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  1. SIP Sunday, June 22, 2008

    10 years sure does fly!! I now live in Manhattan and am a licensed sightseeing guide with a star. (the star means you got 120 or more correct out of a difficult 150 question exam). I do tours everywhere now, majority of them in Coney Island. I was the host and face on television for the Coney Island Museum from 2012-2016, but that wore out after a while and I always liked working outdoors the most. Coney Island, it's very far removed from the Coney I first came home to 10 years ago. We gave old Coney Island a New Orleans Jazz funeral in 2011, and a year later Frankenstorm Sandy put everything underwater. The Coney that rebuilt is just not the Coney I knew before. The World's Fair is forever though. I've been to the park many times since the 2008 tour and was involved at makerfair 2015 at the Hall of Science, which was really something else because the setup I helped host was Fred Kahl's (The Great Fredini) 3d printed model of the original Luna Park. The setup was right underneath the spiral stairs, and we had the Mercury capsule suspended above. Got to see the Great Hall again for the first time in decades, blew me away seeing that blue light coming in through the glass blocks again after such a long time. The last time I went, I had a hallucination that the Singer Bowl was destroyed, leveled, gone, kaput. But I'm sure I was hallucinating. 10 years!!!! Can you believe it? Anyone down for a reunion? Golf and barbeque?
  2. SIP Sunday, June 22, 2008

    Ok I am cementing my travel plans now and I will be in New York for 10-14 days starting June 21. I will be spending a lot of my time at libraries and museums doing research for a book project I am working on, but I will also have plenty of recreation time and want to see if anyone wants to join me in the park on 6/22/08. I will be visiting the park more than once on this trip, with one day reserved exclusively for NYSP. (I want soil samples!!) For 6/22 I just want to tour the park and meet some fellow PTUers. I hope many of you can come! I will have a brand new laptop by then, so if we can get a Wi Fi signal, we can broadcast live to PTUers that are not able to attend. I know the Zoo has a wifi zone- perhaps the area outside the zoo facing GCP (where the Sinclar Bronto used to look over) can pick up the signal, if all else fails. Can someone tell me if private vehicles,(such as my own car) are allowed to drive the entire circuit of Meridian Road? I would enjoy circling the fairgrounds several times to further appreciate the size of the place. Also, since this is a birthday trip for me, on tuesday, June 24, I will be going to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey to celebrate my natal anniversary. All are welcome!! Maybe we can get some pictures of PTUers riding the skyride, then Photoshop them into older picture of the same ride when it was running at the fair. Is anyone other than myself NOT afraid to ride the Kingda Ka? Please post your thoughts on this here, one and all! Jason
  3. Hi folks! It's been a while since I've been on here. I've been deep researching the 1893 Expo for a little over a year now, as part of my much larger project on the history of Coney Island. Once I learned that this fair was more important to Coney Island than either of the 2 NY fairs, I had to learn everything about it. Already obtained reference materials are as follows- 1. World's Columbian Expositon by Bolotin and Laing 2. The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 by Stanley Applebaum. 3. Wonders of Machinery Hall. 4."Ultra massive photo adventure" by Mark Bussler. And of course I have the beloved Gene Wilder film, also done by Mark Bussler. I also found online 15 exhibit catalogues,(!!!)and a visit to the Reference room at NY Library rewarded me with an original 1893 book of color drawings, which I photographed every page. So, now comes the question for you'se all. ("you'se all" yeah he's not from Brooklyn) There are two other photo books available that I am considering buying. One is the smaller, earlier Applebaum book, and the second one is the Arcadia book on the 1893 World's Fair. Do I need these too? All of the covers are copied below, for recognition conveniences. Here is why I ask. It is common knowledge that the 1893 fair did not allow anyone to take pictures unless they purchased a permit, and the Columbian Guard enforced that very strongly. Plus, cameras were large and heavy on tripods. There were smaller hand held cameras but not developed enough yet to offer quality images due to long exposure etc. Thus, there aren't nearly as many images of this expo out there as there are in later fairs. I have a LOT, more than I even would have thought existed, but I am obsessed. I want them all. So with all the books that I have thus far, (and Gene Wilder) and the knowledge that there is such a small catalogue of existing images, I'm wondering if the smaller second Applebaum book is going to be a truncated version of the one I already have... And the Arcadian Book, which does look appealing on it's cover, gives me a gut feeling that every image in the book is already in the other books I own. The cover image alone is in both the Applebaum and Bussler books already) I don't want to pass up either of these books based on speculation, so that is why I am reaching out here. I know there are a fair share of 1893 fans here, so hopefully someone who knows more than me can help me out here. Does anyone with a familiarity of the below collection , own either of these two books (Arcadia or smaller Applebaum) and can offer insight as to whether I have the whole gamut of existing, high quality images of the fair, or if there is stuff in these two books not published elsewhere? Most of the Arcadia books are great, and my favorites are Bill Cotter's World's Fair books and Chas. Denson's Coney Island and Astroland book, because nearly all if not completely all of the images belong to the authors private collections and were not seen elsewhere. The 1893 Arcadia book literally impossible for the images to be the author's private collection, so naturally, I'm skeptical on buying it due to concern of nothing but repeats. Any insights are much appreciated!! Thank you for reading my post, and Peace Through Understanding to all. ~ ConeyEyeJ owned owned owned owned owned 1 or 2 books in question 2 of 2 books in question
  4. There was a ferryboat from the Staten Island Ferry, called the "Miss New York" that retired in the 1970's and became a floating restaurant in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I have been searching the web trying to find it, but have found no luck. Does anyone know if it is still there? Here is what it looked like when it was in service- the windows are unmistakable... There were 3 boats of that class; the Miss New York, the Gold Star Mother, and the Mary Murray. Gold Star Mother was scrapped, MNY went to Bridgeport to become a restaurant, and the Mary Murray went to New Jersey to also become a restaurant. Unfortunately, the Murray sat and rotted for 30 years,never to become anything, and was finally scrapped just last summer.
  5. Minnesota

