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Brookline - Coolidge Corner: John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
Made by wallyg
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, located at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts, preserves the birthplace and early childhood home of the 35th President of the United States. In 1914 young banker Joseph P. Kennedy purchased this modest, 2-1/2-story residence in the Boston suburbs and moved into it with his new bride, the former Rose Fitzgerald, to start a family. Their eldest child, Joseph Jr., was born in Hull, Massachusetts, but his first three siblings, John, Rosemary and Kathleen were all born on Beals Street. Witthin a few years, the Kennedys quickly outgrew the residence and in 1921, when John was only 4 years old, they moved to a larger residence only a few blocks away, at the northeast corner of Naples and Abbotssford Roads. Since that time, the Kennedy home has had various owners. In 1961 the town of Brookline marked it with . 4 years later it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The following year, the Kennedy family purchased it for preservation as a historic site. The President's mother, Rose, supervised restoration and refurnishing of the first two floors to their 1917 appearance, and in 1967 the family donated the residence to the Federal Government. A nine-room, clapboarded structure dating from 1907, the house has a gabled and dormered roof and a small front porch. The first floor contains a hall, living room, dining room, and kitchen. The second floor contains a hall, study, guestroom, nursery, master bedroom (where John, Rosemary and Kathleen were all born), and bath. The furnishings of these two floors are either original or other Kennedy family items, period pieces, or reproductions. The recorded voice of the President's mother describes the significance of each room. The third floor, originally a servants' quarters, contains an administrative office and is not open to the public. A few other structures associated with the Kennedys are within easy walking distance of the national historic site including the John's second childhood home, where the family loved from 1921 until 1927, before moving to Riverdale in Bronx, NY. It was in this house that Mrs. Kennedy bore three more children--Eunice, Patricia, and Robert--and John spent his years from 4 to 10, during which time he first went to school, learned to love sports, and established a lifelong reading habit. Jean and Edward were born after the family moved to New York. While they lived in Brookline, the Kennedys attended St. Aidan's Catholic Church, on Freeman Street, which has since been extensively altered. Joseph, Jr., and John were baptized there and served as altar boys. They also attended nearby Dexter School, a private, nonsectarian institution also on Freeman Street, but the school has moved to a new campus and the building in which they went to class no longer stands. Finally, on Harvard Avenue, is the public Edward Devotion School, which they attended for a short time before transferring to the Dexter School. In front of the former is the Edward Devotion House, a historic structure dating from the early 1700's. The Brookline Historical Society operates it as a museum. National Historic Register #67000001 Explore: May 7, 2007
Utada Hikaru : In The Flesh
Made by AzyxA
Things I had to do to get this photo: 1. Stand outside in line in 20 degree weather for 2 hours. During this time I made friends with a random Asian girl who was a student at BU, and a skinny boy who traveled down from Maine with no coat on, to share in my suffering. 2. Stuff my Powershot A650IS into my pants to get it past security. This was very awkward and uncomfortable, but did increase my package size. 3. Dodge staff and hikki security like I was in some sort of retro cops & robbers game with a shittily designed, undersized level. 4. Bribe the bartender girl to ignore me and continue playing with her iPhone. 5. Hide behind a scrawny underage college girl in the corner of the venue who was trashed, pale as a ghost, and trying to make herself puke into a garbage can, while I formulated a plan of attack! 6. Had Jason run interference as we were assaulted by Hikki security and staff member at the same time! I fled into the crowd, leaving him to the wolves. Luckily, he survived the encounter. Success! : In The Flesh concert. MuuMuse used a couple of my photos in their Review of the Boston concert. They even have a song list. Bravo to DigitalJunkie0, who managed to record A LOT of the concert! Impressive. Superhero-like even. --edit DigitalJunkie0 announced that he is going to wait until after the tour to post the second half of the Boston In The Flesh concert. I can definitely respect that decision. I'll post an update here once the rest are posted! First half of the concert: Crossover Interlude + On & On Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Poppin This One MC1 & Passion MC2 & Sakura Drops Stay Gold Dwvil Inside Kremlin Dusk You Make Me Want To Be A Man
337/365 just the one shot
Made by kharied
I'm notorious for taking a gazillion takes for each self-portrait I do, so it was a special challenge to do just one for today. This was the perfect day too - it was super warm out, and between chaos at work and class afterward, I didn't really have much time to spare for an sp. My drawing class met for the last time tonight - and it ended on a major high note. My teacher is writing a recommendation for one of the schools I'm applying to -- she had something written, but after learning that I hadn't taken any drawing classes before hers, she had to go and rewrite it! It was a huge compliment to find out that she'd thought I'd already had some training. Just before I took this, and his family came up to me to say hi. And just after I took this, mandrew delivered home-cooked meatloaf and potatoes to my doorstep, thus fulfilling an offer he made a couple months ago to make me dinner. I returned the favor by sharing some stale Merlot and moldy pumpkin pie. <-- possibly the best metaphor for our friendship ever. :) And now, I'm gonna go watch some tv with the kitteh! (trp: one shot!)
