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Image of the Week

The caption from a 1952 story reads: "Be a good skate, wontcha?--'Sorry,' says Patrolman John O'Hara, on duty at Prospect Park to the pleas of Donald Boe, 14, of 582 7th Ave., who is searching for a place to try out his Christmas skates. The danger sign near the lake seems to lend authority to the officer's argument." A little aside: the skating rink in the Prospect Park used to raise a red ball above the ice to indicate - somewhat counterintuitively - that the ice was sufficiently thick to be safe.

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