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Re: Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

PHeymont ·
I think what we're seeing here is a blindness in planning, which goes beyond questions of technology. You've identified some scenarios where cashless becomes hopeless/helpless. I see the same kind of lack of forethought when I see several huge residential towers being built in downtown Brooklyn...on top of already overcrowded subway stations, and with no forethought to larger sewer or water connections... In the bleakest possible view, we may self-destruct not through a world war, but...
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Re: Wonders of the Modern World

DrFumblefinger ·
The Soviets have never been completely transparent about Chernobyl, but this is the story as best as I was able to synthesize it: It seems that the alarm system was malfunctioning (going off all the time) so it was turned off by the tech monitoring the system. He had the fuel rods pulled out of their cooling chambers for maintenance work, was distracted (remember, the alarms are off), then by the time he focused back on the task at hand the rods had begun to melt and couldn't be reinserted...
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Re: Wonders of the Modern World

PHeymont ·
The 19th century would like a word with you about its Brooklyn Bridge...
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Re: Wonders of the Modern World

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont -- understand the Brooklyn bridge is 19th century, but I'd still consider that as modern and, especially for its time, was an engineering marvel.
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Re: St Stephen's Green, Dublin. (Where Gumbo was #137)

PHeymont ·
I have to admit that the first clue reminded me, in succession, of a spot in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, of Prospect Park in Brooklyn and of Frogness Park in Oslo...it was only when the clues got more specific that I could rule them out, and only when the Fusiliers Arch appeared and I could search its text that I could find the answer. That arch, by the way, provoked a lot of controversy when erected in 1907; it memorializes a regiment in England's colonial war against the Dutch Boers...
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Re: Finding Your Hike in Prospect Park

GarryRF ·
Great photos Paul. Looks an amazing place. Is it located in the City where most folks can walk to it, or on the edge of Brooklyn ? Good to see it's becoming popular again with kids enjoying nature. Is parkland safe from developers in the States ?
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Re: Finding Your Hike in Prospect Park

PHeymont ·
Garry, it’s right in Central Brooklyn, surrounded by residential neighborhoods that range from quite poor to distressingly wealthy. Unlike Brooklyn Bridge Park, born in an age when it somehow seems acceptable to people to make condos part of a park, there would be huge opposition to messing with Prospect Park; in fact, even small changes can generate lots of discussion. But let’s not think parks are always safe; a few years ago, the Yankees were allowed to swap park land parcels for their...
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

PHeymont ·
I'll second Jonathan L on that...one of the two or three cities I'd be willing to live in, besides Brooklyn...and you found my favorite tapas place, too!
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Re: Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, July 11, 2014: The Monkeys of Shimla

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: DrF: In the film, or the audience? They look like they are avid for entertainment! I can say with some confidence that the audience of cowboys in Alberta I'd be viewing the film with do not look like this. Living in Brooklyn and the greater NYC area, you are much more likely to encounter folks groomed in this way, I should think!
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Re: Brooklyn Heights Promenade: A Disaster Turned to Treasure

PortMoresby ·
I have every intension of coming to Brooklyn to see the Promenade for myself. Will you take a few more pictures, please, when the trees are all leafed out later in the spring? I'd like to see it in all it's glory.
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Re: The Old Stone Mill - Where Gumbo Was #124

PHeymont ·
Just to add a little more...the mill, also known as the Snuff Mill, is the oldest industrial building in New York City...but most of the others in the 20 oldest list predate it by 150 to 200 years. Most are houses in Brooklyn and Queens (one is still a private house after 350 years!) but one is in the Bronx: the 1748 Van Cortlandt Mansion--where George Washington really did sleep. For a link to the fascinating list, click HERE
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Re: The Bones of the Bridge

George G. ·
My indelible memory of the Brooklyn Bridge is watching Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, being trapped by the police, climbing up the bridge and diving head first into the river to escape. I watched Tarzan religiously as a kid. Today they would have to tell impressionable kids not to try this at home. However, it led me to got our local public pool and learn how to dive off the high diving board which I think has been removed because of insurance costs.
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
As I understand it, with hybrids the batteries charge when the car brakes are applied (transferring the energy of moving to the battery), so they're especially well adapted to city driving in places with lots of stop signs and traffic lights. Less useful for driving on open road because you don't brake often. So living in Brooklyn, I think the hybrid would be a reasonable choice for you. I don't think battery technology is anywhere near "ripe" yet, but as with the Mercury and Gemini...
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Re: Brooklyn's Spectacular Botanic Garden (Where Gumbo Was #112)