Made by Jeff_B.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country. Harvard's history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. As of 2010, Harvard employs about 2,100 faculty to teach and advise, approximately 6,700 undergraduates and 14,500 graduate and professional students. Eight U.S. Presidents have graduated from Harvard and 75 Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the university as students, faculty, or staff. Harvard is also the alma mater of sixty-two living billionaires, the most in the US. The Harvard University Library is the largest academic library in the United States, and the second largest library in the country. (Information per wiki)
Made by Almond Butterscotch
On Black Submitted for the I actually really hate strobist (partially because I don't understand how it works, but mostly because I just don't enjoy working with it), but this is a shot I've been wanting to try for a long, long time now and when I saw that the Nikon D40/x/60 Challenge Group's theme for this week was flare, I figured it was time to go ahead and try it out. It took about an hour's worth of trial and error until I got the hand and body placement relative to the strobe correct. For the most part, this image is SOOC; the only post-processing done was a bit of cloning (there was a bit of the wall behind the flash showing), a touch of added contrast and of course, the crop. Nikon D40 35mm, f/8, 1/15 sec, ISO200 SB-600 @ 1/64 Power @ 14mm
Never Too Early for Football or Apple Pie
Made by Almond Butterscotch
On Black Aristotle George Agganis, more commonly known as Harry Agganis or the Golden Greek, was a star athlete at Boston University in the early 1950s. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1952 NFL Draft, but when the Boston Red Sox's owner, Tom Yawkey, offered Agganis a larger contract to play in his hometown, Agganis signed on and played baseball as a first baseman. Boston University's multipurpose arena, Agganis Arena, and the street that runs along the former playing field of the Boston Braves and Boston University Football team, Harry Agganis Way, are named after him. Nikon D40 50mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 400
The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at Harvard
Made by Mike Cialowicz
Taken shortly after the June 30th Bostonist.com photo walk ended (http://bostonist.com/2010/06/15/bostonists_june_photo_walkwed_june.php). For some reason I always get most inspired after the photo walks, but they're always worth it since I have a great time talking with the other photographers... which triggers the inspiration. Bostonist.com Photo of the Day on July 1st, 2010: bostonist.com/2010/07/01/photo_of_the_day_july_1_2010_lib...
Looking for Stories
Made by AntyDiluvian
Harvard Square in 1972. The girl in the black sweater is studying one of the fiction racks at the Harvard Coop. (Coop is short for cooperative but rhymes with hoop.) The girl in the miniskirt is looking at poetry, drama, or literary criticism. This is the bookstore in the old Coop -- pre-Barnes & Noble. It's on the second floor of the building across Palmer Street. First floor was hardcovers, second floor paperbacks and albums, third floor textbooks. The store that opens onto Mass Ave sold clothes, school supplies, dorm stuff, and the like. Just the opposite of the way it is now.
The Children of Today
Made by AJ Brustein
OK, so I really hesitated about posting this because it seems so crappy-family-photoey. However, I love this shot and the amount of time it took to get it +battling with a 1, 2, and 3 year old +wiping off the slobber of multiple iPhone in the mouth incidents got me to put it in my otherwise semi-artistic / semi-professional looking photostream. But, this to me is a time capsule shot and a wake up call to everyone out there. So tired of hearing old people say they can't work an iPhone. A 1 year old has it figured out! Nyla will grow up never knowing that we used to just look at screens, not manipulate them...
