Coney Island, baby.

Coney Island isn’t what it used to be. It’s true. Long gone are the days where the idea of going to the beach and enjoying a summer day was 1. a luxury, and then suddenly 2. a reality. The days of seedy and free-wheeling creativity, carny-ing, and cavorting, may have evolved; but that doesn’t mean the lore, charm, and frivolity of the seaside has perished. This, however, doesn’t give me hope:

Blogs like Amusing the Zillion, and physical centers of entertainment and learning such as The Coney Island History Project and Coney Island USA Museum, Archive, and Freak Bar are more important than ever during this time of restructuring and construction. Each presents not only a historical picture of the neighborhood, but a unique look at its evolution and its losses and gains throughout that journey.  Although Coney Island has fallen off the public eye as ‘the’ place to go for Summer fun, it’s historical significance must be preserved-not only through vintage souvenirs and postcards, but through the creation of new memories.

Visit Coney. Any time of the year. Seriously. Put yourself in the shoes of those who called the Boardwalk area home so long ago. Imagine the spectacle of seeing the world lit by electric light!



Mahna Mahna!

Photo by John E. Barrett. Mahna Mahna and back-up singers © The Muppets Studio, LLC.

If ever there was an exhibit that could bring Cheshire smiles and soggy tear-stained cheeks to each and EVERY viewer, it would be this amazing walk-through at the Museum of the Moving Image. Take a free tour, walk through yourself, or do both. Let the ambition, creativity, and love from Jim Henson sink in and leave inspired and ready to re-watch your favorite Henson films and episodes when you get home.

Continue reading “Mahna Mahna!”

World Book Night 2012

We have a goal of getting 50,000 people to go out to places in their communities on the evening of Monday, April 23, 2012, and give a book to a stranger or to people you might know but believe aren’t frequent readers.

We will ask that you go to a coffee shop or hospital, church or community center, an after-work party or train home, shopping mall or local school — and give out 20 free paperbacks.

These paperbacks will be specially-produced, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. editions, and there will be 30 titles for you to choose from.

LibraryYOU shoutout

Playing internet tag has its privileges. I just stumbled upon this great project spearheaded by Donna Feddern of the Escondido Public Library in San Diego County, California. LibraryYOU aims to provide an “online university by the people, for the people. The library hopes to capture and share local knowledge through video sharing sites and podcasts.”

Learn more about LibraryYOU today!

Holiday times= internet dead zone.

There I go, promising luxurious blog posts about libraries, archives, and the like, and then I deliver with another few weeks of silence. Well, thankfully for me, I’m sure you, my couple of readers were busy as well, as you trimmed, ate, and relaxed, knowing that there were quite a few postal/bank holidays in your future. Here, for your enjoyment (and a departure from all things bookish), is a wee personal photo gallery of the past few weeks.

Saw Neil DeGrasse Tyson host a live taping of the podcast Star Talk at the Bell House. No, Carl Sagan (obviously) wasn’t there, but come on, how can you resist this excellent jpeg?

I dropped off my final research project, freshly printed and bound by the nice ladies at Staples. Strangely somber, that day. And also strangely damp and cloudy, just like the first day I ever signed up for classes.

The BF and I bought a tiny tree in order to celebrate the Pine holiday in proper fashion. Note the tree topper, which from further examination has revealed itself to be a shark pirate, who wields in one hand a shark’s-tooth dagger and in the other, a sword shaped like a shark. Classic.

home sweet home

Long Island City has a new resident! The Theatre Development Fund and its expansive collection of costumes now resides in a spacious warehouse owned and operated by Kaufman-Astoria Studios! The high-volume collection is unfortunately not open to view by the public, but is open for rentals to not-for-profit theatre companies, schools, community and religious groups, as well as film and television productions. Welcome!

Thanks to Brandi at Why Leave Astoria for the article!