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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:46 PM

 

Does anyone buy a Bridge anymore?

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Reply Does anyone buy a Bridge anymore? (Original post)
KamaAina Jun 2013 OP
jakeXT Jun 2013 #1
AnotherMcIntosh Jun 2013 #2
NYC_SKP Jun 2013 #4
RebelOne Jun 2013 #3

Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:50 PM

1. Sure

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:18 PM

2. The Brooklyn Bridge was successfully sold twice a week for years by George Parker.

 

He started in the late 1800's.

The police would roust the suckers from the bridge as they tried to erect toll barriers. But the police seemed to leave Parker alone for decades. This doesn't make sense unless some were in on the take.

Other public landmarks he sold included the original Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grant's Tomb and the Statue of Liberty. George had many different methods for making his sales. When he sold Grant's Tomb, he would often pose as the general's grandson. He even set up a fake "office" to handle his real estate swindles. He produced impressive forged documents as evidence to suggest that he was the legal owner of whatever property he was selling. He also successfully sold several successful shows and plays, of which he had no legal ownership.

Parker was convicted of fraud three times. After his third conviction on December 17, 1928 he was sentenced to a life term at Sing Sing Prison by a Judge McLaughlin in the Kings County Court. He spent the last eight years of his life there incarcerated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_C._Parker


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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:37 PM

4. I did not know about this man. Fascinating!

 

Thank you!

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:18 PM

3. If that is the Brooklyn Bridge, it is always for sale, but no one wants to buy it. n/t

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