Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Coney Island: Demolished

From Amusing the Zillions: After more than 50 years, the fabulous lightbulb lettering on the front of Faber’s Fascination, an arcade that was one of Coney Island’s oldest year-round businesses, will no longer light up Surf Avenue. The arcade’s last day of business was Labor Day. On Tuesday, arcade machines were being hauled out and trucked away. The sign (which was destroyed last night) is the last vestige of Nat Faber’s arcade empire, which dates back to the 1930′s, though the Fabers got into the business in the early 20th century. The iconic marquee is on the front of the historic Henderson Building, owned by Thor Equities and currently being subjected to pre-demolition asbestos abatement. Faber’s was the last remaining tenant in the building.

20 comments:

RuneE said...

I seem to have missed something when I visited NYC - glad you have preserved it.

PS Thank you for the comment. The footprint was my wife's and I shot 6 photos a second. One of them HAD to be usable :-) (and a little Photoshop)

Jean Spitzer said...

Oh. Sad to see it go.

bARE-eYED sUN said...

Mac, you ARE performing a service!

thank you.

btw, got a lil' misty-eyed widdiss'un.

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.ero
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AmusingtheZillion said...

Thanks, Ken. They think once it's gone we'll shut up. But we won't. That's a fabulous photo of Fascination all lit up, beyond sad that we'll never see it again when we walk out of the station

LD said...

Booo.

Chicken Underwear said...

I happened to be there when they were taking the sign down.

http://whatyourdonotknowbecauseyouarenotme.blogspot.com/2010/09/ddc-day-xxv-extended-summer-fun-is-dead.html

AmusingThe Zillion said...

You should also see historian Charles Denson's video of the Fascination sign's last illumination. He got the arcade operator to turn on the lights one last time after the sign had been partially dismantled.
beautiful & heartbreaking...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-veZ9fd5-HQ

altadenahiker said...

What a shame; I would stop in there for two hot dog and soda.

Kitty said...

I really like this image with the bulbs, some in mid-flicker, and the grey sky.

The lamp sticking out up high is pretty funny.

colores said...

So I imagine the East side if U.S. may sound strange but it´s true!!

Birdman said...

Another of your historic images works well here.

Rob said...

Damn shame. At least you caught this image for historic sake. Have you ever considered creating a photo history book with your images to showcase the city's current past?

EV Grieve said...

[Sigh]

A really lovely photo....

RedPat said...

Sad to see all the interesting stuff disappearing - glad you caught it for us all.

sonia a. mascaro said...

It's sad...
But the photo you took is beautiful.

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Sharon Creech said...

I like the gaudy glitz on the front vs. the shabby sides of the buildings.

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