Many thanks to the City Tech staff, students and employees who contributed to this educational and enlightening experience! I’m leaving New York with new ideas about what might be considered in “L”andmark designation and how culture, environment, religion, politics, etc. might affect the process.
Thanks also to all who contributed pictures of Tonya along the shore!
Our last travel day was a trip to Coney Island. I visited the amusement parks when I was about 6 years old, but I don’t really remember the trip. Our day started with a visit to the offices of the designers of the Stillwell Avenue Terminal in Coney Island (an AIA/COTE top teen green project).
Paul King, City Tech Professor and Coney Island native was our tour guide for the beach, the boardwalk and the amusement area. Paul shared a lot of childhood memories and back stories which helped me see Coney Island in a new light!
Our dinner at Tatiana restaurant on the boardwalk was phenomenal!
Tonya @ Plymouth Church where President Lincoln Sat
Lois Rosebrooks gave us a detailed overview of the church’s history and its first pastor Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. In February of 1860, Abraham Lincoln visited Plymouth Church and expressed his opposition to slavery. On Thursday, June 24, 2010, I sat in the very pew where Lincoln sat!
Well yesterday, I disabled my camera for the second time! This actually allowed me to listen more and see more during our walking tour of Brooklyn Heights. We heard from Francis Morrone on architecture, Lois Rosebrooks on the Plymouth Church and Craig Wilder on slavery and abolition in Brooklyn. All of whom were very passionate and knowledgeable about their area of study. I thoroughly enjoyed their perspectives and took notes on things to study and consider later.
Fantastic views and lots of pedestrian and bicycle traffic! I really enjoyed the walk across the bridge and our adventure in Chinatown –
The Mary A. Whalen is a coastal tanker built in 1983. She is now the home of Portside New York, a non-profit organization focusing on waterfront education.