Eden Park Gazebo

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Eden Park, owned and operated by the Cincinnati Park Board, is located in the Mt. Adams community of Cincinnati, Ohio. The park began as the designation for the city’s water supply, purchased in 1859. However, early on the city saw that the area could also serve the dual purpose of city park. The park area was originally designed by noted landscape architect Adolph Strauch, who also was responsible for Spring Grove Cemetery.

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Eden Park Drive is the scene of a horrific murder; the murderer got off with no time done.

A prolific bootlegger in Cincinnati during the prohibition in the 1920’s was a guy by the name of George Remus. He went to prison for his illegal activities and ended up serving his time in the Federal Prison in Atlanta. He befriended a fellow inmate and told him all about his plans and the operations and how he trusted his wife, Imogene enough to give her full power of attorney over his assets. Frank Dodge, the inmate he befriended, was an undercover FBI agent. He resigned from his investigating of the prison warden and went to Cincinnati to seduce Imogene. They both tried to hire a hitman to kill George,but it failed. When George was released from prison, he found out, was furious and ended up filing for divorce. On their way to court George saw Imogene’s taxi and tried to run it off the road. They both got out of the car and started to argue. George took out his pistol and killed her. George got off with no time due to pleading temporary insanity.

Imogene Remus was wearing a black dress when she died and there has been many to claim that they have seen a woman in a black dress standing in the gazebo. The spirit usually appears at dusk or late at night, but if approached, she vanishes.

George Remus practiced law, made millions, built a mansion in Price Hill, and killed his wife in Eden Park

Before the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, George Remus had built a successful law practice in Chicago.

As a criminal defense attorney who crusaded against capital punishment, he earned as much as ,000 a year, an extremely lucrative income at the time.

But after the onset of the Prohibition era, he realized that some of his clients had become far wealthier than he was by illegally selling liquor.

Unable to resist the lure of vast riches, Remus, a lifelong teetotaler, turned to bootlegging in 1919, the year Congress passed the Prohibition laws. In 1920, Remus closed his law office and moved to Cincinnati because of the many whiskey warehouses and distilleries within a 300-mile radius.

Remus, who was divorced, brought along his girlfriend, Imogene Holmes. He promptly married her in Newport and bought a mansion in Price Hill

In just a few years, the flamboyant Remus earned hundreds of millions of dollars, lived lavishly and became known as “The King of the Bootleggers.” He is said to have been F. Scott Fitzgerald’s model for Jay Gatsby, the title character of his novel, “The Great Gatsby.”

But his rise to riches ended quickly. He was sent to federal prison in 1924 for conspiring to violate Prohibition laws. While he was in prison, his wife had an affair with the undercover FBI agent who helped convict him. She filed for divorce and liquidated and hid his assets.

On Oct. 6, 1927 – six weeks after his release from prison and the day his divorce was to become final – Remus chased down Imogene in Eden Park, shoved a gun in her stomach and pulled the trigger. She died that day at Bethesda Hospital.

“I am now at peace after two years of hell,” said Remus at a press conference in his Cincinnati jail cell that day, the Enquirer reported Oct. 7. “I’m satisfied I’ve done right.”

The murder and Remus’ sensational five-week trial received national attention. To the shock of the nation, the jury found Remus not guilty by reason of insanity.

After nearly six months in a mental hospital in Lima, Ohio, Remus returned to Cincinnati. He lived modestly and quietly in Covington and died in 1952 at the age of 79. He is buried in Falmouth.

But his reputation as one of the most notorious and colorful criminals in the annals of bootlegging and Cincinnati history lives on. This fall, PBS will broadcast a six-hour documentary by Ken Burns that prominently features Remus. Called “Prohibition,” it will air from 8-10 p.m. Oct. 2-4.

Remus was a shrewd attorney with a flair for courtroom oratory. By strange coincidence, his most famous criminal case involved a Cincinnati man accused of murdering his wife during a visit to Chicago because he thought she was having an affair with another man.

