SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 1966 ANDERSON SUNDAY HERALD PAOE45 Surf, Sand, Sensation, Silliness; That's Coney Island 137-Year-Old Resort Area For 'Escape' By DONALD E. MULLEN United Press International "They used to talk of bedlam And they Babel, used to talk of But in all the fact and fable Since the days of Cain and Abel No metaphor Is better for The same than Coney Isle-." NEW YORK (DPI) -Sing that piece of clattering doggerel to its roaring 1880s tune, give it a rouser of a finish, and that's what the sports were belting in the days when the nation was continually shocked at the tales of Coney Island. For most of its 137 years as a resort, Coney Island has been synonymous with sunf, sand, sociability, sensation, sex, silli- iness—and steaming hot dogs, with lots of mustard and sauerkraut. New York's most famous escape mechanism has fought it out with blue laws, vaudeville, movies, television, the automobile and generations of culture-minded critics. And, amusement parks, with its five miles of smooth Atlantic beach like the apocryphal corpse at atjhe end of a 20-cent subway the Irish wake, as soon as the ~"~ sobbing mourners lift their glasses in memory, it sits up and asks for a round, too. Today, the grand father of all ncleT faces its toughest fight- real estate boom that hi surrounded it with high ri apartments and threatens to shove them right into its midst. FtPM, APPLY TfJS LIVING ROOM HOURS'! PRY/MS T/ME'. MOW - CM, OH! SLAMM& T&ePQCX VW£W--.UKKY IT POeSM'T LOCK! It is also suffering the backlash of its own ballyhoo. Survives Steeplechase Close When George C. Tilyou retired a few seasons back and sold the famous Steeplechase Park with its parachute drop, zooming steeplechase horses and skirt-hiking insanitarium, the new owners closed the 18- acre section and it followed the Coney Island House—the first hotel. Then the beach became « playground for the aristocratic, the artistic and the politically powerful. Daniel Webster, Hen^ ry Clay, Jenny Lind, P.T. Barnum and Herman Melville took the Coney Island air. Poet Walt Whitman went skinny dipping in the Atlantic's "slow- Luna Pal- 6 " measured sweep, with rustla jand hiss and foam, and many a Steeplechase's publicity'" 1 "" 1 ? a ,f °f low Ib f s , dri i m £ > worked too well The crv went I In 1867 ' Cone y Island restau * UD "Conev is d'oad" Tn faot rateur Charles Feltman re- sLnlechase was onlv a turned from a W P '° ^ native Son" o? the am°Lent Germany.with a new idea. He center [lock a wiener sj'.usage, roasted i Coney is still there and the! 1 .' and P ut !t , in ^ de ., ap ™! lk ro ": (crowds still pack the subways rt S 9° n replaced, the clam as The PHANTOM By Lee Fa Ik IN THE PEEP WOODS- "UNCLE WALKER"-FOR THE GHOST WHO WALKS. that grind out of the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn and unload them at the end o'f the line—the grimy Stillwell Ave. terminal, entrance to the [It __ .. . the favorite boardwalk snack. Hot Dog Born The name hot dog didn't come along until later and was coined by local humorists, as a "poor man's Riviera." story goes, during a scandal The fun seekers and the sun!°Y er the ingredients, of the seekers still stroll along the; lvlener f Nothing was ever three-and-a-half mile boardwalk pr ? v ,,; , ,J™^ ' Cmf .. pn f PrP H to the strains of the carousels, ln the 1870s ; Lo ^ <™ e ™° thp whanff nf the <:hootine M era of "P" le nce, graft and S??tJ £ d ?i ^'- ^VJni^ln! roflercoastcrs Vanderbilts and the Astors And, as always, the fresh sealfP 6 "' the .^ as , on , at f a f aslical : breeze still mixes with the best ^ Pinnacled hotels. At one of stomach bait in the world—the aromas of hot dogs, knishes and hot buttered corn on the cob. pinnacled the t hree race tracks, they would rub elbows with gamblers, crooked politicians, prostitutes, gangsters and commo- ost ners and cheer jockey Edward wTtt ^^V^io^^hm^m^ to ^ ^^^1^^ J^rrie ««» ***?%£ bars. Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell pedalled along the beach on a tandem bicycle, current Miss Coney Island. Needs Cleanup KATEENA-1 SO DIPN'T KNOW, you.' "CAN I RIPE HER? CAN J YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR FRIENP- KATEENA? UNCLE WALKER WOULP HAVE A SURPRISE FDR ME TOPAV.'.-- THERE HE UNCLE WALKER! MEANWHJLZ, FAR AWAY, A BANK ROBBERY WHICH WILL SOON INVOLVE REX KING. THE JUNGLE BOY! OK PERHAPS TWO BOYS, A LION AND AN ELEPHANT.' IN THE PEEP WOODS, /F STRANGERS CAME C WHICH THEY NEVER 00) THEY WOULP SEE A STRANGE SIBHT— A BOV ON A LION! TO THE POOL, JOOMBA, TO THE LET'S L« SWIM/ turned into checkerboard Since World War II, Coney has paid for the nickname "Sodom by the Sea" that it earned during its lurid era from 1870 to 1910. Latter day officials with a reform or cultural outlook have tended to give the nod for public improvements, to other beaches. From its scum lined water's edge to its depressing outskirts, Coney Island needs nothing so much as a cleanup and paintup job. It just may get both. This year, like the U.S. Cavalry to the rescue, Mayor John Lindsay's administration is reversing a 25-year trend to downgrade Coney. The mayor has pledged to "help create a revitalized amusement center even greater than the one that has been world famous for so many years." Park Commissioner Thomas P.P. Hvong, the city's ubiqui- ,tous boy wonder of recreation, j recently visited Coney andj i n 1920. the subway was ; spent two hours riding on the I extended to Coney and it truly j roller