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Offline Lilybell

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Re: Vintage Photo Gallery
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2009, 03:04:29 PM »
I know it's not JH, but I came across this photo today and thought others might find it interesting.  It's the Upper West Side in 1848 and is thought to be one of the oldest photos of NYC. 

http://gawker.com/5182723/the-bucolic-upper-west-side


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Re: Vintage Photo Gallery
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2009, 04:36:01 PM »
I recently added the Google Earth app to my iPhone.  Mys on loves zooming from space to zero in on Jackson Heights.  I know from my adventures on Google that every few seasons the images are updated, but here's my wonder ... are the old "sets" archived.  It would be cool if Lucas and his agemates could, in decades to come, look at old satellites images of "Earth 2009"

Sample line from Lucas circa 2029 ... "Hey, Ogier, remember when Travers Park only took up one block?"
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« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2009, 11:54:34 PM »
Can anyone identify the exact location of where this photo was taken?  The only information available is that it's a scene from a Jackson Heights playground in the 1930s.

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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2009, 06:41:09 PM »
Can anyone identify the exact location of where this photo was taken?  The only information available is that it's a scene from a Jackson Heights playground in the 1930s.

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Well, in the 1970s, at Travers Park, what is now the basketball court was a concrtete pool.  There were sprinklers that filled it that looked like stereo speakers, and it got about 1 1/2 feet deep.  I remember it well ...

They also had metal monkeybars where teh sprinklers now are, and ... get this ... a SANDBOX where the jungle gym appartus now stands. 

I wish my family took photos back then.  I forget when the present look began ... 89, 90?  Definitely by 1991, I recall as a college grad hanging on the new jungle gym (which still is the same) well after closing with neighborhood pals.
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Re: Vintage Photo Gallery
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2009, 06:26:23 PM »
Ice Skaters at Jackson Heights Model Playground, November 1939

The "Model Playground" is located at 84th Street and 30th Avenue, and is now known as Gorman Playground.


Denny Gorman was a fixture of the Elmjack Little League. His daughter was my coach on the Elmjack Emeralds girls softball team.

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« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2009, 06:30:46 PM »
Well, in the 1970s, at Travers Park, what is now the basketball court was a concrtete pool.  There were sprinklers that filled it that looked like stereo speakers, and it got about 1 1/2 feet deep.  I remember it well ...

 

When we were kids, we used to go to the "concrete pool" at that park. It was a great place to cool off and the sprinklers were fun. And yes, it wasn't very deep at all.

Hey. Remember when you could "borrow" balls, and other playthings from the park house?

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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2009, 07:17:23 PM »
When we were kids, we used to go to the "concrete pool" at that park. It was a great place to cool off and the sprinklers were fun. And yes, it wasn't very deep at all.

Hey. Remember when you could "borrow" balls, and other playthings from the park house?

I don't recall borrowing from the house, but you reminded me what a different time it was.

We used to play handball against the side of the Dairy Farm on 76th Street (off 37th Avenue).  (As welll as stores that were before it ... Kliensleep, etc.).  Often the ball would go on the roof.

We would go to the where the diversity center is now, which used to be an Armed Forces recruiting center, and the soldiers would let us CLIMB OUT THEIR WINDOW ONTO THE ROOF, and get our ball (and everything else, as most kids didn't ask) off.  Can you imagine 8 year old asking today to let out a window onto a roof??

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Re: Vintage Photo Gallery
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2009, 06:41:42 PM »
Just in time for the Jackson Heights Historic Weekend, the horticulture blog "What Were the Skies Like" posts some contemporary & historic photos of Jackson Heights and its gardens.

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« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2009, 06:41:42 PM »