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nyc past + present

today i discovered the work of marc a. hermann {a historian of the new york press photographers association} and love his brilliant juxtaposed photographs of nyc as it was then and is now – – bringing back to life the people and stories of this city’s past. marc focuses on historic crime scene photos from the new york daily news archive and then blends them with photographs from the same present locations. i hope that you find his work as intriguing as i do!

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{497 dean street, brooklyn}

edna egbert climbed onto her ledge on march 19, 1942. the news captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. the building is currently painted red, but remains nearly identical to the way it looked 70 years ago.

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{923 44th street, brooklyn}

the tree that stands in front this building is the only living witness to gangster frankie yale’s untimely demise on July 1, 1928. yale’s car slammed into the steps of the brooklyn home that day as he was shot to death from a car driving by.

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{park slope, brooklyn}

over 130 people were killed aboard the planes united airlines flight 826 and trans world airlines flight 266 in december 1960. the crash  destroyed some buildings beyond repair – the ones that still stand can be seen in this compilation.

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{137 wooster street, manhattan}

on feb. 16, 1958 there was a massive and fatal fire at the elkins paper & twine co. the building was leveled, but new commercial space now stands where the elkins paper & twine co. once did.

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{south street seaport, manhattan}

the fulton fish market in the south street seaport was engulfed in flames on feb. 26, 1961. these buildings still stand, in various states of occupancy, minus a few floors here and there.

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to view more of marc’s work visit his website.

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stuff you should buy

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it’s a mighty fine thing to witness neighborhoods creating opportunities to support their local creatives!

today my little ladies and i are heading over to ps321 to shop their annual holiday shop featuring over 90 local artisans.

if you are in or around the neighborhood today you should stop by between 10 am – 5 pm!
ps 321: 180 7th avenue {between 1st and second streets} brooklyn, ny

if you are not in the neighborhood you are still in luck because almost all of these lovely shops have an online presence as well! there are some really great finds  – – so be sure to check them out!!

here is a sampling of what i am looking forward to . . .

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{food joints} ladybird bakery

my initial relationship with this lovely neighborhood bakery began when i simply heard the name ladybird. my girls nicknames are bug {sophie} + bird {hazel} so i viewed this as a welcomed sign that we were in the perfect neighborhood. i know a stretch … but i’m a fan of finding affirmation in daily occurrences.

once i stepped through the signature blue door the love affair went far beyond the name. the selection of muffins, tarts, cakes and cupcakes often leave us staring at the display cases trying desperately to narrow down the decision to one sweet each. there is an adorable children’s corner that offers a selection of classic reads allowing for a longer time to enjoy the atmosphere and warm beverages. {a super big plus in my book!}

my sister-in-law alyssa {tally} is in town this weekend for a college girls get together and came in one day early to spend some time with us! her only request for her time in park slope was to take the girls to ladybird and walk sophie to school. her request was easily granted! this morning’s coffee date is now one of my most favorite memories – truly a perfect fall day!

ladybird is a delicious experience that you must have!

ladybird bakery
1112 eighth avenue
brooklyn, ny 11215

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halloween in the slope

we were worried that halloween would not happen this year after sandy’s visit to nyc earlier this week but thankfully the show went on in park slope. families {thrilled to be outside} occupied stoops and businesses that had been closed this week due to the storm opened their doors to offer treats to giddy dressed up children.

sophie + hazel dressed up as their current obsessions – –  fashion + mermaid barbie. the costumes were quite simple this year as we gathered most of the costume components from their current dress-up box. the newest additions to the costumes were the construction of the mattel barbie box and the shell bra.

however, despite the sugar, costumes and laughter – – devastation is still apparent in park slope. downed trees block entire streets and are the cause of the temporary closure of prospect park. we have only lived in park slope for a few months but are already overwhelmed by the sense of community that envelopes this neighborhood. it is an amazing sight to see people come together to add normalcy {in the wake of such a terrible disaster} to children on a much-anticipated evening.

– happy halloween –

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{read} knuffle bunny

knuffle bunny {based in park slope} is a popular children’s book and one of my girls favorites.

sophie was introduced to knuffle bunny while attending nature’s way montessori in knoxville, tn. little did she know that she was staring at a photograph of her future elementary school as her teacher read the book!

knuffle bunny is a great cautionary tale {as author mo willems refers to the story} no matter where you live!

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coney island

sophie celebrated her 5th birthday in knoxville directly before moving to the “big apple”. among her many birthday gifts was the book i live in brooklyn given by her friends, elliot and audie tatler. this book was given in hopes that it would help ease the transition from knoxville to brooklyn and these little ladies could not have been more on point! both sophie + hazel have become completely obsessed with this book and use it as their guide for life as a brooklyn kid.

in the book, the little girl michelle, who lives in carroll gardens tells of her love for taking the f train to coney island with her family. together they enjoy the beach and all that coney island has to offer. upon moving to park slope, we quickly discovered that the f train services our subway stop so of course coney island quickly became the topic of conversation.

we {finally} spent a saturday at the -beloved- coney island {only 25 minutes from our home.} sophie + hazel rode a plethora of nostalgic kiddie rides and were then treated to a nathan’s hotdog for lunch. the boardwalk was not as booming as it is in the summer and i immensely enjoyed being able to leisurely walk while the girls ran ahead of us without a care in the world. it was a crazy juxtaposition to stand on the boardwalk with the sand + ocean to our left and the manhattan skyline to our right.

coney island in the fall is a great {and inexpensive} way to escape city life – even if for a short while. to learn more about what coney island has to offer be sure to check out their website.

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{food joints} stone park cafe

matt + i experienced stone park cafe six{ish} years ago when visiting matt’s brother kevin and his wife alyssa in park slope. we loved that the menu focused around seasonal ingredients offering both unique and traditional dishes. never would we have imagined that years later we would be living in the same apartment/neighborhood that we once visited and celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary at stone park cafe.

owners josh foster and josh grinker grew up in park slope and opened stone park cafe in 2004. “we wanted stone park cafe to offer value, comfort and superb food for diners in park slope and for anyone who wants to experience the heart and soul of brooklyn. our aim is to raise the bar in brooklyn, using our collective background in some of the city’s finest restaurants to create a dining experience that is casual and unpretentious, focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients, served in a comfortable neighborhood environment at an affordable price.”

a job well done to both josh foster and josh grinker for offering a fresh and lovely dining option in the neighborhood!

if you live in park slope or are visiting our neighborhood please be sure to make reservations at stone park cafe it is sure to please every single taste bud!!

stone park cafe
324 fifth avenue {at the corner of 3rd street}
brooklyn, ny

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