Monthly Archives: December 2014

R.I.P Ms Ruby Dee

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Library Green                                                                                                                                                   Lawton Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801

The¬†oscar-nominated actress, poet, playwright, and¬†civil rights activist,¬†Ruby Dee‚ÄĮdied¬†June 11, 2014 at her home in New Rochelle. Her¬†Broadway¬†career started in¬†1943 where¬†she also met her true love and life partner,¬†Ossie¬†David in a¬†1946 Broadway play.

PART_1418800445814_Image1418800445806¬† ¬†“The New Rochelle Public Library Theatre and Library Green were named for Ossie Davis in 2005 and the renaming of Library Green for Ruby Dee is anticipated for spring 2015.” (http://patch.com/new-york/newrochelle/ruby-dee-park-library-green-dedicated-new-rochelle)

These two¬†began their journey and making their mark by appearing¬†in many films and plays¬†until¬†Davis¬†death in 2005. They were known as the¬†‚Äúpower couple‚ÄĚ of their time, both¬†committed to social justice as¬†to the¬†performing arts community.¬†Among Davis and Dee‚Äôs most-notable joint stage appearances were those¬†in¬†A Raisin in the Sun¬†(1959)¬†and¬†Spike Lee‘s‚ÄĮDo the Right Thing¬†(1989) and¬†Jungle Fever¬†(1991).

However, Dee was widely known for her own accomplishments and¬†appeared in numerous projects without Davis. In fact, Dee has contributed over 70 films for which she is famously known. One¬†of her best known films was A¬†Raisin in the Sun¬†reconducted¬†in 1961.¬†She became the first African American woman to play leading¬†roles at the¬†American Shakespeare Festival, in 1965 to as well starring in leading roles on soap operas in the 1960‚Äôs.¬†She also went on to winning¬†an Emmy for her 1990‚Äôs performance in “Decoration¬†Day.”¬†She received her first Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in 2008 for her work in “American Gangster.‚Ä̬†Dee was obviously a phenomenal women of her 70 plus year career; she¬†received numerous awards¬†for her stage and screen performances and became a voice to many young women.

So to honor her legacy¬†Library Green will now be known as ‚ÄúThe Ruby Dee Park at Library Green‚ÄĚ

I have always loved everything about this wonderful lady. Meeting her would have meant the world to me. Although, I am struck by her lost, I’m glad¬†to come to such a beautiful park to¬†commemorate her¬†legacy.¬†I’m just so happy to see people come out, celebrate,¬†and¬†keep her legacy at the forefront of the community. just to image that this park is right across the library that I’m a member (although I live in the Bronx/ better books here). And, this is a place people can enjoy the beauty of history by a simple¬†walk in the park enliven by the hall of fame. ¬†This¬†one of New Rochelle’s great public spaces.

It was the New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and a¬†commemoration committee idea to rename the park in Ruby Dee’s name.¬†Mayor Bramson stated, ‚ÄúLibrary Green park represents so much of what Ruby Dee held dear- beautiful gardens, a space welcoming of all ages and ethnicities, and a platform for arts and culture- not to mention our historic Walk of Fame. It is a fitting location for a tribute.‚ÄĚ

She didn’t only play outspoken movie roles that touched many of our hearts, but she also acted out on social justice issues in America, fighting for many African American rights as citizen. We have Ruby Dee to thank for being one of the advocates who’ve broken through the racial barriers on Broadway, and Television.

“We are artists also, and workers above all. We are image-makers. Why can’t we image-makers become peacemakers too?  РRuby Dee

Remembering the Revolutionary War

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Van Cortlandt Park East,                                                                                                                               Bronx, NY 10470                                                                                                                                             Indian Field

‚ÄúThis tract of land honors Chief Abraham Ninham and the 17 Mohican Indians who died here during a mission to aid the Americans in the Revolutionary War.‚ÄĚ

Van Cortlandt Park is one of my favorite places to run in New York.¬†I love jogging through¬†this exquisitely beautiful woodlands each morning. It‚Äôs New York City‚Äôs fourth largest park and has the largest freshwater¬†lake¬†in the Bronx. ¬†I’m definitely more of a¬†lake gal; the lake plays a major role in my life.¬†However, after going here for so long, it didn’t occur to me till¬†now that this park is a historic landmark.