William Cheney Ellis was found guilty of the murder, but Remus succeeded in persuadingthe jury to give him a 15-year prison sentence instead of the death sentence.

Remus’ background served him well when he entered the bootlegging business. Using a loophole in federal laws, Remus, still a licensed pharmacist, bought liquor ostensibly to distribute to drug companies for legal sale for medical purposes. Instead, he diverted it for mass distribution.

He moved the cases of whiskey to barns on 50 acres between Queen City and Boudinot avenues on the West Side that he bought from a farmer. He operated his empire from a building at Race and Pearl streets he named after himself.

Remus, a bald, portly man, used some of his wealth to indulge his love of fine food, art, literature and swimming.

His Price Hill estate at 825 Hermosa Ave., was bordered by West Eighth St., Greenwich Avenue, St. Lawrence Avenue and Rapid Run Pike. He filled his mansion with exquisite furniture, art and rare books – and once bought out the inventory of a Cincinnati jewelry store and passed them out as party favors at a New Year’s Eve bash he hosted.

He spent 0,000 in 1921 to construct a Grecian swimming pool and a building to house it on his estate. His estate also included a tennis court, a grape arbor, a caretaker’s cottage, a stable and a baseball diamond.

“Remus permitted the neighborhood children to play ball on his property,” said Joyce Meyer, a member of the Price Hill Historical Society’s board of directors. “Kids sometimes would sneak into his pool to swim. He knew they were there, but let them swim.”

The mansion and poolhouse on his former estate were torn down in 1935. Another house was built on the property later. The large iron gate from the Remus estate’s main entrance on Hermosa now graces the entrance to Elder High School.

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One of the rare non-Apple laptops seen in an otherwise cool park full of cool people

One of the rare non-Apple laptops seen in an otherwise cool park full of cool people
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This woman was typing away on a laptop computer … alas, it was not an Apple Powerbook. But maybe she doesn’t know any better. Just think: if she had been typing on a Mac, her photo probably would have been published a thousand times by now!

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Late in the afternoon on the last day in March 2009, I walked into Bryant Park, which is located behind the New York Public Library, between 41st and 42nd Street, facing Avenue of the Americas. There were several people reading and basking in the sun, a couple people typing on their laptop computers, and one chess game underway. I spent about half an hour wandering around to see what looked photo-worthy, and then wandered off to get some dinner…

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Note: even though this photo was taken in March 2009, Karen Bryan claims to have published it in a Nov 13, 2008 blog titled “‘The Future of the Travel Blog’ Presentation, Travel Blog Camp, London 11 November 2008." Back in the "real world," the photo was also published in an Apr 22, 2009 blog entitled "Greenify Your PC!." And it was published in a May 1, 2009 blog titled "Our New Toolbar Helps You Go Green." Then it was published in a Jul 8, 2009 blog titled "Five ways to maximize freelance writing income." And it was published in a Jul 16, 2009 blog titled "Facebook Your Way to Universal Healthcare in The Atlantic. More recently, it was published in an Aug 6, 2009 blog titled "Loudoun County Puts Development Applications Online, Earns National Accolades." And it was published in an Aug 17, 2009 Lifehacker blog titled "What Email Service Do You Use?" It was also published in a Sep 4, 2009 blog titled "http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/want_to_blog_for_changeorg"

More recently, it was published in an undated (Oct 2009) blog titled "How to Fix Common Laptop Problems." And it was published in an Oct 21, 2009 Brazilian blog title " Custo é o diferencial na hora de escolher uma plataforma de blog." It was also published in a Nov 3, 2009 blog titled "What Do You Want Students To Do?" And it was published in an undated (Nov 2009) blog titled "Sedentary Runners." It was also published in a Nov 9, 2009 blog titled "Keep Your Health Club Members Coming Back By Allowing Them to Book Appointments Online." And it was published in a Nov 27, 2009 blog titled "Degrees of Presence IV: My experience." It was also published in a Dec 2, 2009 blog titled "Internet Linked to Intellect."

