History in the making -9/8

A homeless man’s memorial to September 11th.[Neither More Or Less] New York City future: the latest illustrations of the new World Trade Center[Gothamist] Will Queens be destroyed by a massive super-hurricane?[Queens Crap] History reprieve: the Red Hook food vendors keep on sellin’[Lost City] The castle of the Red Legged Devils … in Park Slope? [Forgotten … Continue reading History in the making -9/8

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Geoghegan’s / Steve Brodie’s Saloon

To get you in the mood for the weekend, every Friday we’ll be celebrating ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER’, featuring an old New York nightlife haunt, from the dance halls of 19th Century Bowery, to the massive warehouse spaces of the mid-90s. Past entries can be found here . We’re going way, way, way back, to New … Continue reading FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Geoghegan’s / Steve Brodie’s Saloon

PODCAST: Coney Island – 20th Century Freakshow

Come see the Wonder Wheel, the king of hot dogs, the “Freaks” in the Dreamland Sideshow, a beached whale and Donald Trump’s dad — all in one place! Its Coney Island of the 20th Century. But will it be around much longer in the 21st? Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting … Continue reading PODCAST: Coney Island – 20th Century Freakshow

Sunday In the Park With George (Washington)

While winding through the financial district in lower Manhattan on Sunday (Sept 2), I made my way down Stone Street (one of the city’s oldest paths) and found this scene outside of Ulysses bar: About 40 people, in various Colonial and period garments, were carousing in character and loudly carrying on like Revolutionary War heroes. … Continue reading Sunday In the Park With George (Washington)

History in the making

Heather Graham produces a movie about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a tragedy on Washington Square Park that killed 146 women [Gothamist] Save Coney Island! prepares to rally the troops to save their beloved old amusement land from developers.[Kinetic Carnival] What porn shops must resort to on 8th Avenue.[Forgotton NY] Hilly Kristal, the cantankerous but … Continue reading History in the making

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Jackie 60

To get you in the mood for the weekend, every Friday we’ll be celebrating ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER’, featuring an old New York nightlife haunt, from the dance halls of 19th Century Bowery, to the massive warehouse spaces of the mid-90s. Past entries can be found here I was reading Vanishing New York’s piece yesterday on … Continue reading FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Jackie 60

PODCAST: Coney Island – The Golden Age

The Coney Island that greeted vacationers and city folk in the years 1904 to 1911 was one of infinite imagination manifested in fantastic but cheaply built extravaganza. A world of amusement starts here in New York — Coney Island, the world’s oldest and strangest collection of amusement parks, a mishmash of sideshows, concession stands, gambling … Continue reading PODCAST: Coney Island – The Golden Age