In light of recent events, I’ve decided to repost this true story from June 2014. It’s the view from the other side of the badge through a child’s eyes.
THE RIOT ON 17TH STREET
Copyright 2014, MJ Belko
My great-grandfather, Pop Lenahan, bought a home on 17th Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn at the turn of the last century. It was a two story red brick building on a block lined by brownstones. Both of my parents grew up on that block not far from Prospect Park. It was a beautiful neighborhood back then, full of immigrant families who took a first-time owner’s pride in their homes. Such a thing would never have been possible in the Old Country. The sidewalks were paved with a smooth, dark gray stone flecked with sparkles. The idea that the streets were paved with gold was more than a…
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