Continuing on, it was published again in a Dec 13, 2009 blog titled "Las ciudades del mundo más conectadas con Internet." It was also published in a Dec 14, 2009 German blog titled "Modisch immer Online auf MySpace Fashion." And it was published in a Dec 18, 2009 blog titled La primera red 4G del mundo se estrena en Suecia, whose URL Flickr is not allowing me to embed — but it’s www dot tuexperto dot com slash 2009/12/18/la-primera-red-4g-del-mundo-se-estrena-en-suecia/

Moving into 2010, the photo has been published in a Jan 5, 2010 Fast Company blog titled "What Women Want: Facebook Ads!" And it was published in a Jan 11, 2010 blog titled "Caen las disqueras, sube la música." It was also published in a Jan 15, 2010 blog titled "School Lunches and ‘Home’ Work: Friday Finds." And it was published in a Jan 20, 2010 blog titled "Welcome to Mobility Hacks." It was also published in a Feb 2, 2010 blog titled "Thanks for Visiting." A week later, it was published in a Feb 9, 2010 blog titled "Większość polskich internautów korzysta z internetowych multimediów."

And the beat goes on: the photo was published in a Feb 17, 2010 blog titled "What does Matador mean to you?," as well as a Feb 17, 2010 Polish blog titled "Informacja stanie się walutą." On Feb 18, 2010 it was published in a blog titled "School uses laptop webcams to spy on students." And I discovered that it was published in an undated (Mar 2010) German blog titled "Einführung," which seems to provide an online service for Germans who want to learn to speak Italian. It was also published in a Mar 24, 2010 Mexican blog titled "Uso de software ilegal en el mundo." And it was published in an Apr 14, 2010 Italian blog titled "Le donne sfruttano il lato oscuro di Facebook," as well as an Apr 14, 2010 blog titled "10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Laptop." About a week later, I found it on an undated (Apr 22, 2010?) blog titled "Ask the Readers: Your Favorite Online Resources." It was also published in an Apr 22, 2010 blog titled "The Evolution of a Blog." And it was published in an undated (Apr 2010) Mahalo-dot-com blog titled "Ask any question, any time." It was also published as an illustration in a May 12, 2010 Romanian(?) Gadgets blog, with the same title as the caption that I put on this Flickr page; and it was also published on May 12, 2010 in a blog titled "Definition of a Truly Mobile Job."

On May 17, 2010 the photo was published without any title or description on a Technologeek site. And on May 26, 2010, the photo was published in a Spanish blog titled "Buscar Pareja," and also a Norwegian blog titled "Her handler du best på nett." On May 30, 2010, it was published in a blog titled "What is the best laptop?." And on Jun 2, 2010 it was published in what appears to be a Polish blog, titled "Yahoo! grozi lokalnym mediom. Będzie walka o reklamodawców." It was also published in a Jun 10, 2010 Rent Laptop Computer blog, with a title that was a slightly bizarre variation on the caption that I used for this Flickr page: "ONE OF A SINGULAR NON-APPLE LAPTOPS SEEN IN AN DIFFERENTLY COLD PLAY GROUND FULL OF COLD PEOPLE."

On Jun 12, 2010, the photo was published in an Italian blog titled "Libri di donne: scarichiamoli gratis dalla rete." And on Jun 16, 2010 a cropped version of the photo was published in a Spanish blog titled "Encuentros en Sevilla: los mejores sitios para ligar." It was also published in a Jun 21,2010 FixALaptop blog titled "Where can I download a new free camera software for toshiba vista laptop?" And it was published in a Jun 23, 2010 blog titled " per unit community college fee gets some support." It was also published in two Jun 28, 2010 blogs" "Where to Write Out of the House," and "Why It’s So Easy to Spend Too Much Online." And it was published in a Jun 29, 2010 blog titled "What Women Want … Online."

