Archive for the ‘Sights & Sounds’ Category.

Coney Island – Classic Wooden Coaster & Circus Sideshow

Coney Island … the birthplace of the hot dog … has many attractions … classic wooden coaster … great minor league baseball … the last 10-in-1 circus sideshow in America … aquarium … 150-foot tall Ferris wheel …


The Cyclone at Astroland

Coaster
The Cyclone, at Astroland – THE classic wooden coaster …
Review in New York metro.com
CoasterFanatics.com photos
Aquarium
New York Aquarium at Coney Island
10-in-1 circus sideshow
Sideshows by the Seashore … “the last place in the USA where you can experience the thrill of a traditional ten-in-one circus sideshow. They’re here, they’re real and they’re alive!”
Baseball
The Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets affiliate, play in KeySpan Park … fireworks at Friday night games …
Ferris Wheel
The Wonder Wheel at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park … has both swinging and stationary cars

Coney Island Tourist FAQ
1000 Surf Ave. (Corner of West 10th St), Brooklyn, NY
Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop: D, Q, F train to Stillwell Avenue (last stop)

Brooklyn – Williamsburgh Bank photos

Thanks to The Tin Man for a link to a “Beautiful panoramic view from the top of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building, the tallest building in Brooklyn.” … 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Here are some more photos of the Bank and the neighborhood around the bank from Satan’s Laundromat: Williamsburgh Savings Bank 1 (with links to more photos from other sites), and Williamsburgh Savings Bank 2. He advises

the cathedral-like 63-foot-ceilinged banking hall on the ground floor, which is perhaps New York’s greatest interior and certainly Brooklyn’s, will be converted into a restaurant. (See it now, while you still can: the HSBC bank closes September 30th.)

forgotten ny has a story with photos
nyc-architecture.com has more photos and some architectural info

Old News – Conversion to Condos

the Wired New York Forum has a thread discussing the conversion of the building into condos.

Crain’s New York reported in May that

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building has been bought by Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, an investment concern started by “Magic” Johnson, and the Dermot Co., which plan to renovate the landmarked, 35-story tower into condominiums and ground-floor retail space.

Two short articles: the Daily News and Curbed.

The Boatyard Ruins – web site – Highly Recommended

The Boatyard (the elephants graveyard) is a photographic essay of the boatyard in Arthur Kill (Staten Island: Arthur Kill Road and Rossville Avenue – click on “Satellite” in the upper right corner of the map and zoom in) … Shaun O’Boyle started photographing these old boats, which include ferries and tugs, in 1987 … he went back in 2005 for another essay ….
… mesmerizing …
The Boatyard is part of Mr. O’Boyle’s larger web site, Modern Ruins – Photographic Essays.
The site is supported by sale of handmade Boatyard books with color photogpaphs and prints.
AGINY Highly Recommended

Gratuitous Gates pics

The Gates in Central Park (February 12-28, 2005).

The Gates in Central Park

The Gates and carriage and jogger in Central Park



Peter’s 14-year old niece said, “It looks like a carwash.”
Many more photos on the Christo and Jeanne-Claude web site.

Christie’s summer House Sale

Christies is having The House Sale August 9-10, 2005 … no reserve (means that there is no minimum bid price, i.e., you can find bargains if there are no other bidders) … located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Centre (btwn 5th Ave. and Avenue of the Americas/6th Ave.) … no charge for looking and browsing … a very wonderful way to spend some time browsing in a very civilised enviroment …
Wu Liang Ye is around the corner on 48th Street for lunch or dinner (36 West 48th) … Le Maison du Chocolat is across the street (30 Rockefeller Center) …
Wu Liang Ye

Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop: B, D, F, V train to Rockefeller Center, 6 train to 51st and Lexington, 1 or 9 train to 50th and Broadway

Roller Coaster – Kingda Ka

OK, this is not in New York … but some New Yorkers spend as much time commuting to work as they would driving … to ride the Kingda Ka … an amazing new roller coaster located at 6 Flags in New Jersey … 456 feet tall … it reaches a top speed of 128 mph … going UP … lines will be long … if you’re at all queasy, make sure you have a designated driver for the trip back to the City …
Update: Kingda Ka reopened August 4th … and you can use an optional reservation service at the park ($ fee) so you don’t have to stand in line for hours …

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forgotten NY – web site – highly recommended

forgotten NY
If you love New York, then you must visit, and bookmark, forgotten NY. Run by Kevin Walsh, forgotten NY includes text and photographs of all parts of the City, new and old … he also conducts walking tours … upcoming tours are announced on the home page
Some of our favorite pages include

An incredibly rich site, forgotten NY will keep you occupied for hours … I bet most of you don’t make it to this sentence …
For more about Kevin Walsh, see the gothamist interview. Thank you, Kevin Walsh, for a wonderful web site.
AGINY Highly Recommended and Top 10

More fun things for summer visitors to enjoy – with a three-course lunch for $20.12

“Summer Restaurant Week” isn’t over yet … extended through Labor Day, some of New York’s finest restaurants will continue to offer three-course lunches for just $20.12 (beverages, tax and tip are extra).
For example:
On the Upper East Side, before or after visiting the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy the fine French cuisine at Cafe Boulud, 20 East 76th Street, 212-772-2600 or at Dumonet at The Carlyle, 35 East 76th Street, 212-570-7192 … classic French and delicious
On the Upper West Side, a visit to the New York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History must be combined with a lunch at Cafe des Artistes, 1 West 67 Street, 212-877-3500 … Austrian-Hungarian and very cozy …
On Columbus Circle, visit and shop at our own “Las Vegas” mall … the new Time-Warner Center … and lunch at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, 212-805-8881 … a very spectacular view of Central Park from the 35th floor!
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“Images of the Divine” at Asia Society

The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street) has an excellent exhibition through September 18, 2005 … “Images of the Divine”

A Friday evening Fine Arts education

Keep Friday evenings free because it is pay as you wish …
(1) Start at the Guggenheim Museum, 6 pm. – 8 pm., 1071 5th Avenue (88th Street), take the elevator to the top floor and walk down the circular staircase … so much fun … to see the art-works … people watching … time required about 45 minutes …
(2) Afterwards, walk out of the museum and head south and east to Sant Ambroeus, 1000 Madison Avenue (78th Street), treat your-self to two scoops of delicious ice-cream or fruit ice for $3 …
(3) Then walk south to The Whitney Museum, 6 pm. – 9 pm., 945 Madison Avenue (75th Street) … keep the Whitney for last because of the 9 pm closing time … watch all the Lower East Side young and very hip folks trekking up-town for the 5 floors of American art …
(4) Finally, walk to Via Quadronno, 25 East 73rd Street, for two more scoops of ice cream for $3, too!
In one evening, you get a very cool Fine Arts education with some exercise and lots of ice-cream … I’m in heaven on earth …
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