Some of our favorite


HOME    ABOUT THE AUTHORS    APPEARANCES    ORDERING Amy Nicholson's wonderful documentary ZIPPER...Coney Island's Last Wild Ride is the story of greed , politics and the land grab of the century.

The film has captured rave reviews and is being presented at select theaters (check the website).  Also available on iTunes. A formy carny kid casts an insider's view on the amusement business...most notably Coney Island. Explore one of the Hudson Valley's most enduring landmarks.  Tour information available on the website. Don Bayley's excellent site on the Hudson Valley's brick-making industry of bygone days also includes a library of books for purchase A "treasure" trove of theaters of the past. Take an exciting voyage to Bannerman Island or cruise the river aboard the Pride of the Hudson. Rob Yasinsac's and Tom Rinaldi's site devoted to abandoned structures; with images and documentation. The incline railway of Beacon entertained millions in its heyday.  Check for information on its possible resurrection Located in the northernmost point of Manhattan, this neighborhood favorite hosts local history nights.  The Fort George Amusement Park was located nearby. This Poughkeepsie based cultural events and art center  also hosts a local history lecture series. Cole Thompson's Inwood history site includes some images and a blog of the Fort George Amusement Park. Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Its extensive local history room has been a starting point for most of our books. Visit one of New York State's wonderful parks. The Orange County Genealogical Society has been most supportive of our work. A wonderful site dedicated to this iconic amusement park. The Putnam County Historical Society and Foundry School Museum is located on the original site of the West Point Foundry, manufacturers of Civil War Parrot guns. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company has produced the finest in amusement rides since 1904.


Plattekill Historical Society. A Hudson Valley based land preservation group. Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society Features the preservation of the Gatehouse from the Proctor estate (built in 1912).