A peaceful view of Central Park from Anthony Quintano.
According to the records of the Library of Congress’ Veterans’ History Project, for veterans, “keeping a diary proved to be a therapeutic exercise both during and after the war. Like [Barner], many veterans 'told the truth to' the diaries they kept during their time in the military. Originally kept as tools for dealing with the stress and boredom of military life, these diaries now stand as tools to be used by future generations, to gain a more complete picture of what their authors endured and witnessed.”
I welcome any veteran who would like to leave a story on my Facebook page, keeping in mind any objectionable material will be quickly deleted. If you would like to create your own book through our Veterans' Stories service, or know anyone who would, please contact Rosemary at rosie@PocketParksNYC.com or pass this on to someone who might be interested.
Everyone has a story. What's yours?
I was lucky. My grandfather, Jack, was a natural storyteller.
As a matter of fact, he made a career of it, and I ended up following in his footsteps. He became a sought-after sportscaster, doing many big boxing matches and had a permanent gig as the commentator for the Baseball Hall of Fame Game.
And after a stint as a broadcast journalist and TV anchor myself, I moved to helping others find their voice, tell their stories, and be heard. With him, I even got to interview Joe DiMaggio and other baseball greats, who loved Jack’s stories as much as I did.
Yet, it is my Papa’s stories of the depression and the war that always stay with me.
Although not moral tales, they always talked about doing what was right, even though many times, I never got that as he shared.
And of course, my favorite is about a cedar hope chest.
He was an airplane mechanic working in Cuba. And there was a beautiful hope chest he was determined to send home. But being so large, it was nearly impossible to ship.
So he took a gamble, literally. A keen poked player, he played cards with a bunch of bomber pilots and kept on winning. (He promised me he never cheats!) The pilots were out of money and wanted to get it back.
So he told them he would give everything back if they would fly to New York to drop off the chest.
Victoria was thrilled with her present. And even more thrilled when she opened it and saw an engagement ring. Yes, that is how my grandfather proposed to my grandmother.
And today, that hope chest is part of my own family, and has travelled across country to California when we moved. After all, if it could fly via bomber plane, moving it via truck was no problem.
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We had such a great time in New York City and the weather definitely cooperated. Many of the locations were closed due to holiday decorating or in preparation for winter, but we saw them anyway or found the statues that had been moved inside. This is a selfie looking back at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street between First and Second Avenues. This was one of the several parks planned, but I added more and we ran into a few on our way.
These ladies were serious about finding these parks and learning all about them! It was a great day and great practice should I ever have to give a tour (which I may be doing in the future). Stay tuned!
Most of all, thank you to this group for giving me an excuse to visit one of my favorite cities in the world. What started out as a meeting with a book club about one of my novels turned into a fun adventure.
I am so excited to be taking these ladies to NYC next week! I met them at their book club to talk about FIRST SATURDAY and we also ended up talking about BEST POCKET PARKS OF NYC. Since they are all up for anything fun, they talked me into showing them a few of the parks in my book. I can't wait to hang out with them again. What a fun group of ladies!
I am so excited to be working on my first veteran's story. A nurse was deployed to Iraq and kept a journal of everything she did, saw and felt about the experience. I am honored she entrusted me to help her share her story - for herself, her family or the general reading public. We shall see where it leads us. For now, I am diving into her memories and hopefully creating a valuable keepsake for her and her family.
I am pleased to announce an addition to my publishing projects. After realizing I wanted to do more for veterans and their families through my business, I am adding a service to my publishing company. The details are still being worked out, but I invite veterans to contact me if they want to tell their story. Your family would love a simple paperback book of your experiences to cherish and pass down to future generations. I would like to either take your oral history or a journal you wrote on deployment and put it into a book. It's that simple. Please contact me at info@PocketParksPublishing.com for more info and to help spread the word.
We all have a story tell. Let me help you tell yours to pass down to generations to come.
I am excited to let you know I have been quietly working on an Etsy store where I have been posting notecards featuring images of New York City pocket parks from my book, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC. The notecards are 4 x 5.5 and have the name of the park written on the back along with my logo. This is a work-in-progress, so feel free to let me know your thoughts. I can order several of one image or an assortment. Make sure to follow the link to see all of the cards I've posted. As the weeks progress, I will continue adding cards to my store, so keep checking back!
A pack of these cards would make a nice holiday gift for a coworker or someone far away who misses New York City, they would also be great to include in a gift bag for a NYC event or as favors for a destination wedding (in NYC of course!). And don't forget to order a copy of the book that started it all.
This is a quick video about what the Pocket Parks Programme (their spelling) sponsored by the City of London's Mayor's Office is doing with their unused space. Their innovative program is producing green space for everyone, similar to our New York City pocket parks. They are very interesting in my project and I hope to work with them in the future.