The 6 Lessons I Learned from Scrooge

December 31, 2018
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There have been so many adaptations of A Christmas Carol  (1843) since Charles Dickens first told his tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the past, present, and future. There are a few I really enjoy but Scrooge (1970) is my favorite. Albert Finney is the perfect Scrooge and the story set to music and dance elevates the tale about redemption to a level that I has inspired me personally in a few ways.

With the upcoming new year upon us all I wanted to share with you the 6 lessons I learned by watching the movie Scrooge.

  • When an old friend visits you and warns you about something bad to come, you should heed their warning. Be grateful to have friends who would tell you the truth no matter how ugly it can be.
  • Misery ages you horribly. If you want to age the best you can, living your life filled with joy is the best moisturizer a girl can have. Poor Ebenezer went from handsome young man to balding, ugly old man. I think misery took its hold and its misery that you see every time you look at his face. Trust me, smiling can do wonders to brighten up your face. Best accessory you can have.
  • Forgetting the mistakes and triumphs of your past can alter the way you enter your present. Ebenezer decides to pretend that his old boyhood school days, his little sister, and the love of his fiancĂ© never existed. People think if you pretend something isn't there then it really isn't but the truth is that if you pretend you don't know who you were then you will never get to know who you really are. I told you some of these lessons from this film are far-out deep. 
  • Ebenezer decides to cut off all his ties to his past and so in the present he has absolutely no sense of awareness. He lacks the basic understanding that as human being we are all connected to one another. That as one lives we live more fully with connections and relationships with each other. Ebenezer had no grasp of that connection that we all yearn so much for and really keeps us flourishing as human beings.
  • "I like life , Life likes me , Life and I fairly fully agree" The Ghost of Christmas Present starts to sing this song to Ebenezer and its the first time we see his face light up with joy. I guess it doesn't help that he drank some sort of elixir that creates instant happiness when drunk. But the words they sing together resinates strongly with me. I LIKE LIFE. Like it despite its ups and downs, despite its annoying challenges. Like life and be in the moment. Take that moment and find good in it even if it seems impossible.
  • My very favorite song in all the movie is called Thank You Very Much. Being thankful is something we all try to do and remember to do and many times we fail to remember. We get caught up in the drama that life has dealt or perhaps find ourselves too distracted but being grateful for what we have and where we are is something this song reminds me of every time I hear it.

If you haven't had the chance to watch this version of A Christmas Carol I highly recommend it. Everything in the film is on point and the songs will have you tapping your feet. Best of all there are so many worthy lessons to be learned. 

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Last Minute Vintage Book Gift Ideas

December 20, 2018
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'Tis the season of last minute holiday gifts and I have a few great book selections that I think you would love. Each of these are a part of my private collection and I have read them all. They would be easy peasy to find on Amazon or Ebay and they are a perfect gift to those who love Old Hollywood and the Vintage Lifestyle.

Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide


Glamour's Beauty Book (Vintage 1960's)




Have you read any of these? What books would you recommend for some last minute shopping?

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A Vintage Holiday Home Decor Tour

December 18, 2018
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When you love vintage as much as we all do finding ways to incorporate this special love into your home can be tricky depending on the space you have and the lifestyle you live. If you have pets or children that can bring some challenges that are distinctive to having little hands and tiny paws rummaging through your vintage. If you have a small home then your challenges may come from finding intricate ways to decorate despite the smaller canvas to work with.

When it comes to the holidays especially a super fun one like Christmas, decorating can take on a life of its own. You have so many options when it comes to decorations. When my children were younger I decorated mainly in a Disney theme because it was cute and the children loved it. Now that they are a bit older I am finding that I can start making my decorating decisions based on my love for all things old.

Although my family supports my love of vintage I know they don't always want everything inside the home to be as old as our house itself. So I've been collecting bits and bobs here and there for a while and this year I finally found a nice balance between new retro inspired Christmas items and pure vintage Christmas items. I meshed the decor stash I had with some felt pieces, traditional colors of red and green, and a dash of rustic Christmas to create my own style that really gave my home a true vintage holiday glow.

