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“Berlin to New York in less than One Hour”

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Science and Mechanics Nov 1931 cover“Berlin to New York in less than One Hour!” – In the November 1931 “Everyday Science and Mechanics” magazine published until 1984. Recent Wikimedia Commons scanned cover addition.

Interesting artistic rendition of the NYC harbor and the many wharves for ships. Governors Island looks a bit different too. Notice the three bridges: Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg, a great “birds-eye” view. I once made a map tracing the outlines of lower Manhattan as it “evolved” outward from various historic maps that showed the shorelines and once exhibited at “New York Unearthed” museum at 17 State Street, back in the early days of consumer digitizing tablets. One theory is that economic “recession” actually resulted in land-filling “expansion” as reported by a French observer who wrote that we had seemed to have solved the unemployment problem after the Revolutionary War, as upwards of 5,000 veterans worked in leveling and filling former domestic and military sites around the island. It appears to have started earlier, “slips” then filled, then many wharves, and as you can see in 1931, covering the entire harbor! Since 1971 the control of the shoreline is under the US Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction.

Is this where the band “Kinks” comes from? I imagine it’s a word we still use sometimes, though appears in different use then?

Listening to Hot Tuna “Steady as She Goes” Released April 4, 2011 on the Amazon Cloud Player.


April 12, 1861 – This Day in History

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I thought I might post this from nearby Fordham University::

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara is Professor of History and Associate Chair at the Lincoln Center campus… He has recently completed a book entitled “Slavery, Freedom, and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World” to be published in the Diálogos Series by the University of New Mexico Press in 2011. With Professor Josep M. Fradera of the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), he is editing a collection of articles that explore the slave trade and slavery in Spain’s overseas empire from the sixteenth until the late nineteenth centuries.

I recall he was also researching early Spanish abolitionists who seem to predate American ones and may have had an influence not necessarily in the record. Some slavery exchanges, described by economist Karl Polanyi, show “fake” equivalents in silver in the French lists for slaves but no metal ever actually exchanged.

One remarkable statement about firing on Ft. Sumter was that a former student was firing the first shot with others upon a former artillery teacher at the West Point Military Academy, where Robert E. Lee was once Commandant, and it’s recorded they had had heated exchanges in class. A monument to students killed inadvertently by their lessons is also there, where the football field is named “Buffalo Soldier Field” after many African Americans who served in the expanding West. – histarch

On reading “South Street Seaport Museum Sinking Fast…" – Huffington Post

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Maybe there should be an independen­t investigat­ion. The Rouse Corporatio­n began with the “Inner Harbor” project in Baltimore, MD in the 1980s which has had a beneficial effect on that city. The museum’s “satellite­” is no longer at 17 State Street where there was “New York Unearthed” an active site for the preservati­on and depiction of the archaeolog­y of New York City, where then US Custom’s agent Herman Melville, once lived and presumably wrote nearby. Once the original site for the World Trade Center, fought off over the history and aims of preservati­on in NYC, it deserves the City’s support, perhaps as a public department­.

I heard they were renaming it to the Seaport Museum of New York City. There was also talk of “the return” of the “Peking” to Germany, where it’s originally from. I thought the alliance of the Mariners’ Museum, in Newport News, Virginia with them was supposed to be a win-win? Exhibit space and collection­s shared to both, advantages­. I worked with Gordon Watts, PhD, on the EPA’s archaeology for the remediatio­n in Cold Spring, NY, he had found the “USS Monitor” on a state sponsored survey, built by a consortium in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Prior we had cannons and a ship hulk found in the constructi­on outside the Seaport Historic District which have been conserved to some degree. The US National Maritime Historical Society is just up the Hudson River in Peekskill, NY and three maritime academies nearby, Kings Point, and the Webb Institute, on Long Island, and SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, in the Bronx. It would be a shame to see the Seaport flounder and die in a real estate conspiracy­, i.e., no longer a Fulton Fish Market. Donald Trump once announced ‘the world’s tallest building” going up on the waterfront nearby but the East River water stanchions could not be protected from terrorists so a no go. Robert David Lion Gardiner, last “lord of the Gardiners Island Manor” who once served on the USS Princeton, felt sorry for Mr. Trump, very leveraged.

Original article is in the Huffington Post. Interesting Governors Island blog where they found a calico cat washed over from New Jersey reported by Fox News in NYC this morning. Yesterday it was skateboarding dogs!

The 36 Most Ridiculous Things Found On New Jersey Beaches (PHOTOS)

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I once was part of a crew shovel testing the east shore of Staten Island, NY as part of a evaluation of to be repaired or constructe­d flood control designs by the US Army Corps of Engineers not too long after 9/11. All shovel test were to be to 1 meter deep in the beach sand, much of it along the relatively new "world’s fourth longest boardwalk" and I must concur we need to keep beaches cleaner, though I thought much of it, except where attempts at land-filli­ng had produced hidden small refuse garbage dumps, to be relatively clean. New building is perilous close in elevation to flooding. I’ve also worked on a study of 100 miles of the Passaic River drainage in New Jersey in the 1980s and still wondering when someone is going to do something there to control flooding. I hope we get through this predicted active current hurricane season and onto some serious redesign as Bridgewate­r, NJ will have. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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04/20/2011 at 9:55 am

Victims’ families observe OKC bombing anniversary – msnbc

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McVeigh also came from a part of New York that had seen zealotry in the 19th century, some burning barns or so accused over religion. I also find it odd that the loose ends some eyewitnesses had seen, i.e., at the motel meetings, were not considered further. He had been a Bradley commander, which I once saw the brochures for back in 1983 doing the preliminary archaeology survey of Fort Drum, NY before the relocation and cantonment of the US Army 10th Mountain Division from Camp Hale in Colorado. It created a permanent base for 7000+ where before it was used for National Guard week ends and US Army winter training along with stationary live fire of tanks and artillery and A-10 Warthog range firing accompanied by F-4s. It had had four early 19th century bog iron foundries making railroad wheels and axles and various "cheese factories" about 10,000 people said moved off after WWII as Pine Camp expanded into Fort Drum. McVeigh had trained in the new strategy of war, where before infantry was reluctant to go out in front of tanks, following behind, the Bradley would do the job and did in Iraq, though sometimes the target of helicopter "friendly fire" it was reported.

I just hope if there is more to it, we might know it. I think he should not have been granted his request on principle. Comment link

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04/20/2011 at 8:18 am

The way has been cleared for mega wind turbines of 20 MW

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"Good, better, best" might not necessarily mean "bigger". In the archaeology testing around a current wind farm on a mountain ridge, near Sleepy Hollow Rd., in the federal U.S. Green Mountain National Forest, nearby Bennington, Vermont it was seen to be replaced by new turbines as tall as the Statue of Liberty. There were some local objections. This newer use of LIDAR might help with the siteing and design, though why on the taxpayers property is still a question in my mind and local opinion, bear country. Comment:

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04/16/2011 at 12:00 pm

Arizona Senate passes "birther" bill – CBS News

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Ariz. House to vote on bill requiring presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens

Comment: Overlooked now, in the months preceding the last Presidential election, a case was brought against the campaign of Senator John McCain in Nashua, New Hampshire based on his citizenship by birth as defined in the US Constitution. Senator McCain was born in the Panama Territory aboard a US ship. As I recall the case ended when the justice required evidence how the campaign would actually cause the plaintiff injury. I sometimes shudder a bit thinking the legal chaos that might have resulted if the election had turned out differently. Plaintiffs may have appeared in numbers in the courts.

Read more: CBS News

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04/16/2011 at 10:24 am

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