Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Hidden Treasures of New York



Most people think that the greatest archaeological discoveries take place in far-away deserts or rainforests. But even in the biggest, most populous cities on earth, there are still hidden treasures waiting to be found. Case in point: Weeksville, Brooklyn.

In 1838, a free African-American named James Weeks started a small but thriving community in the part of Brooklyn that is now known as Bedford-Stuyvesant. Over the following decades, Weeksville served as a refuge for African-Americans fleeing persecution in other parts of the country. But as time passed, Weeksville’s residents died or moved away. Though it was located in the heart of Brooklyn, by the middle of the twentieth century, the little town had been swallowed by overgrown weeds and was utterly forgotten.

Then, in 1968, a pilot flying over Brooklyn noticed several tiny wooden houses in the middle of a large vacant lot surrounded by housing projects. An entire town had been discovered in New York City. Since then, the four farmhouses that were spotted from the air have been renovated and are now open to the public. Not only are they an important part of American history--they should serve as a reminder to never take the familiar for granted. Who knows what might be found in the vacant lots near your house?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiki ur awsome!

5:03 PM  
Blogger theatre said...

have you read the looking glass wars, by frank beddor? i resently put up a review

11:03 PM  
Blogger theatre said...

when are you going to finish telling us about what happened in the catacombs and the rest of France?

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Hi Theatre,

I read your review--very interesting indeed. I was thinking of reading that book at one point. You'd make a great (tough!) book critic. I'm really flattered that you liked Kiki.

By the way, I enjoyed the rest of your blog, too. The ice sculpture pic was fantastic.

A

12:49 PM  

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