Not sure how I missed this when it was in the news back in December, but now's as good a time as any to bring it up: did you know that the flagpole that stood in right-center field for Ebbets Field's entire 45-year life span is currently holding court at the junction of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues?
This flag pole's history is actually a rather interesting one. It found its way to a VFW post in East Flatbush after the stadium was demolished in 1960, and there it stood for about 50 years as the hall became a casket company and later a church. Marty Markowitz, in his infinite wisdom, knew the history of this flag pole the whole time, and happened to mention it to developer Bruce Ratner while the Barclays Center was under construction. Ratner then had the flagpole removed and replanted in a true place of honor, right in front of the arena, with a plaque to boot.
I can't help but find all this to be incredibly cool, and love the fact this this little bit of Brooklyn history was tracked down, preserved, and recognized for its historical significance. Ebbets Field now exists solely in the memories of those who had the privelige of seeing it in person, and in Brooklyn lore for those who didn't. To actually have a tangible memento of it, and such a prominent one, right there for all to see, makes you stop dead in your tracks.