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Jun ,2015

From The NY Post: Confederate Flags Adorn This Times Square Subway Station

Tiny Confederate flags are right under the noses of millions of straphangers passing through the Times Square subway station every day.

The tile mosaics honor the late New York Times head Adolph S. Ochs, a Southerner with “strong ties to the Confederacy,” said Civil War historian Dr. David Jackowe.

The tiles were installed more than 90 years ago when stations were adorned with symbols to honor prominent figures — in this case, the Tennessee-raised Ochs, who was buried with a Confederate flag after his death in 1935.

But commuters are disgusted, especially after last week’s slaughter at a Charleston, South Carolina, church allegedly by Dylann Roof, a Confederate flag-waving racist.

“As a black man, it’s insulting, and it’s racist,” said Cain Steed, 38. “It hurts. It shouldn’t be represented here.”

Isjad Choudary, 20, also wanted them gone.

“Erase! Done!” the student said. “With what just happened, you can see it’s still influencing racist behavior. No way! Kaput!”

Erwin Minerve, 42, said: “Take it down! I want my son to be aware because it’s history, but I don’t want it to be blatantly plastered in our face in the subway like that.”

Although born in Ohio, Ochs had ties to the rebel cause, Jackowe wrote in Civil War Times in 2012.

His mom, Bertha Levi Ochs, was a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and helped smuggle spies and quinine during the war, Jackowe said.

Ochs would run editorials and pictorial editions devoted to Dixie, Jackowe wrote.

The MTA dismissed any similarity to the flag.

“It is a geometric pattern, not a flag design, and has no reference to anything beyond a pattern,” said spokesman Kevin Ortiz. “Similar patterns in other palettes of colors are found in various subway stations.”…

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A thank you to the New York Nineteenth Century Society for re-posting the following on Facebook:

Did you miss the nostalgia trains last December? You can ride them again this weekend! While they aren’t 19th-century trains (if only!), they are historic and lots of fun. Check them out on the Q and B lines between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.…

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A yacht from the 1920s named Kingston is making short “Statue and Skyline” cruises around New York Harbor and tickets are for sale.  If 1920s garb is encouraged and there are any jazz performances of jazz age theme to each sailing, I have no idea. Further info seems to be available only to those who register with the following website:  http://www.goldstar.com/events/brooklyn-ny/brooklyn-statue-and-skyline-cruise-on-yacht-kingston-tickets?aff_sub5=&modal_signup=&test_signup=

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I received the following announcement concerning the Secret Speakeasy party’s next event; which is a work of coordination between Denny Daniels Museum of Interesting Things and Boroughs of the Dead specialized historical walking tours.  In this case, Boroughs of the Dead will have a walking tour exploring the history of quack medicine in Lower Manhattan, which ends at the loft used for the Secret Speakeasy events, while Secret Speakeasy will exhibit various antique quack medical devices at the June 28th party.

“- The next Secret Speakeasy is one of most popular themes, The History of quack medicine and it is Sunday June 28th 6pm. But if you are smart…or ill…check out the cool quack medicine walking tour before the speakeasy!
www.secretspeakeasy.com

The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho Loft for a special
History of Quack Medical themed party for the Museum.
16mm Movie Fest, Demos, & party!
Drinks, music, free food & snacks & beautiful visuals!

In the spirit of a true Speakeasy
Anything can change so…
Please check this website before leaving.

http://www.secretspeakeasy.com/

From the Boroughs of the Dead website:

“Tour begins at 3pm.

Demonstration begins at 5pm. Secret Speakeasy follows demonstration.

Advance tickets are required for the tour + demonstration. Quantities are limited. Ticket admits you to the tour, show, and Secret Speakeasy. Price: $30 per person.

“…

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On Saturday, June 20, 9am to 11am, the New York Transit Museum will celebrate the 100th birthday of the BMT with a Party on Wheels! Ride historic D-type triplex trains from the 1920s, pose for vintage photos, meet conductors of the past, work on a craft project, and even sing Happy Birthday to the BMT, all while enjoying a slice of cake for breakfast! More information and tickets at mta.info/museum.…

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An exhibition telling the stories of 20 of Green-Wood’s permanent residents who contributed to the war effort, featuring photographs, letters, swords, stereo views, and other historic objects. Noon–6 pm.

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