Friday, August 30, 2013

The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
      The Old Stone House (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Stone_House_(Brooklyn,_New_York)is a historical site located in Washington Park(3rd Street at 5th ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The house played an important part in American History
   On August 27 1776 the Old Stone House was a key location in The American Revolution. It is where The Battle of Brooklyn took place which was the largest battle of The Revolution. General George Washington's troops were surrounded on two sides and had no choice but to escape across a Brouwer' Mill Pond  on The Gowanus Creek to Brooklyn Heights. 400 solders stayed behind to fight the British in front of The Old Stone  House. They were to become known as the Maryland 400. Many Americans were lost on that day and the British took occupation of the house during the rest of the Revolutionary War.


   The original Vechte-Cortelyou House was built as a farm house in 1699 by Dutch immigrant, Claes Vechte who later in 1797 sold the house to Jocques Cortelyou ,who bought the house for his newly married son, Peter. Peter's son Jocques (named after his grandfather) inherited the house in 1850 and his family was the last to live in the Old Stone House.
      In 1850 Jocques Cortelyou sold the the property to Edwin Litchfield and The Old Stone House was used as a clubhouse for the baseball team ,The Brooklyn Superbas who later became the Brooklyn Dodgers. The house was destroyed in 1897 and  rebuilt in 1934 to what you see now using stone from the original sight.
      Today The Old Stone House is a museum where visitors can learn about The Battle of Brooklyn through gallery tours and Historical reenactments of famous events. The house is surrounded by lush gardens which contain native plants that you would have found growing in the area during colonial times. There are many unique shops and restaurants in the Park Slope area as well

This week(Aug.17-24) is Battle of Brooklyn Week. Check the old stone house website for details. for details
   
 The museum is opened every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm or by appointment.
 For more info go to www.theoldstonehouse.org                                                                                                                                                                                                Text and photographs by Scott Korn












Monday, August 5, 2013

From Germany With Love

   Who would have thought that you can sit and eat lunch in front of The Berlin Wall right here in New York City? Well you can at 520 Madison Urban Plaza .The Plaza is actually on 53rd Street between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave. A lot of people pass it by not realizing that it actually is ,.indeed; The Berlin Wall.
     Back in 1984, in West Germany Thierry Noir and a hand full of other graffiti artists started panting segments of The Berlin Wall with the idea that it would be transformed into something ridiculous. Within 6 years the colorful cartoons covered nearly 5 kilometers of the wall. This became a mockery of what The Berlin Wall stood for. On November 9, 1989 the wall came down , once again unifying east and west Germany. The paintings became a symbol freedom across Germany and Thierry's wall painting were being auctioned off at nearly 1.5 million euros.
    As colorful as the front of the wall is, the back is blank and cold, a reminder of just how divided East Germany and West Germany once were.You can see the very panels that are in the plaza being painted in the film "Wings of Desire".
  Next time your in Midtown, you
can come to the plaza to enjoy lunch on your way to a museum or shopping and take in a piece of history. If you like world history then this is a must see