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Early West Point, NY

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WestpointRed House West Point
This may well be the Buttermilk Falls that had exclusive rights to grind wheat into flour, represented by wooden barrels on the official seal of New York. Ground wheat from the Hudson River valley, baked in the city into “hardtack” was known around the world aboard ships. New York flour helped relieve famine in Europe, i.e. Italy and elsewhere, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Just below it was one of the proposed locations of a “Great Chain” to stop the large British Navy ships of the line from a “divide and conquer” of the colonies, north and south.

– graphics from a family genealogy blog on-line, info from “The Marine Society of the City of New York 1770-1995 A Concise History”, by Gerald Barry, 1995.


New York’s Mayflower Passengers

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Before the “automobile revolution” transformed the streets of Manhattan a landmark was placed in the historic seaport neighborhood. About 1903 the Mayflower Society placed it to commemorate Isaac Allerton, a Puritan, who was aboard the Mayflower that landed the “Pilgrims” at Plymouth Rock. He left the settlement and established a home near New Haven, todays Connecticut and with his ship “Hope” traded up and down the coast of New England. He established a warehouse for all those English and others just outside the Wall that became “Wall Street” at the then East River edge, and it was known as others “Allerton’s Warehouse” on a property that once belonged to Philippe du Trieux, once the “marshal” in the New Amsterdam community and just above the “Water Gate” where people and trade came through it and the Wall gate, closed at night. Next to the first ferry to Brooklyn, a neighborhood of trade in “Iron monger” and other things was landed at his dock and those English who had business in New Amsterdam often stayed at the place. It would become an important part of the early “city” of New Amsterdam and New York as trade and community developed. I researched the so-called “250 Water St.” block, today a parking lot where the Mayflower Society’s tribute to Isaac Allerton once was. Today a large street and shopping area in the borough of the Bronx is named after Allerton. Happy Thanksgiving!

2012-2017 OCS Oil and Gas Programmatic EIS Public Comment Receipt

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RE: Hold No New Lease Sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea

As an anthropology trained archaeologist, I worked in the early history of the village of Skagway, where Alaska’s first railroad was built, through the mountains, into the Canadian Yukon as part of the often ill-advised gold-rush. I’ve seen molybdenum mined in British Columbia hauled by that train and shipped out of Skagway before the mines closed and the entertainer Dolly Parton purchased some of their old locomotives for Dollywood. Today tourism is the primary economic impetus that keeps the trains running in Skagway. And that is another point about dangerous drilling and shipping. I think we should be working with our neighbors more and preventing ecologic calamity. In that I support the larger statement of “Earthjustice” and their conclusions.

I am encouraged by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)’s decision to take a deliberate and fully informed approach to the scoping process for the 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. As a part of this informed approach, it must be understood that oil and gas activities on the Arctic OCS present unique and unknown risks. The lack of scientific information, the lack of effective spill prevention and response capability for the Arctic Ocean, and the potentially significant impacts of oil and gas activity on wildlife and subsistence practices make additional leasing inappropriate at this time.

To avoid irreversible impacts to marine life and the surrounding ecosystem of the Arctic, I urge you to exclude the Beaufort Sea and the Chukchi Sea planning areas, including Hope Basin, from the 2012-17 leasing schedule.

Thank you for considering my comment.

Written by georgejmyersjr

03/25/2011 at 7:08 pm

NY agency focusing more on aging bridges – WSJ – 12/7/10

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Comments: The Tappan Zee Bridge was not designed for the interstate traffic it receives daily. It was a NY State “thruway” and a toll road, that was not anticipated to carry as much as it does now. Today it links many resources. Other projects have perhaps been held up by it, i.e. a nearby truck-to-train transfer for produce, would have then again transferred in the South Bronx off the rail-cars to special trucks that would fit under every overpass in NYC, lowering produce costs by at least 5% once so-called Oak Point Link, 30 years ago. It was thought to eliminate a lot of truck traffic into and around the city by limiting unloading to the Tappan Zee area for special containers on trains shifted to special, smaller trucks.

“New York ranks 46th among the 50 states in the amount of greenhouse gases generated per person. This efficiency is primarily due to the state’s higher rate of mass transit use.” – Wikipedia

Can Investors Help Replace the Tappan Zee? – Metropolis – Wall Street Journal

One of the comic book blogs has the “cartography” of maps of that medium as a focus. One of the “panels” had the location of the fictional cities of “Gotham” and “Metropolis” both opposite on the Delaware Bay between Delaware and New Jersey down near Cape May Point, NJ and strategically close to the cities of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.

Written by georgejmyersjr

01/14/2011 at 2:01 pm

On Viewing: The Tappan Zee from the Half Moon to the Bridge

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Half Moon to the Bridge

Tappan Zee Bridge Dedication Committee 1955 pamphlet: Thanks, I appreciate it. According to the Constitution Island history group they mention in one of their newsletters that island was an ancestral home of the Tappan natives. I sometimes think the State of NY should take it and join up with the marsh they run, once an Audubon nature preserve, Constitution Marsh. There was an attempt to grow rice there, maybe ca. WWII?  I often looked at it, and stood on it for survey and perspective of old stereo pairs of the West Point Foundry, most likely taken from there, and wondered if there wasn’t a whole bunch of workers there too. If you look on my blog, there is a recent entry of maps that I’ve seen online that show some of the older “roads” or walkways through the marsh to Constitution Island. The island it’s written somewhere also predated the American cause as cited. Bernard Romans, the Dutch patriot and cartographer to the American Revolutionary Army was in charge of designing the forts on it, which General Washington thought too…ah pretty or refined. The British later sacked and ruined them during the “divide and conquer” the Cornwallis brothers were attempting, the one a personal friend of the King. His wig tested by British forensics (Scientifics) was found to have had at least five times the amount of arsenic put into wigs recorded to prevent lice and other bugs. It’s thought sitting next to the King George he may have “inadvertently” poisoned him. Ah, cloak and dagger, is there no end to it? In my opinion, not as long as there was iron manufactured in the lower Hudson River.

In my web: Historic American technology: Swamp Angels

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Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

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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”.

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Written by georgejmyersjr

11/28/2010 at 9:02 pm

Yesterday, I also visited The Portal

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For a Google Maps Roadside View, click here


Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System – The definitive film history of the Catskill water system – the Ashokan and Schoharie Reservoirs and the Catskill Aqueduct. Woodstock Film Festival selection hailed as a gem. An award winning production.  Available after 10/23/10:  The Catskill Mountain House and the World Around.

We were at the Full Moon Inn for a wedding and stayed overnight in “Des Alpes” at the Alpine Inn nearby. We also visited the Timber Lake Camp, Shandaken, NY where I had worked “the summer of love” 1968, washing dishes. It was once Camp Allegro in the 1940s. I have walked from there to Phoenicia, NY and back for a pair of sunglasses. Back then we also hiked to the top of North Dome on the left in the “saddle” in Greene County, now part of Westkill Mountain Wilderness Area (West Kill Mtn. on the right) NY State land, limited access from the other side. There be bears! The valley, Mink Hollow, perhaps should have been called Raccoons Hollow or Porcupine Holler. This is the “new lake” or Lower Lake.

Timber Lake Camp near entrance

Recent geology sleuthing, a new cosmic site nearby: Panther Mountain meteorite impact siteWikimapia

Written by georgejmyersjr

10/19/2010 at 3:23 pm

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