On-site speech videos

Many of you have successfully shared your speeches by uploading them to Youtube and embedding them or linking them to our site. The next step would be to add your link to the Google Map we created.  I sent each of you an invitation to become a collaborator on the map–that should give you a different view of the map, I hope. You should see an EDIT button on it, and clicking that will allow you to put in a place pin for your location, and to edit the content included on the balloon that pops up whenever anyone hovers over your location. Be sure to name the location and include your speech URL. Once you finish Essay 5, you can also include a link to that blog post as well.

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If anyone has questions, please ask them here. Will those of you who successfully uploaded and shared your speeches please answer questions for your classmates who were not yet successful in doing so?

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden ESSAY# 5 (updated)

Brooklyn is a beautiful and diverse utopia filled with unprecedented amounts of historical knowledge for such a small borough. Many from around the world come to visit this piece of the Metropolis (New York City) to experience its wonders, but for those who already live here, a break from the concrete jungle is sometimes much needed; this is where the Brooklyn Botanic Garden comes in. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers the sheer sensation of peace, while at the same time offering that historical knowledge that many seek, and it’s all here at the heart of Brooklyn. Inhabitants come to experience the cheerful nirvana that this sanctuary provokes, and not to mention the roots of history all around you. The garden combines knowledge and beauty into one hybrid that functions as a successful ecosystem, and this is especially thanks to its many exhibitions. For example, when you walk through the Cherry Blossom part of the garden, you feel as if you’re not in Brooklyn any more, you immerse yourself through all of your senses, you can see the beauty, smell the freshness of nature, you can hear the soft birds fly across as you pick up a Cherry Blossom petal of the ground and feel its softness; while at the same time you can read that these specific Cherry Blossom trees were given by Japan as a gift after World War 1 which makes experiencing it that much better and important. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also features many activities and festivities such as teachings on agriculture, poem competitions, concerts, agricultural celebrations, and even weddings. As you can see, the garden is like the Madison Square Garden of the organic world offering entertainment in a different way. It is a place that started as a ash dump area, then ultimately bloomed into a divine sanctuary despite being in a a crowded and concrete area. Since we have this magnificent place right in the heart of our beloved utopia that is Brooklyn, why not visit it?

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Another Essay 5 update

To submit your videos, you were supposed to upload it to YouTube and then use the embed code to add it to our Telling Brooklyn Stories map. To complete Essay 5, you had to submit your 300-word piece as a blog post, and that you choose the category “Brooklyn Tour” so we can look at all the tour posts together. To make sure that both your video and your 300-word piece come together on our map, we ask that you add the URL of your blog post in the Google Map space where you’ve added your video–and even better if you use a URL shortener to make it look more appealing.

To complete the map portion of the assignment, accept my invitation to collaborate on the map. Then when you’re looking at the map, click Edit. You can add a pushpin as we showed in class, choose the HTML option for adding material to the window, paste in the embed code for the video, and then paste in the URL for your blog post. To make it look good, you can use a URL-shortening site, such as goo.gl or bit.ly or tinyurl.com, so you don’t have a long URL.

Have questions? Ask them here!

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Essay 5 Lefferts Historic house


The Lefferts Historic House is located inside of Prospect Park right next to the Prospect Park Zoo and is the only historic house left in Brooklyn from the late 1600’s. It’s a very interesting place because almost all of the items at the house were left behind from many centuries ago. The Lefferts Historic House is a museum of family life in Brooklyn in the 1820s. According to Historichousetrust.com, “Period rooms furnished to reflect daily life, demonstration gardens and fields, and hands-on American craft activities help visitors understand the changes in Brooklyn’s landscape since the 18th-century”.

