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The Late Movies: Coney Island Soundtrack

On this date in 1927, the historic Cyclone roller coaster opened at Coney Island. (You could ride it for 25 cents back then. Now it’s eight bucks a person!) The Cyclone was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, [...]

Coney Island Love Letter

(vimeo link) Coney Island has gone through a lot of changes in the past couple of decades, but it still has its charm. Neatoramanaut Robert Kolodny made this love letter to the Brooklyn seaside neighborhood. -Thanks, Robert!

11 Shameless Comic Book Ads That Cost Us Our Allowance Money

If today’s Generation Y and Z-ers accuse us Baby Boomers of being cynical and distrustful, well, I for one blame it all on comic books. How many of us who grew up in the 1960s and early ’70s were lured by those enticing ads promising everything from X-Ray vision to frolicking, crown-wearing sea monkey pets [...]

Meet 5 Pioneering Women

March is Women’s History Month, because women make history, even when they don’t make the history books. It’s not always easy to find the fascinating females hidden among the archives of those who settled the United States. Whether they are builders, barrier breakers, victims, or criminals, here are five interesting women whose stories were left [...]

Coney Island: Dreamland by the Sea

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again. The place that gave Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmoe the crazy idea that happiness was just a few subway stops away. Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement park in the United States. But back [...]

The Quick 10: The Chrysler Building

Apparently it’s Buildings of New York Appreciation Week here in MF. Joining the New York Public Library in having a birthday this week is the Chrysler Building, which will be celebrating its 81st year dominating the Manhattan skyline. It may not be the tallest building in town these days, but it’s still one of the [...]

The Best of "Dark Roasted Blend" in 2010

“THE BEST OF DRB: 2010″Link Dark Roasted Blend: Weird & Wonderful Things in 2010 Promoting “sense of wonder” and intense exploration of our world and beyond, shamelessly cynicism- and nihilism- free, “Dark Roasted Blend” is happy to serve our readers since 2006. As a sort of overview, but mostly trying to highlight the themes and articles of [...]

Coney Island Papercraft by Yumiko Matsui

Yumiko Matsui, the papercraft artist extraordinaire who created the Neatobot papercraft, has new series of artwork inspired by New York City. My favorite is the Coney Island papercraft, which involves a fantastically intricate roller coaster: Link – Thanks Inco! (photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! | Unbelievable News. Facts, Odd & Bizarre Things from Around the World. Amazing Artifacts & Attractions.Our Humble Host & The Human Block, is a professional, award winning, comedy sideshow magician who delivers powerful, amazing and devilishly wild magic. He has entertained people from China to Coney Island, concert halls to [...]

Joey Chestnut becomes burrito eating crown

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut is now king of the burrito.Chestnut, also known as “Jaws,” downed 47 burritos in 10 minutes at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque on Saturday, beating the previous record of 33 1/2.Known for his hot-dog eating, Chestnut won the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at New York’s Coney [...]