The Coney Island History Project will launch the timely exhibit “50th Anniversary of Fred Trump’s Demolition of Steeplechase Pavilion” this Friday, May 28th. Untapped Cities’ tour guide, Justin Rivers, who leads our “Secrets of Coney Island Tour” says, “Like father, like son,” describing the tragic story of the historic Steeplechase amusement park, demolished by Fred Trump, the father of Donald Trump, using tactics that will seem familiar to those following the Presidential race today.
The Frying Pan with Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill. Photo via Frying Pan
More than just places to gather and imbibe, many of New York City’s floating bars have a great history as well. So if the sea calls to you like it does to a titanic number of New Yorkers, don’t worry, you’re not too late. You can still get your nautical fill at any of these ten floating bars around New York City.
Sponsored by the Tourist Board of Vienna, a 10-foot statue of Sigmund Freud being dissected on his couch is coming to Flatiron Plaza from June 16th to June 18th. The work is by Austrian artist Nychos, who began his career as a teenager in the street art world. Nychos’ gallery work and street work both examine the inner anatomy of animals in vibrant detail. In this case, it will be Freud will be examined (instead of the other way around).
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It looks like an abandoned building today, but at the corner of Surf Avenue and Jones Walk, a boarded up wooden clapboard house is all that remains of the oldest building on Coney Island. Built sometime in the early to mid 1880s by Henry Grashorn, the Grashorn Building is a Victorian style building with a mansard roof that was allegedly built originally as a hotel. Grashorn quickly transformed it into a hardware store around 1898 and was responsible for furnishing the nuts and bolts for the major amusement parks on Coney Island–Luna Park, Steeplechase and Dreamland. There was once a porch that wrapped around the building and its neighbors, under which household wares and candy were sold.
1970s-era street signs, storefronts and cars suddenly appeared in Crown Heights, Brooklyn this weekend for the upcoming film Wonderstruck, by director Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce). The movie stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams and is based on the Brian Selznick novel of the same name.