The house was originally known as Lefferts Homestead but is now known as Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The Lefferts family was one of the earliest European settlers in Brooklyn. Being that they were one of the earlier settlers, they were able to start up businesses and make a lot of money in Kings County, which is known as Brooklyn. According to Prospectpark.org, “An Interpretive and Exhibition Master Plan were designed by James Czajka, Architect, and Christopher Clark, PhD, Exhibition Developer and Consulting Historian. The Lefferts Historic House has now been thoroughly re-imagined as a family-oriented environmental history museum, interpreting Brooklyn’s changing environment through the eyes of its Dutch, African, and Native-American inhabitants”. Many of the pieces at the museum were re constructed so they wouldn’t fall apart when visitors would visit. The activities at the house are candle making, sewing, butter churning, and making fire with flint and steel. Special weekend programs follow the seasonal patterns of rural life: springtime’s Flax & Fleece Fest, Summer Songs & Stories, fall’s Harvest Days, the Winter Festival, and the Annual Quilt Show”.

The Lefferts Historic House is a great landmark left in Brooklyn for people to explore and learn about the history of a old time family through primary sources left there and secondary sources.

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Considering we are learning about iconic land marks such as Forte Greene, Brooklyn Bridge, Navy Yard, BHS, why not pay a visit to the new addition of this historical borough. Since this was built in our generation we can proudly say we were there from the start and have stories of our own like the people who lived during the construction of the other landmarks here. It also gives us a look on how a greatly diverse area can come together and have the same feeling of pride in a team, celebrity and building. The fact that you can get there so easily makes it even more of the perfect candidate to see it in person rather than through media. Not only is this helpful towards architecture, engineering, business management and construction management but several other students in a wide variety of fields can benefit and learn a lot from it. Who knew that a building like the Barclays Center could touch the hearts of many people not only living in Brooklyn, but other areas around New York and possibly around the world.  Also since it was completed September of this year I feel it provides a fresh nee place to see. Along with the endless possibilities and growth it will have I around the area in places like, Fulton, Dekalb, and other areas that will grow. 

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Essay 5: The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is a well known visitor’s attraction; they have an extensive collection of many historical pieces – each conveying its own message. The museum is New York City’s second largest with many art collections. It holds about more than 1.5 million art works. The museum itself is distinguished because of its famous historical pieces that they have. Learning the Brooklyn Museum’s history will help you understand the procedure of how it was built. According to brooklynmuseum.org/about/ the museum’s roots were extended back to 1823 founded by the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library who educated young tradesmen. It was first established in Brooklyn Heights, in 1841, the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library moved and became part of the Brooklyn Lyceum Building in Washington Street. The Brooklyn Lyceum Building and the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library two years later combined to form the Brooklyn Institute which offers exhibitions, sculptures and lectures on different subjects such as geology and abolitionism. In 1890, the institute leaders have decided to restructure the institute and renamed the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and began building the Brooklyn Museum. The architects of the Brooklyn Museum were McKim, Mead & White. The museum was recognized as its name and soon focuses on planning cultural, recreational, and educational district for the developing city of Brooklyn. They picture to plan parks, gardens, and buildings after the once independent Brooklyn who was absorbed into New York City in 1898 and it was finally realized. The area where the Brooklyn Institute Triangle was designated can be found and it is not only the Brooklyn Museum but other institutions and facilities such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Prospect Park Zoo, Mount Prospect Park, and the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library System. The Brooklyn Museum is a wonderful place to visit because it have many art collections that are exquisite.

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Essay 5 DAC

The DUMBO Arts Center, located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, has paved the way for creativity in the Brooklyn district. According to the Huffington Post it was Brooklyn’s first non-profit contemporary arts organization. The DAC, founded in 1997, has changed and continued to captivate people because of its landmark location, accessibility to the public, and numerous art festivals. According to the New York Times the creation of DAC was a pivotal turning point in the DUMBO neighborhood when it became increasingly gentrified near the end of the twentieth century. It became a platform for local artists providing them with something special.

According to DumboArtsCenter.org, Joy Glidden, the Founding Director of the DAC and co-founder of the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival says “The DAC’s main goal is get visitors and allow them to interact with art of all forms and each other.” They also collaborate with schools, training students to become upcoming artists.

