Father’s Day on Gravesend Bay

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“Gravesend Bay, near New York, Sep. 5, 1884,” signed “R. O’B.” {Collection of Joseph Ditta}

I like to imagine the figures in this little watercolor of Gravesend Bay are father and son, wading on the rocky shore, watching the small moored ships and seagulls wheeling by while the scrubby hook of Coney Island dips into the sea at Norton’s Point. My father had no real interest in history, but to humor me he’d drive us around the neighborhood exploring. We “found” Coney Island Creek this way. I never tired of gazing across it with him.


Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Ditta (webmaster@gravesendgazette.com)

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One response to “Father’s Day on Gravesend Bay

  1. Jill R.

    What a nice way to honor your father! Great blog!

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