Before, I ever enjoyed the solitude and beauty of this private woodlood such as hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking, Weckquaesgee Indians.lived in the Van Cortlandt Park area and hunted the forested upland, fished in its wooded swamps and enjoyed this serenity before anyone else. They were the first known original  inhabitants.

After Van der Donck death, the land changed hands several times until 1694, when Jacobus Van Cortlandt (of what is now Van Cortlandt Park) purchased it. In 1888, the City of New York took title to Van Cortlandt Park.

At the outbreak of the revolutionary war in 1778, Chief Abraham Ninham and 17 Mohicans from Stockbridge, Massachusetts, were killed or captured for the¬†defense¬†of¬†American¬†liberty. This park serves as a reminder of the attack on Stockbridge Indians by the Hessian mercenaries (British forces).¬†‚ÄúThe clash was the only revolutionary battle to occur entirely within the bounds of today‚Äôs Van Cortlandt Park.‚ÄĚ ¬†(http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/VanCortlandtPark/highlights/11610)

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Van CortlantPark Lake (although not located on the Indian Field)

 

Our Father: Robert R. Livingston

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Robert R. Livingston ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Born 1746 ‚ÄĒ Died at Albany, March 26, 1813

This statue is located in the courtroom of the New York Court of Appeals in Albany and placed there by the bar of the State.

In his right hand, he holds a scroll containing the procedure of the Court of Chancery which he remolded as the Court of Equity.

Robert R. Livingston was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first chancellor/Judge of the State of New York in 1777, when the first New York Constitution was adopted.

‚ÄúChancellor¬†n.¬†from¬†the¬†old¬†English¬†legal¬†system,¬†a¬†chancellor¬†is¬†a¬†judge¬†who¬†sits¬†in¬†what¬†is¬†called¬†a¬†chancery¬†(equity)¬†court¬†with¬†the¬†power to¬†order¬†something¬†be done.‚ÄĚ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†(http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Chancellor)

 This was the highest judicial position in the state of these times. He was also known as one of the greatest lawyers of the revolutionary era. He helped formulate the Court of Appeals in New York when the old Court of Errors abolished in 1846.

His most important contribution during this period was when he administered the oath of office to President Washington April 30, 1789 and his involvement on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. However, at the time of signing the Declaration of Independence, he was elsewhere working on New York City’s constitution and forming its committee.

Robert R. Livingston was one of the most prominent revolutionary leader and statesmen of his day. He led an honorable life. I respect his drive for independence for all our nation; He was the first confederation secretary for foreign affairs and played a major role regarding peace with Great Britain. He was a man of liberal principles of equal liberty.  He has earned his position of honor.

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Triborough Bridge now is Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

I took this picture because this bridge pictured here is of the formerly known as the Triborough Bridge on Astoria Blvd. The bridge was rightfully named so because it connects the boroughs of Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. The bridge has been opened since 1936.

Mr. Robert F. Kennedy was the United States attorney general when his brother John F. Kennedy was president. triboro

On November 19, 2008, the Triborough Bridge was officially renamed after Robert F. Kennedy at the request of the Kennedy family. Forty years had since passed when the New York United States Senator and former U.S. Attorney General had been assassinated during his campaign for president during the 1968 presidential bid.

I have lovefor the Kennedy’s¬† I sympathize for the loss of lives in their family; I would not know how to deal with their family losses. This bridge is on Astoria Blvd and 29th street under the L of Astoria Blvd, N train station stop.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_F._Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dia de Los Muertos, my family style.

TumbaI am of Mexican culture which means we celebrate that which is called El dia de los muertos it is similar in its tradition with All Saints Day. It is a yearly tradition which is on November 1st and 2nd. My family tradition in Mexico is by decorating his tomb with a flower named ‚ÄúFlor de Muertos‚ÄĚ which means Flowers of the Dead it has a distinct scent not sweet but rather tart, tangy. We believe that on this very day our dead loved ones are allowed to walk through the gates of this realm and enjoy the treats, food and beverage which they enjoyed when they walked among us.