    I've never seen any pictures of the canoes and fishing at the Minnesota pavilion. Anyone have any memories of that pavilion to share?
  6. After much research and reevaluation, I have completed my final version of the Mezzanine map. Sadly, I lost a lot of pictures last month with my old computer, so I need a volunteer to re send me the ones missing from the original version of the map. Those being the Schweizer glider and the Texaco info kiosk. I do hope everyone enjoys the new mezzanine map! jS
  7. The crew had to abandon ship off North Carolina after the ship lost power and the pumps failed. Coast guard rescued the crew. Ship was still upright at time of this story, not sure if CG can save her or if she will go down to the bottom. http://news.sky.com/story/1004141/hms-bounty-crew-abandon-ship-in-hurricane
  8. They thought they would be able to sail around the storm but miscalculated. I got to see the Bounty in St Petersburg in 2009 right before I moved back up to NY. Have a great picture of it from that day, but I've wasted a half hour already trying to post it on this message and aparantly I cannot post pictures here. Sorry people.
  9. In my 1964 guidebook, there is an advertisement for United Delco, which features a picture of a futuristic car with a space capsule type control console next to it. What I always wondered was if this was a photo of the actual exhibit how it looked, or a concept model of the exhibit. Anyone know?
  10. I just finished re-reading all of the expanded coverage on the US Pavilion on NYWF64.com. What an incredible place it was, and what a tragic loss! Had the building survived, it sure would have made a fantastic museum-like Moses intended it to be. Can you imagine the whole upper floor with moving bleachers being converted into a "World's Fair Experience,the ride"? Sadly, this is only pipe dreaming. The building is gone now, far longer than it even existed. I started this topic because I am interested in anyone's memories and experiences at the US Pavilion, be it during the fair, or after. Some PTUers were fortunate enough to grow up in the area and be up close and personal with the pavilion. I'd love to hear your stories! I only have one memory of the building, that was on a 3rd grade school trip to the Hall of Science and a picnic lunch at FMCP. Our teacher lined the whole class up near the Federal Pavilion, and we walked halfway around Kennedy Circle, right near the fence that surrounded the building. I remember marveling at the colors, and how the building seemed to float on air. That was the closest I ever got. I recall seeing it once more on a visit to the park with my family, but this was from a distance. We were looking at the Unisphere and I wanted to walk over to the US building, but my parents wouldn't allow it, they said we could get mugged over there. (I think it was really because they didn't want to walk the extra distance) For those new to PTU who haven't yet seen Bill Young's excellent features on the United States Pavilion, it is right here: http://www.nywf64.com/unista01.shtml
  11. Photo of the Day for Monday

    Ahh, never mind. :ph34r: http://www.life.com/news-pictures/3226480/magic-skyway-ride
  12. Photo of the Day for Monday

    Can someone please either restore this picture or provide a hot link to it? Today is MLK day, it would be nice to share it. Thanks.
  13. I knew I had these around somewhere..... This was the view from the Croton reservoir, of the Palace under construction Ground Floor Plan. Boy they really packed em in! Wish I had the upper level plans too! JS <!-- sB) --><!-- sB) -->
  14. A complete guide and exhibit manifest. Not sure why the text appears in this manner, but make sure you scroll all the way down so as not to miss anything~ NY Crystal Palace guide
  15. NYSP in danger?

