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Where & When: Game 47

Welcome back to another round of Where & When.  I guess the power plant worked a little, huh? Maybe a fleet of Score Trucks can really get us back on track, but meanwhile I present you with more old school intrigue:

Where & When Game 47a

This is where I’m supposed to say, “And boom goes the dynamite”, but I cannon be a lot worse. I’d like to think this is what the offense has in store for the rest of the season when it starts to get really warm out, but I’m not really good with sports predictions, only with complaining about the results. So lets just say that if the team doesn’t really pick it up and go on a tear, we’re prepared to respond.

And you, are you prepared to explain where this is, when it was founded and when or if it was closed?  Give us the lowdown and you’ll get a really nice red velvet cupcake, which I like just as much if not more than chocolate cake these days.  Be the first one to guess correctly and you get a slice of blue velvet cake (because you’re special and all), and for the bonus if you guess the significance of today’s date, you get a PBR to go with it.  I don’t drink, so consider it a special gift.

So have at it, good people, and I’ll be around later for a slice.  No peeking at the photo credit and have fun!

[Photo Credit: NPS]



1 TheGreenMan   ~  Apr 7, 2014 10:50 am

Without finding any decent pics that could confirm this, I'm going to go ahead and guess Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. Construction began on the fort in 1825 and was completed around 1831. It was the nation's first National Guard training fort. It's still an active military post today, although many of the buildings and defenses have been removed long ago.

Or it's not Fort Hamilton at all. :)

2 TheGreenMan   ~  Apr 7, 2014 10:52 am

Turns out it was not. But I was kinda close...

3 rbj   ~  Apr 7, 2014 10:52 am

Hmm, Forts New York City brings up a wikipedia listing of them. Nutter's battery was wood and earth, so it's not that, though I suspect the offense will drive us nutty this year. Going through the list, its Battery Weed.

It's part of Fort Wadsworth and is now run by the National Parks Service

Apparently it was still kid of sort of used by the military until 1995. I guess the threat of a British invasion is finally over.

4 rbj   ~  Apr 7, 2014 10:56 am

Don't know about the date, but this will probably tell you more than you ever want to know about it:

5 rbj   ~  Apr 7, 2014 11:10 am

Closest I could come to the date was that the Duke of York bought Staten Island from the Lenape on April 13th, 1670.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 7, 2014 3:38 pm

Man, Will, I just love this series. You've broadened my sense of the city and its history by leaps and bounds. I'm not much good at the detective work here but love being a part of this.

7 RIYank   ~  Apr 7, 2014 4:35 pm

Dang, I was on the road all day. Caught some of the game on my phone but didn't check the Banter. My first thought was maybe it was Fort Tryon. Wrong, obviously!

8 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 7, 2014 10:14 pm

[6] I'm very glad; in fact this series has done the same for me. It's cool to know your way around certain parts of the city, and it's great to know certain things that used to be at particular places, but how cool is it to really know the back stories, subplots and memories that go with the buildings, corners, patches, landmarks or stomping grounds we've encountered in and around the entire area? Makes you really appreciate and feel connected to the place. I hope I can continue to bring forth the same sensations in the future riddles >;)

9 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 7, 2014 11:19 pm

And of course rbj gets the blue velvet cake (as opposed to the other blue cake, just to be clear) with his answer Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island and associated history. Unfortunately, no Pabst Blue Ribbon for anyone since you didn't get my very vague clue for the bonus, but no worries, there's always anutheryear >;)

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