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Another view

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of the Willie

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Sidewalk vinyl

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(And a little bit of Siamese vinyl)

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Portal of the Jay

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A troubled school for years, John Jay was closed in 2001. The Park Slope campus now hosts four smaller high schools, including the selective Millennium Brooklyn, whose opening last year brought to the fore the underlying racial and socioeconomic tensions between the existing schools and the neighborhood. Here's what some students had to say about those issues back in 2008.

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Flea market mirror

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Dogs can’t read!

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Their owners probably can, sure, but I doubt they're the ones doing the peeing.

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Squawk!

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Another parrot nest! (It's the thing that looks like a pile of sticks atop the platform on the left.) This one is located right across the street from Green-Wood Cemetery, a longtime parakeet stronghold.

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Double-headed eagle

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Another encounter with the national symbol of Albania

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Lounging

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A well-kept yard

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I think I saw this place in Better Homes and Gardens.

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The poetry of Elbow-Toe

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Mary had some little lambs

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Portal of the day

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Eternal construction

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The BQE

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a.k.a. Tony Cuonzo

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And the city adapts

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XYZ Two Way Radio

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This is a car service, I believe.

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See comments below.

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Tear down this wall!

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A mighty tree

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Twins, growing apart

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El Gaucho

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A kosher Argentinian steakhouse? It's not as strange as it might sound — Jews have a long history in Argentina.

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Easter ribbons

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A parent’s despair

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Park

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This little sitting area is named after , founder of The .

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A more effective strategy

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Written messages should be addressed to the owners, not the dogs.

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Nice slippers

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9/11 memorial #24 repeat

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We've seen this design before.

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Bruno Truck Sales

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This enormous old neon sign (perched atop a Sanitation garage) is one of a few in the area, and the only one advertising a company that's still in business. We'll pass by the others eventually.

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Idle hands

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These snowplow blades must have been awfully bored this winter.

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Sitting Taller

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A butt booster in a bag

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6th Street in Brooklyn

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Where tour buses go to sleep

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Washington Park

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This stretch of wall running down Third Avenue in Brooklyn, between First and Third Streets, is a remnant of Washington Park, a professional baseball park that once stood on this site. For a while, it was commonly believed that this wall dated back to the last couple of years of the 19th century, when the Dodgers* played in Washington Park: in 2007, the NY Times said that the wall "is believed to be the oldest standing piece of a major league ballpark in the country."

In recent years, however, another theory, one more convincing and well-documented, has made its way to the fore, arguing that the wall is a remnant of Washington Park, but that it was constructed in 1914, as part of a more modern facility built for the Tip-Tops of the short-lived Federal League, after the Dodgers had decamped for Ebbets Field.

Either way, it's a physical link to big-league baseball in Brooklyn, and there was a bit of controversy when Con Ed, who has owned the property since the 1920s, decided to demolish part of the wall in 2010. They left what was generally considered to be the "historic" portion in place, however, including the windowed section to the right, which some still believe dates back to the days of the Dodgers.

* The Dodgers had no official team nickname for the first few decades of their existence; their legal name was the Brooklyn Base Ball Club. During their time here in Washington Park, they were known informally as the Bridegrooms, the Superbas, and the Trolley Dodgers.

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The News

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This is an old Daily News garage. You probably can't tell from this photo, but the object in the center of the logo is an old-timey camera; The News called itself "New York's Picture Newspaper" for its first 70 years or so.