July 5, 2012

Throgs Neck And Summer Projects

It's been a busy summer so far and it's going to get busier. We just got back from a wedding in Smithtown, Long Island, and then Soldier Girl drove up from Ft. Bragg for some home cooking. Did you know that the Army takes $300/month from her pay for the slop they serve at the chow hall (or DFAC as they call it now)? She refuses to eat there very often as the meals are awful IHHO.

I have started several projects;  first - remodeling the kitchen. I've decided to hang the cabinets myself instead of paying crazy money to have a contractor  do it. I've already done the framing and some of the electrical work. Might as well continue.

Next is transcribing my grandfather's journals from WWII. My Dad joined the navy in November of 1943. He was 17 had had to get Grandma's permission. Pop-Pop started the journal just before Dad enlisted and kept it until the end of the war. My mom never told us about the journals until last year. Dad has been gone for over twenty years now and I guess when he died she just forgot about it until she sold the house on Long Island and found them. The journals are odd sizes and we tried scanning them but it did not turn out well. I am not a typist and this will take some time. Thank the Lord Pop-Pop had good handwriting. I will eventually post them, which leads to the next item on my summer agenda.

My third project is to switch to Wordpress. I am sick of blogger and want to try something different.

The picture above is of the Throgs Neck Bridge, first opened in January of 1961. I have been using this bridge since 1967 when I moved Upstate. After forty plus years of crossing this span of steel and concrete, I finally decided to look something up - just what the heck is a Throgs Neck?

From Wikipedia:
Throggs Neck (also known as Throgs Neck) is a narrow spit of land in the southeastern portion of the borough of the Bronx in New York City. It demarcates the passage between the East River (an estuary), and Long Island Sound. "Throggs Neck" is also the name of the neighborhood of the peninsula, bounded on the north by East Tremont Avenue and Baisley Avenue, on the west by Westchester Creek, and on the other sides by the River and the Sound. Throggs Neck was largely exempt from the severe urban decay that affected much of the Bronx in the 1970s.

Throggs Neck is at the northern approach to the Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx with the neighborhood of Bay Terrace in the borough of Queens on Long Island. The Throgs Neck Lighthouse formerly stood at its southern tip. Historically, the correct spelling is with two "g's," and while NYC Parks Commissioner and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Chairman Robert Moses officially shortened it to one "g" after deciding that two would not fit on many of the street signs, residents continue to recognize the traditional spelling.
In the 17th century it was known as Frockes Neck. George Washington referred to it as Frogs Neck during the Revolutionary War when Gen. Howe tried to land British troops there.

The current name, Throgs Neck, comes from an English immigrant, John Throckmorton, who settled there in 1642 with about 35 other people. The Indians killed off most of them the next year and Throckmorton took off to safer parts of the Colonies. I guess we should be thankful that it is not called Throckmorton's Neck, although that's what was saved when he skedaddled to Rhode Island.

The Throgs Neck peninsula is the site of the State University of New York Maritime College, formerly Fort Schuyler.

And this, Gentle Reader, is the little spit of land known as Throgs Neck. It costs $5 to cross over to Queens on this bridge.


Anonymous said...

I back you on the Wordpress decision. Blogger's best days have passed, unlike yours.


sig94 said...

Nickie - Thank you for your encouragement. This will take some time.