Coney Island by Professor Solomon PDF

By Professor Solomon

ISBN-10: 0912509082

ISBN-13: 9780912509082

As soon as well known as a funspot, Coney Island has been principally forgotten. Does it nonetheless exist? What has survived of where? And what used to be it like? In his new publication CONEY ISLAND, Professor Solomon takes us there to determine. Roaming approximately, he interviews old-timers' searches for antiquities, explores what's left of the enjoyment region. (Among his reveals: a guy who recalls seeing the 1st human cannonball, shot into the air at Coney Island; the continues to be of Steeplechase Park; and a trip "the ask yourself Wheel"that begun as a perpetual-motion machine.) He additionally offers a heritage of Coney Island, from its Canarsie Indian days, to its period as a lawless, Tijuana-style lodge, to the increase and fall of its entertainment parks. in this ancient travel, you will meet such personages as John Y. McKane (notorious mayor of Coney Island); George Tilyou (amusement-park pioneer); and the Wild guy of Borneo (actually, an actor from the Bronx). and you can stopover at the Pavilion of enjoyable, French Nudi! st convey, Elephant lodge, journey to the Moon, Insanitarium, Tunnel of affection, flea circus, Feltman's eating place (where the recent puppy was once invented), and different vanished sights. the result's a desirable profile of a different, and persevering, position.

Show description

Read or Download Coney Island PDF

Best performing arts books

Read e-book online Paul Hollywood: Bread, Buns & Baking: The Unauthorised PDF

Paul Hollywood is definitely the fellow of the instant in British baking. His sumptuous dough recipes were single-handedly liable for the mass ignition of ovens around the united kingdom because the introduction of the good British Bake Off. renowned for his straight-talking variety and outstanding technical wisdom, Paul's judging partnership with Mary Berry has been defined as one in every of television's top ever.

Read e-book online The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema PDF

During this particularly wide-ranging examine, Scott Curtis attracts our eye to the function of clinical, scientific, academic, and aesthetic commentary in shaping smooth conceptions of spectatorship. targeting the nontheatrical use of movie expertise in Germany among the Eighteen Nineties and global struggle I, he follows experts throughout disciplines as they debated and appropriated movie for his or her personal ends, negotiating the attention-grabbing, from time to time fraught courting among expertise, self-discipline, and professional imaginative and prescient.

Download e-book for iPad: Summary of the History and Development of Medieval and by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

In 1893, the English composer and director of the Royal collage of song C. Hubert H. Parry released precis of the improvement of Medieval and sleek eu song, an outline of eu song from the center a long time to the paintings of Schubert and Brahms. meant for tune scholars, the ebook summarises the most important composers, their paintings and the social conditions that surrounded the construction in their song.

Antiquity and the Middle Ages: From Ancient Greece to the - download pdf or read online

From the sequence interpreting the advance of tune in particular areas in the course of specific occasions, this booklet seems at old and medieval song, from Classical and Christian antiquity to the emergence of the Gregorian chant and the medieval city and courtroom.

Additional info for Coney Island

Example text

For thanks to a clever arrangement of mirrors, the faces are none other than our own.  Disney would not have approved.  The Congress of Living Curiosities had become a major attrac­ tion at the park. Samuel Gumpertz (the showman who managed Dreamland for its absentee owners) had roamed the globe in search of human oddities for the Congress.  The mild­mannered Bantocs would return home with strange tales to tell.  Perhaps the Wild Man of Borneo had dropped by Headhunter Village for some pointers, only to be disappointed by its grinning, joking inhabitants.

The facades of buildings were gaily colored and embellished with scrollwork.  Even the materials—plaster and lath (a flimsy stock of wood)—contributed to the dreamlike atmosphere: buildings so insubstantial could scarcely be meant for any practical purpose on this earth.  For the 10¢ admission fee one could roam the bannered promenades of another world. Let us take a look at what Thompson and Dundy had in store for us beyond that gate.  One bought a ticket, sat in the grandstand, and watched flames engulf an apartment building.

Nathan had been an employee of Charlie Feltman, the hot dog’s inventor. ” Millions did and still do. Where they were going in decreasing numbers was to the old, grandiose restaurants. Only two remained now: Feltman’s (with its 8000­seat complex of dining rooms) and Stauch’s. Louis Stauch was an interesting case.  These performers were depicted on canvas signs, and brought out for brief previews (known as ballyhoos).  Far from being hoaxes, they were a subtle and demanding form of theater. The ringmaster­impresario would start with a bottleful of fleas, selecting out the highest jumpers.

Download PDF sample

Coney Island by Professor Solomon


by James
4.1

Rated 4.07 of 5 – based on 3 votes