A Simple Sign of Wonder

xmas cross wonder wheel

The illuminated cross atop Deno’s Wonder Wheel is a 67-year holiday tradition started by the Garms family to mark the end of World War II and the troops return home. The new LED cross, which was made by DJ Vourderis, is on the wheel from Thanksgiving thru Jan 6. May your holidays be merry and bright!!  Source: Coney Island History Project



At Horn & Hardart’s Automat

Long before the present-day craze of fast food restaurants (Burger King, McDonalds, etc.) there was the Automat. Established by Joe Horn and Frank Hardart, the first opened on July 2, 1912 in Times Square and was an immediate sensation. Offering a vast selection of freshly-prepared food, almost everything (literally) from soup to nuts, customers would drop a nickle in a slot and select their dish from windowed compartments.

“Children and tourists adored them, office workers depended on them, retirees gathered in them, and New Yorkers with nothing to spend on lunch stirred free ketchup into hot water and called it soup.” {read more} Lunch Hour NYC


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