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Where: This photograph was taken in front of the Brooklyn Supreme Courthouse in Brooklyn.

Who: Senator Robert Francis Kennedy

Why: Senator Robert Kennedy is being commemorated as a Senator of New York. He was also known as an avid fighter of corruption in organized labor. He was assassinated in 1968.

I was happy to see this statue in his honor.  Although he is gone, he will not be forgotten.

Brooklyn Representative of the 1800s

Where: Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn

Who: Teunis G. Bergen

Why: Teunis Bergen, is being commemorated with a school and street name (Bergen Street, Brooklyn), because he was a U.S House of Representative member from 1865 -1867.  He also served in the New York State Militia in the rank of Colonel.

I used to live on Bergen Street as a child.  I never knew that the street was actually a dedication to someone.  I just happened to by walking by this school and noticed the sign.  This is quite interesting to know.

School Sign

Samuel Fraunces-Advisor to our Founding Father


Samuel Fraunces

Where: This tavern is located in lower Manhattan, on Broad Street and Pearl Street, NYC.

Who: Samuel Fraunces was known as a restauranteur, inn keeper and perhaps more importantly, a close servant and advisor to George Washington, during the Revolutionary War.

Why: This location was actually owned by Mr. Fraunces during the Revolutionary War.  Also, this location was known as a regular meeting location for George Washington as well.  The Tavern stands mostly as landmark to Revolutionary War and role Mr. Fraunces’ played.

This location has a classic feel to it.  I love the presence of history in one of the most modern cities in the world!




1st Black woman elected to NYC Council

Street Sign


WHERE: I took this photograph in Brooklyn, NY.

WHO: Mary Pinkett, the “first black woman elected to the New York City Council in 1974.”

WHY: Mary Pinkett is being commemorated for her work and dedication to Brooklyn, as a labor advocate. She died in 2003 at the age of 72.

As a native Brooklyn resident, I have travelled through this intersection many times. It is nice to see Ms. Pinkett being represented in such a way. She will always be remembered in this manner, being that the location of this sign is a heavily trafficked area.