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Scenes of Coney Island

A summer holiday destination since the late 1800s, Coney Island is a blend of history, kitsch and carnival. On the south shore of Brooklyn, it’s an easy subway ride from Manhattan to Coney Island’s beach and boardwalk that is sun-lit all day long. In addition to the beach, there are amusement park rides, games and food, Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball, circus sideshows and acts, concerts and

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People Places and Things

Coney Island of Fun and History

No matter where you live, there is probably one holiday hot spot (or more than one) that everyone has heard of. It may be associated with many different activities or events but most would agree that there’s fun to be had. For more than a century, one such place is Coney Island in Brooklyn New

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Living the Life

Tenements: the Immigrant Skyscraper

While in many ways New York City is still the gateway to America, it was even more true in the early 1900s when every immigrant to the United States passed through Ellis Island on the East coast (Angel Island on the West coast) and then New York City. If New York was their destination then early immigrants very likely ended up living in a tenement building in the Lower East

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People Places and Things

Scenes of a Mermaid Parade II

It’s not just mermaids at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a sea-related theme so anything goes in terms of costumes and floats. Many of the costumes are home made and quite ingenious in the use of materials or the humor of the theme. There’s also a car parade with enthusiasts showing off their horsepower. Check out more costumes and parade sights in the slide shows

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