From time to time, Allison Meier, our resident historian here at Brooklyn Based, leads cemetery tours around New York. This Sunday she’ll be at the Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in New York. The tour, which is organized by the Obscura Society NYC. The tour will focus on restoration efforts in the cemetery, which has suffered neglect and vandalism since the 1950s. The site is an overgrown urban forest, which sounds pretty interesting in its own right. Believe it or not, the weekend is supposed to be beautiful, so you may as well ride your bike to Queens and check out an obscure corner of New York City. Tickets, $18.
In today’s email we traveled back to the summer of 1951 when ditch weed grew wild in the empty lots of New York, and the authorities rounded it up and carted it away by the truckload. That story came to light when the archivists at Brooklyn Public Library digitized the Brooklyn Eagle, a daily newspaper […]
In the summer of 1951, New York City was consumed by two things: weed and who would face the Yankees in the ’51 World Series–the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Giants. Bobby Thomson was just weeks away from hitting the “Shot Heard Round the World” that would win the National League pennant for the […]
Fans who love their pop music served up with a dose of electronica and ’60s British influence should clear their calendars for the next couple weeks, because there are a number of great acts coming to town. First up is Brooklyn’s own Shy Hunters, who will be performing at Union Pool next week to mark […]
Thinking about ditching your monthly cable bill? Have a Roku, but wondering if there’s something better out there? With Amazon’s recent introduction of Fire TV, a little black box that allows you to stream video, listen to music and even play games, there are now enough players in the $99-device-that-will-free-you-from-cable market for it to become crowded and […]