Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jacob Riis is still standing tall

From the Daily News:

Jacob Riis, the muckraking journalist who championed reforms for the poorest New Yorkers at the turn of the century, is still watching over Rockaway from his oceanfront perch.

A bronze bust of Riis, replaced just two years ago by a group of Queens schoolkids, miraculously withstood the fury of Superstorm Sandy.

The rest of Riis Park did not go unscathed from the storm that sparked fires and flooding throughout the peninsula. It toppled brick walls, twisted fences and unfurled railing across the sprawling recreation area.


kingofnycabbies said...

"The turn of the century?"

Was Jacob Riis still alive 13 years ago?!?!?

FluShing Rezident said...

Nice catch!

Anonymous said...

America needs a modern day Jacob Riis. He was a true "Muckraking".