In The Name Of…

There was once upon a time when all buildings were named first, for example, the Empire State Building was nicknamed, by way of the limestone used to build it that came from the Empire Mill in Sanders, Indiana, before it became 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118, it would have been a little difficult to deliver mail to a named address or for an out of towner to find it, so a better method of acknowledgement, a numbered location would be ideal and was adopted. The building I grew up in had a name chiseled on its top, The Hanover, no one ever called it that but referred to it by its numbered address, 946 Union Avenue. Hanover or Hannover, on the River Leine, is the capital and largest city of the German state of Lower Saxony, a lot of land mark names in the area have/had German names because some of the first settlers in the area were of German origin. Today in Brooklyn, New York, basketball courts and playground were named for the rapper, Notorious B.I.G., Christopher ‘Biggie’ Wallace, that was formerly named for Crispus Attucks, reported to have been the first person killed during the Boston massacre sparking the American Revolution. This Clinton Hill Brooklyn district was founded by Dutch settlers in the 1640’s where many of the street names and sections reflect that heritage, like Bedford-Stuyvesant, the neighborhood has changed many times since then, with each change over, names and landmarks, some remain the same later to be replaced in time by the new comers as Crispus Attucks has now given out and over to the Notorious B.I.G., for now until the next new wave of new comers… I’m waiting…

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