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THOMPSON'S 

ONEY ISLAND, 

GUIDE, 



BEING 

A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THIS FAMOUS AND POPU- 

LAU WATERING PLACE, SHOWING ALL POINTS OF 

INTEREST, AND HOW TO FIND THEM, 

AND OTHER INFORMATION OF 

OF AN INTERESTING 

CHARACTER. 

TO WHICH IS ADDED 

A BRIEF REVIKVf OF CONEY ISLAND IN THE PAST. 

EDITED Br 

THOS. L. EUSSELL, Esq. 



EDITION OF 188L>. 



PUBLISHED AND PUINTED BY 

J-. F- TE.^A.C'X" Sc CO., 

78-80 Cortlantlt Street. 



.e Coney Island Olympic Clnb^ 




fiiss f I ^ u 



" CarmansYille Park Hotel." 

(Formerly JOHN FLIEG'S.) 
Bet. 8th k \nh Aves. Last station on 6tb Av. "L" R. R. 

Grand Concerts Every AflernooD and Eveniiig. 

MUSI© MJkEtLif 

Yeranda Summer Tent 

In the midst of cool and shady woods. 
Nearest, Most Convenient and Clieapest Point for 

SUMMER PLEASURE SEEKERS. 

First-class Ladies and Gents Restaurant. 

Every inducemeut for comfort and enjoyment. ; 



Open to the public daily, and books open for private 

parties or pic-nics. 

CHAS. F. SCHLUND, ) ^ . , 
GEORGE REU13ERT, f ^ roprietors. 



Thomas McKay, 

(Successor to GEO. MICHELS.) 

Fasbionakle 

^ENGySH '^' FREN6H1V 

Boot 

Maker, 

And Manufacturer of 

Patent Leather Fumps, Baiters, and Fancy Slippers 

Of Every Description. 
No. 192 BROADWAY, 

NEW YORK. 



Imported Black in{>; and Patent lioather 

VarniMlics. 



laihattai Fail 



AND 



DANCING 
PAVILION 



155tli Street, near 8th Ave., 



NEW YORK. 



JOHN WRIGHT, - - Manager 



Srerj Accomodation for Fic<Nic Parties. 

Base-l)all Grounds free to amateur clubs. 

Athletic Games, etc., etc. 



Strangers 

Who visit NEW YORK should 
not fail to see the 




55 West 23(1 Street. 



B9t 5th & 6th Ave. 




Trip Around the AVorld in GOO Stereoscopic 
views— Lincoln and his Generals. 

CHASVI3ER OF HORRORS. 

Men of all Times-The Rulers of the World. 

Concerts every Afternoon and Evening. 

Open from 6 to 11. Sundays, from 1 to 11. 

Admission, - - 50 cts. 

Children, 25 cts. 



WINDSOR HOTEL, 

Coney Island. 

Via New York & Sea Beach R. R. from Piea 6, N. R. and Iron 
Steamboat from 23cl St. and Fieri, N. R. 

This Hotel is delightfully situated within 
ten minutes' easy walk from the Iron Pier, 
toward Norton's Point, containing sixty hand- 
somely furnished rooms, and is in every re- 
spect adapted for the comfort and conveni- 
ence of permanent or transient guests. 

Stages run continuously from West 
Brighton to the Hotel. 

Being surrounded by beautiful shade trees 
and a well-kept lawn, having the finest bath- 
ing beach and fifty first-class bathing houses, 
renders the " WINDSOK " the most eligible 
Hotel on the Island for families desiring per- 
manent summer residence at the Sea Shore. 
• There are two Cottages connected with the 
Hotel, each having separate bathing houses. 

TERMS REASONABLE. 

Address or apply to 

EBERTH & AMSLER, 

Proprietors, 

"Windsor Hotel, Coney Island. 



THOMPSON'S 



«« 



CONEY ISLAND 



GUIDE 



BEINO 

A COMn.ETE DESCRIPTION OF THIS FAMOTTS AND POPU- 

I-AK WATKItlNO PLACE, SHOWING ALL PiUNTS OF 

INTEUEST, AND HOW TO FIND THKM, 

AND OTHER INFORMATION OF 

OF AN INTERESTING 

CHARACTER. 

TO WHICH IS ADDED 

A BRIEF REVIEW OF CONEY ISLAND IN THE PAST. 

EDITED 1 Y 

THOS. L. RUSSELL, Esq. 



