Archive for November, 2013

Whenever the forecasters call for windy weather on Thanksgiving, I always wonder whether the giant balloons are going to appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If the wind speeds are higher than 34 miles per hour, the balloons don’t fly. That’s because in 2006, Macy’s incorporated several safety measures to prevent accidents and balloon-related […]

Step back in time 83 years to November 15, 1930. It was on or about this day that a man known only as “Old Tom” passed away in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. One week after his death, his body still unclaimed at the city morgue, Old Tom’s body was shipped by ferry to […]

The movers and shakers of New York City were quite a progressive bunch during the holidays in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially on Thanksgiving Day. Their efforts would have certainly made New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio , Reverend Al Sharpton, Bernie Sanders, and their supporters proud. According to news reports […]

In previous posts I shared stories about Harry, the blue-ribbon police horse of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and Bulb, the bad-luck police horse of the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Today I want to tell you about Artemas L. Fish, who, like Patrolman Henry Hilton and Harry the horse, was attached to the Prospect Park Police. Before […]

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,Part I of the Pigeons Vs. the New York City Police Long before there was Morse code, wireless telegraphy, radio, TV, e-mail, wifi, and smart phones, there were homing pigeons. Homing pigeons, more often called messenger or carrier pigeons, have been prized for their navigational abilities for thousands of years. Using “mental maps” and their […]