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LIRR Sub-station 2

September 22nd, 2012



Here in East New York stands one of the five original substations built by the Long Island Rail Road around 1905 when it first began electrifying its tracks. Now abandoned, the substation will start to reveal its true identity to passersby a little later in the year.

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La Sinagoga

September 22nd, 2012



George Gershwin was born in a house that once stood across the street from this synagogue turned church.

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Rose of Sharon

September 22nd, 2012



She looked up and across the barn, and her lips came together and smiled mysteriously.

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Shea Stadium

September 22nd, 2012



Looks better than the real one (now a parking lot for Citi Field).

The two adjacent ball fields here at Breukelen Playground are also named for demolished stadiums: Yankee Stadium (the old one) and Ebbets Field.

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With a name like Gormigor

September 22nd, 2012



you pretty much have no choice but to become an exterminator.

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Home Run

September 22nd, 2012



This 24-year-old mural once wrapped around the corner of this building in East New York, but most of it has now been painted over. I believe that's Jackie Robinson's silhouette on deck; the artist apparently included all of her favorite players somewhere in the scene.

Just a few blocks away from this spot, on the Brownsville side of the train tracks, once stood Eastern Park, the home of Brooklyn's National League ball club for several seasons in the 1890s. In fact, it was supposedly at this park that the team acquired the original version of the name by which it is still known in its current, distant home of Los Angeles. A number of surface rail lines ran through the area in those days, and so a walk to the ball park could require a fair amount of maneuvering on the part of the pedestrian to avoid being hit. Hence the club's new nickname: the Trolley Dodgers*.

After seven years of low attendance and mediocre baseball, the Dodgers left Brownsville and returned to their old stomping grounds in South Brooklyn, where they built the second Washington Park (whose sort-of-not-really remains we saw back in April), catty-corner to the site of their former home of the same name.

* Some sources claim that "Trolley Dodgers" referred more generally to Brooklyn's late-19th-century profusion of street car lines, rather than the specific lines that ran past Eastern Park.

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The Atlantic Avenue fire

September 22nd, 2012



On June 5, 1998, two firefighters lost their lives in a five-alarm blaze that destroyed the four wood-frame houses that once stood on this site. Lt. James Blackmore was killed and Capt. Scott LaPiedra was fatally wounded when the floor beneath them collapsed after they had rushed into one of the buildings in search of an elderly woman who — unbeknownst to them, obviously — had already escaped by the time they entered.

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Still at it

September 22nd, 2012



Those crazy critters!

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To be recycled

September 22nd, 2012



Bottles, post-redemption

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Red Road to Mars

September 22nd, 2012



If I had passed by a week and a half earlier, I would have seen Buzz Aldrin at work on this mural!

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“Sunnydale Farms”

September 22nd, 2012



Looks like an undercover Mister Softee operation to me.

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Cozine Iron Workshop South

September 22nd, 2012



Perhaps the home of these guys?

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1000 Alabama Avenue

September 22nd, 2012


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Portal of the day

September 22nd, 2012



Brooklyn North District 16 Sanitation Garage

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Hands and Heart Garden

September 22nd, 2012



East New York Farms!

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Welded to the curb

September 22nd, 2012



These trees don't mess around, unlike those jokers in Sunnyside.

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Bushwick Multi-Service Center

September 22nd, 2012



If you look closely, you can see that this was once the Evangelical Home for the Aged (a.k.a. the German Evangelical Home for the Aged), an institution established in 1879 "to provide food, shelter, clothing to persons 60 yrs. and over."

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Sam Deli & Grocery

September 22nd, 2012


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Your move

September 22nd, 2012



Bushwick's checkerboard Ocean Blue Residence

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It’s Your Move

September 22nd, 2012



Not to be confused with the previous post!

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St. Barbara’s

September 22nd, 2012



A baroque beauty built by beer

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St. Barbara’s up close

September 22nd, 2012


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Bushwick-Ridgewood War Memorial

September 22nd, 2012



This statue, quite lonely when first unveiled, was fashioned by Pietro Montana, who also sculpted the nearby Victory with Peace.

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A Flatiron Popeyes

September 22nd, 2012



I hope that's not dinner escaping back there.

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Barberz #26

September 22nd, 2012



(Note the connection to a Canarsie Line subway standpipe in the foreground.)

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Heaven Scent

September 22nd, 2012


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Guerrero does it all

September 22nd, 2012