The survey of our new Rockaway house is pretty neat looking. Simple line drawings and cool fonts get me every time. Check it out.
We discovered additional side-yard space next to the driveway. We previously didn’t realize it was part of our property. What this means for me is… more garden!
Another good one is the NYC FEMA Flood Map
Katie emailed us, “I’m cracking up – look where your future house is… it’s on an Island!”. Katie dubbed our new digs “The High Ground Club.” Our house sits in Zone X (a moderate classification) surrounded by Zone AE which is a high risk flood zone. This makes sense, the basement in our house had only 3ft of water during Sandy.
As a Sicilian, I obviously took this as a good omen – a sign from the Holy Father that our home will always be blessed.
Detail from 1912 – Rockaway Beach, NY
Lastly and perhaps most interesting, are the Sanborn maps: “large-scale lithographed street plans at a scale of 50 feet to one inch (1:600) on 21 by 25 inch (53 by 64 cm) sheets of paper.” We had to purchase 20+ printed maps of the property to determine when the bungalow was built. We have maps starting from 1894, and the bungalow first appeared on the 1933 map, meaning it was built at some point between 1912-1933. The maps were produced inconsistently. Below is the Sanborn map of the 91st street area, 1912 sans the bungalow.
1933 the bungalow appears.
I’ve included a few high resolution maps, they’re worth taking a look at. You’ll notice street name changes, (ours was Oceanus, amazing) bath houses, dance halls, boarding houses, and the boardwalk in various incarnations. Click to view large scale and to download.
1894 Sanborn Map Rockaway Beach
1901 Sanborn Map Rockaway Beach
1912 Sanborn Map Rockaway Beach
1933 Sanborn Map Rockaway Beach
2006 Sanborn Map Rockaway Beach
by Paula D. on February 27, 2014 10:15 am in Cats / DIY
Walking home from Valentino’s this past Sunday I spotted this!
A bagel just sitting in a tree, I thought “how bizzare, must be some kids goofing around.” I continued walking home and then WABAM!! - I had a great idea. I should make a bagel bird feeder! Even though the weather has been cold and snowy, I’ve noticed the birds have started their migration. This is a beautiful time of year to bird watch, you’ll see uncommon species on their travels and I’m guessing they’ll be hungry. Below are my directions for the bagel bird feeder. This is a fun craft for kids and adults alike!
What you’ll need:
1 plain bagel
Rope or twine
knife, scissors and plate
Cut the bagel in half
Place about 1 cup of bird seed on the plate
Tie rope through the hole and around the bagel leaving some length for hanging
Cover the bagel half completely with the peanut butter
Place bagel on the dish and cover/press on the bird seed. Continue until both sides of the bagel half is covered.
For 2 bagel bird feeders, repeat process with second bagel half.
* My goodness, I forgot how good peanut better is.
** Fiver really enjoyed this craft, i.e. he wanted to eat the peanut butter, bagel and of course play with the twine. It’s probably best to keep your kitty in another room while crafting this feeder!
by Paula D. on February 20, 2014 9:32 am in Food
As a kid, I remember my Mother making celery and cream cheese as a party appetizer, and I loved it. Lately, I’ve been chomping on an adaptation of her recipe. I substitute regular cream cheese and use Laughing Cow Cheese. It comes in a bunch of flavors and it’s only 30 calories per wedge. Here’s how to make it, enjoy!
3 celery stalks
4-5 wedges of laughing cow cheese (use your favorite flavor)
Sliced black olives
Rinse and dry celery
Cut celery into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Cut on an angle if you want to be fancy!
Spread cheese in the “U” of the celery. Slice black olives and place on top of the cheese. If you want some kick, sprinkle with red pepper or cayenne.
by Maureen on February 18, 2014 9:39 am in Gardening
It’s winter and gardening season feels like it will never arrive. During the long winter months I “bring my garden inside”. I always have fresh flowers in my home, on the window sills and dining room table. The asiatic lily is a beautiful flower that I use often but you need to watch out for their pollen pods. Take a look at this video tip to learn why…