Archive for November 2010
“Due to changing real estate, the movement uptown, we may owe more than we may realize. The old theater district, early lit by gas, in the early 1800s, had many patrons. The site of two national guard units, one was at the location noted feminist Kate Millet lost their battle to protect its remaining history. The site of a number of cemeteries, Methodist and Quaker ones were moved ca. 1850s. Two, the first non-denominational ones are still there, New York Marble Cemeteries, one held ex-President Monroe until the Virginia legislature voted to move him to the Hollywood Cemetery before the Civil War. One of the National Guard units, the “Steuben Rifles” was involved in the “Draft Riots” and its leader court martialed. The rest of the unit was ordered to march to Washington, D.C. to protect the capital, with its newly erected Capitol Dome, cast in the South Bronx, and erected for just under $1 million, by Janes and Kirtland, once located in the Bowery until removed to the Bronx. They later had offices in the Seaport, making the steel metal kitchen cabinets found in the city. The National Guard unit was mustered out on Brother Island in the Bronx at the end of the war. The other, once on 6th St. went on to have the only Armory in the city built by private funds for it, The Seventh Regiment Armory, or “Park Avenue Armory”. The Yiddish Theater district was demolished in the later subway construction.”
Should be “…just over $1 million” and located near the Bowery, or Peter Stuyvesant’s “bouwerie” or “farm” in Dutch. And of course “Yiddish Theater” whose “father” Boris Thomashevsky’s grandson conducts the San Francisco Symphony today, Michael Tilson Thomas, once conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic.
In Germania Hall, in a union election, it was the first time a woman was elected to union management, Kate Mullaney, sitting next to Susan B. Anthony. Her house in Troy, NY is on the National Register of Historic Places, placed recently. She had organized the “collar workers” white collars then detachable allowed men to wear a shirt for a number of days replacing the “white collar” washed in mass quantities by women and children with dangerous heat, bleaches, soaps and workplace conditions. It was the building next to the Kate Millet place, former “bowling alley” according to most recent published history. I’ve seen one painting of it, in the archaeology study of parts of three blocks called the “Cooper Square Urban Renewal” project, for the NYC Landmarks Commission by Parsons, Inc., who used to also inspect cars in New Jersey.
The foreign press was told the week we invaded Afghanistan, (in the 1930s it might have been called an American Expeditionary Force as it was when we invaded Iran) that we were going there to clean-up the airports of leftover bomb-holes and broken USSR material. I heard this in the “Pointer’s Echo” above West Point Military Academy which just closed up tight after the 9/11 and anthrax appearing in the US Post Office. I was a crew member of an archeology testing where hurricane Floyd had damaged their forest grounds, needing new roads to haul trees thrown over by the wind. So, we had three, count them three, issues happen at once: 9/11 attacks, unknown anthrax attacks in the post office, first reported as “weaponized” later determined to be mistaken, and the invasion of Afghanistan,”Russia’s Vietnam” according to one WWII veteran, my dad. We are only human and need to separate these events out as they finally and not so decidedly became part of our domestic and foreign policies. Citing the Supreme Court, which according to the WGA, determined the “national past-time” to be above the laws of monopoly, we were, “three strikes and you’re out” perhaps and need to reform our policy, and admit it was wrong and now will make it better or “right”.
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Interestingly, today’s Bellport, NY was once “Belleport” on “Belleville Bay” (US Coast Survey, 1835 today’s “Carman’s River” then “Great River”) said so named by ship salvors hired to remove a wreck from the “inlet” through the barrier island, Fire Island. There’s some confusion as to where the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, the “SS Savannah” sank, “off Fireplace”, where there’s another “Fireplace” opposite the early settled Gardiners Island. However, “Fire Place Neck” is just east of Bellport, NY (Bellport Bay, 1944 Army Map Service). The US Coast Survey perhaps did not record “Fireplace” as their depictions covered some of the land seen from the coast. The day it left Savannah, Georgia, May 22, 1819, is celebrated as U.S. National Maritime Day. The ship and steam-works were built in New York and New Jersey. The re-fitted for sailing ship that once sailed across the Atlantic in part under steam is said to have sunk in a storm off Fire Island and “Old Inlet” near Fireplace in Brookhaven, NY. Its ship remains might be in today’s Fire Island National Seashore, which contains the only Federal Wilderness in New York State.
It has since closed up, perhaps, in the known east-to-west sand travel along the coast and after one ship ran into another already aground in the “Old Inlet”. Before both could be removed, the inlet closed up so much it was no longer then mechanically possible to remove them (Johanneman, pers. comm., ca. 1980) and perhaps filled. Up to 100 ships at one time used to sail through it carrying the harvested produce from around Brookhaven Town’s “truck farms” for New York City. That was before the railroads, though they at first were a shorter way, via Greenport, to Boston, avoiding the numerous ferries one would take overland through southern Connecticut. There was a clamor for more local usage, and Bellport was once the “end of the line” and many important people vacationed there before “the Hamptons”.
A ball bearing patent was also issued for an inventor in Bellport just after the Civil War, a small monument there just off the sidewalk in a backyard where it was designed. Nearby was the successful marketer of dry instant coffee, a Brazilian named George Washington, whose brand was challenged in Federal court and later marketed as “G. Washington”. His small estate was in use by an alternative elementary school to which I was asked to help with an archaeology class. It had also once been a sleep-away camp, “Camp Rockaway” but that was in ruins and the Catholic order of Marists owned the circa 1880’s manse which they used two weeks out of the year. The kids found an 1880s date carved in the top of a wooden door frame moulding upstairs.
When salvors hired to remove an earlier wreck in the inlet, and did so, they liked the area, named it “Belle Port” or “good port” today‘s Bellport, NY and settled it, according to a real estate agent online. The closing of “Old Inlet” has caused an increasing deposit of sediments around the area, and there is some worry about the depth which used to move to elsewhere, piling up in the eastern end of the Great South Bay.