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Reggie Bridges’s Shotgun House, WATG Radio, and the Unofficial Museum of Brooklyn

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For half a century, Reginald Bridges’s 544 square foot shotgun house has hummed with the magnetic density of Brooklyn’s long life. Most much larger houses have lived far less.

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Reggie and Harold operated WATG Radio from the back yard and transmitted via cable across Spruce Street to Brooklyn Park. The station might not have transmitted far, but the whole neighborhood listened.

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Now we’re looking together at a grainy photograph of a little boy in a suit standing on a Brooklyn sidewalk half a century ago. If you could photograph time, you’d have this very photograph.

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Are These The Whetstonian’s Last Days? / The Mural of the Life of Walter Whetstone

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The Whetstones seem too worn out to fight for the Whetstonian’s preservation.

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Dorothy Whetstone does most of the talking these days. She speaks fondly of how they first met at the Jefferson Street Pool just up the street 59 years ago.

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Dot points to the wall and says, “Oh! That mural! That tells the story of Walter’s life.”

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