(Photo courtesy of Lisanne Anderson)

There is nothing very unique about the photographic nature of this shot, but in its simplicity is something rare. Lisanne Anderson’s title explains this photo as “Another Suggestion of Sheepshead Bay’s Rural Past.” Sheepshead Bay’s quiet, laid-back, sleepytown feel is increasingly becoming lost amidst the bold development. So, it is nice to look at a photograph such as this one and appreciate its anonymity, with hopes that it will remain undiscovered as a blast from the past.

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  • Erica

    A whiles back, I took a walk near the UA and discovered that there were these little homes behind the parking lot, one of which had a rooster and hen running around outside…in Sheepshead Bay. I was completely non-plussed, had no idea such a thing even existed around here, let alone north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

  • Anonymous

    Hahah, I just spotted those myself two days ago! Thanks for confirming that they were there – I just saw them, arched an eyebrow and said “Are those homes?” Then my brother called me an idiot.

    I’m going to get over there and find out the story of those homes sooner or later.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne Anderson

    No, it’s not the best of photographs (someday I shall photograph this again) but it does give an idea of what many parts of Sheepshead Bay looked like as recently as 50 years ago.

    The street is cut off by the Brighton elevated line which runs at a diagonal at this point. The land abutting that is probably too narrow for development. And the best part is that it’s very slight remoteness is a minus in a declining marketplace. A few blocks away to the west, unfortunately, is another story altogether.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne Anderson

    Erica, a little more than ten years ago that area was amazingly still much like it was in the 1930s. the theater was there, but there were also some large houses that dated back to the 1890s. One has been converted and is now used for The Cold Stone Dairy. (though it has been greatly altered) I was out there a few weeks backs and while I didn’t see the roosters( I guess they were on the block north of where the lighthouse is) I did see a few houses that looked untouched from that time. Since there were people outside I didn’t take a photograph. But I think I will go back there soon and do just that.

  • Anonymous

    I was not in any way suggesting that it is not a good photograph–just that there wasn’t anything that I could tell was highly technical. We certainly do appreciate your work and that picture would have have been very difficult to take — so how did you get to do it from the road, I mean, the Belt? ;-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne Anderson

    Don’t worry, I’m the one who finds fault with the photo; the lighting was bad and that always bothers me. I took it at that time because I kept forgetting to when I was out there.

    I am definitely my own worst critic.

    There’s a small greenbelt alongside the westbound lane. At one time there were a number of trees there, but they weren’t well maintained and many died. Others were removed when they were considering using the strip for another parking lot. I was able to stand right at the edge so that I could get as close a view as possible.

    This is a photo of the house. I love its simplicity of form.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne Anderson
  • Erica

    A whiles back, I took a walk near the UA and discovered that there were these little homes behind the parking lot, one of which had a rooster and hen running around outside…in Sheepshead Bay. I was completely non-plussed, had no idea such a thing even existed around here, let alone north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

  • Anonymous

    Hahah, I just spotted those myself two days ago! Thanks for confirming that they were there – I just saw them, arched an eyebrow and said “Are those homes?” Then my brother called me an idiot.

    I’m going to get over there and find out the story of those homes sooner or later.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    No, it’s not the best of photographs (someday I shall photograph this again) but it does give an idea of what many parts of Sheepshead Bay looked like as recently as 50 years ago.

    The street is cut off by the Brighton elevated line which runs at a diagonal at this point. The land abutting that is probably too narrow for development. And the best part is that it’s very slight remoteness is a minus in a declining marketplace. A few blocks away to the west, unfortunately, is another story altogether.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Erica, a little more than ten years ago that area was amazingly still much like it was in the 1930s. the theater was there, but there were also some large houses that dated back to the 1890s. One has been converted and is now used for The Cold Stone Dairy. (though it has been greatly altered) I was out there a few weeks backs and while I didn’t see the roosters( I guess they were on the block north of where the lighthouse is) I did see a few houses that looked untouched from that time. Since there were people outside I didn’t take a photograph. But I think I will go back there soon and do just that.

  • Anonymous

    I was not in any way suggesting that it is not a good photograph–just that there wasn’t anything that I could tell was highly technical. We certainly do appreciate your work and that picture would have have been very difficult to take — so how did you get to do it from the road, I mean, the Belt? ;-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Don’t worry, I’m the one who finds fault with the photo; the lighting was bad and that always bothers me. I took it at that time because I kept forgetting to when I was out there.

    I am definitely my own worst critic.

    There’s a small greenbelt alongside the westbound lane. At one time there were a number of trees there, but they weren’t well maintained and many died. Others were removed when they were considering using the strip for another parking lot. I was able to stand right at the edge so that I could get as close a view as possible.

    This is a photo of the house. I love its simplicity of form.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!