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Where & When: Game 30

Happy New Year! Welcome to a new year and new round of Where & When; time to get off on the right foot and move forward.  Let’s see how many more people we can get into our little games here and see how far we can expand our borders; for the coming year we will be traveling around the tri-state area to various points of interest and try to determine where the heck we ended up.  Of course New York City remains the center of attention, but as I’ve said, the challenging pics are hard to come by.  But enough complaints and speculation, check out this interesting point:

Where & When Game 30

Gotta love Olde Bvildings.  Okay, enough horsing around, let’s try to find out where this is.  As far as when, if you study the pic, you’ll notice something (open to the public one year prior) that gives you the proper year.  As a bonus, consider the statue in the picture and tell us who it depicts.

Rewards: The first person with the correct answers gets a fictional snifter of the root beer of his or her choice (New Year’s Special), and the runners-up will get a martini-glass of the ream soda of their choice; you all should you declare your brand of choice.  The bonus will get you an extra cream soda, and you are also welcome to submit additional trivia for a bonus.

Well, have it.  Stay away from the photo credits, I’ll try to get back to you all in the afternoon.  And, as always, new challenge ideas are always welcome, just send me an email with a pic and date and we’ll queue it up.  Enjoy!

[Photo credit: Ephemeral New York and Old NYC Photos]


1 rbj   ~  Jan 13, 2014 9:24 am

Right off the bat, without any searching, base ball is two words, meaning it's early. Horse drawn trollies? Interesting.

SCRRCO? It's New York, can't be the South Carolina Railroad company, chartered in 1827, unless someone bought used cars.

2 rbj   ~  Jan 13, 2014 9:56 am

Located the photo, but it's from the source so I'm not going to click on it.

Found it on another site. 1924? Wow, that late?

3 rbj   ~  Jan 13, 2014 9:57 am
4 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 13, 2014 10:20 am

[3] I have conflicting info on the date; one of these sites is wrong. Where is this, btw? I'm still allowing the answers to be posted on the thread.

5 RIYank   ~  Jan 13, 2014 10:23 am

I've found the photo, but it's behind a paywall here.

It's the Fulton Ferry Terminal. I have a much earlier date than RBJ -- I'm going to guess 1871, but I'll look into it further shortly.

6 RIYank   ~  Jan 13, 2014 10:28 am

Uh, no. That's much too early -- I think that's the year it opened.
Yeah, this will take further thought and research -- the year will, I mean.

7 TheGreenMan   ~  Jan 13, 2014 10:33 am

[5] Well, if that's the Fulton Ferry Terminal, then that's the Brooklyn Bridge behind it. Which was opened to the public in 1883. So the date of the pic has to be 1884. And I think [2] has the date of the closure of the Ferry service for that terminal. Trying to verify that.

The statue of Robert Fulton was moved to Fulton Park in 1930, but the original zinc version was replaced with a replicated bronze statue in 1955. Source: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fultonpark/monuments/1905

8 RIYank   ~  Jan 13, 2014 10:43 am

Ohhhh, right, that's what Will meant!

I found this, which says 1886. Another one says 1885. I guess those are just estimates.

9 TheGreenMan   ~  Jan 13, 2014 10:58 am

[1] AHA...this was killing me. That's not an "S", it's a "B". So BCRRCO or Brooklyn City Railroad Company. Now it makes sense.

10 rbj   ~  Jan 13, 2014 12:54 pm

It definitely looks to early to be 1920s, by which point baseball was one word, not two. But I didn't want to look at the credit site, even though I came across it independently.

Beautiful building, Gothic, right?

11 RIYank   ~  Jan 13, 2014 4:43 pm

Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious
you are to me!
On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning
home, are more curious to me than you suppose,
And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more
to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.

-Walt Whitman

12 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 13, 2014 7:43 pm

Already with the controversy, sheesh! The answer I was given was, as rbj hinted and RIYank stated is the Fulton Ferry and as GreenMan deduced, the pic was taken in 1884. Some other sites may say a year or two more, but considering that you can see one of the stanchions of the Brooklyn Bridge in the back, you have to agree it is definitely after they started building the bridge and likely after it was opened to the public in 1883.

Okay, I'll sort out winners and honorable a later tonight when I get home, but iif you get to it before I do, let me know >;)

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