Sunday, March 29, 2015

OPENING DAY! DENO'S WONDER WHEEL Amusement Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC.

The Wonder Wheel was erected in 1920 and stands 150 feet high and holds 144 people at once. Its unusual design incorporates sections of curved tracks connecting an outer wheel and a smaller inner wheel, with 16 swinging cars which roll back and forth between the two wheels. There are also 8 stationary cars. All of the cars give riders panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Photo and full interview appear in our book NEW YORK NIGHTS.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Small stores affected by yesterday's gas explosion/fire on Second Avenue near East 7th Street in the East Village.

Three buildings have now collapsed as a result of the fire. Our hearts go out the injured and to everyone who lost their home or business. Panoramic photo from 2001 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".  (Click on image for larger view)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explosion East Village

Still burning at 10 PM...

Ratner's Ghost Sign, Lower East Side, NYC

Ratner's began as a kosher dairy restaurant in 1905 on Pitt Street and moved in 1918 to Delancey where it remained until closing in 2002. It was founded by brothers Jacob and Harry Harmatz and brother-in-law Alex Ratner and a coin flip determined the restaurant's name. In the 1960s Ratner's began to serve fish as well but the most popular items were their potato soup and pancakes, vegetarian chop liver, blintzes and cheesecake.

1930 REO Flying Cloud, Lower East, NYC.

The Flying Cloud was equipped with wooden wheels fashioned from solid oak. The name provoked evocative images of speed and lightness and changed the way automobiles would be named in the future.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Egidio Pastry Shop, Belmont, The "Little Italy of the Bronx" , NYC

Egidio Pastry Shop was founded in 1912 by Pasquale Egidio. It is now being run by Carmela Lucciola who was born in Italy and carries on the tradition of the Egidio family, using all their #original recipes for the #Italian #pastries and #cakes. The #neon sign was installed in the 1960s and Carmela always tries to keep it lit. This #bakery is known for their delicious #cannolis, Napoleans and biscotti. We loved how this place glows at night and included it in our book New York Nights along with a full interview with Carmela.