B (apostrophe), K (no ‘postrophe), L, Y, N, That’s the place where I was born in … Where it’s earl not oil, and a girl is a goil, And a goil is a goil at forty paces.*
|“Where The Dream Was Made.” A bouquet to the place where I was born in and lived the first 30 years of my life. Brooklyn holds many surprises, not the least of which is that the Vitagraph Co., possibly the first modern film studio in America, was built in Flatbush in 1905. Famed for its “high-art” silent films, its Shakespeares were 80% of the genre in a 1913 film festival in England. From the Urbanography website.|
|The Little Fugitive. Nostalgia
has a bad name – as “Lou
Grant” said of it, “I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now!” This article is the
story of a film that allows the most detached Brooklyn sophisticate to
wallow in it guiltlessly. Shot mostly in Coney Island during the early
1950s, it has become a document of the life and people of the borough in
its heyday. This piece about the filmmakers, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin,
and their film that won the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion award, is
Brooklyn Cyclones. Light up the h on the Schaefer sign! Baseball is back in Brooklyn (albeit a New York-Penn League Single-A farm team of the Mets) and it’s a hit. With a winning team playing in a Coney Island ballpark where Nathan’s franks are served (of cawse), most games are sold out before the season begins. Keyspan Park has to be the most beautifully-located field in baseball, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and looked over by the parachute jump from 1939 World’s Fair. Visit their home page and this panaromic view.
Erasmus Hall High School. Perhaps the most famous public high school in the nation, it was founded in 1787; among its benefactors were John Jay, Richard R. Livingston, and a political odd couple, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Its notable alumni (including Ira Gossel and Belle Silverman – you’ll have to look ’em up) have contributed to every imaginable area of public life. There are also pictures of the Erasmus neighborhood on “The Old Gray School.” On the Erasmus Hall Alumni site.
The script “Brooklyn” that headlines this page has become the logotype for the borough. This honors its first appearance: on Dodgers road uniforms in 1939, which had white lettering against a pale blue satin fabric. In 1941, the white on pale blue was worn for night games, while “Dodger blue” was used for on grays for day games. Brooklyn was replaced by Dodgers on road uniforms in 1946. (Info from Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century, by Marc Okkonen.)
* Words by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne, from The West Point Story.