October 25, 2003

Brooklyn Between The Bridges

POST #    503

The Brooklyn Bridge.

Today, I went on the Forgotten New York Brooklyn Between the Bridges tour with Jeannette, Jessica (the oh so mysterious one), Rachelle, and Yvan. The weather could not have been more perfect for this walking tour of Brooklyn. Forgotten New York attempts to show people parts of New York that are, for lack of a better word, forgotten. Some areas are not typical things that one would expect in the city, but are remnants of the past.

The first neighborhood that we went to after meeting up was Vinegar Hill, which is named for the location of the final battle of the Irish Revolution in 1798. The neighborhood was full of brownstones until the 1940's and '50s when the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Farragut Houses left the neighborhood as it is today - small and forgotten.

The group then circled around, ending up in the DUMBO neighborhood (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), where Jeannette and Yvan happen to live. Robert Gair, who invented the corrugated cardboard box, built much of the neighborhood. The area also has many railroad tracks, which were once part of the Jay Street Connecting Railroad. When the DUMBO was a bustling industrial area, the rail line aided in the transport of goods to neighborhood buildings.

After DUMBO, our group skipped the rest of the tour for some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and a trip to Jacques Torres. While outside Jacques Torres, we spotted Julianne Moore, working on her new movie, The Forgotten, which just started filming in the area today. I want to say one thing about her. She is damn fine.

- Rachelle's post on the Forgotten NY tour.
- The Mysterious One's (Jessica) photos on ofoto.
- Forgotten Tour 14 - Brooklyn Between the Bridges.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 8:59 PM



A bulletin board in Vinegar Hill. It reads “Vinegar Hill. Est. 1798.”

Jeannette (facing away), Kevin (the guide) and Jessica (the mysterious). Kevin is such a pimp.

I'm enamored with this piece of art.

The Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building in the arch.

The Brooklyn Bridge and the Jay St. tracks.

More Brooklyn Bridge.

Rachelle and Jeannette - They're insane, but not romantically involved.

An interesting take on birth.

The aforementioned Julianne Moore, shopping for chocolate items.

where are the photos of julianne moore?

Posted by: rachelleb at October 26, 2003 12:55 AM

Thanks for your kind review Tien.


Posted by: Kevin Walsh at October 26, 2003 1:07 AM

Kevin, thank you so much for leading such an informative tour.

Rachelle, for you, I added a photo of JM. I also added another photo. Just be happy it's not the one of your toosh. Or that other one where you look like Kenny from South Park. Ahh...the caps have made their way into my comments too!!

Posted by: tien at October 26, 2003 2:11 AM

i should have my photos up soon.. like always, i took too many and it's taking forever to sift through them. i ♥ the photo you took of the train tracks & the bridge.

Posted by: rachelleb at October 26, 2003 7:33 AM

i took so many of the photos without the bridge, trying to get it without cars, but i couldn't do it. not even with cropping. oh well.

Posted by: tien at October 26, 2003 9:30 AM

what a fun day! i loved rambling around brooklyn. i'd never walked by the farragut housing projects before.

great pics, tien! i'm glad you finally have proof that we saw ms. moore.

i second rachelle's sentiments - those railroad track photos are AWESOME!

(i hate that i'm up an hour early. i always forget about daylight savings)

Posted by: jeannette at October 26, 2003 9:45 AM

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