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Tuesday
Nov162010

brooklyn flea mixes with the revolution 

My first post!! While I am usually attached at the hip to my mac, this past weekend was the epitome of fall splendor and those beautiful leaves were calling my name. One thing I love about weekends in Brooklyn is the Brooklyn Flea, an eclectic mix of old, refurbished, and new items for sale in laid back bk style. But really, the best part is the food!! So many vendors to choose from, my 2 personal favorites:

Pizza Moto
Ridiculously amazing pizza and they do NOT have an actual location! They transport their wood oven masterpiece all over the city, serving delicious pie’s only at select locations, check their site to find them.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
I was a youngster when first introduced to lobster, ever since my dad husband has regretted it! The lobster rolls are amazing, I prefer the Connecticut Style lobster roll, warm buttery chunks of lobster on a toasted buttery roll with some yummy seasoning *too good to share!

I noticed the Prison Ship Martyrs Memorial in the nearby Fort Greene Park as I checked the Saturday location of the Brooklyn Flea (it changes so check the site!), intrigued decided to make a visit. Fort Greene Park is such a beautiful park, you completely forget you are in the most highly populated county in the country! Being on the east river and one of the highest points in Brooklyn there are some great views of the big island. Here is a picture of the monument from my trip.

Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, genie pic Nov 2010In 1776 what is now Fort Green Park was constructed as "Fort Putnam" and during the Battle of Long Island the Continental Army was forced by the British to retreat to Manhattan, leaving those still in Brooklyn at high risk. As the prisons filled, the British Soldiers forced the remaining men and women onto ships located in the East River. As the battle raged on around 11,500 men and women died on the Prison Ships from fire, disease, and over crowding. After the victory of the revolution, New Yorkers were reminded of those lost when bones and remains from the Prison Ships washed up along the shores of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A New York Times article published in 1900 details the grim facts. Walt Whiteman was a vocal activist for the preservation and memorial of the Prison Ship Martyrs. In 1847 legislation approved the preservation of tombs located in what is now Fort Green Park and in 1908 President Elect William Howard Taft attended the monument's dedication.  The Doric column is 149 ft tall with a crypt beneath it holding the remains of those lost. A beautiful granite staircase lies at the bottom of the monument. The Prison Ship Martyrs Association has recorded those brought upon the prison ships as copied from documents of the British War Department.

The park was queit and clean, no vendors or touristy attractions, which explains it's shout out in Forgotten New York, by Kevin Walsh, a directory of forgotten and interesting NYC treasures! *Shout out to Joe, thanks for the book!

What hidden spots have you uncovered???

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