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Brooklyn Underground July 31, 2005 4:43 PM

It was recently discovered on Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. It made the newspapers and the news channels. They gave some tours actually too...

It is a perfectly intact railroad tunnell that was built in 1844 and went from here to Boston, but was sealed up. It was supposed to all be filled in, but the contractor at the time wanted to save some money, and didn't do it! The make shift type manhole cover was exposed and down deep below the streets of Brooklyn is miles of tunnell with the archetecture taken from Roman aquaducts and is still in perfect condition! All of the brickwork is still all neat and stable, but the railroad tracks were removed. George Washington was there and it was a strategic location in many times. I'll try to find an article on this and post it.

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 August 11, 2005 8:00 PM

George Washington was there? Hello. Brooklyn.....anyone?

Some of the original brick ovens for making pizza are still working! Immagrants from Italy knew the way... and most economical way was to heat up the bricks to keep that heat in, and made the best dough and crust for pizza.

Go to Marios on 101 and 102nd. and theyevn grow the herbs in the backyard for the sauce!

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George Washington was there? August 11, 2005 10:26 PM

George Washington was there?  That is amazing!!

How do they know that for sure?  Do you know?

I would love to hear more about it. 

Ah the Pizza in New York....!!!   So it's the bricks too...the bricks that make that pizza so good.!!

Thank you for the interesting info Wade,

any more tidbits, I would sure be interested in..

I am looking also for more New Yorkers to come to our hope they come on over.

Wade , I am looking forward to the next time,when we will take a day to go to the Hamptons again. I sure liked that first trip.

Oh for a Nathan's hot dog!!..and a ding dong...

tawk to you later!!

hugs, jandi

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Re: George Washington August 11, 2005 10:39 PM

Is there any documentation that has been copied to show George Washingtons signature or something...or plans.....and where can I look it up?

It just hit me.....The first President of the United States...and I probably stood somewhere where he was at one time....awesome...

Did you know if his teeth were wood or bone...there is a question to that.....Can you imagine?   They even wrote about him having dentures...In those days, dentures?   

Do people still ride horses on Ocean Parkway the Equestrian track used to be on one side of it...when I was a kid, I used to watch people on horseback just having a ride....

Do you know if they still do that?

ok...see you later


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 August 12, 2005 11:47 AM

I'll look for any documents and information that will be interesting, but Geaorge Washingtons Church Pew is still in tact in St. Paul's Chapel, and it has a plaque on it. It is when New York was the Capital, and that Chapel is still operating and bust to this day! It is the oldest working building in New York, and was built in the 1600's. It has a grave yard in the front with all of the worn stones.

I just watched to special on TV about that railroad that was found under the streets of Brookly, on Atlantic Ave. and Court street, and they mentioned the area was a strategic place for battles fought and it overlooked Manhatten. Oh so much history, that I don't know where to start.

Yes, seltzer is still delivered, but the bottles are different from when we were kids. I remember that they were pressurized and had that little lever on it to squirt out the soda. Their are still a few 'sweet shops' around, and they have all of the old confections and ice cream in the home made wrapped cones. I remember as a kid getting the frozen mug of root beer in Uncle Jakes sweet shop!. Oh, I would always order two! I was a chubby kid, and loved all that. The rock candy from the corner drug store. Remember that? It came on a string.

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Hi Wade August 14, 2005 3:34 PM

Wade dear,  I wonder if you can get pictures of the old grave stones....I would love to see them...

When I was a kid....on my way to the orthodontists office....I took a couple of busses...and the last bus...I forgot where it was...but there was an old old old cemetary full of old old old...gravestones....and some were a little crooked..and I used to like reading them..

Sometimes people put really very interesting things on those grave stones....very interesting things about the departed.

I am very drawn to certain antiques....I have a book from the 1400's...and some in the 1800's...and I love to see handmade things made of wood and all the work that goes into it....I like the plain stuff also that the Quakers made...such things...are so beautiful...

Old New York....just finding a chatchky box from a century ago...excites me....and I wonder if it could talk ...what would it say ...about the people that were around that box in any room of that boxes existance on this earth....same with old books...old pairs of eyeglasses....I just love the little antiquicy things.   My grandma had two glass powder holders in her bathroom for all the years I ever can remember, they were a pink kind of fuzzy looking know not clear?....And they each had a top to it...with something like a bird or something...I don't remember exactly....frosted...yes I think you would call them frosted....

When she died...I wanted those two things...and My Auntie Ruthie...didn't know and got rid of her stuff...without me seeing what I would have loved to have had...from her.

Anyway I just love your story's...thank you..

I will look forward to more.

Hugs to you Wade!!!! Big Hugs!!

and Devil dogs and drakes cakes to one and all!!!


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 August 14, 2005 5:03 PM

Hi Jandi, and above is the site for the Chapel that I've mentioned where George Washington went to visit all the time. Check out the whole site but where it says 'full history' is where you'll see him and his pew mentioned. He was all around this area, as many strategic battles were planned and fought here. It was active in battles till the Civil War, and as a matter of fact, they just found a buried grave site from the Civil War in an area where they were digging for a new building to put up.

