The Building of the BQE

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is not your typical expressway.  It bends its way through Brooklyn and Queens like a snake, burrowing and then rising and sometimes even hiding below the landscape. Driving along the BQE, rows of 19th Century housing and large warehouses pass by below on stretches of elevated highway.  And as it cuts deep through … Continue reading The Building of the BQE

The 20th Century in New Jersey

Let us revisit the 20th Century, perhaps the most momentous century in human history.   I would like to do a piece on as many of the important, interesting events in the 20th Century as I possibly can, in no specific sequence whatsoever. In the meantime, here in chronological order are important moments in the last century in one state--New Jersey… In 1904, … Continue reading The 20th Century in New Jersey

Once a Mahogany Plant, Now Public Waterfront Space

Carteret’s Waterfront Park was once the site of the world’s largest mahogany plant.  Waterfront Park has been in development since 2003. Prior to that year, residents had no access to waterfront in Carteret. In the 1920’s the property was occupied by the Ichabod T. Williams Co. Mahogany Plant and the waterfront was used for unloading … Continue reading Once a Mahogany Plant, Now Public Waterfront Space