Lost New York

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Pavilion, 2011 - History - 142 pages
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Coney Island's Dreamland--destroyed by fire in 1911, Metropolitan Opera House--demolished in 1967, Moondance Diner--moved to Wyoming in 2007. A celebration of the cherished parts of New York that are no longer. The New York landmarks remembered here include Coney Island's "Elephant Colossus," an elephant-shaped hotel rumored to be a brothel and destroyed by fire in 1896; the Manhattan Beach Hotel; South Street Seaport; Stanford White's Madison Square Garden; the Vanderbilt, Tiffany, and Astor mansions; Central Park's elevated railway; the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel; the 1939 World's Fair site; Manhattan Train Terminal on Brooklyn Bridge; Ebbet's Field--home of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and the Polo Grounds--home of the NY Giants baseball team. This collection celebrates old theaters and hotels that have burned or been razed, vanished ferry buildings, removed-from-service trolley cars, classic art deco diners, and the demolition that sparked a strong preservation movement in the city: Pennsylvania Station.

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Marcia Reiss is the author of Architectural Details, Brooklyn Then and Now, Central Park Then and Now, Manhattan in Photographs, New York Then and Now, and a series of guides to historic Brooklyn neighborhoods for the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is former policy director of the Parks Council, now New Yorkers for Parks, and former public affairs director for the New York City Department of Ports and Trade. She also taught at Columbia University and Hunter College and was a reporter for the Brooklyn Phoenix. A former resident of Brooklyn and Manhattan, she lives in upstate New York.