Moving into the second half of 2010, the photo was published in an undated (Jul 2010) blog titled "Study: Pro-Eating Disorder Sites Use Graphic Material to Encourage Anorexia, Bulimia." And it was published in a Jul 2, 2010 blog titled, "Do We Even Need Proper Food Critics?" It was also published in a Jul 7, 2010 Laptop PC Computers blog, with the same title as the caption that I used for this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jul 11, 2010 blog titled "Mute Teenager with Autism Finds Voice." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2010 blog titled "Facebook: A haven for cheaters?" And it was published in a Jul 22, 2010 blog titled " 7 Key Steps to Starting a Small Business Online TODAY!", as well as a Jul 23, 2010 blog titled "freelancer. ser ou não ser?" It was also published in a Jul 27, 2010 blog titled "Best Business Ideas for College Students." And it was published in an Aug 3, 2010 Computers & Electronics blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page, as well as an Aug 3, 2010 blog titled "No Link Between Social Media Use, Students’ Grades; Plus: Can Twitter Get You into College?" It was also published in an Aug 11, 2010 Buy Laptop Guide blog titled "apple laptop???????????????" as well as an Aug 11, 2010 blog titled "Why Aren’t You Earning Your Online Psychology Degree?" It was also published in an Aug 12, 2010 blog titled "Sleep is for the Weak." And it was published in an Aug 16, 2010 blog titled "It’s Time Once Again for Back to School Week." It was also published in an Aug 30, 2010 "Money Saving Mom" blog titled "10 Ways to Protect Your Identity Online," and an Aug 31, 2010 blog titled "Great Advice on Protecting Your Identity Online!!." And it was published in a Sep 7, 2010 blog titled "Strategies for Curating Online Reading Sources."

Okay, so now Labor Day has come and gone, and the publications continue on into the fall. On Sep 13, 2010 the photo was published in a blog titled "Continuing the Blogging for Money Conversation," as well as a Sep 13, 2010 blog titled "best five laptops with high configurations?" It was also published in a Sep 15, 2010 blog titled "Concurso de ensayo: España después de la crisis." And it was published in a Sep 18, 2010 blog titled "10 Must-Haves to Travel Nomadic." It was also published in a Sep 21, 2010 blog titled "AVODAH Introduces a New National Blog." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "Five Helpful Travel Blogging Tips," as well as a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "Laptop Reviews:How about getting free laptop with mobile phones?" and a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "Laptop Reviews:Apple Macbook: Just Like We Wanted." It was also published in a Sep 30, 2010 blog titled "Prima di Comprare Ci Informiamo Su Internet, Sempre di Più," and a Sep 30, 2010 blog titled "SEO Copywriting Basics You Need to Know." It was also published in an Oct 8, 2010 blog titled "Online Masters’ Degree – What are the Subjects to opt for?"

Moving into the final two months of the year, the photo was published in a Nov 8, 2010 blog titled "Freelance Your Writing? Try Plr." And it was published in a Nov 10, 2010 Best Laptop for the Money blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written here on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Nov 11, 2010 blog titled "Las relaciones de pareja y el trabajo," as well as a Nov 11, 2010 blog titled "Why You Should Start a Blog: Three Important Reasons to Consider." And it was published in a Nov 12,2010 blog with the curious title of "Overhating [sic] problem in laptops." It was also published in a Nov 17, 2010 blog titled "It’s National Unfriend Day: Who Goes First?" And it was published in a Nov 18, 2010 Polish blog titled "100 Mb/s bez kabla od Polsatu. Będziemy mieli najlepszy Internet na świecie?," and another Nov 18, 2010 blog titled "La netiqueta." It was also published in a Nov 21, 2010 blog titled "Virtuelle Adventskalender." And i was published in an undated (late Nov 2010) blog titled "Different Methods to Work From Home and Make Money Online." It was also published in a Nov 26, 2010 Lifehacker blog titled "Planhacker: Best Occasional Use Prepaid 3G Broadband Deals," as well as a Nov 26, 2010 blog titled "Going Internet-Lite." And it was also published in a Nov 26, 2010 blog titled アメリカ旅行でも仕事環境を準備するお話。at linker.in/journal/2010/11/mobile-trip.php. It was also published as an illustration in an undated (late Nov 2010) Writer’s World blog.

