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Day 1260

Christmas in June

June 12th, 2015



A Sing for Hope piano on the Coney Island Boardwalk

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The Thunderbolt

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Opened in June 2014, the Thunderbolt replaced a roller coaster of the same name that operated here in Coney Island from 1925 to 1982. You can take a virtual ride on the new Thunderbolt here.

Standing beneath the original Thunderbolt was a large house (photo) — a former hotel — occupied by the family that owned the roller coaster. The house was briefly but memorably featured in the movie Annie Hall as the childhood home of Woody Allen's character, Alvy.

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Day 1258

9/11 memorial #255

June 10th, 2015



After finishing my walk and heading to Brooklyn, I came across this sidewalk memorial in Park Slope.

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Merryland Buffet

June 10th, 2015



Another location, another child robo-barker.

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Losing his mind

June 10th, 2015



On the wall of this former Rite Aid, the Royal Kingbee is inexplicably bonking himself on the head with a mallet.

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Opera House Hotel

June 10th, 2015



This boutique hotel occupies the former Bronx Opera House. According to the hotel, the old theater "hosted some of the top performers in the history of show business, including Harry Houdini, George Burns, John Bunny, Peggy Wood, John and Lionel Barrymore, and Eddie Cantor."

UPDATE: The Opera House Hotel briefly gained notoriety a couple of months after I walked by when it was determined that the hotel's rooftop cooling tower was the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed 12 people in July and August.

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After Milciades put on a mini-concert in the casita at the Palmas del Caribe community garden, the guys offered me a couple of Coors Lights and a tour around the garden. You can hear Milciades play another tune, after warming up his pipes, below.

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City soundtrack

June 10th, 2015



Looking down on 161st Street from the Eagle Avenue bridge

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Taino Auto Parts

June 10th, 2015



in the former North Side Savings Bank

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The Law Building

June 10th, 2015



The Law Building, at 3208-3210 Third Avenue, is located across the street from the old Bronx Borough Courthouse. True to its name, the building was formerly occupied by law offices, and was also home to the designated auction room for court-ordered sales of Bronx real estate, not to mention a bakery and restaurant where at least one kid's bar mitzvah reception was held.

One of the lawyers who hung out his shingle here, Edgar Hirschberg, once represented, in the matter of a disputed election, Michael J. Garvin, the "Tammany hack of little knowledge and less repute" who stole credit (and payment) for the design of the aforementioned courthouse from Oscar Bluemner.

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An imminent resurrection?

June 10th, 2015



Vacant since 1978, the old Bronx Borough Courthouse is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation. One of the owners hopes to reopen the building by 2017, although he doesn't yet know what it will be used for.

The figures "drawn" on the construction netting are part of an art exhibition that has opened the former courthouse to the public, if only temporarily, for the first time in almost four decades. At the top of the photo is a two-dimensional version of the Lady Justice statue that lies beneath the netting. The two maned lion heads at the bottom made me wonder if the artist was suggesting that lion statues once stood atop the empty pedestals flanking the entrance, à la Patience and Fortitude. This old photo of the building shows that there were no lions, however, but rather what appear to be light fixtures.

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Breaking the chains

June 10th, 2015




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