How do you like to decorate your home for the holidays?

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Retro Coca-Cola Santa with Retro Planet

December 14, 2018
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When you think of Coca-Cola at Christmas you can't help but think of Santa with his fluffy white beard and stunning red outfit handing out soda pop for everyone to drink. But when Coca-Cola started introducing Santa to their customers in December 1931 suddenly Christmas just wasn't the same again. And in a good way!

An illustrator named Haddon Sundblom would go on to create holiday ads featuring Santa for Coca-Cola from 1931-1964. Those same images are still being used today on bottles, cans, and 12 packs. If Mad Men taught us anything, it taught us the power of good advertising. 

And so the jolly ole soul we know and love today was created and forever connected with some good old fashioned Coca-Cola. I love traditional images and colors and nothing nicer for me than green, red, and white on Christmas. Adding some retro Coca-Cola Santas into my Christmas decor sounded like a great plan so Retro Planet and I teamed up and I wanted to share with you how gorgeous these decals they sent me are.

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The decals are easy peasy to put on and the best bit is that they are reusable. For more information on these incredible decals you can read more HERE. All the Coca-Cola items at Retro Planet are officially licensed by The Coca-Cola Company. 

All you have to do is follow these four steps and you too can have you walls decorated with Retro Coca-Cola Santas:
  1. Remove the decals from the tubes and flatten them out on a table carefully overnight. We used books and placed them on top to help flatten them out a bit more.
  2. For large decals you can use blue painters tape to help you hold it in place. For the smaller decals you can just easily peel from the corner and remove the white backing. 
  3. The you press your decals into the wall and using a credit card to smooth it out.
  4. For the larger decals you follow the same steps except that you are you using the painters tape to hold the decal in place.
Retro Planet sends you detailed instructions as well as a test decal to try on your wall before you place the one you purchased. It really is incredible easy to do and it adds such a gorgeous retro flair to your home.  If you are interested in purchasing some of these decals take a peak HERE.

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Outfit: Santa Tee from DIYSuppliesStudio, Cardigan from Anthroplogie, 
Headband from ruthkim, and Earrings are 1960's Vintage


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A Christmas Story Tee: It's a Major Award!

December 13, 2018
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The iconic holiday movie that is called A Christmas Story (1983) was actually inspired but a series of stories written by Jean Shepherd called In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1966). It is his voice that you hear as the narrator throughout the film. A sooting voice by all accounts and it makes perfect sense once you find out that he had a prolific career in broadcast radio that ran from 1945 to 1977.

A Christmas Story which I shared a full review of HERE, has become a classic for my generation. I dare say it can be included with films such a It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and White Christmas (1954). It has a nostalgic feel being set in the 1939-1940. Honestly the year is never mentioned but seeing a fictional cast of The Wizard of Oz walking around the shop while Ralphie and Randy wait in line to see Santa makes me think it was 1939 because that is when the film came out. I could be wrong but either way the nostalgia of the film is the star in every scene despite moments of the 1980's peaking through here in there (aka Scut Farkus's braces).

A Christmas Story may not be deemed cinematically perfect like Miracle on 34th Street (1947) or Holiday Inn (1942) but it is good enough for me. This year I will be introducing this childhood classic to my children and perhaps break out the old A Christmas Story board game for us to play. In the meantime I'm going to play a few rounds in my A Christmas Story Tee with my husband and see who really knows this movie by heart.

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Outfit: A Christmas Story Tee from 80's Tee ,  Red skirt
from Unique Vintage (Affiliate Link), Cardigan from The Gap Outlet, 
Headpiece from Crown and Glory, Brooch is 1940's Vintage, and Earrings are 1960's Vintage


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The Post of Christmas Past

December 11, 2018

An Afternoon with Mrs. Maisel

December 10, 2018
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The marvelous thing about living in New York are all the quirky fun things to do that turn up when you least expect them. The Carnegie Deli Pop-Up is one of them. Carnegie Deli opened on 854 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan in 1937 just across from its namesake, Carnegie Hall. It expanded in 1976 and sadly closed its doors in 2016. It is still run in a smaller capacity seasonally and in a Las Vegas casino but the iconic restaurant in its original form is no more.

