Our supernatural experiences continued this week when Mark entered the twilight zone. On Thursday he found out that Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn (which is cool), but things got weird when he found out that Thursday was Michael Jordan’s birthday. Coincidence?
An article in the Chicago Tribune from 2009 (which is worth reading) provided detailed information on the whereabouts of Michael Jordan’s birth. So, the next day Mark decided to pay a visit to 39 Auburn Place, which is just east of downtown Brooklyn in the neighborhood of Fort Greene.
This beautiful brick building is the former Cumberland Hospital. Michael Jordan was born here on February 17, 1963 after his mother went into early labor and wasn’t able to get to their doctor in Manhattan.
Twenty years later, in 1983, the hospital was shut down and was later transformed into a homeless shelter known as the Auburn Family Reception Center. Here’s a picture of the front entrance to the building.
Mark spliced three photos together to create this panoramic image.
In the background of this photo you can see the beautiful brickwork featured on the exterior.
A local was nice enough to take this picture of Mark in front of the old hospital.
From the top of Fort Greene Park — a block to the south — you can catch a glimpse of Cumberland Hospital with the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the distance.
Maybe someday someone will recognize the significance of this building and install a historical marker or statue to make everyone aware. In the meantime, perhaps this cyber-marker will suffice.