The recent sixteenth annual DUMBO arts festival brought the whole neighborhood to life visually transforming the land, water, and sky into a massive arts playground. Artwork was created by more than 500 artists and over 225,000 visitors come check it out for free three-day festival according to New York State of Mind blog. Exhibits such as “Superhero” by Wildbytes, “Codex Dynamic” by Leo Kuelbs and John Ensor, “Flex is King Live” an East Brooklyn underground dance movement and the “Monster Drawing Rally” by the DAC were available to the public. People were allowed to enjoy an art festival that offered a range of art projects, media workshops, and sights for individuals and families to enjoy. With the DUMBO Arts Center being in a historically landmarked area, people could learn about its history, culture, and how it changed a barren neighborhood into a thriving cultural area.


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Brooklyn navy yard; Never forgotten.

Built in 1801, The Brooklyn Navy Yard was always used for merchant vessels (bldg92.org). Merchant vessels would come a long to repair their ships so they could continue trade. The Brooklyn Navy Yard was important then and when it became a Navy facility in 1801 when, According to bldg92.org,  it was purchased by The United States Navy for $40,000. This may not seem a lot to us in this day and age but back then $40,000 was worth a whole lot. This area was also worth that much in my opinion because it inhabits such a massive amount of land. According to brooklynnavyyard.org, The Brooklyn Navy Yard held more than 5 miles of paved street, 4 Dry-Docks And two steel shipways. As you can already tell this was a massive area. During world war II, the Brooklyn Navy Yard kicked into high gear producing many ships. They had to produce massive amounts in order to succeed in the war. According to bldg92.org, the battleship that caused the surrender of Japan was made right here in our very own Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ship was named Battleship Missouri. This alone shows us the importance that The Brooklyn Navy Yard had in our efforts to solidify victory. Not only did The Brooklyn Navy Yard assist greatly in efforts with the war, It also recreated history by allowing women to take place of men in the working industry. Women were employed to do jobs that men recently had to do. This changed history according to brooklynnavyyard.org, Many women took on roles such as engineering and wielding. These were the jobs that women would have never thought of even doing. All these opportunities came about when the men were called to war. there was nobody back home to do all the jobs that men did, so women took a stand. That is how vital The Brooklyn Navy yard is in our history yet we tend to overlook it everyday. We should be proud of being part of it.

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Essay 5, Reclaim of the Breukelen Water Front Revised

The post-industrial,Brooklyn Bridge Park, located along the East River, has returned the city’s waterfront edge to public use unlike ever before in it’s more than 300 year history. The Brooklyn waterfront doesn’t just have a storied past but also a promising future.

To first understand why Brooklyn Bridge Park is so special one must first understand the rich history of its location, the East River Water Front. Before it was a park, before the BQE, before Brooklyn Bridge, when the Brooklyn we all know and love was known as Breukelen, there was het Veer, an independent village separate from the independent cities of Brooklyn and Manhattan. In 1652 the village of het Veer developed around the Old Fulton Ferry landing, named after Robert Fulton, inventor of the first steamboat ferry, and soon after integrated into Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Bridge Park website, the park) Then in 1783, according to Brooklyn Then and Now, by Marcia Reiss, the American Industrial Revolution began and the waterfront became home to numerous amounts of store and ware houses which gave its nickname, the walled city. According to the Brooklyn Bridge Park website, the New York Dock Co. owned over 40 piers and approximately 150 stores and warehouses. (the park) Then in the 1970’s the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway fully separated the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood from the waterfront completely. Eventually after the demise of the ferries due to the Brooklyn Bridge, and after port authority shutdown operations in piers 1-6 in 1983, due to the steady decline of shipping, the area turned into back water and the once thriving waterfront became forgotten.