In the final month of 2010, the photo was published in a Dec 8, 2010 blog titled "The Brief History of Apple Laptops." It was also published in a Dec 9, 2010 blog titled "A Guide To Online Dating In New York City." And it was published in a Dec 10, 2010 Smookey blog with the same title and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 15, 2010 Dutch "Joop" blog titled "EU-surfer beter beschermd tegen ongewenste reclame." And it was published in a Dec 16, 2010 blog titled "mi date un sito per comprare online?" It was also published in a Dec 17, 2010 blog titled "Ma con POSTEPAY posso comprare nei negozi? o posso solo comprare su internet?" as well as another Dec 17, 2010 blog titled "What are tips on how to avoid players with online dating? What should I look for in the profile?" and yet another Dec 17, 2010 blog titled "Pranzare di fronte al computer fa mangiare di più." It was also published in an undated (late Dec 2010) blog titled "Q&A: mi potete cosigliare un sito per comprare trucchi, pennelli ecc online?" It was also published in a Dec 26, 2010 New Home Businesses blog, with the same title as the caption that I put on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Dec 29, 2010 blog titled "How An Entrepreneur Create New Products At Lightning Speed."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2011 blog titled "Q&A: how could i make money online free?", as well as a Jan 2, 2011 blog titled "How to know which SEO software suits your search engine optimization needs?" It was also published in a Jan 4, 2011 blog titled "Online Degrees: A More Affordable And Flexible Higher." And it was published in a Jan 5, 2011 blog titled "Legitimate Paid Surveys – How to Earn Money Online from Home Starting Today ." It was also published in a Jan 9, 2011 blog titled "ciao raga ho un amica che vorrebbe comprare un cell su e bay, sevondo voi e sicuro?" And it was published in an undated (Jan 2011) "Forward SIngles" blog, titled "Медиите за Forward Singles (3)." It was also published in a Jan 19, 2011 blog titled "Getting A Degree In Sports Marketing." And it was published in a Jan 21, 2011 blog titled " Evoquer publiquement sa réussite, ses revenus internet, ou pas…" It was also published in a Jan 27, 2011 blog titled "http://interaktywnie.com/biznes/newsy/domeny/home-pl-tworzy-gielde-domen-18993." And it was published in a Jan 30, 2011 blog titled "Q&A: do I have an eating disorder?"

The photo was also published in a Feb 3, 2011 blog titled "AWP 2011 Panel Post: How To Get Beyond “Using Social Media” & Become A Social Artist Instead." And it was published in a Feb 4, 2011 blog titled "Thanks for Visiting." It was also published in a Feb 7, 2011 blog titled "Consommation et Affirmation de soi : quand le numérique détrône l’automobile." And it was published in a Feb 8, 2011 blog titled "Zoosk To Lead Online Dating Space." It was also published in a Feb 15,2011 blog titled "Unable to meet enrollment goals, CSU may have to return state funds." And it was published in a Feb 18, 2011 blog titled "Google’s travel deal faces regulatory turbulence." It was also published in a Feb 19, 2011 blog titled "MIT Entrepreneurship Review: Designing Customer Surveys That Work: Focus On Value," with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Feb 23, 2011 blog titled "Digitale bouwstenen." And it was published in a Feb 27, 2011 Eliminate Debt Working from Home blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

The photo was also published in a Mar 4, 2011 Chilean blog titled "10 formas de organizar mejor tu tiempo." And it was published in a Mar 5, 2011 blog titled "Local High School Uses Digital Textbooks." It was also published in a Mar 7, 2011 blog titled "La crisis dispara la tasa de ocupación de la mujer mayor de 45 años." And it was published in a Mar 11, 2011 blog titled "Une table ronde autour des tendances du eCommerce." It was also published in a Mar 14, 2011 PC Gadgiator blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Mar 15, 2011 blog titled "New Cyberbullying Study Reveals that Students Bullying Are More Likely Insecure, Negative Towards Teachers." It was also published in a Mar 22, 2011 blog titled "How to Speak in German: 3 Unusual Facts for Beginners." And it was published in a Mar 24, 2011 blog titled "Cum abordezi o tipa pe Facebook."

