Remembering the New York World’s Fair of 1939

Originally posted on mcnyblog:

Handbill from the 1939 New York World's Fair.  1939-1940 World's Fair Collection. Museum of the City of New York

Handbill from the 1939 New York World’s Fair, 1939, in the1939-1940 World’s Fair Collection. Museum of the City of New York.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World Fairs of the 1930’s” opened at the Museum of the City of New York  December 5, featuring a core traveling exhibition organized by the National Building Museum, which was then expanded and adapted by the City Museum.

New York’s celebrated World’s Fair of 1939-40, held in the newly built Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, drew millions of visitors with its promise to reveal “The World of Tomorrow.” As one of the last – and the largest – of six world’s fairs that were held in the United States in the 1930s, the New York fair was the culmination of years of planning that looked to design, science, and technology to alleviate the bleak conditions of the Depression and create a brighter future.

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Long Island Groundhog Sees Shadow, Staten Island Groundhog Does Not

GrayFoxDown:

Insofar as me and my shadow are concerned, we’re not on speaking terms these days.

Originally posted on CBS New York:

MALVERNE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Groundhogs in the Tri-State Area Saturday did not agree on whether there would be six more weeks of winter.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported and WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, groundhog Staten Island Chuck had good news Saturday for those who are weary of winter, but groundhog Malverne Mel on Long Island said the area might as well get used to more wintry weather to come.

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It was about 19 degrees on Staten Island Saturday morning, when Chuck made the prediction. He did not see his shadow, and lore has it that that means an early spring.

Jordan Hafizi, 13, thought it was great news.

“Chuck is great. He made a spring prediction. After the Superstorm Sandy, it’s great. It was fantastic,” Jordan said. “He didn’t bite (City Council Speaker)…

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Dolphin Dies After Getting Stranded In Gowanus Canal

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This poor creature shared a similar fate with that of the whale that washed ashore in Queens last month. We’re lately seeing more and more of these unfortunate occurrences in and around the NYC area.

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The dolphin that appeared to have lost its way and became stranded in the Gowanus Canal died early Friday evening.

The wayward animal stopped moving shortly after 5:30 p.m. after getting wedged between a rock and a pillar below the Union Street Bridge, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

Witnesses said they saw the dolphin flop around and struggle and hit its head against a pillar before it stopped moving and began floating.

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The NYPD Harbor and Emergency Service Units were on the scene along with marine mammal experts from the Riverhead Foundation. As Brooklynites gathered around, the dolphin stayed in one spot bobbing its head above the surface rhythmically before it eventually died.

“The fact that it’s here by itself in this polluted water tells me it was in…

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The pleasure gardens of Lower Manhattan

Originally posted on Ephemeral New York:

Pleasure gardens: The term sounds dreamy and enchanting.

And for 18th and 19th century city residents, these gardens definitely were: recreational spaces open day and night that featured landscaped grounds, lights, music, theater, fountains, and grottos.

Kind of a cross between a botanical garden, country club, and the Playboy mansion, pleasure gardens offered a coed social scene plus the latest fancy refreshments—the alcoholic kind as well as the new craze: ice cream.

New York Vauxhall Gardens, opened in 1767 on Greenwich Street by the Hudson River, was one of the first. Vauxhall eventually relocated between Broadway and the Bowery (practically the countryside at the time) in 1805.

Exclusive Niblo’s Garden (at left) soon became hugely popular, taking over an older pleasure garden at Broadway and Prince Street in 1825 and expanding it with a theater and open-air saloon.

Contoit’s Garden, close to Niblo’s on Broadway, was an elegant rival. And…

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A Sunny Morning in the Lower East Side

Originally posted on Bluestar2012's Photoblog:

DSC_8167-001DSC_8173-001Modernity, with people. I don’t recall the purpose of this building, but I’m not sure I care for the look. Maybe it does serve a function, other than looking like it is going to tip over?

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Retro swimwear at Coney Island!

Originally posted on VINTAGE VANDALIZM:

Last weeks heat wave was intense and what better way to spend it than at Coney Island with my favorite gal pal sipping lemonade out of Nathan’s jumbo cups enjoying the scenery of this beautiful place! I hadn’t seen my friend Ingrid in months because she’s been in Miami so it was a nice day to catch up and check out Coney Island’s new look. I am always trying to kill 3 birds with one stone so I also decided to shoot some swimsuits for a review on my blog being that CI has many great backdrops (This wouldn’t be my first time shooting at Coney Island lol Love it!). I haven’t been to CI in a while and it was refreshing to see how much it has changed for the better whilst still having many elements of its history. I was afraid they would tear it down and build casinos, apartment buildings…

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