Paid a visit to the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend to see their show, "Counter/Culture: The Disappearing Face of the Brooklyn Storefront
" it was interesting to see photos of the blocks I know in a constant state of flux. Also learned that the world's first teddy bear
was created at a little mom and pop store in Williamsberg, the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.
Also very well done (and timely on this Veteran's day) was their exhibit "In Our Own Words
," which features life size portraits of Vietnam vets, as you approach the paintings, viewers stand in footprints which activate speakers above to play their recorded stories.