This picture was taken in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos 2014, my family was the first one at the cemetery this year.I personally love the tradition. It is nice to think we can walk the paths we once did and know that we no longer are a part of that realm but now of another. Also, we do not leave any photograph of our loved one for we fear that on their visiting night they will see their mortal body and never leave to our mortal thus forcing them to roam among us in pain, anger and resentment of their death.

Below is what we did at home for him being that we live an apartment and my living room is not too large. We also ran out of tequila so we opted for some rum I hope he doesn’t mind we did include his favorite fruit which was apple and Mexican bread and candies my grandfather had a sweet tooth.here at home

 

 

 

 

 

My family in Mexico however is able to do the real deal below is the picture I took last year, I really wish I was there. Mexico ofrenda

A tribute to the Greeks

socratesathens parkI grew up in Astoria, Queens NY. I have never moved in my life nor do I know what it feels like to pack things in a box, label boxes or anything pertaining to moving. I don‚Äôt know if this is a blessing or a curse. I went to Public School 17 Queens here in Astoria, Queens NY which was next to Athens Square Park on 30th Avenue and 27th Street. As a child I would play freeze tag, manhunt, green light red light, double-dutch and jump rope. I find it very interesting and stimulating that the park would bring tribute to Socrates the man famous for his questioning teaching method along with his strong-minded hunt for veracity, he thus sparked the anger of his fellow Athenians and was found guilty of impiety and of corrupting the city’s youth. His killing deeply changed ideas about what it meant and took to be courageous and heroic since he died only for his refusal to abandon his principles.

ARistotleAnother commemoration is the one below of Aristotle. Aristotle was a student of Plato. When he turned 18 years old, he moved to Athens to be further study at Plato’s Academy, where he stayed about 15 years. Aristotle was also a historian he would observe and record data and would analyze the marine life. His observations and interpretations were lifetimes ahead of his time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle

 

 

 

 

Jose Marti

 

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This statue in front of Central Park at the north end of Avenue of the Americas,
IT commemorates spanish American revolutionary Jose Martí campaigned for
the liberation of ‚Äė‚ÄôCuba from Spain and was imprisoned by Spanish authorities in
1868. Fleeing to New York in 1880, he continued to advocate for Cuban freedom
while in exile and organized the Cuban Revolutionary Party in 1892’’. From what
i have read about marti he was a very brave man. The statute does help give a clear depiction of his strengthens in battle and bravery,but it doesn’t help his¬†revolutionary and poetic side.

-Darreus Francis

St. Patricks Cathedral

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At the corner of 5th ave close to Rockefeller center i took of one of the most holy cathedral in
New York,The Saint Patricks Cathedral isn’t really a commemoration for one specific person .
It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish
church. It is very beautiful from each angel ,currently it is being restored. When you first walk the setting is so inviting , in my opinion it wonderful monument within itself.

-Darreus Francis

Simon Bolivar

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As i was walking down 57th street from the Apple store i seen this amazing tall
statue, of Simon Bolivar outside of central park across from Trump towers. The
statue shows Bolivar on his equestrian as if he was about to go to battle. He is
being commemorated because he was a military general and advocate of PanAmericanism.
Bolivar he is ‚Äė‚Äôcredited with the liberation from Spanish domination
of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Panama’’. In my opinion
commemoration is ok,it doesn’t really stand out as much as the one further into
the park. It does give you a sense of the type of general he was through the
depiction of the battle stance he is in.

-Darreus Francis

Rockefeller Center

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In the middle of Rockefeller Center, stands a great commemoration that honors a respectable man known as John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller was a philanthropist who was also known for controlling the largest monopoly of standard oil and also donating billions of his earning to several different organizations. Approaching the annual Christmas tree was a truly amazing experience, it was phenomenal. The tree stands at approximately 85 feet and stands above the Rockefeller Ice skating rink which also brings a beautiful attraction to the scene. I feel this is a great commemoration for the late Rockefeller because it allows people to see his name and learn about his legacy and what he has left behind.

-Darreus Francis