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Thursday, April 17, 2008

That Brooklyn Hustle

This past Saturday's installment of 'From the Brooklyn Aerie' - a trivia column which runs regularly in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle- included an interesting account of how a Coney amusement provided a way to hustle bookies:

There's a reason gamblers who bet on races could hardly believe their good fortune when the Otis Company installed one of its elevators as an attraction at Coney Island in the early 1900s. Seems with a pair of binoculars, they could look over at nearby Gravesend Racetrack, spot the winners, and place their bets on them before the bookies got the news of how the races came out.

From The Brooklyn Aerie [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

- post by Ben Nadler

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posted by Omar Robau @ 4/17/2008 02:31:00 AM 


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