That is until Amazon Prime with their highly successful show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel collaborated with Carnegie Deli to create a one week only pop up restaurant in New York where the show is set in the 1950's. Reservations were filled immediately but if you wanted to you could stand on line and see if you can get in. So I trooped it into the city for a little adventure with my husband unaware of the experience I was going to have.

After searching and finding parking we heading to the pop up and I asked a gentlemen who worked there if I could just take photos inside which is what their social media said you could do if you couldn't get inside. I told him I was a vintage blogger and he noticed I was all dolled up in 1950's wonder and led me to the door to head in. Once inside I enjoyed an impromptu photo shoot inside and outside a fabulous photo booth, received free lunch thanks to Mrs. Maisel herself, two posters (one is autographed by the gang from Carnegie Deli), and met some incredible staff who worked the pop up.

I have been to a few pop ups here in New York and this was by far the best experience I had. I truly felt like a spoiled 1950's New York queen like Midge herself minus the uptown apartment. Tasty grub, good company, and chance to drench myself into the past felt like a retro 1950's dream. Tab Hunter included (my husband is definitely Tab material).

What a hoot I had and such a creative way to promote such a special show. I met one of the producers outside of the deli and we talked a bit about the pop up and sadly they cannot extend the time frame but he did mention that they might open it for more special occasions. Here's hoping they will. Have you had the chance to watch Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? If so, what did you think?

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Outfit: Black and White Checkered Dress from Unique Vintage (Affiliate Link), 
60's styled Coat from Boden, Handbag is 1950's Vintage, Earrings and gloves 
are 1960's Vintage, and Sunglasses are from EV Vintage Collective 

Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

November 20, 2018
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When I first heard of Scotty Bowers I had two thoughts that came into my mind. First, can his stories all be true? Secondly, Why share these salacious stories with the world at large? I had to see this documentary to see what all the fuss was about. Was he sharing these stories for profit or just sharing them because they at last needed to be shared? I believe that was the theme of the film but what was so neat is that it really was left up to you, the audience, to decide for yourself.

Scotty Bowers was born George Albert "ScottyBowers on July 1, 1923. An all-American boy who joined the Marines and fought in WWII. After the war he decided not to return to his small town in Illinois and find a place for himself in California. It is in 1946 when he is working at a gas station that he forges a career in sex that would lead him to not only pimping others but also delving into the underbelly of Old Hollywood where one's sexual preferences were something intensely private. Careers would crumble in an instant if the truth of some of our most beloved golden screened actors and actresses were made public.

The lifestyle that Scotty pursued may not sound as shocking to some today but in the 1940's it was. And so I was naturally intrigued to see a documentary about a man who lived a life that would have never been understood or accepted during his lifetime. How does a guy from small-town, U.S.A. go from WWII hero to gas station prostitution? Better still, how does he fall into the laps of Hollywood's most elite actors and actresses? If he wasn't sleeping with Lana Turner or Walter Pidgeon he was setting them up with young men and women who could service them.

Many have doubted and questioned the claims that Scotty has made but after watching this documentary I was able to appreciate the type of person he seemed to be and decided to take everything with a grain of salt. They could easily be lies or exaggerations but I found that he not only sticks to his stories (or experiences) but he also has a slew of people who are willing to vouch for him. I think if you love Old Hollywood as much as I do and if you find people as fascinating as I do then you really must give this documentary a go. Be aware that Scotty is unabashedly himself and he does not hold back even at the age of 95. There are some scenes that can be viewed as raunchy but keep in mind that his story is about life, sex, and secrets.

Have you heard of Scotty Bowers or this documentary? Have you read his book called Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Live of the Stars?

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I'm a Vintage Girl in a Modern World

November 11, 2018
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At my first vintage meet up that I shared recently HERE I collaborated with a wonderful Etsy designer at DesignTimePrint who helped me create these great buttons with a saying that has been floating around my head for a while. I gave them out to those who were able to  attend and they were a hit!