EDITION OF 1885. iWi-VRiiMr. ^Ij? 

""'Y ? 1885 ' 



runLISIIF.D AND PRINTED BY " f r U/. ...ntC-^^l 

7H-,S0 CorHiUi.lt Stre.'t. 
Ojjyiiij'ut Hio by J, P, Tiwcy. ; 



T\\n(\ Tabliis To ami From CONFY ISLAND. 

Iron Steamboat Co., the oiily all-wuter route to tl.^ 
island, landing at the great iron ocean pier/ 
Boats leave W. 23a st., N. K., 9, 10, 11 a. m.; 
12 m., 1, 2, 2.45, :5.30, 4.15, 5, G, 7, 8, 9, p. in. 
Leave pier 1, N. B. (Battery Place) 30 minutest 
later. Faro 40 cts. ; Excursion, 50 cts. 

Manhattan Beach. Direct Route via 34th st. ferrj'^ 
leaving G.15, 8.30 and hourly from 10.20 a. m. to 
7.20 p. m. Leave E. 7th st. ferry every 20 min.j 
and James Slip Ferry, every 30 min. from 7 a. m. 
to 7 p. IB. Leave Manhattan Beach, 7.35, 10 
a. m. and hourly from 11.25 a. m. to 8.25 p. m. 
Excursion tickets, 50 cts. Via Bay Ridge. Leave 
foot of Whitehall street, (terminus of all elevated 
railways) hourly from 9.12 a. m. to 7. 12 p. m.; 
returning, leave Manhattan Beach hourly from 
8.15 a. m. to 8.15 jx m. 

Prospect Park and Coney Island R. R. Brooklyn 
depot, 9th ave, and 20th st. Trains leave depot in 
Brooklyn for West Brighton at 6.30, 7.35, 9, 10, 11, 
a. m., 12 m., 12.30, 1, 1.30, 2, 2.30. 3, 3.30, 4, 4.30 
5,5.30, G, 6.30, 7, 8, 9 p. m. Returning trains 
leave West Brighton at 7, 8.05, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 
a, m., 12.30, 1, 1.30, 2, 2,30, 3, 3,30, 4, 4,30, 5, 
5.30, 6, 6.30, 7, 7.30, 8.30, 9.30 p. m. Excursion, 
25 cts. ; children over 5, 15 cts., under 5, free. 

New York and Sea Beach R. R. (by steamer from 
New York to Bay Ridge) boats from New York 
every 20 and 40 minutes, according to the neces- 
sities of travel, from W. 22d st., W. 10th st., and 
Pier 6, N. R. Excursion, gentlemen 40 cts. ; La- 
dies, 30 cts., children, 15 cts. 

Brooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island Railway. 
Brookly depot, Bedford Station, cor. Atlantic and 
Franklvn avenues, whence trains leave for 
Brighton Beacb, at 6.55 (Sundavs ex.), 8.30, 10, 
11.30, a. m., 1.30, 2.30, 3.30, 4.30 and 5.30, p. m. 
Returning leave Brighton Beach at 7.55 (Sundays 
ex.), 9.30, 11, a. m,, 12.30, 2, 3, 4, 5 and G.IO 
p. m. Sunday trains run every half hour from 
1.30 to 6, p. m. Excursion 30 cts. Single trip, 2Uc. 



INTRODUCTORY. 

LoNo IsLAN'D, who's '•' sea-girt shore" stretches for 
one hundred miles along the Atlantic coast, has with- 
in the last decade come into prominence as the great 
watering district of the American Continent ; and 
probably no territory from Baffin Bay to Terra del 
Fuego, presents attributes for the establishment of 
summer resorts to so great a degree as this Island 
where-of we speak. From the village of Bath to 
Montauk Point, the southern shore is almost one un- 
broken sandy beach, where the bather can plunge in 
the surf and frolic among the breakers to his heart's 
content ; while in the many beautiful inlets and 
bays on the northern side, the more timid can lave 
in placid waters, and dip in the salt sea without the 
many misgivings awakened by the roar and foam of 
the billowy Atlantic. 