I wish you could have gotten some of the things from your Grandmother, but it's so nice that you hold the memories. I love all antiques, and they all hold a soul and memories to them in my eyes and heart. Most of the friends that I know, all collect antiques as well, and I know the places to go for some great things.

I love the Quaker type furniturs and styles as well Jandi, and about a mile or so from here is still an original Quaket meeting house built in 1661. It is in Flushing and on Rosevelt Ave. It is in excellent condition, as it is taken care of as an historic landmark. If you only look right before you, you can see amazing history. There is a Town Meeting House right on Northern Blvd. and has been there a century, and the archetecture is beatiful; never mind the memories that it holds.

I have two wind up Victrola record players, and one Thomas Edison Talking Machine; and I just go back in time listening to them. The Edison record player plays the wax cylinder records and is from 1902. The Victor has a large tin horn shaped like a morning glory and has beautiful sound, and the other Victrols is like a piece of furniture, and to adjust the volume... you open or close two small wooden doors to let sound out! You can only play two records and then have to change the needle! Their is a place that I know of where they actually still sell those needles and even some of the vintage wind up record players too.

You know, I had an old timer come to my house to repair one of the Victrolas once! He didn't even want any money when he was done, and was just happy to see the beautiful player, and saw how I enjoyed it. I love the antiques Jandi, and they all hold a memory from the past times. Nice to look and see the old buildings and things inside of them... and just remember the old days Thanks, Wade

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Oh my Wade!!! I am just hanging on every interesting August 15, 2005 11:47 PM

Oh Wade, Such wonderful  things that you wrote about. 

Your love of Antique's and the history...and all.

I was taken away with memory's and thoughts of how it must have been in the 1600's and those early days in Brooklyn...and in New York....

Wow!!!    I love your story's.....I love to hear them...

I am going to the site you put here in this thread...tomorrow..cause it is too late now almost midnight...and I am anxious to see what you put there for me to see.

thank you Wade  Oh   sooooo much!!!

I love all the History you are sharing with me.

And.....isn't it awful that I couldn't get those pink frosted glass dusting powder holders..?

and a few other things I would have treasured?

People in some family's (mine for instance) get strange and wierd and greedy when someone dies..

And there is so much to learn and share with everyone.

Have a great day!

Hugs, Jandi

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Hi Wade. August 25, 2005 2:34 PM

Hi Wade,    I just stopped by for an egg cream here....and wondered if you were around...

Got any more wonderful stories about New York?

I am very interested....

Talk to you soon, ok?

Hugs big guy!!


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 August 25, 2005 2:47 PM

I have a million stories of the big city! It never sleeps and their are so many stories to share. I'll get one going soon. Talk later. Wade  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Dear Wade, August 25, 2005 10:10 PM

Hi!.....I have been looking for you all day...but can't seem to get to you in the same place...

Oh well....I will have a Yoohoo.....and see you later.

I am so looking forward to more story's of our beautiful New York!!...

where did I put that devildog?  ...


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Do you have anymore interesting facts about Brooklyn? January 21, 2006 12:45 PM

Do you have any more interesting facts about Brooklyn,?

I was wondering if you knew about Gravesend Neck Road?

There is a very old cemetary there....the oldest?



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 March 16, 2006 12:11 PM

Are you feeling cooperative?

It's members-only and you have to work there to shop there. Welcome to the weird world of New York's famous food co-op, writes Gary Younge,,1731872,00.html

shortly after we had moved to Brooklyn, my partner suggested we join the Park Slope food cooperative,.....

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 July 30, 2006 11:57 PM

Time Out NY mention

Sarah Goodyear of Time Out NY has spoken and according to her, the blogs at the frontlines of the 'War for Brooklyn' are: B61 Productions, Brooklyn Record, Brownstoner, Gowanus Lounge, Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, Planet PLG and Set Speed.

About us, she wrote:
Spot-on commentary and reporting on the rapidly evolving (devolving?) Fort Greene scene, from yuppified bars to out-of-sight real-estate prices.

 August 02, 2007 9:45 AM

Grounded NYC
Dedicated to helping readers find affordable apartments and work/studio space in Brooklyn -- no ripoffs or slumlords welcome.

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 August 02, 2007 9:46 AM

Brooklyn Bride
The tagline says it all: Trying to have a modern wedding in a world of pink flowers and poofy dresses.

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 December 06, 2007 10:44 AM

Red Hook Sustainable Furniture Shop Recycles Brooklyn Itself
These guys are really giving new meaning to the phrase “straight-outta Brooklyn!” Brooklyn Farm Table not only builds extremely tasteful furniture, they do so using century-old wood that has been rescued from buildings in the five boroughs of NYC.
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 December 06, 2007 1:13 PM

Great article Blue, and I love the idea of recycling too.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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