Why Jackie Robinson “Fell In Love With Brooklyn”

From 1947 to 1949, Jackie Robinson lived at 5224 Tilden Avenue, near the Utica Avenue subway stop, which Councilman Juumane Williams wants to make a historic landmark. Actually, that was Robinson’s second Brooklyn home. According to the biography Jackie Robinson by Arnold Rampersad, he first lived at 526 MacDonough Street at the corner of Ralph […]

The Dodgers Lived in Brooklyn. Why Can’t the Nets?

The Jackie Robinson House, 5224 Tilden, where he lived rookie year The decision of Deron Williams to buy a place in Manhattan instead of Brooklyn is a lost opportunity. The Brooklyn Dodgers were beloved in part because they were neighbors. Michael Shapiro of the Columbia Journalism School wrote: The Dodgers were built around a familiar […]

Where is the Jackie Robinson Flagpole?

Not even a month after Barclays Center, Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Nets officially commemorated the Jackie Robinson Flagpole, it has disappeared. The flagpole, which once stood in the grounds of former Brooklyn Dodgers home Ebbets Field, was commemorated at a Flagpole Dedication ceremony on December 10th, in an event attended by Brooklyn Nets shooting guard […]

The Real Reasons for the Rise & Fall of the Dodgers (And What It Means for the Nets)

By MICHAEL SHAPIRO When you grow up in the Brooklyn I knew, which was pretty much the worst possible time – just missing the Dodgers and years before it got so cool – your memories of the place are almost always flat, dull and gray. My Brooklyn, circa 1952 to 1974, (from birth to graduation […]