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A Very Hot Trip to Governor’s Island

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Located south of Manhattan, lies Governor’s Island –  a tiny island that was used as a military installation during the Revolutionary War, then an army outpost, then a Coast Guard installation. There are two forts located on the island which we will explore in later weeks (both of which are National Monuments). There are houses throughout the island, several churches, a synagogue, and various parks. The island is accessible by a ferry from the southern tip of Manhattan, as well as from Brooklyn. Here is a quick overview of the north end of the island, as I didn’t explore the southern side due to my schedule.

The dock for the ferry from Manhattan. The dock for the ferry from Manhattan.

Looking at the Brooklyn Bridge. Looking at the Brooklyn Bridge.

This marks the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel passing by the island. This marks the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel passing by the island.

A small boat docked nearby. A small boat docked nearby.

House raised up from the road. House raised up from the road.

The grass has claimed a lot of the man made pavements and walkways. The grass has claimed a lot of the man made pavements and…

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Fort Jay on Governor’s Island

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In the middle of the northern section of Governor’s Island sits Fort Jay. It is a star shaped fort, that sits inside and atop a hill. You cross a bridge into a cobblestoned courtyard and can climb up to various parts of the outer wall to see NY Bay at the same view of cannoneers. Take a look.

The drop before the walls. The drop before the walls.

Stairs out of the low lands. Stairs out of the low lands.

It's a deep trench around the walls. It’s a deep trench around the walls.

The main entrance (under repair). The main entrance (under repair).

The walls are cut into the hillside. The walls are cut into the hillside.

The courtyard. The courtyard.

A side alley. A side alley.

More of the courtyard. More of the courtyard.

A wall doorway. A wall doorway.

Spooky under the porch walkway. Spooky under the porch walkway.

Flag on the ramparts. Flag on the ramparts.

These devices would turn cannons. These devices would turn cannons.

Different levels. Different levels outside the walls.

A closer look at the cannon turners. A closer look at the cannon turners.

The walk from the wall back down through the alley. The walk from the wall back down through the alley.

The back entrance. The back entrance.

The back trench. The back trench.

Stairs out of the trench Stairs out of the trench

A walkway carved into the hill. A walkway…

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Meet the Oak team!  Allie Racette – Publisher and Editor Allie graduated from SUNY Potsdam in December 2015 with a BA in Professional Writing and returned to her Northern New York hometown of…

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Define Female. Define Breast.

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OC April 2016 blog Ocean City, Maryland, April 2016. Maryland legal language is clear. Nothing defines the female breast differently than the male breast, but so far I have not received my normal assurances of legality from any Maryland police agency. Ocean City Police and Ocean City Beach Patrol officers did last year agree with me that the legal language does not forbid female bare-chestedness, but the police stopped short of giving me a written statement of agreement. I’m working on it. Nevertheless, I have spent many afternoons on Maryland beaches without negative interaction. This week for example I spent two quiet hours of a warm evening reading near the tideline. Any earnest conversation of topfreedom and female bare-chestedness will eventually turn to how we define femaleness and femininity. Women should be modest, so say some…and going bare-chested is not ladylike. Immodesty is fundamentally, to some, a crime.

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Watch: Battle of the Hamlets with Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Prince Charles ETC

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Yesterday was the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. To mark the occasion, the BBC broadcast a live event from the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrating the Bard’s work. A highlight of the show saw several esteemed actors battle it out over the best way to deliver the famous “to be or not to be” speech from Hamlet. And guess who was amongst them…

Yes, following on from his box-office breaking run as the Prince of Denmark last year, Benedict Cumberbatch took to the stage alongside a whole host of thespians like David Tennant, Ian McKellen, Rory Kinnear, Judi Dench… Tim Minchin and, even stranger, Prince Charles himself! See the sketch below:

Shakespeare Live can be viewed online (for UK residents) over at BBC Iplayer.

Shakespeare and Sherlock fans might also be interested to know that TV movie The Hollow Crown:Richard III, which will feature Cumberbatch as the hunchbacked…

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