I collaborated with DesignTimePrint and for a limited time only they will be selling the buttons I designed and you can make one of them yours. Us vintage gals need to stick together and represent our love for the past and for all things old and awesome. If you want to score your very own "I'm a Vintage Girl in a Modern World" just click HERE and order yours today.

Vintage Communities are Needed

November 08, 2018
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Seven years ago when I entered into the world of blogging and vintage full-time there was this incredible online presence of like-minded people everywhere. If you loved vintage; the history, the fashion, film, or music, you would be able to find someone to talk to and share your passion with. I received so much support when I first started blogging that whenever I had a question there was always someone out there in cyber land willing and able to answer it.

The vintage community has gone through a lot of changes since then. Instagram came onto the scene and many bloggers who found blogging too time consuming or challenging (because the truth is that it is) left blogging and focused solely on posting photos only on their IG pages. Many who dressed strictly in vintage stopped wearing vintage altogether. Some of us like myself evolved in my style to go from pure vintage to dressing vintage-inspired; a blend of true vintage and modern pieces.

Before I knew it at least 80% of the vintage community was gone or altered in some way. Many were scattered around the world of social media or leaving it behind them as they pursued other passions. I found myself missing those days where you had someone to talk about an old movie or about a vintage hairstyle you are trying to imitate.

That is when I thought to myself, "Why don't I set up a vintage meet up?" I figured worse case scenario no one would be interested so I had nothing to lose. Last month with the support and help from my friend Maegan at EV Vintage Collective  we set up our first vintage girls meet up. I spent time with my friend Nicole from Darling in Dots  and finally met a long time follower named Nikki who just happens to live in the same area in New York that I do. All in all it was magical to gather together in the unity of vintage.

Its important to have access to like-minded people where you can share and collaborate with. In our case it all for the love of vintage. Do you remember when the vintage community was united? How do you connect with other vintage loving guys and gals?

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Outfit: Corduroy Overalls from Modcloth, Red Turtleneck from J Crew, 
Beret is 1960's Vintage, and Button is from DesignTimePrint

Be Inspired: Walking The Walk

October 02, 2018
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You hear the words "authentic" and "be yourself" a lot especially on social media but what does that mean exactly? How can you share who you are and have that translate as being authentic? Its tricky business being this authentic self but is it? What you see on social media and what you learn when you meet the person can many times be two very different things.

If you want to have what you project come across as authentic then this is what you could try and do. Be honest with what you do and with what you love. That honesty will translate to being yourself simply because you just are who you are. Be sincere. Don't "fake it till you make it". Be truthful to yourself and reflect on your life daily. Yes, daily because these reflections will keep you progressing as a person and keep you honest with yourself. You can ask yourself things like, "Am I happy with what I am doing", "What are my goals and dreams?"

Be humble but unapologetic. Keep yourself grounded but pat yourself in the back for all the things you accomplish. Be proud of yourself for what you have, not critical. Walking the walk for me means that if I say I am something then I am going to try hard to live up to that something and be a good example not only for myself but for my friends and family.

I am not perfect but I am what I like to say, perfectly imperfect. I am in a continuous process and everyday I try to my best to be exactly who I was meant to be. How do you walk the walk?

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Outfit: Jeans from Old Navy, Walking The Walk T-shirt from J Crew
Cardigan from the Gap, Crossbody Handbag from Kate Spade, 
Blue Beret from Beacon's Closet, and Green Sunglasses from The Color Factory

8 Classic Films Set in New York

September 23, 2018
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California may be where the film industry took off but it all got its humble start on the east coast. In 1909 Fort Lee, New Jersey became the capital of the film industry when it built its first studio. Mary Pickford got her start in Biograph Studios which was located in the Bronx and Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens is where the Marx Brothers created many of their silent films. Eventually the film industry moved to California and because of its versatility of landscapes and the space available to build massive studio lots, it became the permanent home of Old Hollywood.

But New York was always in the heart of the movie making world and when they figured out how they could use locations in the city and really show the rawness that was life in the city of New York, they shared it on film as many times as they could.