To wade upon the silvery sands at Orient, to stroll 
along the pebbly strands of Peconic Bay, or meander 
amid the boulders and cliifs of Montauk, and listen 
to the weird music of the wild sea waves, is delight- 
ful beyond measure ; to ramble throughout the diver- 
sified landscapes, and picturesque scenery of the 
interior, its pastoral fields, its beautiful villas, its 
hills and dales, its dells and dingles, its rills and rivu- 
lets ; to loiter by its babbling brooks, and hearken 
to the murmunngs of their rippling waters, to cull 
the flowers that blossom on their borders, to angle 
on their shingly bottoms, while the melodies of wood- 
land song birds are warbled in your ear, is cnch mt- 
C3) 



4 GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 

ment to the KcntimcntMlist , a relaxation from the 
cares, toil, struggles, and turmoil of city life, nowhere 
to be more completely cnjoj-ed, than on this Island 
by the sea. Yachting, boating, fishing, shooting, 
and driviLg can be most profitably indulged in by 
those whose tendencies carry Ihem to this line of 
sport. 

Geographically considered, Long Island has many 
advantages ; its close proximity to the great Metrop- 
olis makes it accessible from all the important cen- 
tres of the eastern and middle states ; the same high- 
ways that bring the countless numbers to New York 
City being the direct routes to Long Island. Here, 
also, nature has been most bounteous in bestowing 
her favors ; the low temperature, the salubrious air, 
the invigorating sea breeze, the piscatorial wealth, 
the delicious bivalves, the unexcelled garden pro- 
ducts, and the abundance of pure crystalline water, 
gives health, comfort and recreation to the summer 
sojourner. 

As the Island upon which oiir little volume treats 
is a portion of Long Island (an island within an is- 
land,) we thought it would not be amiss to make the 
above allusions ; from observations made during 
many reconnoiters from Bath to Montauk, we feel 
all we sav to be true : and for the benefit of the 
Metropolitan it cannot be said too often. 

Space not permitting us to extend this theme fur- 
ther, we shall proceed with our real task, and try 
to render our readers an intelligent description of 
the popular summer resort of the western world 
— Coney Isi^and, 



CONEY ISLAND. 



liETnOSPECTITE. 

On the south-western extremity of Long Island, 
where the waters of the noble Hudson flow through 
the Lower New York Bay to join the Ocean, is situ- 
ated this now celebrated resort, the " ultima thule '■ 
of the pleasure seekers expectations. 

Beginning at Gravesend Bay, a cove designated 
on the map by that title, it presents for five miles 
in an easterly direction, a gi-adual sloping beach 
which, to the whilom New Yorker, was the ideal spot 
to enjoy the caresses of the old Atlantic. From the 
eastern end of the Island,- what was known to the 
writer as Pelican Beach, now Manhattan Beach, and 
where within his recollection, and he is not very old 
either, snipe, plover, and other game were plentiful, 
-projects a narrow point of sand, forming a bay 
famous as a fishing place, called Sheepshead Bay 
after the delicious fish c.f that name which in re- 
mote ages was supposed to have harbored within its 
borders. From Sheepshead Bay in a westerly direc- 
tion runs Coney Island Creek, to Gravesend Bay, 
thus making the circuit of the Island- a barren 
sandy waste, metamorphosed by capital and enter- 
prise, into an island of enchantment, so far as en- 
chantment is compatable with business principles 
In former years the attractions that lured visitors 
to the island consisted of a sail down the bay in a. 



b GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 

(lilapidated steamer, a clash in the surf, a proiDonacle 
upon the sands, a carousal, the exhilarating sea 
breeze, and a good fish or clam dinner at the hostel- 
ries, if the unpretending sheds, "vvhere good fish and 
bad whiskey were dispensed, could be dignified by 
such a title ; these places were few in number, and 
situated towards the M'est end ; the entertainment 
they afforded was not calculated to please the fastid- 
ious taste ; the dainty found no morsel to their 
liking, and the elite, when thej' sought the pleasures 
of the Island, enjoyed them sub rosa. Wyckoff, Van 
Sicklen, Felter and Rodger, were the famous publi- 
cans of the time;Wcykoff was admitted to be pioneer; 
but it was a matter of contention which was " King 
of Coney Island," they all reigned by turns, t'is be- 
lieved, although history has neglected to chronicle 
the realm in this regard. 

During midsummer when old Sol tormented the 
busy denizens of the city with his unremitting rays, 
as many as a thousand persons have at one time 
here sought the cool comfort of the sea side ; but 
generally the excursionists numbered much less. 
An impromptu dance at the hotels to the music of a 
fiddle, was the Terpsichorean feature ; and a straj' 
trio of Ethiopian minstrels Mith banjo, bones and 
tambourine, or an itinerant pipor, harjiist or violin- 
ist, furnished the orchestral display. 