PHeymont ·
An update to the blog! We returned to the Garden, today a week and some later, for the giant plant sale that's a Brooklyn spring institution and were rewarded with a different view of the Cherry Esplanade, now in full blossom. Here are a few views... For pictures of the plant sale, click HERE
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Re: J. M. W. Turner in San Francisco

PortMoresby ·
Don't let them hear that capital D in de Young. If you change your mind and visit SF before July 19th, you can hop over to the Legion of Honor and catch the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection show, too.
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Re: Kiku: The Art of Japanese Gardening at NY Botanical Gardens

PHeymont ·
I've never been long on botanical knowledge, sadly, but I've come to love walking through serious gardens, including the Brooklyn Botanic, almost in my backyard. Now you've given me something new to look for there!
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #5

Dan Carter ·
Yeah, but he also posted about Lisbon, Spain, a park in Brooklyn, France, Chicago...so I wouldn't put too much stock in Maine.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #5

PortMoresby ·
I don't see the stones, looks like wood along the path to me. My first thought was NYC, Central Park. Then I thought the park in Brooklyn made more sense in this context, Prospect Park. I agree it looks more like an urban than wilderness place, very tidy. So that's my best guess. I have no plans to search the internet for matching photos this go-around. So that's my thought & I'm stickin' to it.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #5

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: I don't see the stones, looks like wood along the path to me. My first thought was NYC, Central Park. Then I thought the park in Brooklyn made more sense in this context, Prospect Park. I agree it looks more like an urban than wilderness place, very tidy. So that's my best guess. I have no plans to search the internet for matching photos this go-around. So that's my thought & I'm stickin' to it. In a far far away land, long long ago, there was a young...
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Re: Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon

PHeymont ·
I also enjoy house visits—especially to the homes of people more or less like me. Palaces tend to irritate me quickly when I think of how the people there treated people like me. Unfortunately, we don't always treasure and preserve homes like this...and while I've sort of resisted Portland, I think I'll have to go. For anyone visiting New York, by the way: the Brooklyn Museum's 5th floor has a collection of several 17th and 18th century houses (yes, whole houses!) and of rooms from a number...
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Re: Bayfront Stadium, Pensacola: As Good as it Gets

PHeymont ·
Nice touch, having a chance to catch a ball while swimming! Seriously, maybe the best thing about the revival of minor-league ball (besides the training opportunities for future big-leaguers) is the affordability that makes it possible for families to enjoy and learn the game now that most major league tickets (and concessions) are out of range! There's no way you can really understand baseball from TV watching, where you don't really see the game, only the camera angle chosen at that...
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

PHeymont ·
Well, our Brooklyn summer lasts longer, but we've had a surprisingly short spring after a tough winter—and to my surprise, our New Dawn roses—the pink ones in the pictures— are in full flourish a few weeks earlier than usual. In some climates, they're supposed to have a second bloom in October, but after years, we can only hope. That's all one New Dawn, over 25 years old...even when cut back to a stump it quickly and aggressively reclaims its territory.
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Re: Looking for Historical Landmarks !

PHeymont ·
Yet another reminder that history doesn't happen only in black-and-white in a distant past! When I was a history teacher, one of the favorite lessons each year discussed the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn, one of the largest-scale engagements of armies up to that time. I used a handout map of the battle areas and the routes of the British and American armies across the borough, and the class plotted their homes along the map. We were then able to describe how the main British force went up King's...
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Erasmus Hall, Brooklyn, NY: Where Gumbo Was (#81)

PHeymont ·
As my fellow New Yorker Jonathan L recognized right away, Gumbo was at Erasmus Hall High School, the oldest public school in New York, and certainly one of the most beautiful.     The exterior seen in the puzzle picture, in "Collegiate...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 6, 2013: The Brooklyn Museum...and Neighbors

PHeymont ·
Here’s the Brooklyn Museum, in a night view that has the dramatic lighting of a linen-era postcard. The museum is a world-class collection that doesn't get noticed as much as it should because it lives in the shadow of Manhattan’s...
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Göteborg: Sweden's Second City (Where Gumbo Was, #105)

