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Day 903

66 Haven Esplanade

June 20th, 2014



2011 real estate listing here

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Built in 1917 as a divider between the reservoir's two basins

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Silver Lake Park

June 20th, 2014



Originally a spring-fed body of water, Silver Lake had by 1917 been expanded and transformed into a reservoir, connected across the Narrows to the city's new Catskill Aqueduct system. The lake is no longer used to store drinking water, however, having been supplanted in that role by a massive underground tank system around 1970.

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Skye Dog Vineyards

June 20th, 2014



The guy who runs Silver Lake Golf Course has planted a vineyard on the grounds and named it after his border collie, who works as the course's goose chaser. And he apparently exploits the free foot-labor of local children in the wine-making process, under the guise of an annual pork-laced "Octoberfest Grape Stomp" competition.

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Beneath your feet…

June 20th, 2014



This memorial, placed here at Silver Lake Golf Course thanks to the multi-year efforts of a local high school student, offers some sobering thoughts to anyone whose spirits haven't already been sufficiently dampened by a lousy tee shot or missed putt:

"THE FORGOTTEN BURIAL GROUND"

1849 - 1858

HERE LIE THE UNMARKED GRAVES OF IRISH IMMIGRANTS
WHO FLED THE GREAT FAMINE IN SEARCH OF FREEDOM.
THOSE WHO ARE BURIED HERE DIED FROM DISEASE, ALONE
AND ISOLATED, IN THE TOMPKINSVILLE QUARANTINE BEFORE
EVER TASTING FREEDOM. THE 7,000 DEAD, MOST OF WHOM
HAD NO SURVIVORS WHO COULD AFFORD MARKERS,
WERE BURIED ANONYMOUSLY.

THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

2002

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Built in 1893-95, this house, along with its next-door neighbor (the John King Vanderbilt House, also owned by Ms. Smith, a Staten Island historian), was almost torn down in 1987, but the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the two structures as landmarks with lightning speed (relatively speaking; the process took less than a month) after finding out that the executors of Ms. Smith's estate had applied for a permit to demolition them. In the late 1990s, this house was relocated away from the Clove Road side of the property to create more developable area on the lot. It was also restored and reoriented at that time; the front porch now faces the dead end of Waldron Avenue. (Compare this 1996 aerial image to one from 2012.) A Walgreens opened on the corner of the property last year, and there's apparently more development in store on the site of the neighboring house.

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Woodland Cemetery

June 20th, 2014



This place sure lives up to its name.

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Life and death

June 20th, 2014


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Resting in peace

June 20th, 2014



in verdant, neglected Woodland Cemetery

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Ridin’ in style

June 20th, 2014



Herbert Newsome

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Bechtel

June 20th, 2014



Here in Silver Mount Cemetery stands the mausoleum of the Bechtel family, who ran a major Staten Island brewery (photo) in the decades before Prohibition.

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Sidewalk replacement

June 20th, 2014



courtesy of Hurricane Sandy

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9/11 memorial #206

June 20th, 2014



(The flagpole, along with a couple of benches, is out of frame to the left.)

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Portal of the day

June 20th, 2014



At the Staten Island campus of St. John's University. Red door for the Red Storm?

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St. Vincent de Paul

June 20th, 2014



The plaque beneath this statue on the Staten Island campus of St. John's University reads:

Cast in France during the late 1800s, this statue of St. Vincent de Paul was gifted to St. John's University by the Sisters of Charity after standing for decades in front of St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in the West Brighton section of Staten Island. It was erected here to proclaim the University's Catholic and Vincentian identity to all who enter.

St. Vincent de Paul, Universal Patron of Charity, Pray for Us — April 25, 2007