It's our last chance to save the historic Coney Island boardwalk from evil shopping-mall developers, so let's do something! Perhaps we should throw a giant dance-party-fund-raiser, like in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Above photos: Coney Island postcard c.1943, boardwalk magic show c.1926, Luna Park postcard c.1906 (oh, how I wish that was still around), Grace Kelly on a date with Jean Pierre Aumont (and too frightened to ride the Cyclone) c.1955, groovy Coney Island couple diggin' the scene surrounding Astroland's Wonder Wheel (R.I.P.) c.1973 (all © Corbis)
And Brigitte Bardot is crying out to President Obama, along with the rest of us animal lovers, to help in stopping the horrendously cruel annual Canadian seal hunts. If this breaks your heart, as much as it does mine, then you can start helping today by boycotting all Canadian seafood products, and asking your local grocer to do the same (they feature a pre-written letter you can easily print and hand to your grocery store manager next time you go shopping). Click the Humane Society's widget below for more info.
Photo of B.B.: Dean Loomis for Life
And if you're a fan of Film Forum in NYC, then it would be wise to buy a movie ticket, as most our beloved revival houses are in need of serious moolah. Currently showing is the fabulous Breadlines & Champagne festival, featuring awesome pre-code, Depression-era dramas, gangster flicks, and screwball comedies. I'm most jazzed about the Busby Berkeley double-feature on March 1st, of Footlight Parade, and Gold Diggers of 1933.
And Brooklyn's wonderful, whimsical museum, The City Reliquary, is also having trouble (paying last month's rent), but they plan to pull through by throwing a fund-raising event dubbed "Brother can you spare some rent?", featuring Depression-era entertainment . . . fortune tellers, "pie-the-landlord", a hobo photo booth, oil drum fires, Marx Bros. movies, hooch, and hot jazz (what more could you need)? It would be a total travesty to lose this place, so step on up! The soirée is THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 27th, from 7-11 pm ($10).
Below are some sneaky snaps I took on my last visit to the magical City Reliquary, which teaches visitors the history and eccentric mythology surrounding New York City, as told through interesting artifacts and art exhibits (click photos to view full-size):
And on a sad note, this week we bid adieu to NYC's infamous Peeler Man. My apple skin-allergy forever thanks you. My carrots and potatoes won't be the same without you.