Adjacent to the hotels were rows of bathing 
houses, looking like rickety sentry boxes, for the 
accommodation of bathers, to be hired including 
towel and bathing clothes, for two shillings for each 
person. 



6tJl©a To CrtMEY IKLANI). 1 

Daring tlio aiiniinor nfttirnoouH life and merriment 
prevtUed, sometimes verging into debauchery ; the 
bur rooms were well putronized, and sports and 
buffoonery incidental thereto carried on. Frequently 
a Iracas occurred between thofee of diverse opinions 
and combative instincts, but being generally con- 
lined to the " Buffer" element, in and around the 
bar rooms, seldom marred the pleasures of the 
orderly classes ; with the departure of the evening 
boat the Island became comparitively desolate ; ex- 
cept from the hilarity of bathing parties, the orgies of 
drunken brawlers, and nocturnal poker players, the 
night was dismal enough. 

From a point in the town of Gravesend, adjacent 
to where is now located the Prospect Park Fair 
Grounds, ran the Shell Eoad, the popular drive to 
Coney Island, and for years the only approach to the 
frequented portion of the beach available for 
vehicles. This road was from the city by two avenues 
namely: the Fort Hamilton lload, and the Flatbush 
Turnpike, equally pleasant routes. The former pre- 
sented a full view of New York Bay, and the latter 
passed through a fertile district abounding in 
quaint old homesteads, neat cottages, and well 
planted gardens. By the way of Fort Hamilton, wo 
went through State Lane— in the town of New 
Utrecht by the old stone church (still standing,) 
at the junction of the Bath and New Utrecht roads, 
to the King's Highway, thence to the "Old Shell 
Koad. By the Turnpike, we passed over Prospect 
Hill, paid toll at Valley Grove, rode through the 
villages or Flatbush and Flatlands, through the town 



g GUIDE TO CONEt ISLAND. 

of Gravesend to Shell Road, and down Shell Road, 
over the bridge at Coney Island Creek, to the Beach. 
The Fort Hamilton Road, was the choice of New 
Yorkers, the Turnpike, of Brooklynites, though the 
faces of many old time sports from both cities, since 
gone " over to the majority," were familiar on both 
roads ; so too, like the many kindly spirits that were 
wont to enliven the scenes with their jolly presence, 
has the glory of the old roads departed, and where 
once the fleet trotter coursed over graveled road- 
beds, the rumble of the dray, and the thud of the 
truck, is heard on heavy pavements ; and even the 
" Old Shell Road" echoes the snort of the " Iron 

Horse." 

In more recent years Coney Island Road was 
opened, and travel to the beach deserted the old for 
the new road, which became the popular drive to 
the shore, and so remained until about the year 1858, 
when it was given over to the Horse Railroad, (still 
in operation.) During the later years of its popular, 
ity, it became notorious for the number of vile 
houses that offered inducements of an immoral kind 
to the thoughtless and the vicious ; shunned by the 
respectable, and obstructed by the railroad , it soon 
came to disuse, save by that class who were not 
over particular in their pleasures. On the comple- 
tion of the boulevard known as the Ocean Park Way, 
(of which we shall speak hereafter,) Coney Island 
Road passed from existence as a drive. 

For several years prior to 1875 the Island was in 
disrepute, as it was to a great extent the rendezvous 
roughs and rowdies ; disorder, gambling, drinking 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 9 

and lewdness were the prevailing characteristics ; 
the Sweat Cloth, Roulette and Monte were operated 
openly upon the beach without fear of interference 
from the authorities as there seemed to be no author- 
ity to interfere ; Thimble Eigging, the Patent Safe 
Game, and kindred swindles, were pLiyed ujion 
the credulous and unsophisticated, whom chance 
seemed to place at the mercy of the human vultures 
who thronged the beach in quest of prey. But M'ith 
the year above mentioned, a new era dawned upon 
this favored place ; a number of enterprising Gentie- 
men and Capitalists secured control of the eastern 
end,--or Manhattan Beach,— with a view to the im- 
provement thereof, and the erection of the mam- 
moth caravansary that was opened to the public in 
1877. 

The plan for the development of Manhattan Beach 
embraced the building of a railroad connecting New 
York City with that place ; and so quietly and unos- 
tentatiously was these plans matured, that the hotel 
and rail way with their appurtenances were comple- 
ted before the general public was aware that even 
the construction of so important an undertaking 
was contemplated. Minerva-like, it came into exist- 
ence, " all armed and ready for the fray," if we may 
be permitted to use that phrase to express the friend- 
ly contact that took place during the opening sea- 
son between the thousands of visitors and the pro- 
jectors of the enterprise. 

