Friday, July 03, 2009

I head to Michigan today so probably won't be posting for a week. But in the meantime, check out my 2 favorite articles from the last week.

1. A Times article that explains what, where and why Bristol Basin is in New York City. UK connection! Seems that during WWII, when we dropped supplies off to the Brits, we picked up rubble from the bombing of Bristol and used it as ballast to get back across the ocean. The rubble was dumped between 23rd and 34th street in the East River and created the area for park of the FDR drive. Interesting!!

2. Another Times article explains one guy's quest to find unmarked/forgotten spots in history. For instance, did you know that:

"And what about the old Winter Garden Theater at 671 Broadway? In 1864, on the very night that Confederate sympathizers singled out the Lafarge Hotel next door in their plot to burn down New York, the Booth brothers — John Wilkes, Junius Brutus Jr. and Edwin — starred in “Julius Caesar.” The benefit performance, which was billed as the brothers’ sole joint engagement, raised $3,500 for the Shakespeare statue that still stands in Central Park."

The initiative is called Here is Where. Check out the website. The picture on the homepage at the moment is of my beloved Wardman Park Marriott in Woodley Park! There is where...

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