Here is a brief list of classic films that are set in New York. They show the gritty streets, the high fashion of park avenue, the beauty that is Central Park, and the madness that entails living and working here. They share scenes of the city in these films that leave the viewers in complete awe and brings sheer delight. Setting a film in New York allows viewers all over the world to take a peak into one of the most diverse, complex, jam packed cities in the world.

These eight films I selected are some of my personal favorites because of how they shared the excitement of the city and incorporated it into the storylines. There's no other city like New York. It has a flavor all its own. And as the narrator states in The Naked City, "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."








Manhattan (1979)

Celebrating My Curves with Modcloth

September 20, 2018
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Accepting yourself exactly as you are is a a concept that is good to hear about but can be challenging to learn how to follow. Why? Why is it so hard to accept and be okay with who we are? I would like to say it is a simple answer but it's not. The way we see ourselves and think about ourselves is based on our environment, our influences, the media, and our own very distinctive personalities. I like to believe that self acceptance and confidence are things we can expose ourselves too, teach ourselves, and nurture in our own minds so that we train ouriselves to think positively and not the latter.

Look here's my current situation. I am 42, Puerto Rican, 5"3", a size 12-14, and I have a physical disability. I am curvy and wear plastic on my legs and my rear is way bigger than I thought it could ever be. But you know what? This is who I am. A woman's body changes every year. Add age, culture, lifestyle, motherhood, and genes and you are going to be what you are going to be. I am not saying we cannot work to be healthier or that we shouldn't take care of ourselves because I am a huge advocate for taking care of yourself. Your physical, mental, and spiritual  health should be a number one priority. Taking care of yourself is an aspect of self love and no matter how busy we are with work, family, or life in general, we should always try and tend to ourselves. But it is also important to accept yourself as you are at any given moment.

This month I attended the Curvy Con event here in Manhattan. I wanted to treat myself to something different and also expose myself to a potentially body positive environment. I never considered myself plus size and many people have told me that I am not but I know my own body and I am aware of its roundness. I understand this is where I am with my body at the moment and I decided to attend because I wanted to give myself an opportunity to seek more acceptance of my physical changes and more confidence.

I was bedazzled when Modcloth asked to dress me for this event and wearing their clothing made me feel completly gorgeous. Between meeting some many incredible women at the Curvy Con event and dressing up with Modcloth I truly felt like I was celebrating my curves.

Self acceptance and building a healthy confidence may take time to create and build within you but meeting like minded people and wearing clothes that make you feel good are great steps to take. Thank you to Curvy Con for creating such a positive space for so many people and to Modcloth for helping me celebrate my unique beauty.

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Back to School with Old Hollywood

September 06, 2018
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It's that time of the year folks, at least it is here at A Vintage Nerd Headquarters. The time of the year where my children get book bags filled with brand new school supplies, get much needed haircuts, and no longer are able to sleep in and lounge about the house. Its time to continue the learning in a classroom setting, meet new teachers, learn new rules, and make new friends.

Honestly I always feel like the new year starts in September because that is when we start school. I still have a hard time sleeping the night before even though I am technically no longer a student nor am I no longer a teacher. That nervousness is still there but I love just about everything about starting school fresh in September.

That brings me to share with you all a few of my personal favorite classic films that bring us back into that classroom. Whether there is conflict with a teacher or the students causing trouble (and in some cases both) these film recommendations really do bring you back to school with Old Hollywood.






The teen angst experience in a school setting wasn't often shared on films as much as it was during my childhood in the 1980's. Some of you may recall my Pop Culture themed posts that I would share on Tuesdays. Well I decided to include some of my favorite back to school films from the 80's as an honorable mention.

Honorary Pop Culture Mentions:

Fame (1980)




Heathers (1988)

Do any of these film selections bring you back to school? Which are your favorites? Have you seen any of these? What are some of your best memories of getting ready to go back to school?

Falling in Love with Berets

August 28, 2018
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While the Fall is technically a few weeks away here in New York, it hasn't stopped me from preparing my wardrobe for it. Like a lot of other folks, the change from summer to fall is a welcomed and joyous experience for me. I feel elated to take long walks, feel the wind blowing in my hair while I'm wearing my light jacket with a hot coffee in hand. The only thing I don't like about it is that its not long enough.

