Greenpoint, October, 2015

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Containing Gray

From front yard of Alice Austen House, Stapleton, S.I. (above).

From von Briesen Park (left). Arthur von Briesen was a Pomeranian (Prussian) immigrant and prominent lawyer. He served as the president of the Legal Aid Society for 25 years, working tirelessly on the behalf of German and other immigrants. His support for Germany's territorial and military claims, including the invasion of Belgium, in 1914, forced his resignation from the LAS in 1916. Four years later, he died suddenly in the Staten Island ferry house in the Battery on his way to his summer estate, present day von Briesen Park. Times story here.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge looms above a Fort Wadsworth playground (below). Seen from von Briesen Park.

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