coaster. He is all for became the workingman's play! stopping while John Phillip Sousa's band played on a hotel veranda. By the turn of the century, Coney had ' ' =-'- fantastic amusement parks. The storied Dreamland Park opened in 1911. and years after it burned to the ground its theme song "Meet me Tonight in Dreamland" lingers on as a shadowy memory. Singing Waiter About that time a young man by the nam of Israel Baline was a singing waiter in Stache's Restaurant before he changed his Berlin and name to Irving started writing years later, Jimmy played piano and Eddie Cantor sang and waited tables for "throw money" at Carey Walsh's, while on nearby Surf Ave., Mae West's policeman father pounded a beat. songs. A few Durante the march of the 'apa'rtment houses. "I would very much like to map steeplechase as a park," he said, delight. to Coney Islanders' Before rived, Coney Island has always been money making proposition. European settlers ar- the Canarsie Indians searched the sandy marshes for wampum shells. They also used the ocean front as a hideout for their women and children, sharing it with a multitude of rabbits—called coneys. In 1829, enterprising individuals threw a bridge Coney Island Creek—now long filled in—and built a shell road over the salt beach where marsh they to the erected ground. Coney Island's standard bearer today is Nathan Handwerker, founder of "Nathan's Famous" which is celebrating its 50th year as the world's largest hot dog stand. Nathan's sign-covered establishment, with its open front and fast working countermen, dispenses millions of hot dogs a . year. The original stand that sold hot dogs for a nickle is now an $8 million-a-year business. "No one can hope to be elected in this state without being photographed eating a hot dog at Nathan's Famous," Gov. Nelson Rockefeller said. And dozens hopefully follow his advice. Whafs Important About Learning? First You Have To 'Want 7 It-- WASHINGTON, D.C. (Special) objects, remove one, and ask — School cannot make your! him what's gone. child learn ... it can only help: You can make puzzles by cut- MICKEY MOUSE / I'VE GIVEN! FANCY I TO THE DIFFERENT S ROOMS IM MY C_, HOUSE REFLECTION] cfi/ £;.. THIS IS THE CRYSTAL ROOM I'LL IMTRODUCE BUT I DON'T SEE \ ANY SA,\\ES ! ) T -t\cK/2MT14E TICK-TOCK ROOM 1 . OME BOX OF DOMINOES'.' And that s where you. his magazines, pasting them to a parent, come in. His teacher si shoe b ox top and cutting up job is a big one, and a little ; the box ... by cutting a pic- help from you goes a long way.; ture your ch ild has drawn on A new booklet published by a: a shoe box and having him put department of the National Edu-t j t together again. I cation Association, called "The, 0 Id calendars and playing 'First Big Step", has some ad- Jcards teach your cnild what j vice on how to go about showing: numbers eomc a f ter w hi c h. your child what learning is, that i And vou can wrile down the it can be fun, and that you want< numbers up to len and drill a him to learn. lliu i e on tnem These are some of the tools In your house there are all you can use to help your child kinds" of things to count — build skills: paper (from gro- beads, macaroni pieces (he can eery bags, old newspapers,, also string these), popsicle magazine ads), paste made sticks, bottle caps, buttons, jfrom flour and water, small seeds. For holding things you scissors with blunt edges, and have empty potato sacks, egg i crayons. cartons, net fruit sacks. ' Cutting and pasting. Your These are not the only games ichild will spend a lot of time: which can help your child build .with scissors and paper in! his skills. You may be able school. You get him started 1 to think of some that are bet- iwhen you draw big shapes oivter for him. 'paper for him to cut and paste 1 Some children are not ready . . . when you let him draw his to play skill games until they own pictures for cutting . . .go to school. You can tell. If and when you have him cut: your child likes to play, fine. [pictures from magazines or If he squirms and fusses, let |other paper. him wait, and don't worry. j To teach him about the dif-j ~ ...... ' Terences in objects, have him;].-!---..! Cfna) I o+c icut out big newspaper hcad-;"""''U JTccI LcTS him to match numbers, I Which size? For Plant atc oter letters, \, ,11. . r . ords, and pictures! Neat HIlROIS Uty , other letters, . than a grapefruit? i has , ct lhe t t , , h , Jcoal buttons are the samc| process i nR plant al it< . New ln . land Mine near Mount Vernon, To build skill in knowing shapes, cut items from paper cago or square orj "" 111., to the Link-Belt Co. of Chi- that are round or square ' or The plant will process 1 mil- like a triangle . . . gather a: "on tons of raw coal each vear group of things from around and will ship some J million the house that are of different tons of high-volatile metsllur- shapes . , . show him how to Kical coal yearly to Inland s draw shapes [Indiana Harbor steel plant m soeheo see what he docsn t see - m,ss-! sl( , am con i wil ] be shipped to mg parts. You help him learn. thc same plant eac h year. this when you take pictures ^e new plant will b,: the which show only a part of a : fj rst lo ma |< c commercial use person or thing and ask, O f an Inland - patented process "What's missing?" You can for mjiking motallursical coal aiso draw stick people with from thc No. 6 seam of Illinois missing parts, and line up smiuTcoal.
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