Date: Mon, 3 Feb 1997 10:19:49 -0500


Subject: The City

As the centennial of the union of the separate cities of Brooklyn and New York

approaches, will there be a memorial celebration for the once independent city?

Before the Brooklyn and Williamburg bridges the two cities could remain

separate, but once the bridges went up Brooklyn was swallowed up. The reference

to Queens as somehow distinct from Brooklyn and neither considered part of LI

either perhaps owes to the fact that both New York and Brooklyn were cities and

Queens was "the country" (although my grandfather Hill remembers riding on the

interurban trolley from downtown Brooklyn to Coney Island through rural

stretches and acres of cornfields).

I have a question about the "real New Yorkers"--do they (as I do) refer to

Idlewild rather than JFK and do they use the old subway line routes in

conversation (AA, GG, BB rather than 1, 9, &c)?


(who moved out on the island--Feb 1942)


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