PHeymont ·
I begin this blog with some odd notes. First, unlike TravelGumbo in his “Where Is” travels, I’ve never been to Göteborg—yet. All, or nearly all, our previous puzzles have been based on the puzzler’s...
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NYC&Co: We bring you tourists, we'll show you how to serve them

PHeymont ·
Taking a step beyond just beefing up the number of tourists arriving, New York City's tourism promotion agency, NYC&Co. has developed a program to help businesses and attractions in all five boroughs be ready for the numbers. And they are impressive numbers. Last year 56.4 million visitors came to New York; the city is pushing to hit 67 million by 2021. The new program, called "Tourism Ready" builds on Brooklyn's success in branding and marketing itself; experts including former...
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Brooklyn's Spectacular Botanic Garden (Where Gumbo Was #112)

PHeymont ·
  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a pint-size treasure that always seems bigger than it is (and which occupies an outsize place in botanical research) was this week's answer to Where in the World is TravelGumbo? Because the Garden presents an array...
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A Taste of Fall and More: Ithaca Farmers Market

PHeymont ·
Everywhere I go, my wife and I seem to find ourselves wandering aisles of fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood, cheeses and breads and more. But most often, aside from our local weekend Greenmarket in Brooklyn, our stroll is in the huge and chaotic...
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JetBlue's evolution: now it's into haute cuisine

PHeymont ·
JetBlue, originally noted for blue corn chips and friendly service on its one-class flights seems to be headed in a whole new direction.   In addition to recently adding its business-class "Mint" service on longer flights, it now charges for...
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Brooklyn's Prospect Park Greenmarket

PHeymont ·
By a quick count, I’ve photographed markets in nearly three dozen cities in the U.S. and Europe; they’ve often appeared here on TravelGumbo. And yet the market I visit most often, and where my wife shops almost weekly, hasn’t found...
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Where Was Gumbo? Paris. Where's the Statue? Everywhere!

PHeymont ·
Where in the World was TravelGumbo? If we simply said "At the Statue of Liberty," it wouldn't have been a very precise identification, because, as I found and you shall see, the iconic statue is everywhere and in so many forms! In today's blog, I'm...
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Out-Of-The-Box Last Minute Weekend Getaway Ideas

Andrew Lowen ·
After a long week of fast life and pressure at work, you just want to unwind. Andrew Lowen has some ideas for how you can do it.
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May 27, 2017: Fringed Tulips, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

PHeymont ·
PHeymont had never seen fringed tulips before an early spring walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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March 29, 2017 - New York City

Jonathan L ·
On a cold winter's day, the view of the Manhattan Skyline from the Staten Island Ferry is a beautiful sight. And best of all, it's free.
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VanDuzen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

PHeymont ·
A visit to an unusual botanical garden, and thoughts on why it's hard for PHeymont to write about it.
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April 18, 2020: No Social Distancing Here!

PHeymont ·
PHeymont found a swarm of red-eared sliders sunning themselves in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
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Churches of Park Slope, Brooklyn

PHeymont ·
PHeymont explores the varied and mostly 19th-century churches in one of Brooklyn's premier neighborhoods, and explores the area's history.
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Ends of the Line: Taking the #1 Train, NYC

Jonathan L ·
Every New York subway line has its own character; Jonathan L begins an exploration of what's at their ends, starting with his home line.
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Spring Greening in Prospect Park

PHeymont ·
PHeymont has been walking his favorite park almost daily for lockdown exercise, and has been watching its annual turn from winter to green.
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A Vivid View of Theaters Past

Marilyn Jones ·
Time ravages great beauties and sometimes restores them. Marilyn Jones shares with us a book that chronicles some astonishing recent examples.
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London: When walking beats the Tube

PHeymont ·
Subway maps that are designed for legibility often mislead travelers on how close or far stations actually are.
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The Many Lives of Brooklyn's Industry City

PHeymont ·
PHeymont visits a Brooklyn phoenix. After 125 years, the the world's first integrated industrial park and transport park lives on.
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Union Square Holiday Market - Annual New York Tradition

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband spent some time in New York City last Christmas. It was magical and they loved walking around the Union Square Holiday Market. It is a New York City tradition.
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Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Brooklyn, NY

PHeymont ·
PHeymont shares some views and some history of Brooklyn's iconic but often ignored Civil War memorial.
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Why You Should Consider Boutique Hotels Over Chain Hotels

Guest ·
A look at a luxury hotel in Brooklyn (sponsored content)
 
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