The Death of Brooklyn

What does it mean? Brooklyn died a long time ago?

F.I.B spends some time at the Bay Parkway subway station a couple times a week. For those that don't know it overlooks Washington cemetery. The cemetery is densely packed with the tombstones on land divided in half by the subway/Bay Parkway and bordered by a sanitation station, housing and ironically a "Wholesale Liquidators". This particular tombstone is a mystery to me. Most of the people buried here are jewish, going back to the early 1900's. The newer stones have photographic images on them, mostly Russian Jews.
Reserve your spot now!

R.I.P - Astroland.

I guess as Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote there is a part of Cony Island that is of the mind and I feel that is a major part of it's mystique. Hopefully that spirit will not be overtaken by Niketown although it wouldn't suprise me if some corporation would co-opt the beat poem into their ad campaign eventually.


Anonymous said...

Interesting take and segue on things.

Anonymous said...

strange tombstone. prophetic?

Richard Nickel, Jr. said...

It's such a shame - and all those acres are likely going to just sit vacant next season.

Joe Sitt can suck it. I hope he loses millions on his "development" efforts down there.

Anonymous said...

'BLYN' -- not: 'BKLYN' ???

Lisanne McT said...

Close enough for me!

Russ Mars said...

Loved the Ferlinghetti poem!

I try to keep in mind that as Brooklyn changes, so does everything. Change, so it seems, is truly the only thing we can count on.