Brooklyn Dodgers In Ridgewood Queens

The second and third homes of the Brooklyn Dodgers were in Ridgewood in Queens between 1886 to 1889.

The second and third homes of the Brooklyn Dodgers were in Ridgewood in Queens between 1886 to 1889.

The Brooklyn Dodgers were founded in 1883 by Charles Byrne. Known simply as The Brooklyn’s, the team set up its stadium in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and called it Washington Park. It was the local reporters that nicknamed the team The Grays, a nickname that was used through 1887 save for the year of 1884, when they were known as The Atlantics.

During the summer of 1886, in order to avoid the blue laws of the city of Brooklyn on the Sabbath, the Brooklyn Grays played 14 Sunday games at Grauer’s Ridgewood Park along with one exhibition game.

As you can see from this map, Grauer’s Ridgewood Park, which is the top arrow, was located just north of where Wallace’s Ridgewood Park was located. This was the second home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and as I had to pass it in order to get to Wallace’s Ridgewood Park, I also filmed the location of the second home of The Brooklyn Dodgers which was located between Cypress and Seneca Avenues, and George and Weirfield streets.

The cost to play their Sunday games at Grauer’s Ridgewood Park was very high, which cut into any profits that could be made by charging for Sunday admission. The other Ridgewood Park in the area, Wallace’s, had already been playing host to amateur baseball clubs, and had even scheduled a world heavyweight boxing fight featuring John L. Sullivan. While the fight was called off as the pugilists prepared to duke it out, the attendance was still 5,000 men, certainly something to catch the attention of club owners.

Beginning in 1887, The Brooklyn Grays began to play their Sunday games at Wallace’s Ridgewood Park and it would be the site of their third home for the next three seasons. In fact the team was playing there when, in the summer of 1888, six of the Brooklyn players got married. For the remainder of their time at Ridgewood Park they were nicknamed the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, a name that stuck for the next ten years either as the Bridegrooms or simply the Brooklyn Grooms.

In the baseball history books, Wallace’s Ridgewood Park is commonly known as Ridgewood Park 2, with Grauer’s Ridgewood Park being known as Ridgewood Park 1. The area that I am walking in today is now located in Bushwick in Brooklyn, between Wyckoff and Irving Ave’s, and between Halsey and Covert Streets. At the time that the ballpark was located here though, the area was then located in Ridgewood, Queens before the boundaries changed, except for a corner of the stadium right where Halsey and Irving meet, which was located in Brooklyn.

In my John L. Sullivan story, I tell the tale of how the fighters came to box in Queens but were prevented from doing so by the police. A patron then told the fighters that a corner of the stadium was actually located in Brooklyn, and the fighters then agreed to fight in that corner of the stadium. Unfortunately a rat threatened to snitch on them and they were prevented from fighting in Brooklyn as well.

McGurk’s Suicide Hall

New York Stories. In today’s episode I pay a visit to the place where McGurk’s Suicide Hall once stood

Over the past year I have been regularly updating my Youtube channel with New York Stories. In today’s episode I pay a visit to the place where McGurk’s Suicide Hall once stood, as well as visiting the place where the first baseball team in America had their headquarters. The latter location also became the Globe Dime Museum which was where Harry Houdini first performed as well as Weber and Fields. While he didn’t debut there, W.C. Fields also worked the Globe Dime Museum when he first came to New York.

Flushing Ave In Maspeth

This is the neighborhood where I live. Today we take a look at my favorite hobby in New York, finding fading advertisements on buildings from decades ago

This is the neighborhood where I live. Today we take a look at my favorite hobby in New York, finding fading advertisements on buildings from decades ago. The main attraction is the old Bohack warehouse which still has the Bohack name on the smokestack. We also take a look at how to date a building sign from pre 1985 as well as look at some other interesting items.

The Bohack Smokestack

On The Outskirts Of Madison Square Park

The Madison Square Hotel where Jimmy Stewart and Henry Ford had adjoining rooms. The address where the band KISS used to rehearse on 23rd Street.

In our video today we take a look at the various places that make up the perimeter of Madison Square Park. The items covered in today’s video include:

The Madison Square Hotel where Jimmy Stewart and Henry Ford had adjoining rooms.

The Metlife Tower which was the tallest building in the world between 1909 and 1913.

The address where the band KISS used to rehearse on 23rd Street.

The site of the Wonder Drug Fire on 23rd St that claimed the lives of 12 Firemen.

The 5th Avenue Hotel which operated between 1859 to 1908 and hosted guests such as The Prince Of Wales and The Emperor Of Brazil.

Finishing at Worth Square.

East 26th Street – NYC

In today’s video we take a walk down East 26th Street to look at some of the historic sites located there

In today’s video we take a walk down East 26th Street to look at some of the historic sites located there. We begin with Broadway Alley which is soon to disappear, move on to the 69th Regiment Armory and then finish at the grounds of the original Madison Square Gardens.

Broadway Alley
69th Regiment Armory
Site of the original Madison Square Garden