sideshow by the seashore. coney island. on Flickr.
“They’re here, they’re real, and they’re alive!” is the common call that you’ll hear from the sideshow announcer standing on the platform in front of the Sideshows by the Seashore at the Coney Island Museum. Here, the announcer introduces Betty Bloomerz, a sword swallower to entice the crowd to go inside and check out the show.
behind the counter. nathan’s coney island. on Flickr.
Yes, I’m a little insane. I decided to stop by Nathan’s in Coney Island for a hot dog on the Fourth of July. The place was (obviously) packed, but probably not as bad as it was around noon (I got there around 5-ish). Usually I make my trek out there in the fall, just before the season ends, or in the dead of winter, when you can feel the presence of the old ghosts.
margaret court, sheepshead bay. on Flickr.
In Sheepshead Bay, there are quite a number of alleyways with bungalows. Margaret Court is located on Sheepshead Bay Road between Avenue Y and Z. More on the history of these alleys at Forgotten New York: http://forgotten-ny.com/2001/05/sheepshead-bay-hidden-alleys-between-the-bungalows/
Mr. Figaro, a barber shop on Avenue Z and Ocean Avenue is a Sheepshead Bay fixture since the late ’70s. For over 30 years, the singing barber from the former Soviet Union used to bust out tunes from Elvis and Sinatra while cutting hair. Sadly, 2010 was not a great year - both the ceiling collapsed in and the barber suffered a stroke. After renovations, his son now owns the place, and the tenor only comes in occasionally to entertain. The old sign in front has since been removed, but this original is still on the side of the building, at Ocean Avenue.
my childhood building. on Flickr.
This is the building I lived in many years ago, right on Avenue X and Sheepshead Bay Road. Growing up living in a big apartment building was great - there were kids everywhere, a pool, and my grapndparents were only a block away. Leaving Brooklyn was hard for me, and adjusting to a more “suburban” setting in Queens was somewhat of a culture shock at first.