Boston University: Walter Brown Arena
Made by wallyg
With a capacity of 3,806, the Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion served as the legendary home of the Boston University hockey team since the 1971-72 season until the opening of in January 2005. It is named in honor of Walter A. Brown, the founder and original owner of the Boston Celtics, former president of the Boston Bruins and second manager of the Boston Garden (after his father). A diehard fan of college athletics, Brown had a special affinity for the BU hockey team and was instrumental in bringing the annual Beanpot competition to the Boston Garden.
Made by Simmy.
Further confirmation that I am . The soda (pop) machine in our office building did not store the elixir of life (Dew) and I was pushed to drastic measures. This is the note that I taped on the Pepsi machine. Three days later, Mr. Pepsi Man came through with a simple It's in there scribbled on my note, as well as a completely Dew-stocked machine. I made 5 copies in case any houligans decided to foil my plan. Luckily enough, no foilings were set in motion and our protagonist prevailed. I am happy and gracious and the poorer for it. Here's to you, Mr. Pepsi Man!
Blockbuster Video Sign
Made by mcritz
Customer service isn't what it used to be. www.michaelcritz.com Added 6/16/2008: This sign is from the Blockbuster Video store in Brookline, MA north of Coolidge Corner. Thanks for asking. The sign has been fixed. The customer service has not. :-) I could have Photoshopped this, but I swear it's real. You can trust me. You can Digg this photo here: digg.com/comedy/Maybe_The_Worst_Sign_Outage_Ever
Entering Harvard Square, 1972
Made by AntyDiluvian
At this point on Massachusetts Avenue, you're already in Harvard Square, though the subway station and the Coop are two or three blocks ahead. The view hasn't changed much, except for the newer subway entrance which would be in the center of the shot. But nearly every sign has changed because so many businesses have closed, moved, or been replaced. Note that Mass Ave traffic could go straight through to Brattle Street then, which it can't do now. All three lanes have to go right.
Obey the Peace with SONY NEX-5
Made by soelin
Had a chance to shoot a couple of shots at Harvard Square on my way to a meeting. I've adjusted the image brightness and sharpness with the included Image Data Converter SR v.3. I still think it's quite a useless program if you're already using Photoshop. After digging for Adobe RAW converter online, I'm starting to wonder whether support for SONY NEX-5 will ever be available for the CS4 version. I see a CS5 version already.
Palm Warbler - Second View
Made by nikonjim
I saw this one a short time later, probably not the same bird as the first, but this one gave me a look at his front and he was also checking me out. From All About Birds Measurements Both Sexes Length 4.7–5.5 in 12–14 cm Wingspan 7.9–8.3 in 20–21 cm Weight 0.2–0.5 oz 7–13 g
Made by nikonjim
I took this photo this afternoon at Mount Auburn Cemetery. A birder that was there ID'ed it. If it is not correct please let me know. First time I have been here. the birds seem a little more tame than other places, probably due to all the foot traffic. It was the first really nice day we have had and there were people everywhere. I didn't realize how tiny these birds were.
Lulav and etrog
Made by stephieseye
Today is apparently the first day of Sukkot. This guy and some others (who were all nice) were asking people if they were Jewish (which I am) and if I wanted to say the blessings and shake the lulav and etrog. I decided to do it...something I haven't done since I was a child. I took this picture as he was coming towards me while I was waiting for the bus.
Finally, the Red Line
Made by Mike Cialowicz
A Red Line subway train arrives at Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Hand-held @ 1/6 of a second... thanks VR! Taken shortly after the June 30th Bostonist.com photo walk (http://bostonist.com/2010/06/15/bostonists_june_photo_walkwed_june.php).
Winter's Silence ..... Listen - you can hear it.....
Made by hbp_pix
This was the study for my all time faved picture: Two days later it snowed again and I went back and reshot the picture in B&W. This time there was snow on the trees. Here is the original color version: www.flickr.com/photos/85128884@N00/406221189/
Made by Violentz
'SAFE!' On Black I deleted this from the 24 Hours of Flickr group and resubmitted only to test if it was possible to do so......NOT to get the image in a more current location. (Just thought I needed to explaint that)
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