The success at Manhattan Beach gave an impetus 
to other sections of tlie Island ; other railroad facili- 
ties were constructed ; spacious hotels and minor 



10 GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 

places of amusement sprung up in all directions ; ex- 
cellent police protection was inaTiguruted ; the rowdy 
element ^vas forced to succumb to law and order; and 
that prosperity, unexampled in the history of water- 
ing places, was begun, that has made "Coney Island." 
as familiar as a household word, in every portion of 
the land. 

• * 

* 

Desckiptive, 

Ten miles from the City Hall in New York City, 
in a southerly direction, is situated Coney Island. 
It is five miles in length, and varies in width from 
a few feet to nearly a mile, the greatest width being 
at the central part, and the narrowest being at the 
extreme eastern end. It is bounded on the ncrlh by 
Coney Island Creek, on the south by the Atlantic 
Ocean, on the west by Gravesend Bay, and on the 
east by SheejDshead Bay. It is in the Township 
of Gravesend, County of Kings, State of New York. 

The Island, in its natural candition, was of sandy 
soil entirely void of vegetation, as it is at the jiresent 
time, with the exception of the floral displays at 
the hotels, for which j^urjiose a subsoil was created, 
by transporting loam from the interior, and arrang- 
ing the same into the beautiful flower beds that 
relieve the eye, and perfume the air. 

The Island is now divided into localities, e:ich pos- 
sessing some particular feature to engross the atten- 
tion and augment the pleasurei^of the visitor. These 
localities are designated asii NqiI^^^p'^ Point. West 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 11 

End, West Brighton, Brighton Beach, and Manhat- 
tan Beach ; Norton's Point and "NVest End being that 
stretch of about a mile lying at the western extreme; 
"West Brighton, that adjoining "West End eustward, 
and rimning to the Concourse ; Brighton Beach, 
that commencing at the Concourse continues to 
Manhattan Beach, which for two miles occupies 
the eastern division. The attractions of these 
several places are varied, each representing charac- 
teristics of their own, of which we shall make special 
mention further on. 

It is estimated that at least 40,000 persons visit 
the Island daily, from the opening of the season 
June 1st, to the close thereof in October ; and on 
holidays, special occasions and Sundays, the number 
often exceeds 100,000. It is an interesting diver- 
sion to sit by the water's edge and decant on the 
incongruous mass that passes by : the phlegmatic 
Teuton with "meine frau und kinder alt und jung," 
the burly Hibernian out for a lark and determined 
to have it, the complaisant Frank, the inflexible Bri- 
ton, and the calculating Yankee ; the Governor, the 
Senator, the Ambassador ; the simpering maid and 
stately matron ; the happy benedict and crabbed 
bachelor ; the cooing lovers and prattling children. 
Here the elements of human natiire do most beauti- 
fully compound ; here the old, the young, the fat, 
the lean, the short, the tall, the dull, the gay, resort, 
to relieve the tedium of city life, and enjoy the 
blessings of friend Neptune ; so too, at the hotels, 
during the afternoon concerts, one can lounge on the 
balcony, or seated at the music stand listen to the 



12 GUIDE to CONEY ISLAND. 

deliglitful strains of excellent miisiciiins, and view 
humanity in all its complex forms. 

No little inducement at the Island is the magni- 
tude and variety of the cuisine, anything in the 
edible line from a sandwich to a banquet, can be 
had, and at reasonable prices ; the daintiest tidbits 
for those of delicate taste, and the most substantial 
solids for voracious appetites, are always ready and 
in constant demand ; for the sea air is no common 
appetizer, hence a visit to the Island and a feast is 
one and inseparable. As a dry meal is but an aggra- 
vation, the thoughtful caterers provide lists of liquid 
essentials, ranging from " chatty Widow Clicquot," 
to the discreet soda water, and among which the 
" foaming glass of beer" holds no minor place. 

