Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Ebbets Field: A Crown Heights Landmark

Ebbets Field from the outfield, 1950s
By B Major
The year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the last game the Brooklyn Dodgers played in Ebbets Field, the ballpark so fondly recalled by a generation of Brooklynites. On Sept. 24, 1957, the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0. The team subsequently departed Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958 and Ebbets Field, built in 1913, was torn down two years later. Today, the Ebbets Field Houses stand on the spot once occupied by the legendary ballpark. Strangely, the Brooklyn Dodgers are remembered as residents of Flatbush. Indeed, one of the club's top stars, Duke Snider, was known as "The Duke of Flatbush" and even the recent HBO series on the team is titled "Brooklyn Dodgers - The Ghosts of Flatbush." But Ebbets Field was actually located in Crown Heights. The borders of the bandbox ballpark were Sullivan, McKeever, Bedford and Montgomery Streets - the southwest corner of Crown Heights. Let's hear from some folks who were around in those days: does anyone know why Ebbets Field, clearly located in Crown Heights, was so closely associated with Flatbush?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

History Of President Street

The two blocks of President Street (between Brooklyn and New York Avenues) are literally steeped in undocumented history.

I wish people from the Neighborhood would enlighten us as to its olden glory.

Some time lines to start with:

1880's: development

1920's changing demographics

1960's neighborhoods decline


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Crown Heights Caribbean Museum

Crown Heights' first Caribbean museum was dedicated last month in the name of Carlos Lezama, the "godfather" of the annual West Indian-American Day Parade, now the largest outdoor event in New York City. As outlined in www.hardbeatnews.com, the Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center, established under the auspices of the University of the State of New York, will be located at the former Lezama home, 1028 St. John's Place (above), and serve to "promote and preserve Caribbean history." Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz particiapted in the Museum's groundbreaking, along with New York City Councilwoman Letitia James. Carlos Lezama died last February. The is no word yet on when the Museum will officially open. Located within Crown Heights' Landmark District, 1028 St. John's was once owned by Shirley Chisholm, who in 1968 became the first African-American woman voted to Congress and four years later became the first African American candidate for President of the United States.