Thursday, February 4, 2010

wide and open

That's 4th Ave and Baltic in 1911. The horse team can't get the cart out of the mud because the pipe is too heavy. I guess they needed some elephants. This shot hangs at the 5th Avenue Diner where I had a BLT yesterday and watched the waitress contain her patience with the middle schoolers out for what is called something like non-contained lunch who congregated around one of the booths. I believe the policy there is that the kids can stay as long as they are paying for something. Other places don't allow them in.

Down the street a shop owner makes loads of top-notch mac & cheese to sell to the preteens every day for lunch, at very affordable prices. A line of youngsters blocks the entrance to her shop every weekday at lunch but she doesn't turn them away. Calcium and protein for lengthening bones and developing brains. She's my hero.


Old First said...

I'm guessing that huge pipe is for the water-supply "aqueduct" that was installed in Brooklyn about that time. It brought fresh water over from the Bronx and Manhattan. Before that, Brooklyn used to get its water from springs in Long Island (thus, "Aqueduct" raceway, "conduit" boulevard, "force-tube" avenue, the Highland Park reservoir, and the reservoir on Eastern Parkway). But this water was not enough, and the deal that sealed Brooklyn becoming part of New York was that Brooklyn could have New York water if it "came in", Marty Markowitz or not.
Did anybody want to know this?

Matthew said...

Yes, we did want to know this.

amarilla said...

Thanks, yes indeed.

Matthew said...

But of course, we'd rather not have that blowhard developers' trollop Marty Markowitz try to rewrite history with his witless cheerleading. Lots of Brooklynites didn't want Consolidation because they thought it would change the "American" character of the place, i.e. Catholics and Jews would move over the river.