One of my favorite go-to accessories is the beret. It's taken me a while but I finally I  a nice little collection of both vintage and modern berets in a variety of styles and colors but there is no beret I will say no to. Okay, maybe the one with safety pins stuck in it but otherwise I am a beret loving kinda gal. I think its is the quintessential 1960's accessory. That and sunglasses, which are also a huge part of my personal style.

Berets can be worn in all types of weather and I wear mine year round. Unless it is extremely hot or the outfit could do without it, I will wear one. What are your favorite go-to accessories?

Here are a few places I regularly shop for berets:


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The Beauty of Natalie Fragrance

August 23, 2018
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A year ago I made a happy discovery when I found out that the late, great Natalie Wood's daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner created a fragrance in honor of her mother called Natalie. I don't typically like to wear perfume anymore but when I heard that the fragrance of Natalie had a light scented gardenia smell to it, it really peaked my interest. I immediately put it on my must-have list and luckily Santa placed a small roller ball of Natalie in my stocking this past year.

I don't typically like to wear perfume anymore but when I heard that the fragrance of Natalie had a light scented gardenia smell to it, it really peaked my interest. Once I rolled on Natalie for the first time, I instantly fell in love because it was exactly has promised. Floral, airy, and delicate. I particularly love the roll on style bottle because it can be easily tossed into a bag or purse and I can refresh my scent as many times as I like throughout the day.

This past May I entered into a contest on Natasha's Natalie Wood Instagram and she was only going to give away three prizes and to my shock I won! Shortly after I received the cutest package that included a postcard of Natalie, a Natalie Eau de Pardum Roller Ball , and the new La Rose Eau de Perfume Roller Ball. What a neat thing to happen and I can tell you that La Rose did not disappoint. It smells beautiful.

If you are interested in trying the Natalie or La Rose perfumes you can get them at Natalie Fragrance.

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7 Iconic Coney Island Spots

August 19, 2018

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Coney Island is a must-go-to stop for all New Yorkers or those visiting New York. Although it is busiest in the summer, don't let the weather stop you from experiencing some vintage inspired fun.There are a lot of things to do in Coney Island but I am going to focus on the things that been hanging around here for a while.

  • Coney Island Beach: Was first "discovered" by Henry Hudson in 1609. It is here that so much amusement and fun was built around. The beach itself is about four miles long. The beach was at its most popular during the early portion of the 20th Century but popularity declined after WWII.
  • Coney Island Boardwalk: The boardwalk got its slow start after the Coney Island Hotel, a seaside resort, opened in 1829. After that the area became a place for the wealthy Manhattanites to come and frolic. Then in 1870 the area became bonafide day-trippers paradise once the Brooklyn Bridge was finished, connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan. The amusements parks then started rolling in and to accommodate all the hustle and bustle,  the Riegelmann Boardwalk was finally made. It officially rolled out on May 15, 1923. Just recently it has been made into a historical landmark. 
  • Nathan's Hot Dog: In 1916 a Polish immigrant named Nathan Handwerker started a nickel hot dog stand with a $300 dollar loan from two friends and his wife's secret spice recipe. This is the original Nathan's hot dog and eating here is must-do for all foodies and history buffs. It is as busy as ever and hosts the National Hot Dog Eating Contest every year. It's super tasty too!
  • Luna Park: Luna Park opened in 1903 and was one of three original iconic large parks built on Coney Island, the other two being Steeplechase Park (1897) and Dreamland (1904). The rides are still fun with all the beautiful colors that makes an amusement park a special place to visit.
  • Coney Island Cyclone: Made entirely of wood, this rollercoaster started giving it thrills and chills on June 26, 1927.
  • NY Aquarium: The NY Aquarium first opened its doors in 1886 but was located in Manhattan until 1957 when it made Coney Island its forever home.
  • Williams Candy Shop: Established in 1943 and still delivering delicious treats.

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