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NYC – Beer – Baseball – J Ruppert – Yankees

NYC – Beer _ Baseball _ Colonel J. Ruppert _ Yankees

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Walking  down east 92nd street from 3rd Avenue to York Avenue,  I came upon a sign for a beer that I had not heard of in years – Knickerbocker. It reminded me that this area of Yorkville once had several breweries, one of which was familiar to me – Ruppert’s  Knickerbocker Brewery. Later, when I researched the 58195_georgeehretshellgatebrewery_0area I found another  brewery, one  I had had never heard of called the Hell Gate Brewery. It was once the largest brewery in the United States and named for a section of the nearby East River.

When the breweries were operating, this area was known for its “streets that smelled like beer”. Today, the area+ is now comprised of a few apartment buildings, parking garages, a small park, a pet store, a Chase bank, and a grocery store.

I probably could do a complete story on the History of Yorkville but I will only focus upon the owner of the Ruppert Brewery – Colonel Jacob Ruppert.

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Jacob Ruppert

Colonel “Jake” Ruppert while having a popular beer company also was known as the owner of a major league baseball team The New York Yankees.

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So, let’s go back to walking down East 92nd Street.  To my surprise, I found, in a parking garage, a series of large color photos of the Ruppert brewery and the Yankees.

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Also, Colonel Ruppert himself in the twilight of his glory days, pictured with Babe Ruth.

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Here are some of the pictures hanging with the garage/

It’s enough to give me hope that the story of the old New York beer and baseball is not totally dead but kept in small out of way places throughout our country.

Some added notes

  • Often overlooked was that Lou Gehrig and Joe Dimaggio played during Ruppert’s ownership.
  • Made by the Ruppert Brewery, Knickerbocker was the official beer of the New York Giants knick-giants-coaster(Baseball not football), a bit ironic given that Jacob Ruppert, was the owner of the New York Yankees during the heyday of Ruth and Gehrig. He attempted to purchase theNew York Giants on numerous occasions.
  • While he was the owner of the Yankees, he built Yankee Stadium. It would be the first ballpark to be referred to as a stadium.
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    Yankee Stadium (old)

  • Ruppert was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2013.
  • In 1912 he was offered an opportunity to purchase the Chicago Cubs, but decided that Chicago was too far away from New York.
  • In 1929, Ruppert added numbers to the Yankees’ uniforms, which became a feature of every team. He said, “Many fans do not attend games on a regular basis and cannot easily pick out the players they have come to see.”
  • A dubious story says that he is responsible for the Yankees’ famous pinstriped uniforms; according to this account, Ruppert chose pinstripes in order to make the often-portly Ruth appear less obese. In actuality the Boston Red Sox first sported pinstripes for their road uniforms in 1907, five years before the Yankees.

Extra Trivia

The 92nd street area was also a significant but scattered Irish population that included James Cagney who grew up on East 96th Street.

Colonel Jacob Ruppert lived in New York City and had homes in Garrison (Eagles Nest) and Rhinebeck (Linwood) New York. He was a frequent customer at Foster’s Tavern in Rhinebeck NY.

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NYC – French Cartoons

The Cooper Union exhibit, which just closed, featured a selection of French comics, presented through images highlighting the role of architecture in both the design and narrative style of Franco-Belgian comics.

Let me begin by acknowledging my total ignorance of French-Belgium Comics and my inability to read or speak French. So then why did I enjoy this exhibit? I was fascinated by the look of the characters and the graphics of the comic strips. Had I been able to read French I am sure I would have enjoyed them even more.

