History in the making – 1/5

Pizza in Park Slope

Jeremiah gives us a (wonderful but depressing) rundown of all the New York history destroyed by redevelopment in 2007. [Vanishing New York]

Roosevelt Island’s super-spooky Renwick Ruin, New York’s former smallpox hospital turned haunted mansion, is falling apart. [City Room]

Corona, Queens’ Jewish community may get landmark status bestowed on its 97 year old synagogue. [Queens Crap]

Thomas Edison electrocutes an elephant on Coney Island 105 years and one day ago [Gothamist] and watch the bizarre video [Kinetic Carnival]

Are the days of chain stores and coffee shops finally numbered in the East Village? [The Villager]

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