Though the prices for refreshments are not exces- 
sive, yet there are many that seek the jileasures of 
the Island whose purse will not keep pace with their 
wants in this direction, that, in the cause of econ- 
omy, prepare a hamper at home, and bring their 
lunch with them. There are those who prefer this 
way from choice ; for these classes there are ample 
accommodations in every localitj' of the Island, 
places where tables and seats are set aside for this 
very purpose, known as '* basket places," and where 
coffee, tea, milk and other drinkables can be obtained. 
'Tis often a pleasant sight to watch the family group 
taking their frugal repast, and see the gusto which 
the little ones enjoy the good things mamma j>rc- 
pares ; we have often wondered, as we viewed 
the bounteous spread of these i)rudeut people, 
wherein their consistency as economists begins. 



GUIDE TO COMeV ISLAJfD. l3 

The conveyances for the transit of passengers be- 
tween the different parts of the Island are nimierons, 
and being constantly in motion, add to the coutinii-' 
ous bnstle, so noticeable and attractive to the stran- 
ger ; they are of various styles and sizes, light and 
easy of gear, and peculiarly adapted to travel in the 
sand ; you have your choice of stage, barouche or 
carryall, and have no excuse for leg weariness, as 
the fares are moderate and within the means of all ; 
besides the omnibuses there are the Marine Rail- 
ways, which will carry you along the Island for five 
cents. 

They that prefer to promenade and linger amid 
the gayety of the hotels, can do so without discom- 
fiture from the sand, as the areas surrounding the 
hotels are planked over, making immense platforms, 
even to the water's edge. 

Nowhere else in the world are the facilities for 
bathing equal to those of the Island ; large, commo- 
dious structures, complete in every accommodation, 
and conducted in the most proper manner, with all 
the auxiliaries for sea bathing, are at the service of 
the public, at moderate rates ; Nature and Art seem 
to vie with each other to serve the public in this 
respect. Around and about the bathing places there 
are constantly gathered largo concourses of peoi)lo 
enjoying the antics of the bathers. Seats are provided 
for their comfort, and the fun may be enjoyed with- 
out becoming irksome. It is a common thing on a 
warm summer's day to see hundreds of men, women 
and children, splashing and floundering in the water 
at one time ; while at night under the rays of the 



14 GUIDE TO CONEY lSL.\.Kr>. 

electric lamp, one can form illusions of dolphins 
and mermaids, nymplis and peris, and fancy them- 
selves in the realms of the Naiads, 

The lovers of music— what a cheerless soul it must 
be with no love of music,— will find delight in the 
afternoon and evening concerts given at the grand 
music stands of the jjrinciple hotels ; the perform- 
ers are selected with the greatest care, and the rival- 
ry to secure the best musical talent as general per- 
formers and soloists results in the organization of 
orchestras of great merit, and led as they all are by 
celebrated virtuosos, they present a repertoire of 
original and selected pieces that never fail to gain 
the plaudits and appreciation of the multitude ; 
and the most critical Philharmonist seldom find 
occasion to speak other than praise of these con- 
certs. If perchance there should be any who pre- 
fer to listen to music of a less imposing kind, they 
that admire the twanging of the hurdy-gurdy, or the 
ding of the hand organ, there are localities where 
their musical taste can be satiated, where they may 
drink in the soul stirring strain of "Nancy Lee," 
while feasting their eyes upon strange and wonder- 
ful things that a true appreciation of this kind of 
music entail. 

All portions of the Island abound with novelties 
for sight-seers : Horse racing billiards, ten-pins, 
museums, minstrelsy, necromancy, acrobatic feats, 
dancing, etc., and the veritable ancient Punch and 
Judy, with other shows of that kind, are there to 
amuse and delight the children. 

Many articles of use, and fancy trinkets are ex- 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 



15 



posed for sale ; several pliotographic artists, ^\•ith all 
the necessary paraphernalia of the trade, furnish 
^oii a pleasing souvenir of your visit. A well ap- 
pointed pharmacy with competent attaches adminis- 
ter to your ailments, concocting, compounding, and 
prescribing emulsions, febrifuges, correctives, and 
;nineral waters, as the case may demand ; also choice 
perfumery and fine toilet notions are here kept. 

Ivamoved from the bathing pavilions, as we stroll 
along the beach, numbers of merry children will be 
seen wading in the water, their little bare feet 
kissed, as it were, with the spent breaker, while 
here and there, clusters of little ones pass happy 
hours delving in the sand, building and rebuilding 
frail castles, and constructing other works of infan- 
tile fancy ; the implements for their play,— a toy 
shovel and pail -can be bought for a trifle, and are 
vended upon the beach in great numbers. 