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Summertime lunch in Bryant Park, Aug 2009 – 52

Summertime lunch in Bryant Park, Aug 2009 – 52
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Note: this photo was published in a Dec 31, 2009 blog titled "Study Profiles Mobile Dating."

Moving into 2011, it was also published in a Nov 16, 2010 blog titled "Indiana Do Not Call deadline today; South Bend/Elkhart second highest in participation." It was also published in a Jan 2, 2011 blog titled "Writing a Great Online Dating Profile – A Woman’s Guide." And it was published in a Jan 8, 2011 blog titled 4 Online Dating Tips For Having Good Results." It was also published in a Jan 9, 2011 blog titled "I’m interested in starting an online dating site or adult networking site and have a few questions?" And it was published in a Feb 9, 2011 blog titled "Tips and Tricks for Your New Laptop."

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I had a lunchtime dentist appointment in midtown Manhattan the other day, and when it was over, I decided to walk a couple blocks over to Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library. It was a sunny day, and I thought I might see some gorgeous babes sunbathing on the park lawn in their bikinis (even being an amateur photographer is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it). If not, I thought perhaps I’d find some photogenic tourists or oddball New Yorkers that I could photograph.

As it turns out, almost all of the central lawn was being covered over with some kind of wooden platform — presumably for an upcoming concert performance of some kind — so nobody was sunbathing out on the grass. But since that area was unavailable, and since it was still the lunchtime period, the periphery around the central lawn was chock-a-block with people. There’s now a cafe immediately behind (i.e., to the west) of the library itself, and it was doing a land-office business. And all along the north and south sides of the park, as well as the broader western side, there were tables and chairs and benches where people could enjoy their lunch with whatever food or entertainment they had brought along.

I was already aware of the pentanque court on the western side of the park, and knew that I’d find one or two good pictures there. But I didn’t realize that the Parks Department had set up two ping-pong tables, as well as several tables for chess-players. In addition, there were a few card games underway, and there was also a section set aside for people who wanted to borrow local newspapers to read.

As for the people: I had to remind myself that because Bryant Park is smack in the middle of mid-town Manhattan (a block away from Times Square, filling the square block between 41st/42nd street, and 5th/6th Avenue), most of the people enjoying their lunch were office workers. So the men typically wore slacks and dress shirts, and a surprising number of them were also wearing suits and ties. The women wore dresses and skirts, and generally looked quite fashionable and presentable. Of course, there were also tourists and students and miscellaneous others; but overall, it was a much more "upscale" bunch of people than I’m accustomed to seeing in my own residential area on the Upper West Side.

I was surprised by how many people were sitting alone — eating alone, reading alone, listening to music alone, dozing alone, or just staring into space alone. You’ll see some of them in this album, though I didn’t want to over-emphasize their presence; equally important, many of the loners just weren’t all that interesting from a photogenic perspective. So you’ll also see lots of couples, some children, a couple of families, and occasionally larger groups of people who were eating and chatting and enjoying the warm summer day.

Three activities dominated the scene, all of which were fairly predictable, under the circumstances: eating, reading, and talking on cellphones. You would expect people to be eating at lunch-time, of course; and you wouldn’t be surprised at the notion of people reading a book as they sat behind the New York Public Library on a warm, sunny day. But the pervasiveness of the cellphones was quite astonishing … oh, yeah, there were a few laptops, too, but fewer than I might have imagined.

I’ve photographed Bryant Park several times over the past 40 years, going back to some photos of 1969 Vietnam War protest marches that you can see in this album. I was here in the summer of 2008 to take these photos; I came back in January 2009 to take these photos of the winter scene; and I returned again for these pictures in March 2009 and these these pictures in the late spring of 2009; all of these have been collected into a Flickr "collection" of albums that you can find here. But if you want to see what New York City’s midtown office workers are doing at lunch, take a look at what’s in this album.