Saturday, August 17th was yet another bright and sunny day for a ForgottenTour (as most have been in 2012 and 2013) and over 40 ForgottenFans turned up for a walk through the ancestral home of your webmaster, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Though I moved away in 1993, Bay Ridge will always be home, though just about everyone I knew has died or moved away, except for my dentist. But with the state of my teeth, that makes me a frequent visitor.
The tour went past Bay Ridge’s numerous historic sites such as St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were vestrymen; Fort Hamilton itself; John Paul Jones Park, with its numerous war memorials and one of the four remaining Rodman guns ever produced… the world’s biggest cannons; Fontbonne Hall, a former mansion where famed gourmand Jim Brady entertained Lillian Russell; the wildly fanciful “Gingerbread House”; a walk along the shore to view the distant Manhattan skyline; and we took in the view from Owl’s Head Park.
There are 5 remaining tours this year… next is in Manhattanville on Saturday, September 7th, meeting on the southeast corner of Broadway and 125th Street, with the admission $20 or $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members. Hope to see you!
–Flickr page of ForgottenTour #70 with photos from “Hubcap” Joe DeMarco
Those photos brought back a lot of memories. When I first moved to Brooklyn I lived on 101st right across for the park. I remember standing on my balcony almost 18 years ago waiting to see if the woman I’d met at a party the night before and who’d asked for a ride on my motorcycle actually showed up. She did, and we rode on the side streets off Shore Road. We also went for a walk by the water. Earlier this month we celebrated our 17th anniversary.
August just flew by!
Belated Happy Birthday!
Keep on keeping on…
Finally got around to organizing my photos.
The AIA Guide, 5th Edition lists that Firemen’s Association you were interested in.
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