July 2008

Step right up. First on the July agenda, we find a correction (yes, that’s right, we’re not perfect.)

In the June 2008 issue, in Superintendent George Worden and the Town of Remsen’s profile, we wrote that he has a fleet of Tenco snowplows. Alas, he does not. Rather, he has a fleet of Viking-Cives snowplows. Superintendent’s Profile regrets the error, though we’re not quite sure how it happened, yet.

Next up for consideration is my recent day at Coney Island (thus the explanation for the silly barker talk). My wife and I, and then later, our daughter, have driven on the Belt Parkway by the Wonder Wheel and the defunct Parachute Drop tower for many years. Finally, over Father’s Day weekend, we decided to take Exit 6 and check out the world famous locale. It was everything I imagined it being and to my surprise, I liked it. I’ve heard the oft-uttered adjectives, that the place is seedy, run-down, grimy and so forth. But I found the place charming and although today the place nowhere resembles its heyday, it still holds an old-fashioned appeal (by the way, the Cyclone is all that it’s cracked up to be and the Wonder Wheel is one deceptively evil ride when sitting in a swinging car.)

The next day I started thinking about all the Coney Island development talk that’s been going on for the past several years. (Astroland has supposedly been in its last season for about as long.)

I’ve read that some would like to build luxury apartments, cookie cutter restaurants and upscale shopping malls. It would be a travesty if that happens. We always regret it later when we tear something down that’s old. Coney Island is a link to our nation and New York City’s past. Lose it and we lose a connection to our history. I say build there if we must, but also keep the elements that made Coney what it has been — an interesting place that borders on the absurd. That’s fun. Nathan’s and sideshows just won’t look normal if it’s next door to Abercrombie & Fitch. P

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