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(Photo courtesy of Coney Island History Project)

…carnival barking, that is.

We love to take a bite into a little nostalgia, especially when it involves our sister neighborhood, Coney Island. How many of you can remember the days of Coney Island when it was the newborn apple of the Big Apple’s eye? Well, with all of the controversy surrounding the fate of Sheepshead Bay’s very own backyard carnival, we all could do with a little reminiscing about its history. This Saturday, August 2, as The Coney Island History Project opens up its new exhibit, you will get just that kind of opportunity. On display will be photographs of Astroland since the Albert family gave it birth. Unlike the rides at Astroland, the exhibit is free – so a megaphone will not be needed to get the crowds in and we, here, at Sheepshead Bites don’t mind putting ahold on biting so that we can start barking this one out: [begin playing ‘Over the Waves’ on the old time Wurlitzer] “Step right up…come one and come all! Coney Island is Back – and Back to the Future!”

Where: The Coney Island History Project’s Exhibition Center under the Cyclone Roller Coaster, 1000 Surf Avenue, just east of 10th St.
Phone: (718) 266-0012
Web: www.coneyislandhistory.org
E-mail: info@coneyislandhistory.org

When: Saturday, August 2 – Monday, September 1
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm – 6pm
Open Labor Day (Mon, 9/1)

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  • http://www.antsrants.webs.com Anthony

    Coney Island always fascinated me. I remember going there as a kid 30 years ago when it was still fairly bustling. The documentaries I’ve seen say it attracted staggering numbers of people early on its existence. The last time I was there personally was probably in 1993 and I was surprised how run down it was. Astroland seemed dirty and unkempt. The boardwalk stunk like urine. As night grew closer, the boardwalk booths started to close up and things honestly started looking dangerous. The entire area seemed neglected which is a shame since it once brought joy to so many people.

  • http://www.antsrants.webs.com/ Anthony

    Coney Island always fascinated me. I remember going there as a kid 30 years ago when it was still fairly bustling. The documentaries I’ve seen say it attracted staggering numbers of people early on its existence. The last time I was there personally was probably in 1993 and I was surprised how run down it was. Astroland seemed dirty and unkempt. The boardwalk stunk like urine. As night grew closer, the boardwalk booths started to close up and things honestly started looking dangerous. The entire area seemed neglected which is a shame since it once brought joy to so many people.