Monthly Archives: May 2014

My Neighborhood – Midwood, Brooklyn

Samuel Goldberg Triangle

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Yet another park (located on 65th Street between Avenue O and West 3rd Street) honors a decedent. Samuel Goldberg was a “community activist”. He was also a member of the Marlboro Civil League which made sure that the public places were maintained.

During the World War II, he was a zone commander because his eyesight precluded him “from joining the Armed Forces”. Originally, the park had a different name, “Marlboro Square”, to honor the league. However, the death of Samuel Goldberg made the community rethink their original name choice and dedicate the triangle to him.

When you live in New York you are known to have a busy life. Sometimes you forget to notice and appreciate things. To me this park is a savior in my busy life. Whenever I pass it by I just can’t resist to take a sit and take a five minute break. It does wonders!

Downtown Commemorates


Photo taken at Columbus Park

Henry Ward Beecher is being commemorated for the role he played in the abolitionist movement and for being a great Arostle of the Brotherhood of Man and his devotion to helping children.


 This seems to be a man that did great things. The statue is one that represents children trying to climb to the top of the statue. Anyone who devotes their life to abolish statements and grounds for wrong doing is a great man in my eye.
Taken at Columbus Park in front of the Supreme Court

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Christopher Columbus is known as the man who found the first continent, America in 1492 and discovered new worlds.
History states that this is not true. So, I don’t really know if I can view him as our great finder.

I appreciate want to explore to find new islands but until man finds out the story on who really found America, Christopher is nothing more than just a (n) explorer.


Taken at Columbus Park

Senator Robert Francis Kennedy

Senator Kennedy is being commemorated for assisting in the rejuvenation of Bedford Stuyvesant. Most importantly, he brought livable and affordable housing to the section of Brooklyn that was densely populated with blacks.

I appreciate what Senator Kennedy has done for blacks. As history goes on, Negro’s will continue to get the short end of the stick. His actions have reflected and many great white senators who move on in history attempting to do the same. He will be paired up in my history with the best of the best, Bill Clinton and Martin Luther King.


Taken at Columbus Park

Washington A. Roebling

Mr. Roebling is commemorated for building one of the biggest/longest bridges in America that spans from Downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Mr. Roebling assisted in the way we travel today and even those technological creations are expanding everyday. In the early 1900’s, man would travel by boat, but today we can walk, run, bike and drive 30 minutes into Manhattan.  Today, the Q,N, and R trains are running on bridges instead of underground.


In Honor Of…


When you hear of honoring someone you think of all they’ve accomplished and how their legacy has helped others.  My hometown of Ingersoll Houses, consisting of 20 buildings and is 6 and 11-stories tall, has been given a name in honor of all his accomplishments towards creating a better environment for one and all. His name is Raymond V. Ingersoll and He has indeed earned a name for himself by serving as the Parks Commissioner, Brooklyn Borough President and was an advocate for Public Housing. He also championed broader public use of parks, playgrounds and beaches. He spearheaded the consolidation of the subway systems, creation of health centers, a central library building, the Brooklyn College campus and a slew of other accreditation. He was a member of the State Commission which revised tenement and housing laws in 1928-29. Ingersoll strongly advocated non-partisan municipal government. Today, the area once called Fort Greene has come a long way in that it has been rumored to be considered the New Manhattan due to the numerous renovations which some locations are known as Fort Green Avalon and Vinegar Hill.  Ingersoll once wrote: “The Dreamer Dies, But Never Dies The Dream.” Which I believe he has proven in all his accomplishments.  Ingersoll Houses is located in Brooklyn, NY.  I am happy to live in a place where some paved the way for me and thousands of others to live in place where everyone of all ethnic and economic backgrounds can dwell amongst each other peacefully.


This is what’s left of the legendary Ebbits Field where some of the greatest games were played. This famous stadium was erected in April of 1913 and the first game was on April 5, 1913 where the Brooklynteam scored a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Yankees as Casey Stengel and Jake Daubert hit inside-the-park homers. Although Ebbets was linked to Spring Street in Manhattan, He felt a strong connection to Brooklyn to which he became a charter employee of Brooklyn’s baseball team, as an assistant secretary and handyman, when it played its first game in 1883.  His responsibilities elevated to scheduling and other affairs and, In the 1890s, he was elected to the State Assembly from Park Slope and later became a part of the Brooklyn City Council.  I’ve only had the pleasure of sitting in on one or two games in my lifetime but I can say that it was an interesting an exciting experience as I for one will always be a fan my Borough-Go Brooklyn!

