A Swim To Coney Island

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my Grandfather Sam Finkelman’s Historic Swim from East Forty-second street to Coney Island, Steeplechase Park in a time of 6 1/2 hours, covering a distance of nineteen and a half miles using the seal stroke!

Let me add that I, too, once went from Manhattan to Coney Island in 6-1/2 hours…by way of a massive traffic jam!

Jody R. LaGreca/ Coney Island History Project

James V. Lafferty just loved elephant-themed hotels. His companion piece, Lucy the Elephant, in Margate, NJ, is still extant as a curiosity if extinct as a hotel–see: http://www.lucytheelephant.org

Circa71

paraxenos:  canadiansliveinigloos:  grieve-machine:  tarotwoman:  radioheartedkid:  readmorewikipedia:  The Coney Island Elephant was a hotel and brothel built in the shape of  an elephant, and located on Coney Island.In 1885, the Elephant Hotel,  also known as the Elephantine Colossus, was built by James V. Lafferty  and was 122 feet high with seven floors and had 31 rooms.The hotel  became associated with prostitution. This lead to the phrase “going to  see the elephant” being created, to mean going to see a prostitute. (three more pics)    How bizarre :/

The Coney Island Elephant was a hotel and brothel built in the shape of an elephant, and located on Coney Island. In 1885, the Elephant Hotel, also known as the Elephantine Colossus, was built by James V. Lafferty and was 122 feet high with seven floors and had 31 rooms.

The hotel became associated with prostitution. This lead to the phrase “going to see the elephant” being created, to mean going to see a prostitute. (threemorepics)

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