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FW: Archaeology reports: errors and omissions‏

From: Amanda Sutphin ( You moved this message to its current location.
Sent: Wed 4/13/11 3:09 PM
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Thank you for your interest and comments.  We are now making a practice of putting all archaeological reports on-line and hope many people will now be able to review them.


Amanda Sutphin, RPA
Director of Archaeology
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
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From: George Myers []
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:07 PM
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Subject:Archaeology reports: errors and omissions

I am very glad to see the information presented online. It was one of the purposes I thought of the archaeology as stated in the aims of the first archaeology Sherene Baugher, PhD, i.e., to put the reports in all the public libraries in New York City. Unfortunately the reasons many gave against it I find some similarity with:


It erroneously states my surname “Myers” as “Meyers” and that I have an M.A. I have a B.A. It also erroneously states therefore I was a “Project Archaeologist”. It also erroneously reports Nancy A. Stehling as having an “M.A.” She has a “M.S.” in Public Archaeology from RPI and is on the RPA. I’ve seen trouble before from people having M.A. added to their names, and though I was a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University years ago, now with a campus also in Manhattan, I gave that up to find more practical experience in NYC, not completing my essays for an M.A. though passing comprehensive exams.

Note: It was during the fieldwork for the new fence erected around two sides of this cemetery, with soldiers of 4 wars, 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American, WWI, along with others interred that noticed dead crows were called into a number provided by WNBC News for West Nile tracking in 1999. Those ravens nevermore. Today near the new Vidalia Park and once along the Bronx River a small block south of the Bronx Zoo. – 10/12/2012

I might also add that another report Ms. Stehling and I were the primary researchers and I a major writer of was the:

(LPC online as 501.pdf)

and there is no credit given at all. We were never provided the almost final or final copy and if you look at it it could have at minimum used a better proofing:

“Later it became Governor Peter Stuyvesant’s farm or bouwerie, where the street derived its name. He is buried near his farm in the Street Marks Church-in-the-Bowery at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, the oldest continuing house of worship in the City.” p.6

There are other similar glaring errors we might have corrected though Parsons from Virginia. There is also problems with the bibliography, a book entry in the list of maps. I’m still not convinced the editor had our interest in mind, the primary research as to some of the specifics history of landmark evaluation left out, but seen in the bibliography i.e., General Von Steuben and the first National Guard; Kate Mullaney the first woman, sitting next to Susan B. Anthony in Germania Hall, voted to union management. She organized the detachable “white collar” cleaner workers in Troy, NY. Her house is on the US National Register of Historic Places today. Perhaps one or two signs or plaques would’ve been considered for where feminist Kate Millet also lived before the development.

Anyway those two I’ve had a chance to look over, and congratulate the LPC for putting these reports online.

George J. Myers, Jr.

Searchable database of reports online:


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10/11/2012 at 4:20 pm

The Alabama Escapes

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The clandestine construction led to Great Britain paying ~ $20 million in Switzerland, I read, perhaps one of the first international reparations there. They had also built a class of ‘Scorpion’ ships for the Confederacy, stopped, led to the modern British battleship. I was told while we were excavating the ‘Parrott platform’ in Cold Spring, NY (used in the ‘Swamp Angel’) then President Lincoln might have threatened GB with a 20 or so vessel fleet of Alligator submarines, the first recently sought by the NOAA, lost off North Carolina in a stormy tow. Not too far-fetched given it was ordered up the Appomattox River, stopped by very low water, perhaps in a regional drought? Admiral Cornwallis was once ordered by King George to sail up the Bronx River to beat the rebels in White Plains. A fleet of canoes I think was never built. Maybe it was dry then too?     NY Times Opinionator

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!

Jackie O: LBJ Had My Husband Killed – comment

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Television critic Marvin Kittman once had an article about a Marine who was in charge of test firing the rifle at the range used in the assassination of JFK. He stated the only way, as it was, that the rifle could have hit the President was by aiming at Mrs. Jackie Kennedy. The report was left out of the Warren Commission report because of the problem apparently with the sighting of the rifle as "evidence". A tampered state of the rifle could not be negated nor its untampered state corroborated or verified in other words, I think. However, Mr. Kittman had spoken to the US Marine. Mr. Kittman thought perhaps the story that Marina Oswald had become obsessed with Mrs. Kennedy and had driven Lee Oswald to distraction, she a former citizen of the USSR, where he had once tried to defect. Mrs. Kennedy, a former reporter, whose father cut the ribbon for the opening of the George Washington Bridge in New York, was however, probably in quite a state of shock. Or perhaps she meant as a symbol, "LBJ" as the center of the ideology of a periphery of plotters, not a direct connection, a "collective" symbol. I’m sure she, as a former reporter, would have wanted to get to the bottom of that, if true.  -  #47 Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:13 PM EDT Newsvine

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08/22/2011 at 5:13 pm

A faceless corporate enemy

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Great film, I thought, my cousin George Murray, had been a film editor for NBC, then due to another’s illness, directing the early “Huntley and Brinkley”. They started out with only 15 minutes and later became more as the networks put more topical interests on the medium. He became an award winning news producer at NBC according to his friend Edwin Newman, who read at his eulogy in the UN Chapel. Mr. Murray had perished in Mexico City, there with his Avon executive wife, she introducing that product there I think. Mr. Newman, at the eulogy, I was told, read a letter George Murray had to send to his crew investigating the “common soldiers view” of the Vietnam Conflict, cancelled by “higher ups” at great risk I’ve thought. He had been a US Army Captain in the Korean war, and hopefully that former war might be moving toward a signed peace again in Korea.

I recall reading that the way cigarettes were being made more addictive, was the addition of sugar, which when burned, became an aldehyde which was shown to be addictive. I smoked for many years, finally getting off it with a New Zealand’s cheaper air-mailed nicotine gum ( The American “cure” was costing everyday more than the habit.

The last I had heard, CBS had hired George Murray to produce their coverage of the 1976 Republican and Democrat Presidential conventions. About that time the first “maquiladora” factories opened in Mexico.

Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert’s blog

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07/23/2011 at 10:26 am

Mayor Bloomberg Caves, Releases List Of Fire Houses To Be Closed « CBS New York

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I used to visit the Motthaven E 143rd from the Patterson House projects before my family moved to Centereach in Brookhaven, NY. Back then prior to 1960 it was important station, and appears to have been as old as 1906. Apparently right across the street, according to the Bronx historians research was the Janes and Kirtland Foundry which built and assembled the current US Capitol Dome finished for President Lincoln for just over $1 million. As an 7 or 8 year old I ‘m not sure if I thanked the firemen for getting my friend and I out of a stuck elevator in that project at 143rd and Third Ave., so thanks for the service. Maybe it should be on the National Register of Historic Places and might have developed out of a need by the historic foundry, evidence today gone beneath the sidewalks of New York.  May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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!

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