Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1976 · Page 77
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July 4, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 77

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Bargain in Brooklyn ByNinoLoBello ;* Brooklyn. -- Ya can't buy da Brooklyn Bridge anymore -- yea, because me being a good tourist 1 bought it from dis here feller when I was in Noo Yawk for toity-tree and a toid puh-cent discount. Brooklyn is a bargain in anybody's book -- whether you buy its f a m o u s bridge n e e d l e w o r k e d against the New York skyline or just plain visit its 81 square miles and 75 separate neighborhoods. The Dodgers are long since gone, so are Luna Park and the Coney Island Steeplechase -- but New York City's most populated borough (2.6 million people) is still one of the GOLD COAST MOTKL tn Delightful Cherry Grove 3901 N. Ocean Blvd. NORTH MYRTLE BEACH South Carolina 29582, Phone 803 249-2412 2 X 3 ROOM EFFICIENCIES ^8 Units, New Modern 150 Feel to Beach. Fully Equipped El« K i t t h en Color TV. Pool Kiddie Pool, Golf Privileges, Surf. Pier Inlet Fishing. Dqjly Maid Service. Baby Sitters Available f '· (·:· iier . LAURIE SUE McLEOO Owners-Manager? 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Lots apoissons dese days don't speak dis here Brooklynese, which guys make jokes about, so before it does a fadeout, I wanna record da voices of dose Brooklyns which is still speakin' da dialect and pre- zoive it for posterity." Convinced that Brooklyn has been subjected to too much ribbing, though friendly Looey Singer claims it has become perhaps the most misunderstood and misrepresented tract of real estate in the solar system. It is as if Brooklyn had been hit in the head with a pitched ball -- and Singer just can't take anymore the ridiculing twits of the movies, TV, radio, gag-writ- DICK-A-DOO MOTEL "Fisherman's Parodist" OVERIOOKIKC THE OCEAN IT TIIPIWSS PCD · bom * C«H|fe» Efftimr Apt,. · Color TV AxAlblf F»h,o, ti block o.oy · Air Cowl. · Son Oi.li 1 Ployjrcund Ai · Look-out Area 0 Golf ATLANTIC BEACH NORTH CAROLINA, 28312 Write ftr Brochure, ftox lo? 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Unknown to every "foreigner" (that's the Brooklyn word for any stranger in town), the place that would be America's fourth largest "city" if it were a city is truly the Borough of Churches, because Brooklyn has more churches than any city in the world -- and Looey Singer goes heavy on this fact in his guided tour. For instance, among his favorites are the Russian Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration with its five onion-domed cupolas dominating the Greenpoint skyline. Then there is the kingly Flatbush Dutch Reform Church that stands in the middle of one of the nation's most solidly Jewish communities. The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church has an immense chapel with 18 glorious Tiffany windows. Singer also likes certain neighborhoods -- like Williamsburgh, which is now. mostly Puerto Rican; Red Hook, where lives its colony of Mohawk Indians; Bensonhurst, which is heavily populated by Italian-Americans; Cobble Hill, where George Washington stood and watched his brave Minute Men hold off Gen. Cornwallis' redcoats, and Ridgewood, where Houdini is buried and which is the borderline (un- patrolled) between Brooklyn and Queens. Living directly across the street from Fort Greene Park, Singer starts his tourist groups off in the park's Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument. White marble steps lead you to a hill on which is the tallest Doric column anywhere, atop which burns an eternal flame. That the place should be a national shrine is something Singer pushes quite hard, for the crypt contains the remains of some 12,000 American freedom-fighters who perished on prison boats kept by the British in a Brooklyn bay during the Revolutionary War. only authentic fable. You are taken to Coney Island, Brooklyn's ten- cent Riviera on the Atlantic, with its ferris wheels and roller coasters. This is still the world's greatest playground where the surf on a Bridge into Brooklyn hot summer day is one third water and two thirds people. It comes as no wonder that Singer keeps a sign on his door, "See Brooklyn Foist!" Dat's da troot, youse guys, da troot Folk Festivals PELICAN MOTEL Cherry Grove Sect. North Myrtle Beach · DOOMS · EfflC. APIS · POOl* TV · AIR CONDITIONING · HUT ·DAILY MAD OCEAN F»OHT for Rcicrvationi--Phorw sm- 803-249-1416 WRITE P.O. BOX 3502 Fw Br«kur« S. Rcourable Ra«. JEIffilSr1MWIIIINWS,Omen/M(rs. SETOCt ·GOlFMilV 'imtnt ·mi 26m CHARLESTON. W.VA. ON-OCEAN.FRONT CASTAWAYS Medium Priced Rates AMPLE PARKING Convenient To All Activities Rooms Effic. Private Ocean Front Balconies Cable TV, Air cond. Heat, Block from Amuse. Center and Pavilion. Heated Pool ERNIE HUNTER, JR., MGR. PHONE 803-448-7139 1004 NO. OCEAN BLVD. MYRTLE BEACH S.C. 29577 Since per square foot there used to be more Dodger fans in Brooklyn than people, Singer also takes his groups to where Ebbets Field once stood and shows you the exact spot on Bedford Avenue where those homeruns over the rightfisld fence used to land. Today the hallowed Ebbets Field soil -- once patrolled by the likes of Pee Wee Reese, Scoonj Furillo, and Jackie Robinson -- is occupied by an apartment house complex, but Singer claims that if you go into the basement, you can still feel the earthquake vibrations from the last Dodger pennant -- vibrations that register 3.2 on the Fordham University seismograph. Ebbets Field is not Brooklyn's Michigan Bicentennial Riverfront Ethnic Festivals, Detroit Every weekend from late May to late September a section of Detroit's riverfront will be the site of festival series featuring the culture, cuisine, crafts and traditions of 50 of the city's ethnic groups. Local groups and imported talent provide continuous entertainment -- one week Japanese enbu dancers, Arab belly dancers another week, Mexican mariachi bands, etc. in an ever-varying series. During the summer visitors will have a chance to try Greek baklava, Hungarian goulash, Syrian khobboz and dozens of other national specialties. On display and on sale will be handicrafts and other items ranging from African dashikis to Asian brass vases to Florentine art pieces. Despite the great disparity of the festivals, all will have a common Bicentennial theme of the contribution their groups have made to Detroit and the Nation. The last weekend, September 17-19, groups combine for an International Festival. Attendance at this annual event averaged more than 200,000 per festival- in 1975, with the largest turnouts being for the Polish and Italian festivities. The Riverfront Ethnic Festivals are not the only ones in Detroit. The Greeks plan a special celebration in the area known as Greek- town over the Independence Day (July 4) weekend and the French will hold their annual festival in a small park known as Kern Block September 18-19. Canada and the U.S.A. join in celebrating International Freedom Festival Week beginning June 27. This year the big day -- with par- ·Jiily-1, 1976. Sunday dmctte-Mriil

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