In fact nearly every comfort, luxury and amuse- 
ment for the enjoyment of man, w^oman or child, 
can be found at the Island ; and although a flying 
visit may refresh the spirits and lighten the 
heart, it would require many days to partake of all 
the pleasures, or see all the sights, its several 
localities present. Suflfice it to say, that no other 
resort in the world has so many attractions to meet 
the public fancy ; no city in Europe and none in 
America, excepting New York, Brooklyn, and San 
Francisco, commands within half an hour's ride, so 
grand an ocean view, or access to so magnificent a 
beach, as the Island affords. 



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Manhattan Beach. 



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Which claims onr first attention, lies at the 
eastern end of the Island, and is patronized by l.'io 
elite of New York Society \vho choose to favor 
Coney Island with their presence. A greater cen- 
tal is probably here invested— under one corpora- 
tion — than in any other watering place upon tie 
Atlantic coast. The property of the Manhattan 
Beach Comi^any embraces the Oriental and Manhat- 
tan hotels, the picnic and bathing jDavilions, and 
the Fircwork's Park. 

The Oriental Hotel, being that large and beauti- 
ful structure furthest east, is as comi)lctc in 
all its parts as it is possible to build a hotel in this 
portion of the nineteenth centur3\ It has 4G5 rooms, 
which are furnished in elegant style, and the char" 
acter of its guests are of the exclusive class. It is 
run on the table d'hote plan, and its larder em- 
braces every delicacy of the season. Qniot and refine- 
ment arc its prevailing characteristics, and although 
a most delightful retreat for its guests, while 
there are so many points of popular interest on the 
Island, the general public find little to draw them 
to its grounds, save the magnitude and beauty 
of its surroundings. 

The Manhattan Beach Hotel, the grounds of 
which adjoin those of the Oriental to the westwards 
is the center of attraction for the select thousand, 
that visit this section of the Island daily, and is the 
especial delight of the opulent and high-toned New . 
Yorker. In its arrangement and management it is 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 17 

well calculated for the entertainment of the public, 
ami the comfort and pleasure of its patrons. The 
restaurant department is served a la carte, and it 
would be quite superfluous to revert to the excel- 
lency thereof; the vast dining room can accommodate 
1,200 persons at one time, and the tables during 
afternoon and evening are always occupied. Dur- 
ing the sultry days of midsummer, many thou- 
sands refresh the inner man at the restaurant and 
bar ; and upon the room balcony that runs along 
the entire fagade of the building, the social little 
coteries to be seen partaking of Manhattan's good 
cheer, — "otium cum dignitate," as is always the 
rule here, — would disarrange the equipoise of the 
most bilious temperament. The *' swells " and 
"nabobs" of European aristocracy favor Manhattan, 
and a stray duke, marquis, earl, or possibly a prince^ 
may be found hovering around incognito. 

The Picnic Pavilion, adjacent to the hotel, is for 
the accommodation of those that bring their 
luncheon with them ; the establishment of this 
place was a necessity, as at times excursionists of 
this kind would occupy the hotel balconj^ to the 
exclusion of regular guests. 

The Bathing Pavilion, is as nigh an approach to 
perfection as the ingenuity of the age can make it; 
every requisite for the comfort, and every device 
for the safety of bathers is provided. 

The Grand Music Stand, where daily concerts 
are given, is directly in front of Manhattan Hotel ; 
and seats, '* free gratis " for the accommodation of 
many hundreds, face the orchestra. 



18 GUIDE TO CONEt ISLAND. 

In the Fireworks Inclosuke, truly Ijiilliant 
pyrotechnical disjjlays are given here at stated in- 
tervals. 

* * 

Brighton Beach. 

This famous resort lies contiguous to Manhattan 
Beach, and emhrace many qualities that have given 
Manhattan so exalted a reputation; somewhat more 
Cosmopolitan however in its character, there is a 
free and easy going style among its patrons, that 
makes strangers at home the moment they step upon 
its domain; it is a favorite trysting i^lace for promi- 
nent men of all professions. 

