Two “New” Tours

From Time Out New York

“Postindustrial waterfront tours

Two new tours explore the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, both declared Superfund sites in 2010.By Andrew Frisicano”

We were there….

Reading Recommendation

Someone left this on Rediscovering Brooklyn, so I’m passing it on: 

Olivier says:

Great blog! Congratulations! This post about the shipping industry back in the 50′s is very interesting and, of course, raises many questions. I can only recommend a novel by Valerio Evangelisti, Noi Saremo Tutto (2008) or in French, Nous ne sommes rien soyons tout. The book tells the story of Eddie Lombardo and his family, the dock culture between 1920 and 1960.

Someone also left a comment about how I’m a horrible videographer, but I’m keeping that gem for myself.

Week Two, You Get Around

FYI: The internet is a funny thing in that you post a little video about crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on one website, and then it suddenly appears on another website.  Self-Absorbed Boomer picked up our trek across the great span with much delight.  So now, Week 2 participants, you can see yourselves on yet another blog.

And I found this out because I shamelessly Google myself from time to time. 

–Christina M. Rau

Video Workshop Presentations +

Some videos of week 2 participants presentations is available at: 


Workshop Video

Created by Tony Cruz:

Francis Morrone On the History and Importance of the Walking Tour

You can listen to a podcast of Francis Morrone on the Brooklyn Historical Society site.

Power Generation at Stillwell Station

As Richard suggested last week, I obtained a copy of the Brooklyn Heights Courier (June 18-24) because it published content relevant to our Along the Shore Workshop. I had time to read the paper today, and the front page has an interesting article about BQE modernization. I also read a story about condos in Williamsburg. But what really grabbed my attention was an article on page 18 about the solar panels at Stillwater Ave. Subway Station. NYC Transit Chief Environmental Engineer Tom Abdallah is quoted in the article. The article states that some of the solar panels are already damaged, not soon to be repaired. (I remember that a member of our group asked about this.) Furthermore, the article states that the solar panels are presently capable of powering only the lights and MetroCard machines at the station. Contrary to what I thought we were led to believe at the architectural firm, the solar panels are NOT connected to the electrical grid. I was very disappointed to read this. Apparently, the project was meant more as an “educational service” about renewable energy, rather than a practical way to augment the electrical needs of the subway station. Were we victims of “Greenwashing”?!

~Debra Socci