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Two friends that probably would make the following a much better read are

Todd Dezago an American comic book writer. Todd is best known the creator-owned fantasy series Tellos. Note, I believe it is now being published in France.
 Theadora Brack an author and writer living in Paris, Theo takes her readers on a spree where they’ll get to experience “another Paris” Often finding very interesting and not-so-well-known photographs and stories.
Contrary to the USA, comic strips in France are not considered a minor form of entertainment you present to children or you read on the train. They are seen as a form of literature and treated as such. In French comic strips or cartoons are called “Bandes Dessinees” in short BD

 

A Franco-Belgian story : there is a long tradition of co-production of comic strips between France and Belgium and it’s hard to tell which cartoonist or which publisher is one or the other.

 

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I offer the following images for you to look at and enjoy. I decided not to add any narrative as it would only be copying from Google.

 

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Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo, was a Belgian comics artist, perhaps best known for the creation of The Smurfs comic strip.

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NYC – The Day of the Dead

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 This weekend walking by St. Mark’s Church in the East Village I ventured into their courtyard to find a celebration called “Dia de Murtos” or The Day of Dead – it  is a time to honor and revere deceased family members and ancestors.
 It was the first time I had heard of this celebration.
In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.Celebrations are bright and lively, in belief that the souls of the dead are still alive and can return home annually during this time.  Nov. 1 is the Day of the Innocents to pay tribute to deceased infants.
To celebrate, people built altars, called ofrendas, to the dead. The altars incorporate photos of the deceased, their possessions, sugar skull decorations (see below) and their favorite food and beverages, including pan de muertos (“bread of the dead”). Altars also feature orange marigolds, the Aztec’s flower of the dead. It is used to attract souls to their altar.

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Skull imagery is central to Día de los Muertos celebrations, with people painting their faces in ornate skulls and buying or making sugar skulls.
The Sugar Skull Tradition
Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.
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Actual Sugar Skull made of sugar

Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century.
Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.
Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place.
 It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.
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NYC – Halloween – New York Style.

Well it is the time of year that many brownstones decorate their buildings. Here are a few examples:

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H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N

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NYC – Pumpkins, Kids and Fresh- Air

This is an update about Fun Activities for the family.

Do you feel the cool air around you? Are you noticing the changing colors of the trees? Are you enjoying getting outside and watching_MG_7253 children (and adults) picking out their special pumpkin?

Lately, New York City Parks have been holding Harvest Fairs. It is fun to watch how fascinated  children and their parents become during these events. It would be a good time for you to find a “Pumpkin Patch” in your neighborhood.

Here is a sample of this coming weekend’s family activity in Carl Schurz Park.

Decorating pumpkins and face masks

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It looked like many of the children had trouble finding their special pumpkin

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Wishing you some Fun Fall Weekends…

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NYC – More than Tourist Sites – Street Fairs and Festivals

 

I happened to be going through the upper east side and stopped at a street fair on East 116th Street. It had children rides, not often seen in the city, as well as food and some novelty items for sale.I was reminded that over the past few years I have written about street fairs. Here are links to my past articles. I hope they encourage you, while visiting NYC, to get out an enjoy at least one street experience.

 

NYC- Summer – Food, Faces and Fairs – Faces and Food

NYC – Street Fairs – Information -Memo –  Where to find street fairs

NYC – What do you like about Street Fairs? – Mostly pics of food

NYC – Enjoy a NYC Street Festival – Ukraine Festival. Links festival  to info sites

NYC – UnFair Art Show – Example of Pop=Up fairs

OMG – another NYC Street Fair? – Challenge

New York City – Street Fair – Saturday and Sunday best days

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NYC – Visitors Check List – things to do – must see places -don’t miss

Updated July 2016

Visiting a city for the first time can be confusing but one of the benefits can also be exciting. Imagine yourself exploring parts of the city and finding the unexpected.  This Blog will give you some of the highlights of NYC. However, the city is best experienced if you wander past the main landmarks and sample the feel, smell and look of each neighborhood. 

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Here are a few of the most visited attractions. I will not add too much description but will give you an idea as to their location in the city.