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This park was named after a man who may say was an unsung hero of his day for he rose from a humble cabin boy to establishing high ranking position of Senior Commander of the entire United States fleet. Commodore Barry was given the title “Father of the Navy” due to the training of the many heroes of the War of 1812.  I believe his title was indeed well deserved because he fought valiantly for what he believed was just while remaining humane to his men as well as his adversaries and prisoners all the while receiving little or no monies whatsoever.  Based on that fact that a park which embodies peace tranquility and family is named after him, I believe his tile should affectionately be the father of all that stands for the good and the just. Doctor Benjamin Rush, a close friend of Barry and the signer of the declaration wrote: “He fought often and once bled in the cause of freedom, but his habits of War did not lessen in him the peaceful virtues which adorn private life.”   Commodore Barry was a man who served his Nation well and for that we salute you.


To speak his name is to know of one the greatest fighters of justice and equality.   The Airport formally known as Idlewild Airport was created due to the overcrowding of LaGuardia Airport.  It would be fitting for an airport to be named after one of the many great men who stood for justice because his words and his mannerisms would take you on a journey to a place where someday we will all be free of the negativity racism which plagued our country back in the 60’s.  Born from a successful banker and Boston Debutante, the man himself, John F. Kennedy, was also the 35th U.S. president that negotiated the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and initiated the Alliance for Progress.  Kennedy remains the only American president to win a Pulitzer Prize.  John F. Kennedy was the second youngest American president in history (next to Theodore Roosevelt who was on 42 years of age when he became President).  Former President John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural speech, said “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” which to this day is one of the most famous lines used in television and film.  Kennedy spearheaded the defense of civil rights activist James Meredith who became the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962.  To reiterate, I believe that every building or monument which was named after Former President John F. Kennedy was well deserved for each represent the kind of man he was and I believe would still be had he not been assassinated On November 21, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.  Aside from who its named after, the airport is indeed more practical to fly to any destination in the world because of their overall customer service and travel accommodations-by the way, it’s cheaper too.  Happy trails!






Rockaway Beach Surf Club is a cultural event space, restaurant and bar devoted to promoting the love of surfing, Unique to Rockaway Beach is the convergence of surf, urban culture and to honor legendary surfers such as Rusty Miller who was a 1965 United States Surfing Champion. It is located in the Far Rockaway/Rockaway Beach Section of Queens, NY.

Broken Color Barrier

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This monument is to honor Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese and all the other teammates on the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in the Major League Baseball. This statue is located at Coney Islands amusement park.

Monuments Commemorating World War II Soldiers

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These are memorial monuments  within the Queens Village Veterans Plaza, located at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village.  These monuments are in honor of the American soldiers who fought and gave their lives for our country during the World War II.  “This land was acquired in 1927 and it was assigned to Parks in January 13, 1932.”  The Plaza contains seating areas and a covered stage along with the monuments.  It is a very peaceful area that I often visit and enjoy nature and all of the surroundings,



Remembering 13 Year old Kevin Miller Jr. of Cambria Heights Queens

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This is a picture located near the Cambria Car Wash on the corner of Linden Boulevard and Springfield Boulevard in Cambria Heights, Queens.   This young man, Kevin Miller Jr. was only 13 years old when he was innocently shot and killed by a someone during a fight among students of a nearby school.   He was an innocent bystander who was standing near the car wash shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009.  Kevin was a student at Campus Magnet Humanities and the Arts High School (formerly known as Andrew Jackson High School).   Young Kevin was just getting out of school when he was shot in the head and was dead on arrival when he was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

His heart broken mom, Donna Greaves says ” Kevin, a junior usher at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Queens who attended a Bible study group, was not the type of kid to get mixed up in a street brawl where bullets might fly.”  In December 2012, 2 members of the Crips gang was convicted of Kevin’s murder.  Kevin will always be remembered.

Engine 314 FDNY Firehouse: Never Forget 9.11.01



This is a picture of a mural painted on the door of the FDNY Firehouse Engine 314, located at 142-04 Brookville Boulevard in Rosedale, Queens New York.  Printed on the emblem is a message “Never Forget 9.11.01” reminding people to always remember the people who have lost their lives in the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Wall Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  

I felt a bit emotional as I looked at this mural and remembered that so many people innocently lost their lives and how this tragedy still affects so many other lives and families of the fallen victims.


Jam Master Jay


This photograph is a picture of a mural painted in commemoration of Jason Mizell ” Jam Master Jay”, a disc jockey and part of the greatest hip hop group of all time in the 1980s.  This mural is located  at the corner of 205th street and Hollis Avenue in Hollis, Queens. The The trio,   Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell.  Jason Mizell grew up and attended school in the Hollis community.  Jason was born January 21, 1965 and was killed October 30, 2002 by a gunshot wound to the head while in a recording studio in Jamaica Queens.   He was 37 years old. His killer has not been found.