The mystery of the Sugar House Prison Window near the municipal Building in Lower Manhattan, it is called the David Dinkins Building and the plaque is in front of the Police Headquarters is to believed to be hunted by former prisoners.
This memorial was placed in their honor, because the death toll was so high in this prison, which held Americans of the Revolutionary War. This placed was described as has having horrible living conditions and unhealthy food for the prisoners. The food was spoiled and filled with maggots that the prisoner refused to eat it and starvation was one of the causes for death. The cold bars on the window gave me a creepy feeling to think that people had to be in prison for various reasons while a major war was going on and the thought of them not being able to have a meal. Similarly, the prisoners in New York complain about the food and living environment today, I’m sure can’t compare to what these prisoners had to go through. These prisons are remembered in the Trinity Churchyard and cemetery on Broadway and Wall Street.
The plaque on the wall says” This window was originally part of the five story Sugar House built in 1763 at the corner of Duane and Rose Streets and used by the British during the Revolutionary War as a prison for American Patriots. The Sugarhouse was demolished in 1892 and replaced by the Rhinelander Building incorporating this window into the faced as an historical artifact. The Rhinelander building was demolished in 1986 and the site is now occupied by Police Headquarters. “ John Lindsay, Mayor (1965)
New York is one of the busiest cities in the whole and when someone passes away that takes the time to make sure New York remains beautiful, a memorial must be made. Andrew Platovosky died at the tender age of 49 on July 17th at his home. His mother Florence and his siblings Sandy and David survived him. My condolences to the family and thoughtful co-workers who decided to place a plaque near the Municipal Buildings in lower Manhattan for Mr. Platovosky. He was the designer of the Veterans Memorial Garden at Queens Borough Hall, the new pedestrians plaza surroundings municipal buildings and the Police Headquarters in lower Manhattan. The memory of decedent will forever be in the area he created for his friends, family and co-workers to remember him. The area is quite, beautiful and makes that small part of New York behind the Municipal buildings feel safe for tourist, New Yorkers and the people who just want a quite area to sit on a nice summer day. The area is filled with seating, food vendors and landscaping that Andrew still maintained after construction and with the police headquarters and the Catholic Church in the area it is peaceful and tranquil area. Thank you Andrew Platovosky for your time, creativity, hard work and commitment to the buildings you created. We are still enjoying it every chance we can.
Survivors: Wife of 61 years,
This is a memorial for founder of the block association in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, New York. She was a pillar in the community she served the community by opening doors to create a sense of family amongst people. The association is used to set up meeting to improve the community, open the ties to the police department and ways to improve the area where she lived. The meetings discuss the annual block parties, how to get music for the event, the preparation of food and how to entertain children for the event. When she organized the events I’m sure it was families getting together outside to enjoy the weather, while children played hopscotch, riding bikes and jumping rope. While the adults grilled outside and music was played in the streets. The neighborhood watch organization was also set up that helped the members to become aware of the people and they’re that live in the neighborhood.
The relationship with the police department helped ensure that the neighborhood is protected and served by them. The block association is still going strong today because of the Mrs. Trotman. It also helps families in need especially around the holidays with charitable donations for children with toys drive, coat drive and hot meal for elderly. Now at the annual block parties the events are much larger a special DJ or band is called to perform and children play on hoover boards but they still ride bikes. We are thankful for Mrs. Trotman that made a way for these events to continue, she was beloved wife and devoted sister. I was able to find out if she had children but I’m sure the younger generation feels like we are all her children because we are still able to take part in her legacy.
While walking down the block in my neighborhood, I noticed a sign that read, “Rest in Power”. It struck me because normally people would say Rest in Peace. I knew it had to be someone special because it was posted at the office of film director, actor, producer and writer Spike Lee. He always makes signs that recognize people that are loved and lost. This time it was about the recent death of Bill Nunn, whose battle with leukemia ended in September. It is a disease that causes the body to be unable to fight off infection. It can affect the bone marrow and the heart. Mr. Nunn died at the age of 63 and he leaves a wife and two children. I was unable to find a will but if he died without a will his estate will be handled under the laws of intestacy we know that his wife will get the first $50,000 plus ½ of everything left behind. Bill Nun was an actor and his estate is a little over one million dollars.
The spike lee movie that Bill Nunn acted in is “ Do the right thing” he played the character by the name of Radio Raheem. This movie was set in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn in the 90’s, in the summer heat and it followed the lives of the black community. Mr. Nun roll in the film was symbolic to me because his gold rings that read Love and Hate. Which is what we are facing in the world today. The difference between real life and movie is that the director cannot say cut if someone says or does something hateful. The film taught everyone to always do the right thing and as Mr. Nunn/ Radio Raheem carried around the radio in the movie. He played truth lyrics by conscious rappers who made sure that the community looked beyond there everyday lives to the future.
Sadden by the death of this actor; we know that he was also a man that had to live in this world and deal with life after the cameras stopped rolling. So he received an education by graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta, all male Historical Black College, while there he worked with students at Spelman College in the arts of acting. Then he later formed a project, called Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project to help public school students learn the arts profession. Students were able to win scholarship money for college and help build self- esteem to those who don’t always have a father figure. I’m sure his presence will be missed on stage, in movies and mostly in the live of his wife, children and close friends.
Rest in Power, praying that love will cover up hate as we live the rest of this life without you.
Mr. Curtis L. Felton “ The Mayor”
I found this small memory of Mr. Felton in Brooklyn, New York in the area of Bedford Stuyvesant from the 300 Block Association, he was someone that was held in high regard while living on this block since 1963. He was a member of the block association for 15 years and he was linked with the 79th police precinct. He believed in working with the police department to help control crime in the Bed-Stuy. In this area of Brooklyn working with the police department has become a way of life. While walking around these blocks I noticed a lot of friendly exchanged between the police officers that walk the streets and the homeowners outside early weekend morning sweeping there front yards. I can’t help but to think that this relationship started way before I ever walked these streets. I feel grateful for Mr. Felton from creating a better sense of community between two forces of homeowners and the police department. Now at these meeting his sense of community is still apart of the monthly meeting, the police officers attend the meeting and give us guidelines and insure that they are here to help in anyway that they can.