Lower Manhattan 

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  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Wall Street
  • South Street Seaport
  • The High Line – just a little higher than lower (west 12th st)

 

Note on the High Line: At the south end, you’ll be by Chelsea Market, an indoor shopping plaza (Old Nabisco Plant)and  if you keep walking south a bit, you’re in the West Village. A really neat  neighborhood to walk around, shop, people watch, drink.Under the highline between 15th and 16th Streets is Chelsea market, is an indoor avenue of shops and cafes that would be a place to get lunch.

get out on the harbor: Visit Ellis Island and/or the Statue of Liberty. If that’s not your thing, just take a FREE ride to Staten Island and back on the Ferry,

A guided tour of the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side for history buffs.

the New Museum on the Lower East Side

The Strand. If you have any time leftover (which is doubtful if you’re into books)

Mid Town

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  • Times Square
  • – Rockefeller Center
  • – Top of the Rock (May be better view than ESB but doesn’t have the history)
  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Station – (whispering Gallery)- Museum of Modern Art
  • you might be interested in touring the UN, then having lunch at theDelegates’ Dining Room (which even many natives don’t know about).

Central Park

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  • Strawberry Field
  • The Pond
  • The Bow Bridge
  • It may not be your thing, but I like to suggest seeing Cleopatra’s Needle to visitors. Red granite, 70 feet tall, it’s inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs. It’s 3400+ years old, and the oldest outdoor man-made object in New York. (I think they are cleaning it now)
  • Central Park is just plain fun, not to mention great people-watching, whatever the season. The park’s grandly named Wildlife Center (formerly Children’s Zoo) is fun for, as they used to say, “children of all ages.”

Upper West Side

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  • New-York Historical Society’s Free Fridays:
  • American Folk Art Museum.
  • New York Public Library, Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.
  • American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West at 79th Street
  • Saint John the Divine    SECRET . nearby and not to be missed
  • Lincoln Center
  • – American Museum of Natural History
  • Grant’s Tomb
  • Joan of Arc Statue SECRET small art museum
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Riverside Park

Upper East Side

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-the Asia Society Museum and eat at their Garden Court Cafe

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – you could spend days here though

a little bit of a ride, but I think the Cloisters is not to be missed.

 

This  list might appeal to a visitor who hasn’t been for a long time.

-Macy’s in Herald Square – original escalator
– Take the 6 train to City Hall and stay on as it turns around inside the old City Hall station (it might also be worth becoming an MTA museum member just to take the old City Hall station tour)

– Spend some time just people watching at Union Square.

– Take a Central Park tour
– Walk the Brooklyn Promenade and visit the new Brooklyn Bridge Park
– Tour the cheese caves at Murray’s Cheeses in the West Village

– Eat your weight in “only in NY” type foods: bagels and smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, hot dogs & papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams, pickles, halal carts

For Economy Candy: The address is 108 Rivington)

LES pastrami sandwich at Katz’s, and maybe sit at the famous table from When Harry Met Sally?

– Stand in line at a Shake Shack.

 

-The next logical step after the touristy things already mentioned is a walking tour of the Village, Little Italy and Chinatown. If you had to choose one it would be the Village.

 

Since I like to walk in the city here are a few random suggestions:

 

–Walk west across 42nd St. to New York Public Library and go to Bryant Park for a coffee. (If it’s raining, take your coffee at Grand Central Station.)

–Walk farther west to 8th Avenue and go to the madness in Times Square.

 

Go online at Yelp or Trip Advisor for other charming, affordable restaurants in the West Village and other places .

Wear decent walking shoes–many cobblestone streets.

The districts you want to read about before you come are Meatpacking District (many designers have boutiques there), High Line, West Village, Chelsea and Central park.

With a couple of weeks and a good feet, go for some good walks. For example, start at Lincoln Center and walk down to Greenwich Village, seeing much of city along the way. (Weather permitting.)

 

If you have teen with you check the following:

 

http://travelwithkids.about.com/cs/newyork/tp/top10NYteens.htm

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