenced in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.

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The last taxidermist in NYC

November 3rd, 2014



John Youngaitis stuffs animals large and small, wild and domestic.

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Cow of the row house

November 3rd, 2014


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at St. John Cemetery

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Leonhard Eppig

November 3rd, 2014



One of Brooklyn's most successful beer brewers and the man behind the spectacular St. Barbara's Church in Bushwick