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Ben Brantley

Benjamin D. "Ben" Brantley is an American theater critic, editor and writer. He is the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Brantley received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Brantley began his journalism career as a summer intern at the Winston-Salem Sentinel and, in 1975, became an editorial assistant at The Village Voice. At Women's Wear Daily, he was a reporter and editor, became the European editor and Paris bureau chief until June 1985. For the next eighteen months, Brantley freelanced, writing for Elle, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker before joining The New York Times as a Drama Critic, he was elevated to Chief Theater Critic three years later. Brantley is the editor of The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century, a compilation of 125 reviews published by St. Martin's Press in 2001, he received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 1996-1997.

He is the subject of the website, DidHeLikeIt.com, that uses a "Ben-Ometer" to translate current Broadway show reviews. The website has reviews from Newsday, New York Daily News, AmNY, Variety, USA Today, other major publications. Brantley has been dubbed a "celebrity underminer". In an article in The New York Times, published on January 3, 2010, he expressed his ambivalence about the "unprecedented heights" of "star worship on Broadway during the past 10 years". In July 2018, Brantley was criticized for his review of the musical Head Over Heels. Many considered the review to be transphobic and read it as misgendering the principal character played by Peppermint. To address the criticism, the Times edited the review and Brantley apologized for it, writing that he had tried to "reflect the light tone of the show". Brantley, gay, is single and lives in New York City. LGBT culture in New York City List of self-identified LGBTQ New Yorkers New Yorkers in journalism Ben Brantley at The New York Times.

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Ansel Road Apartment Buildings Historic District

The Ansel Road Apartment Buildings Historic District is a historic residential district in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. The district consists of eight contributing and one non-contributing multi-family residential buildings built between 1900 and 1949; the area was designated a National Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 2008. In 1897, Cleveland resident John D. Rockefeller donated about 130 acres of his personal property to the city of Cleveland; this land, which ran on either side of Doan Brook, was named Rockefeller Park, became one of the city's premiere parks. Ansel Road was one of the major thoroughfares in the area, it ran along the western heights overlooking the broad Doan Brook valley, was one of the areas earliest roads. It was paved in 1907, became a traveled boulevard along Rockefeller Park. With the establishment of Rockefeller Park and its gradual development over the next 30 years, Ansel Road became one of Cleveland's choicest neighborhoods.

Large middle-class and upper-middle-class homes were built on the west side of the street, facing the park. In 1899, the Wade Park Avenue Bridge opened; this bridge carried East Boulevard over the park, helped to provide greater accessibility to the neighborhood. Beginning in 1910 and ending in 1928, several apartment buildings of varying size were built between Talbot Avenue and Wade Avenue; the first of these was the 1910 Overlook, a luxury three-story apartment building with units ranging from three to seven rooms in size. This was followed in 1914 by an similarly-sized structure. In 1921, as restrictions on building materials ended with the conclusion of World War I, the first of the two buildings which constituted the much larger Wade Chateau Apartments opened on Wade Park Avenue; this was followed by two large Max Weis-designed apartments around a common court in the middle of the district. Devon Hall followed in 1926. A small infill apartment building, now known as The Lynette, completed construction of this unique district in 1928.

Rockefeller Park Towers, 1588 Ansel Road—This six-story apartment building was designed by architect Herbert Bishop Beidler for the Park Hall Improvement Company, completed in 1926. It was known as Devon Hall, a residential hotel for young women, it was the Evangeline Home, an apartment house for homeless, unwed pregnant, orphan girls run by the Salvation Army. The building was sold in 1961 to the Alpha Kappa Alpha African American sorority, which used it as a training center; the Parkcliff, 1580 Ansel Road—This luxury three-story apartment building was completed in 1914. The Overlook, 1568 Ansel Road—This luxury three-story apartment building was completed in 1910. Regency Square Apartments, 1560 Ansel Road—This four-story apartment building was completed in 1925, it was designed by architect Max Weis for Mendel Narosny, cost $250,000. A companion building opened at 1556 Ansel Road in 1927. Linnette Apartments, 1552 Ansel Road—This four-story apartment building was completed in 1928. Wade Park Apartments, 9500 Wade Park Avenue Wade Chateau Apartments, 9501 Wade Park Avenue—These two four-story apartment buildings were completed in 1921.

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Humarock

Humarock is part of Scituate, United States 42°08′10″N 70°41′26″W. Humarock is a picturesque seaside village surrounded by water and situated on Cape Cod Bay midway between Boston and Plymouth, it was separated from the rest of the town in the Portland Gale of 1898 in which the mouth of the North River shifted. Humarock is now accessible from Scituate from the Town of Marshfield by bridge; the common perception that Humarock is an island is supported by the fact that the place is accessed by boat or by crossing bridges that span the South River. However, Humarock is a long, slender peninsula rather than an island as can be seen on aerial images of the area. To reach Humarock over land one would have to walk through a large dune or Rexhame Beach; the coast of Scituate is marked by four distinct bluffs, running from First Cliff on the northern end of the town's coast down to Fourth Cliff in the southern end. Prior to the Portland Gale, Humarock was connected to the Scituate mainland at Third Cliff.

The North River flowed south between Fourth Cliff and Marshfield, joined the South River, entered Massachusetts Bay two kilometers to the south of the current opening. A thin strip of beach which connected Third Cliff to Fourth Cliff was breached by the storm surge of the Portland Gale of 1898, separating Humarock from the rest of Scituate; the old inlet silted in, forcing the South River to flow north between Marshfield and Fourth Cliff where it now joins the North River to enter the ocean. Although Humarock is now connected by land to the Rexhame section of Marshfield, there are no roads across the old inlet; as a result, Fourth Cliff and the rest of the Humarock part of Scituate are only accessible via the Marshfield Avenue and Julian Street bridges from Marshfield. The change in course of the North River increased the salinity of the large marsh in the area surrounding the current outlet, resulting in the loss of the valuable salt haying business; the name "Humarock" is said to come from the Wampanoag language and have had a meaning like "seashell place" or "rock carving."

However, this etymology can be traced back to Edward Rowe Snow, a Marshfield writer better-known for his imagination than his attention to historical accuracy. The common belief that the name is a corruption of "Humming Rocks" does not seem implausible, but historical records suggest that the origin of the name lies in the word "hummock" i.e. a hill near a marsh. As early as 1732 town records refer to the Fourth Cliff area as "Humock Flatt" or "Hummock Flats" and other variants; the record of a shipwreck by this spot in 1847 is noted as off "Hummock Beach." The Scituate town map of 1879 labels the peninsula south of Fourth Cliff as "Shore Hummock". The shoreline of Humarock is characterized by the presence of innumerable fist-sized, flattened rocks and these were more prevalent before the Blizzard of'78; the name "Hummock Rock-beach" became "Humarock Beach" and "Humarock". Flooding nearly strands firefighters in Humarock Humarock Memories Historical map of Scituate Humarock.com