A Midwest researcher helps a long forgotten New Yorker. Roderick Connelly may now rest in peace and receive the respect he’s deserved for over 143 years. Once buried in an unmarked grave, an appropriate tombstone now honors his burial spot at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens. Connelly was among 3,300 courageous Union soldiers who attacked Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865. While many of his comrades were killed, wounded or fled, Connelly bravely remained behind and fought along with his unit until the Confederate troops surrendered. His actions earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. An ordinary man who became a hero. America is blessed to have had people such as Mr. Connelly throughout our history. We're blessed that brave and patriotic men and women still rise from among us today.
Monday, October 6, 2008
2,500 items are listed for sale from the former home of the New York Mets. Amazingly, Mets ownership is selling the 1969 and 1986 championship banners. In their defense however, these are not the original banners. They’re actually replacements used because of weather damage to several previous sets. Total sales on the Shea goodies is estimated to be $2.6 million (seats not included). Both the Shea homerun apple and city skyline will be sent to their new Queens home across the street, Citi Field. To all of the Mets fans who saved money on Playoff tickets this year, go buy a souvenir to remember the few good memories you can have about the place; the place that often brought more disappointment than a New York politician after being elected.
Robert Levine, the developer who’s building condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park is paying $92 million for the once-famous, Bossert Hotel. The money will be paid to the publishing arm of the Jehovah’s Witnesses; the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. He plans to convert the 14-story landmark hotel into student housing. It was once known as Brooklyn’s “Waldorf-Astoria.” Old-time baseball fanatics may remember that it hosted the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series victory party. Well, no more Dodger parties at the old inn. It’ll probably become the scene for many “Animal House” shenanigans real soon though.