Brooklyn Bridge park has revived the waterfront and reclaimed public access for everyone to enjoy. No longer are Brooklynites and visitors blocked off by the wall of factories and warehouses that once left the East River waterfront inaccessible for recreational use. Now Brooklyn’s East River waterfront is very much open and inviting for Brooklynites and visitors from all over the world. Construction of   Brooklyn Bridge Park began in 2009, and is now open for kayaking, volley ball, Barge Music Concerts, book readings, movies under the bridge, the enjoyment of the beautifully restored 1922 Jane’s Carousel, and many more fun activities and events for the public to enjoy. The best part of it is, the park is still under construction and is only getting better. According to the Brooklyn Bridge Park website, the completion of the piers are scheduled to be fully completed by summer 2013; the  park will include the re-utilized Tobacco Warehouse and Empire Store, a hotel, places to picnic an barbecue  fields to play sports, basketball courts, an ice skating rink, and more.(park progress)

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Essay 5: Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge connects two great New York City boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn. A bridge where you can walk it, drive it, bike it, or just admire it. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most famous routes and beloved structures and known all over the world. Many people nowadays exercise and taking photos of the Brooklyn Bridge and this brings up an idea that Brooklyn Bridge is a place that is worth visiting and made easier for people to travel to places. Brooklyn bridge is a place that is worth visiting because when standing on the Brooklyn bridge, you see the beautiful views of others architectural, the city, and the Statue of Liberty. Brooklyn bridge not only can be used as a transportation, but it’s also a place where people can settle down to hang out. I had experience this walking tour to Brooklyn bridge when I was in elementary school, where I had trip to visiting the Brooklyn Bridge. During our class trip to the Brooklyn bridge, I seen many people walking and biking on the Brooklyn bridge. There were many people on the Brooklyn Bridge taking pictures, hanging out and people having conversation on the benches. It was a great experience for me to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. The elegant high arches cables and diagonal stays made the bridge very lovely. It has gone from being viewed as powerful and massive to being as beautiful and loved for its elegant design. Today it blends into the city , but adds to the beauty of the New York skyline. There are many history in the Brooklyn bridge. This Bridge was designed by the Prussian- born John Roebling but he died before construction began in 1867, his son continued the project until it was completed and it took 14 years to complete. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world with a span that reached 1,596 feet.  Even though this bridge is the longest bridge, people like walking across the bridge because they like the feeling of it and takes about 20 minute cross the bridge. Many people take photo at the Brooklyn Bridge because people like the background and the view is wonderful, especially the lighting. Therefore, even though the Brooklyn bridge is not no longer the dominant of New York. The people that had never been there before , I strongly encourage them to experience it because the views there are incredible and the texture of the bridge are really amazing. To get the feeling of what I’m talking about,  people really need to go there to visit the Brooklyn Bridge in order to understand my point.

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Process for Embedding Video using Google Maps and YouTube

Here I’ll describe the process of embedding your on-site speech video onto the Google map.

Part 1:  YouTube

Log into YouTube and upload your speech video.

Once you’ve uploaded your speech video to YouTube, you’ll click “Video Manager” using the drop-down menu next to the “Upload” button at the top of the page.  Once you click Video Manager, you’ll see a list of all of the videos that you’ve uploaded to YouTube.

Click the link for your speech video.  This will open your speech video and begin playing the video.  If you look below the video player, you’ll see several tabs including “About”, “Share”, and “Add to”.

Click on “Share” and you’ll see a new series of tabs revealed below with options including “Share this video”, “Embed”, and “Email”.  You’ll click on “Embed”, which reveals the HTML code for embedding your video.

Copy the HTML Code, and then you’ll go back to Google Maps.

Part 2: Google Maps

Once on our Google Map you’ll need to log in, so you have the ability to “Edit” the map.  Once logged in, click “Edit” to both “Drop a pin” as well as to Name and Edit the description.

“Drop a pin” by selecting the blue pin in the top, left hand corner of the map.  Then move the pin to the location you selected for your speech site.

After dropping the pin, make sure to “Name” the pin with the location name.

In the “Description” space below the name of the link, click “Edit HTML” and then PASTE the HTML Code that you copied from YouTube into the “Description”.  Then Click “OK”.

Now look over to the left side of the screen, and Click “Done”.

Lastly, go and click on the pin that you’ve dropped and edited.  When you click on the pin, it should bring up your speech video from YouTube inside of the Description.

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brooklyn bridge park on site speech- liz

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this is my location speech video :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTZ0_fVu9bM&feature=youtu.be

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