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Brooilyn Museum Coney Island Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe Hug: Closed Eyes and Smith, 1982. Photo via brooklynmuseum.org

Our December curation of installations and urban exhibits is filled with cool and quirky, beautiful, delicious and heart-warming installations all around New York City. From the world’s most expensive dollhouse to an exhibition about affordable housing, a new historical exhibit about Coney Island, and a photography exhibit about Frank Sinatra, here are 15 installations and events not to miss:

15. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland at the Brooklyn Museum

Coney Island Exhibit-Brooklyn Museum-NYC

Coney Island was a watering hole for the wealthy and average New Yorkers, a popular beach resort and amusement mecca that welcomed all ethnicities even in its early days. In the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibit, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008, visitors can view about 140 pieces of Coney Island history, incucluding Coney Island Carousel animal and slideshow ephemera, paintings of the shore in the 1870s, depression-era scenes, photography by such renowned photographers as Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Weegee, and Bruce Davidson, and much more.

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