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Cracked stone c. 2008. Before all the hoopla, it was a curiosity hardly noticed by passers-by

Cracked stone still in pavement: Shortly after this photo appeared in the NY DAILY NEWS, the stone was hidden under a plywood cover.

A different shot of the cracked stone. The angle and lighting really highlight the wear and tear it has received.

Cracked stone still in pavement: this shot from the empty lot which once held the L.I.S.B., shows plywood leaning against fence. The cracked stone is behind this sheet and underneath a plywood cover. Is this suitable protection for a precious antique against heavy construction activity?

Damaged millstone is under plywood at the foot of the stop-sign. Forgotten with the rest of the trash.

This stone has disappeared from sight and has reportedly been crated and is being stored on site.

Going someplace? The undamaged stone was purportedly extracted and crated under the advice of a landscape architect. If this crate holds the undamaged millstone, it's obviously intended to be moved around. If it's going to be shuttled around the site anyway, why not move it to G.A.H.S. where it will be of some use in a temporary exhibit?

Another view of the crate supposedly containing the extracted stone. This view is more indicative of the level of respect these historic artifacts are receiving. Yet Dutch Kills Civic and the City maintain that moving the stones to G.A.H.S. is more dangerous than leaving them in this trash heap.

A more recent shot of the crated millstone (with traffic barrels on top). The EDC says everything is fine. Dutch Kills Civic Association agrees. What's wrong with this picture? Where are the community's representatives? Can State Senator George Onorato, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and/or newly-elected Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer step up to the plate or do they agree with this very small group that our history is in good hands? Do they care? Write and ask them. Everything you need is on the "what you can do to help?" page.

One of the stones in better days. Note how much better it looked in 1940. The last 70 years have really taken their toll.

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Written by licmillstones

December 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

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