Archive for September 2011
City Room – New York Times – “The statue of a former New York City mayor who played a role in George Washington’s presidential inauguration sits largely forgotten on a city island, a casualty, in some ways, of 9/11.”
Comment: I’m reminded of a statue found neglected on a rooftop of Antonin Dvorak, moved to Stuyvesant Square, where another former mayor’s statue is, Peter Stuyvesant. Nearby, Dvorak wrote the “New World Symphony” in a building slated for demolition for an “AIDS Hospice”. The statue was a compromise. No one knows what Nathan Hale looked like, yet his statue was moved out front of City Hall. Why not De Peyster’s in its old place, in the northwest, near Broadway and Chambers? (Like Former Mayors, a Statue Fades From View Peter Stuyvesant was not a mayor but the Director-General – N.Y. Times)
Addenda!?: I recall seeing some pictures of Abraham De Peyster statue elsewhere, other than shown at Hanover Square in the NY Times. It was formally located in Bowling Green as shown in this photo (and others):
In blog DAG Tech “The history of Bowling Green, New York City”:
Monuments installed in the park in the 19th century include two fountains (now gone) and a statue of New York’ first mayor, Abraham De Peyster by George Bissell, which was moved to nearby Hanover Square in 1976.
Today It’s described at the Green Apple Tour: A History Tour of Lower Manhattan and to Governor’s Island
Bowling Green was originally established in 1733 and rented to serve for such purposes as a cattle market. In front of the park is the famous Charging Bull sculpture. The park has a water fountain and plenty of benches and chairs to sit down. This park also able to users who want to connect wirelessly to the Internet for free. www.nycgovparks.org
The old Customs House—in 1759 the site of Fort George—is seen from the north through the trees of Bowling Green. Broadway is on the left. The Charging Bull was added in 1989.
"Chuck" Scarborough of WNBC in NYC said a day or two before the 9/11 ceremony, that instead of a day of remembrance perhaps it should remain a day of "infamy". It makes sense to apply it so, though I think it also requires we remember that there may be other information we need to know. In regards to the attack on Pearl Harbor the honorable Senator from Arkansas, Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, thought too "gut reaction", decided not to vote for the declaration of war after the attack, so stating in her speech, which required some research and "archaeology" to retrieve in the late 1980s. I looked at a researcher’s work at The Mainichi Daily News, the Japanese press, him or her, not Japanese, who was surprised how little research was done by both countries in regards to the time immediately preceding that WWII "infamy". In that research a translation of a "declaration of war" was never transcribed as the Japanese transcribers were at a funeral "outside the beltway" on an unusually warm December day and the pastor’s eulogy went on for over two hours, the research asserts. I imagine therefore some other history might have occurred, long story short. In any case, we need better language translations, I’m given to understand we still have less than the digits on our hands for Arabic in the FBI.
– Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:57 AM EDT
At the end of a summer going door-to-door selling "Public Citizen" subscriptions for NYPIRG, out of what is now the St. James Water Authority office, we had a treat at the old Riverhead Theatre. Trying to raise awareness on water quality issues in Suffolk County back then, Pete Seeger and a friend gave us a concert in the old theater. Since, I’ve had my eye on it over the years, thinking it should be some sort of landmark of the people, despite that in the 1980s the "Young Republicans" attacked that small part of student activities fees that went to NYPIRG, creating a job for this grad student at Stony Brook U. It’s great to hear it’s finally preserved. There’s one in Smithtown I was told designed by a famous team of architects, though a smaller version of the grand venues of Broadway. Riverhead Patch
My dad, a later Army enlistee, fifth of his brothers served in Italy. WWII was difficult to understand and what helped was television. In the South Bronx, before Saturday cartoons, "The Big Picture" with footage of WWII, was on before "Modern Farmer." Outside, "the projects" the wrecking ball, swung at former houses. Under them, the US Capitol Dome was forged for President Lincoln. The Third Ave. El still stood and ran for a few more years, "legend" has the demolished scrap in Manhattan sold to the Japanese, who fired it back.
From the turbulent Korean War and into the "Vietnam War" era, a cousin, George Murray, became a director of "Huntley and Brinkley" and at NBC, in Saigon and Houston ("War and Space") became an award-winning news producer, according to his friend, Edwin Newman. The noted news journalist and writer read a Mr. Murray’s letter at the eulogy in the UN Chapel, cancelling by higher-ups, the "common soldiers view" of Vietnam he had reporters working on. Mr. Murray last efforts was producing for CBS both party’s conventions of 1976.
Sept.11, 2001 I listened to a NJ music station that put on callers describing what they saw from across the Hudson River. Later I witnessed the large Johnson & Johnson wound research center close over a letter, also in the local press, nearby on a flood study of the Raritan River in Bridgewater, NJ. In the "anthrax" case, many are convinced they did not get, the "right guy".
Dan Rather: A History Lesson – Huffington Post
“NYers on 9/11 unfortunately had the double slam, that defined without question, that terrorists were seeking to punish the US in retribution for some perceived grievous error committed. If it were "eye for an eye" I hope it was not over Iran Flight 655 shot down July 3, 1988 by the USS Vincennes. It was flying to Dubai from Iran in the Persian Gulf (or "Arabian Gulf" toponym proposed).
"The largest scale fuel dumping occurred on September 11, 2001, when many international flights were refused American airspace entry due to numerous hijacking incidents. Many of these international flights were fueled for travel well into the American interior. Many such flights were diverted into Canadian airspace, Newfoundland specifically, or instructed to return to their point of origin. For those mid-flight aircraft unable to land safely due to excessive fuel weight, dumping became necessary." – Wikipedia
To turn it on its head, regular fuel dumping? Can it be stopped?”
Alec Baldwin – A 9/11 Conversation Huffington Post
As a attendee to an early Sci-fi convention in NYC, after watching “Silent Running” in a theater there, I would have to agree. But not because of the film, but because of what was said. A very good argument was made in one of the speakers talks about the link between science education and sci-fi, that sci-fi actually encourages science in the schools, which at the time, had fallen and was threatened with much fiscal “trimming”. Unrealistically it was thought the root cause of unrest and I would argue the wrong kind of “science” i.e., warfare without representation, the problem, not high school science. So, io9 is right for what I think, very good reasons. Our science fiction writers are often doing just that, encouraging scientific thinking.