Amusing history: Spotlight on Rockaway bungalows, Coney Island, the vanished Freedomland and other summer treasures
A bungalow in the Rockaways. (Photo via LaurenKrohnRichman on Flickr)
The Historic Districts Council will be exploring the leisure destinations of old New York in its fall lecture series, Out for the Day in New York: Historical Resorts and Amusements.
The Bungalows of the Rockaways, a documentary, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The historical quaint homes that once laced the peninsula have dwindled from nearly 7,000 in 1933 to only 500 today. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Richard George, of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Organization, preservationist Caroline C. Pasion, and the filmmakers, Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Logan Harris.
In the tour, From the Shore to the Sideshow, participants will delve into the history of Brooklyns Coney Island, getting a taste of the amusement parks humble beginnings and its impending future. The tour will visit landmarks such as the Cyclone Coaster and Parachute Jump. The tour starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.
Fun in the Sun: Resorts, Pools, Fairs and More! will look at the venues of amusement and relaxation in all five boroughs. Various noted speakers will discuss the racetracks, railroads, and resorts of Brooklyn, New Yorks WPA-era swimming pools, the 1964-1965 New York Worlds Fair, and the Bronxs Freedomland amusement park. This event will be held on Sept. 16.
Lecture tickets are $15, tour tickets are $35, and you can snag a full series package for $60.
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-- Simone Herbin