Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Oh brother, where art thou?
"South Brother may have been a base for Union soldiers during the Civil War, and in about 1894, it was purchased by Jacob Ruppert Jr., a brewing magnate who bought the Yankees with Col. Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston in 1915...Mr. Ruppert built a yacht house on South Brother, and amateur baseball games were held on an adjacent field. Legend has it that Ruth would occasionally show up to practice his swing, swatting balls far into the East River.
After Mr. Ruppert’s summer home burned down in 1909, South Brother went through another long fallow period."
City Claims Final Private Island in East River [NYTimes.com]