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Tuesday
Mar222011

* thanks for the one lovely blog award!

I've been given the One Lovely Blog Award from 2 fellow bloggers; Donna from Hanging With the Family Tree and Traci from Spirits of the Old. Thank you both so much for recognition and interest in my Pursuits of a Desperate Genie! These awards are so great for us to connect and find new great blogs! There are a few "rules" to follow when you've been given the nod.

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Sunday
Mar202011

* then and now...a historic walk down Brooklyn's 5th Avenue

I love looking at old pictures and the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery is a great place to get lost in the past! I found a few 5th avenue oldies and spent a springy afternoon taking pictures of Brooklyn in 2011. Matching the shots was a very cool experience! I couldn't believe it, most of the buildings look exactly the same! The first picture was taken from the corner of 5th Ave and Dean Street, facing the Triangle Sporting Goods Store. The image I found from 1942 (NYPL) matches up perfectly to the modern day Triangle Sports Store. It's been almost 70 years since this original picture was taken. The 2011 picture shows how times have changed, the partial construction of the new Net's Arena can been seen in the background. This area will surely be changing in the near future. I've read that this store could be one of the oldest business in Brooklyn, can they survive the arrival of the Net's?? Enjoy the stroll down memory lane... and please share your own experiences with 'now and then' pictures!

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Thursday
Mar172011

* nyc st patrick's day parade 2011

Vay and I enjoyed this beautiful spring day at the 250th NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade. Here are some of my pictures from the festivities...just click on the image to start the slideshow! It was such a great time!

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Wednesday
Mar162011

* ancestry.com webinar: finding your irish ancestors 

Do you have Irish Ancestors? Want to learn more? In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Ancestry.com hosted a free webinar "Finding your Irish Ancestors in America and Ireland". I have quite a few Irish ancestors and I've been looking forward to this webinar. What I learned from the webinar....

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