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Growing up in Paerdegat Basin – a personal account

This post is by Harley Nemzer, a reader who grew up in southeastern Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s. I asked him to put together a piece after he added some information to my research on the Jamaica Bay Project, … Continue reading

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East New York: John Pitkin’s dream, realized

East New York was founded by John R. Pitkin in 1835. Although he was soon bankrupted in the Panic of 1837, his dream of a thriving community would eventually come to fruition. Continue reading

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Brownsville and the curse of geography

“Every New York Jew could feel certain about one thing: he was superior to anybody living in Brownsville.” – William Poster on the 1920s, as quoted by Wendell Pritchett Brownsville has at times been a place for waste-disposal, a tenement … Continue reading

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Spring Creek: a desolate place with a dreary history

Until the 21st century, Spring Creek was a vast wasteland. Ninety years ago, however, there were some big plans for the area – a common theme along the burgeoning Jamaica Bay. The E. Belcher Hyde atlas from 1920-1922 shows a plan for a … Continue reading

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Week twelve: Spring Creek

I was in the Bay Area for a week for the wedding of two of my good friends from college. I asked the groom, David, to pick my twelfth neighborhood. (I really like the word “twelfth”.)

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