On January 23, the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) requested New York State Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) assistance with a subject hoarding more than 100 animals inside his North Bellmore residence in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island. [Read more…] about Animal House: Man Accused of Hoarding Protected, Dangerous Wildlife
There is a familiar narrative about American suburbs: after 1945, white residents left cities for leafy, affluent subdivisions and the prosperity they seemed to embody. In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty in America’s Wealthiest Postwar Suburb (University of Chicago Press, 2023) tells us there’s more to this story, offering an eye-opening account of diverse, poor residents living and working in those same neighborhoods.
This week on the Historians Podcast, Tim Keogh talks about his book. [Read more…] about In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty in America’s Wealthiest Postwar Suburb
David M. Griffin’s Chronicles of the British Occupation of Long Island (The History Press, 2023) probes and explains much of this esoteric history of Revolutionary War-era Long Island, including examples of socio-economic hardship the War imposed on Long Islanders.
Among the stories told here is that of Revolutionary Militia Captain Solomon Davis of Miller Place, who, in the midst of the British Army’s 1776 advance from the city of New York to Eastern Long Island, swiftly buried £500 sterling under a large rock in his backyard, secretly hiding a big chunk of his personal wealth from the British. [Read more…] about Chronicles of the British Occupation of Long Island
In 1949 nine women of the Arthur Murray Girls baseball team took the field against the all-male squad from the Patchogue Athletics. By that year, the Murrays had been together as a semi-pro outfit for some time. Formed out of the sandlots and playgrounds of Queens, they grew under the tutelage of New York Times sportswriter Mike Strauss to become the nucleus of a league that, by the late 1940s, became the American Girls Baseball Conference. [Read more…] about The Arthur Murray Girls Baseball Team
On March 8, NYS Environmental Conservation Officers Pabes and Smith concluded a four-month investigation into several 55-gallon drums abandoned at a Salvation Army donation site in Elmont, in northwestern Hempstead, Nassau County, NY. [Read more…] about Unwanted Donation: Man Leaves Old Home Heating Oil At Salvation Army
2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the racehorse Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989) winning the Triple Crown in 1973, a feat that had not been achieved since it was won by Citation in 1948.
Secretariat, also known as Big Red (a nickname shared with Man O’War), was the ninth winner of Triple Crown, setting and still holding record fastest time in all three races – the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes. He spent much of his career in New York State, and was notably beaten at Saratoga Race Course in 1973, but the only three races he ever lost were in New York State. [Read more…] about Secretariat’s Triple Crown at 50
On Sunday, January 29, New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Della Rocco, Vandenbos, and Zullo responded to a complaint of a deceased dolphin that had washed up on Egypt Beach in Easthampton, Suffolk County. [Read more…] about Dead Humpback Whale, Dolphin Wash Ashore On Long Island Beaches
Two Black men were shot and killed by a police officer in Freeport on a cold winter morning in 1946. Another was wounded. All three were brothers, two were World War II veterans dressed in their military uniforms. The ensuing outcry and investigations would spread far beyond the south shore of Long Island and bring the story of racial tensions on Long Island to the national level. [Read more…] about The Ferguson Brothers Lynching on Long Island (Podcast)