Wednesday, December 05, 2007

More From The Brooklyn Historian

Once again, Brooklyn Historian John Manbeck has shared some of his immense knowledge of Coney Island history in the pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. In his discussion on confusing duplicates in history, Manbeck touches on the history of both prize fighting and fake elephants in Coney Island:

Long ago, Coney Island claimed a hotel built in the shape of an elephant. Several stories high, it gazed with glass eyes over the ocean waves, its tail dangling above Coney Island Creek. People seem to recall this elephant. "Oh, yes," they say, "I remember him from Steeplechase. Inside the Pavilion of Fun." Wrong!

- post by Ben Nadler

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