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Day 1043

Bicentennial brick

November 7th, 2014



in the driveway beside the aforementioned boat house

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Docked on East 23rd Street

November 7th, 2014



This Midwood residence is surrounded with nautical paraphernalia, including bollards (such as the one above), cleats (background at left in front of the door), a lantern (background at right), an anchor, a red thing I can't identify, and another red thing I can't identify.

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Kolbert Park

November 7th, 2014



According to the Parks Department:

The focal point of the playground is the Rivka Greenberg Trencher Swing Area, named for Rivka Greenberg Trencher, who was instrumental in the reinstallation of the swings.

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RV or eggplant?

November 7th, 2014


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Friends School Field House

November 7th, 2014



This field house and the adjacent athletic field, now owned by the Parks Department, were acquired from Brooklyn Friends School, a Quaker school, in 1973.

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And just next door…

November 7th, 2014



I count six security cameras.

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The mansions of Gravesend

November 7th, 2014



This is one of many enormous houses (satellite view; Street View) in a section of Gravesend populated by some of the wealthiest members of Brooklyn's extremely insular Syrian Jewish community.

I was surprised to learn that Eddie Antar is a longtime resident of this community (not counting the years he spent in federal prison). Mr. Antar was the head of the Crazy Eddie retail electronics empire of the 1970s and '80s that was famous for its over-the-top TV commercials ("His prices are insane!"). Once a seemingly thriving business, Crazy Eddie collapsed in the late 1980s following years of tax fraud and securities fraud perpetrated by its psychopathic management. In the words of Sam Antar, the company's CFO and Eddie's first cousin:

The first fraud was designed to evade taxes before we went public, by understating our profit. And after we went public, we did the opposite—we overstated our income to inflate the stock price and sell stock based on that inflated price. We committed our crimes at Crazy Eddie for fun and profit and simply because we could. We had no empathy whatsoever for our victims. During my 16 years at Crazy Eddie and two years spent covering up our crimes after being terminated from the company, I never had a single conversation with any of my co-conspirators about morality or the suffering of our victims. Our conversations focused solely on the successful coldblooded execution of our crimes.

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Mikveh on Premises

November 7th, 2014



Catering to Orthodox Jews, this kitchen accessories store has its own mikveh (ritual bath), which is used for toveling (the consecration, by immersion in a mikveh, of dishes and utensils that were manufactured by or acquired from non-Jews).

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Dov and meta-Dov!

November 7th, 2014



TUITION CRISIS refers to the high cost of a private Jewish education.

DOV HIKIND is a state assemblyman who was baffled that people were offended when he wore blackface on Purim to complement his "black basketball player" costume.

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A BUSINESS WITH NO SIGN

November 7th, 2014



IS A SIGN OF NO BUSINESS

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King’s Terrace

November 7th, 2014



It sounds like this banquet hall, the former Aperion Manor, is going to be torn down to make way for a new 10-story hotel/synagogue building.

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Authentic Soviet Cuisine

November 7th, 2014



Stolovaya

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August 2, 1978

November 7th, 2014



The Waldbaum's fire

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Donald Trump’s hairstylist?

November 7th, 2014