    Apparantly there was some damage to the outer mezzanine wall near the Astral Fountain. (not sure if it's related to the storm orif it was man made. Those cinderblocks can be taken out pretty easy with a chisel) Someone posted about it on Facebook, you can now see inside what was once the Restaurant area. (junk, lampstands, and dead pigeons) Sad sad sad.
  16. Seven-Up revisited!

    Everyone here knows that I am a Seven-Up sandwich fanatic- so it is with great pleasure that I pass the word on to my fellow PTUers that Bill Young has added a Seven-Up feature to NYWF64.com! Now we can see exactly what went on all of those sandwiches! This should keep me busy (and well fed) for months to come! Only downside is, if I eat all those sandwiches they'll need a crane to get me up to Club Swanky's! lol Here is the link to the new 7-Up page- menu is on the left margin. ENJOY! Jason [url:6tbmyy5l]http://www.nywf64.com/sevup01.shtml[/url:6tbmyy5l]
  17. Mapping the Belgian Village

    Wood, stucco, and belgian block. Also some of the roofs appear to have slate shingles. They never would have survived the 1970's when the park had no security. If you think the vandals had a field day with the Federal Pavilion, imagine what they would have done to this?
  19. I'm trying to restore my pics that got cut off when I moved my photobucket album. I hope these are the right ones!
  20. Inside the TENT OF TOMORROW

    Image restored! I didn't realize that when I moved my photobucket pics all of my images here were erased from existence. Anyone still have the little cards I gave out with this picture at the SIP? I actually have a little stack of them buried in a miniature time capsule in FMCP in a secret location. It is scheduled to be extracted on June 22, 2108. See ya all there!
  21. Dear Friends- I would first and foremost like to thank all those here who enriched my knowledge and understanding of the 1964 New York World's Fair. In the 13 months leading to our memorable tour on 22 June, 2008, I truly enjoyed sharing and learning with all of you. I put a lot of work into my Tent of Tomorrow website, which was inspired by some of the good people here at PTU, and did all I could to present everyone in attendence with a knowledgable and entertaining tour. As many know, I was not able to renew the Domain name TentofTomorrow.com in a timely enough fashion and lost the rights to the name. These things happen, and now someone else owns it. However, it was abruptly brought to my attention this evening that whoever owns this site now plagarized everything I wrote, word for word, and claimed it as their own without giving me due credit. For the most part, just like what kids do with stuff online in their schoolwork. Maybe the person who took over the domain name and my material did so to preserve my work. If this is the case, thank you for the effort, even though it's like writing a book and seeing it used for bird cage lining. If not, then whoever did this should be truly ashamed of themselves. The layout is different, and many of my pictures and artwork are gone, but what remains on this shoddy facsimile is my own writing. The only thing that was added was the picture of Michael Nagel, the NY times guy. The administrator of the "new" TOT.com remains anonymous. . Behold the ruins of the website Tent of Tomorrow dot com Here's to the good ol days and once more, thanks to all who came from near and far to attend my tour, and for the love,support and encouragement you gave my former website. Best wishes, Jay
  22. Tent of Tomorrow dot com

    Thank you Marc that is very kind. I gave it some thought and decided to make TOT.com a sub domain with my redux of GLCI.com instead. It should be up sometime later in the winter because I need to focus on GLCI first. I really do appreciate the offer though, thats very sweet. Happy Holidays! BTW folks, check out the new site- it's my first ever attempt at a flash video intro. Not bad for a beginner, eh? Gotta Love Coney Island

    Oh My Gawwwwd!! I completely forgot about this conversation from 2 years ago. The Club Swanky's orgy! The pigeon dropping coated deviled eggs! Comedy I love it! Anyone ever discover how that group actually got up there?
  24. New York State Pavilion - new book

    WOW! Congrats Chris, this looks outstanding! I am so glad someone finally wrote a book about our NYSP, so long overdue. Can't wait to have a copy. This is the best thing to come along since the BBQ video, I love it! J