Sunday, July 22, 2007
While Grand Central Terminal stands today as one of New York City’s most famous landmarks, it was by no means the first railroad station in New York City. In fact, the current structure is neither the first to claim the name “Grand Central” or to occupy the present location at 42nd and Park. Yet, the story of Grand Central Terminal allows one to gaze back and observe much of the history of the City of New York, and to witness the growth and expansion of a vibrant metropolis reflected in an unrivaled monument of civic architecture.
For the true weiner connoisseur, every Fourth of July is the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. In 2004, for an unprecedented fourth straight year, 145 pound Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi stuffed the competition by downing 53½ dogs in 12 minutes.
If you visit Nathan's, don't worry. No one will make you eat 53½ dogs in any amount of minutes. Unless, of course, you want to.
For more visit: http://history.amusement-parks.com/nathans.htm
Brothers Jack and Irving Rosenthal commissioned Vernan Keenan to design, and Harry C. Baker to construct, a monumental wooden-tracked twister, which was forced to be exceptionally tight and steep because of the small ground space that was available to them. Construction then began on a site historically significant in the world of roller coasters -- the Cyclone occupies the space, which contained the world's very first roller coaster, LaMarcus A. Thompson's Switchback Railway, as well as the world's first successful looping roller coaster, Loop The Loop. With power supplied by the Eisenberg Brothers of Brooklyn, signs from Menheimer and Weiss of New York City, steel from the National Bridge Company, also of New York City, and lumber from Cross, Austin & Ireland, located in Long Island City, the Cyclone quickly became Coney Island's number one attraction, a status it maintains to this day.
When the Rosenthal Brothers left Coney Island to operate their newest property, Palisade Amusement Park, they turned over the operation of the Cyclone to Chris Feuchts, who lovingly maintained and ran the ride for decades. Eventually, ownership of Cyclone was acquired by the City of New York, and it was operated by the City's Parks Department.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Uncle Dave welcomes William David Sharpe into the world today at 5 PM in Guelph Ontario.
William David Sharpe is the son of my cousin Mark and his wife Ronda. Mark is 12th in the line of my 13 direct cousins. His son is my Uncle Dave and Aunt Mary's 7th grandchild I think!
Just think with a good life ahead of him William at 93 will see the year 2100!