Posts Tagged ‘fort greene park’
It’s not officially Spring for another 5 days, but it seems like everyone got the memo to go outside today. FG Park was teeming with soccer players, Frisbee throwers and book readers lounging on the benches. Not to mention the neighborhood’s packed handball courts. Don’t get too used it, though: there’s rain forecast for tomorrow.
A Canadian theater group is using the The Robert F. Cranford funeral home in Fort Greene for a site-specific performance. In what the Village Voice calls a “pleasantly odd experience,” the show also involves a trip to Fort Greene Park by rickshaw. Only 12 people can attend at a time and the group advises people to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. It runs until Saturday.
The corner of Washington Park and Dekalb Avenue has been the place for upstate farmers to sell their wares for some time. But increasingly the site is playing host to tables of another kind. For at least the second week in a row, the Obama campaign has doled out cookies in exchange for campaign donations, and today we spotted a group called Fort Greene for Peace handing out flyers to protest the war. Looks like the farmer’s market is becoming the neighborhood’s public square. Maybe we’ll see people giving speeches on soap boxes there soon.
Most public works have a sign somewhere that pays homage to the elected power of the day, and it’s usually not worth a second glance. Well the name on the flagstone in Fort Greene Park lists an eye-catching title: Mayor of Brooklyn. Even though we haven’t such an office in existence for 110 years, I guess this Samuel Booth deserves our thanks for whatever he did to bring about our neighborhood park. According to the Times’ obit, he lived just around the corner on S. Portland, so he had a vested interest. I wonder if the name of the other Mayor below him will be forgotten as quickly.
As this blog gets going, we’ll be bringing you a piece of neighborhood history each week that we think is worth knowing. Here’s a tidbit we came across recently while perusing books in the Brooklyn Historical Society: Many people know the Prison Ships Martyr’s monument in Fort Greene Park and its famous designer, Stanford White (he designed the arch in Washington Square Park among many others). Well while you’re craning your neck at this memorial to the revolutionary soldiers who died at the hands of the British, you might want to note the smaller structure in its shadow. According to what we read, the park visitors’ center was the last building designed by White before he was shot in the head by his mistress’ husband. So remember that next time you’re at the site. And check out the two canons inside the building (it makes us remember why there’s a “Fort” in Fort Greene).