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Ebbets Field

Ebbets Field 2

-J. Philip Faranda

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Memorial Arch

-J. Philip Faranda

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There is a considerable backstory to this photo and those taken with it, and it goes back to my sophomore year at Villanova and my Psychology 101 class. It was there, in the diffused responsibility lesson, that I first learned of the Kitty Genovese story. That event always disturbed me.

Quite by chance, I showed an apartment to someone that I later found out was one of the two infamous buildings on Austin Street. I have been by the area a number of times and taken quite a few pictures- it really is a pretty area. This particular photo was taken of the very spot under the lamp post  where Ms. Genovese was originally attacked. I did not know until later that I was in the photo. Sometime later I will post more photos of the block. 

82-64 Austin St, Kew Gardens

-J. Philip Faranda

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If you have driven on Central Park Avenue you’ll know this building. The Eurpean Health Spa (more info here) has been derelict for quite a long time- perhaps decades. It was an active gym at one time, and the flying saucer architecture with Atlas in front  gained it some notoriety. However, gyms come and go, and perhaps the pricey location precluded anyone from reopening the place. It has fallen into neglect and overgrowth; graffiti covers the base, and you can see things hanging through the tinted glass that may indicate the ceiling has been breached by water or abandoned construction. 

While I was taking photos a passerby asked if it was finally sold. I told him that while I was in real estate, I was photgraphing it for pleasure. We both expressed what a long time it had been, and what a waste of both a remarkable building and prime property. 

If I had the money…

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Vew from Central Park Avenue

View from Central Park Avenue

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-J. Philip Faranda

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This is a very historic old structure on an island in the Hudson River near Beacon, NY that dates back to colonial times. I love this, as my header will attest; getting to a vantage to take a good picture was difficult- they didn’t build castles with photographers in mind. 

 

Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle

-J. Philip Faranda

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I don’t know when they are razing the Old Yankee Stadium, but it is cool to see both buildings side by side. I am sure there are pictures out there from a helicopter which are even more interesting, but you’ll have to settle for my clicks from the shoulder of the Major Deegan from my car. The new Yankee Stadium does look like a cathedral. 

 

Old and New Yankee Stadiums, old building in the foreground

Old and New Yankee Stadiums, old building in the foreground

Old and New Yankee Stadium, side by side.

Old and New Yankee Stadium, side by side.

-J. Philip Faranda

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If you are from the New York area and over the age of 30, you’ll remember Tom Carvel’s distinctive voice from his ice cream commercials. His original Carvel ice cream shop was on Central Park Avenue in Hartsdale, NY, around the very same spot where his ice cream truck broke down in the 1930’s. 

I took this photo in late 2008 after the store was closed so the land could be developed. The land around it was wooded but had been cleared at the time I snapped the photo.  The yellow banner in the window says “Japanese Hibachi Steak house coming soon.”

 

The Original Carvel Ice Cream Shop

The Original Carvel Ice Cream Shop

-J. Philip Faranda

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