5. Coney Island’s Childs Restaurant Building Exhibition

The Coney Island History Project’s newest exhibition for the 2017 season opens on Memorial Day weekend. Entitled “Neptune Revisited: Terra Cotta Relics from the Childs Building, Last of Coney Island’s Boardwalk Palaces,” the show will feature original polychrome pieces from the Childs Restaurant Building, as well as archival photographs, ephemera, and an illustrated timeline documenting the history and restoration of the building.

According to the Coney Island History Project, the Childs Restaurant Building, completed in 1924, has survived “years of isolation” at Coney Island as everything else nearby was either shut down or demolished. Learn more about this colorful, nautical-themed building with a short history film, which can be viewed above.