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note.gif "Reverie"
N.O.K.
Page Four
Bay Ridge
Brooklyn
New York, N.Y.

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stoop_of_522_52nd_st.jpgThe Stoop at 522 52nd Street. From here we surveyed all that went by.
Watched the kids at play, entertained neighbors, exhanged news, and gossip.
Played "stoop ball", and slid down rails. Probably the most important feature for a friendly neighborhood.
Treacherous when covered with snow, but otherwise the best seat in the house, or the world for that matter. Made of wrought iron, it is most likely the original, if not, that iron- work must cost a mint today. Note the ever present garbage can. Ah...
Brooklyn!
 

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view_up_52nd_steet.jpgThe view up 52nd Street. Noticable are the numerous cars, and trees. In my day, there were only two cars on the whole street, and neither was in the way of our stick-ball, football, box- ball, or whatever sports, and only one tree, and that was half-way up the street clear of our sports activities.



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Once an attraction for leisurely strolls, fishing, and sight-seeing, besides being the Brooklyn Terminus for the Staten Island Ferry, Excursion Boats, and a handy pier for tugs to change crews, take on water, and call in for orders, this is 69th Street Pier today. The evidence of the crane shows the intention to restore this Brooklyn landmark to some semblance to what it once was. My mother would wheel me out on this pier in my "stroller" as a baby. I can still remember the smell of salt-water churned up by the side-wheel ferries, and the tar impregnated timbers. I can even remember the sweet scent of a vanilla dixie cup ice-cream.
There once was a steel light tower with a flashing red light at the end of the pier. Let's hope it's restored to just a pier, and not a carnival.

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Photography by Gene Sirota.

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