Time Machine: Coney Island (1905)

As you all know, Coney Island is the famous amusement park on the southern part of Brooklyn, N.Y. I haven’t been there in years. Probably the last time I went was in the 1970s.

But here’s how it looked in 1905, when Miss Knapp took her boarding school girls there for a day trip.

A couple of things.

1) It’s surprising there weren’t a couple of compound fractures when the girls had to jump off of …?? What was that thing anyway? It wasn’t a car. Maybe it was a bus, but when you have to climb a ladder to get on it, that’s a sign it’s too dangerous to ride on.

2) Bathing suits were really depressing in 1905. It’s like having a cop say “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

3) It didn’t take much to excite people at the amusement park. Roll them around in a big wheel. Put them on a large slide. And run a fake race on fake horses and it’s a perfect day. Can you imagine anyone in 1905 riding on a roller coaster?

Like the Cyclone, the classic wooden coaster at Coney Island that celebrates its 86th year in operation this year:

This week in race relations

From big city

Dov-Hikind-facebook-cropped-proto-custom_28A veteran New York Assemblyman on Monday stood by his decision to wear blackface makeup, an Afro wig and a basketball jersey to a costume party in the face of criticism he called “political correctness to the absurd.”

Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind wrote on his blog Monday that he doesn’t understand the criticism swirling around Albany and doesn’t know why anyone would be offended by the costume he wore to a party he recently held at his home in Brooklyn to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.

… to small town America …

north-dakota-kkk-hoods-cropped-proto-custom_28A North Dakota high school principal says appropriate action is being taken after three students briefly donned Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods Friday night during a state hockey semifinal game.

The photo caused an uproar on Twitter when it was posted by 19-year-old Shane Schuster, who was seated with some friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when something in the student section across the rink caught his eye.

“I thought, ‘Are those KKK hoods?’ I couldn’t believe it,” Schuster said. “I was shocked.”

… some folk just need to be slapped into next week, as my Big Ma used to say. (From TPM)