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So ends this sketchy, rudimentary overview I did for a documentary filmmaker 20 years ago. But next week this space will run my unpublished Village Voice interview with Horace Bullard on the reconstruction of Coney Island—that never happened. The sublime element of sleaze became more prominent through the 1950s and ’60s. There was further decay as property taxes rose with the minimum wage. Mom-and-pop rides and side-street spook houses across Surf Avenue cut costs on maintenance and…
These incredible snaps capture New York beaches from 1880 to 1940
These blast from the past photos show how modest bathing suits got shorter and tighter as they morphed into the trunks and bikinis we know today.