The Brighton Beach Hotel. Beneath the eaves 
of this magnificent building, on the broad and 
commodious bal-ony, there can be seen dail}', 
groups of distinguished people discussing import- 
ant topics and sumptuous dinners, both with equal 
interest. The broker, the speculator, the inventor, 
the philosoj^her, the actor, the sportsman, etc., 
gather here to mingle business with pleasure, and 
often "enterprises of great pith and moment," are 
inaugurated. "Within its spacious halls, conclaves 
of politicians are often held, and schemes of great 
magnitude are modeled and remodeled, that reverb- 
erate throughout the entire Nation; within its pre- 
cincts the Cabinet Minister and the Ward constable, 
roam with equal freedom; and the uninitiitted that 
visit the beach, in hope of feasting their eyes upon 
the magnates of the land, will find it difficult to 
discern "the t'other from which," so close is the 
similarity. Bevies of beautiful ladies grace the 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 19 

prom^'nades ami the corridors. The Bill of Fare is 
an Epicurean Gospel; and Epicurus himself would 
have solved the problem of his philosophy, had he 
been permitted to spend a few hours at Brighton 
Beach. 

The Music Stand, encircled by settees, is directly 
in front of the hotel, where the public are invited 
to enjoy the afternoon and evening concerts. 
The music at Brighton is proverbially incomparable. 
The Bathing Pavilion, across the esplanade, has 
accommodations for a great number of bathers; a 
refectory, a bar-room, a large platform where we 
may set and eat our home made lunch, a silk fac- 
tory, making scarfs and kerchiefs, and a dime 
museum, where the fat woman and the living skele- 
ton, the giant and the midget abide in content- 
ment. 

Race Course. The Brighton Beach Eace Course 
is situated back of the hotel, and during the racing 
season is well patronized by the votaries of the turf; 
many exciting contests, between the best horses of 
the land take place here, whereat the bookmakers 
drive a flourishing trade. Nearly every day during 
the season, there are races at this place, or at 
Coney Island Race Course, which lies a short dis- 
tance further east towards Sheepshead Bay. 

Fireworks. The firework nights at Brighton 
call together multitudes, and the display, given 
openly on the beach, is very grand. 

Leaving Brighton for West Brighton, there are 
two modes of transit, one by the Elevated R. R., 
the depot of which is directly east of the Brighton 



20 GUIDE TO CONtY ISLAND. 

Hotel; the other bj' the boulevard, called Surf Ave- 
nue, in stages that ply between these places. It ig 
a pleasant stroll for pedestrians— the distance is 
not very great— over the concrete walk to the left of 
the boulevard, known as the Concouse. Leaving 
Brighton Beach Hotel, you approach a large struc- 
ture to the right of the road. This is the Ocean 
Hotel, to which is attached a bathing pavilion. 
On the left there is a photographer's studio. About 
midway on the right the Grand Central Hotel, 
marks the junction of the Ocean Park Way and 
Surf Avenue; on the concourse opposite the park- 
way, a summer house gives to promenaders a 
chance to rest; a few rods further on is the Sea 
Side Home For Children, a " sanitarium " managed 
by a committee of benevolent ladies— an asj^lum by 
the sea where the afflicted children of the poor may 
enjoy the same sea air as the offsprings of wealth. 

Here, also, is the terminus of the horse railroad 
from Brooklyn, or what was once the popular Coney 
Island road. Several hotels cluster around this old 
spot, notable the Grand Union Hotel. This house 
has a commanding and unobstructed view of the 
Atlantic Ocean, and is one of the popular resorts 
on the Island. A short distance back, in a clump of 
trees, stands a relic of the past, Tho:mpson's Hotel. 
At the junction of this road and the boulevard, is 
Vanderveers Hotel and stables, the depot for the 
B. B. & W. B. stages; and if i^erchance in winter, 
when rude Boreas blows his keenest blast, and 
Jack Frost mantles the earth, we shall lind our- 
selves at the Island, we may know there is shelter, 



GUlDfi TO CONEY ISLAND. 21 

a warm stove and a knife and fork, at Vander- 
veers— he keeps open all the year round. 



if 4: 
* 



West Brighton 
Is about a mile from Brighton Beach,— west — 
and is to the democratic masses the real Coney 
Island. Distinction of class or person never has nor 
never will be tolerated here, but in the good old 
democratic fashion, '-you pays your money and 
you has your choice," and no matter how fanciful 
you may be, there is variety enough to choose from. 
In this ''go-as-you-please" district there are no 
chilling formalities; obey the laws of decency, and 
you have more freedom and less restraint than was 
vouchsafed ''Bold Morgan McCarthy from Trim,'' 
at a " Donnybrook Fair." 

On reaching West Brighton we are bewildered by 
the multiplicity of inducements offered for our 
entertainment, both mentally and physically. We 
hardly know where to begin, and if it is our inten- 
tion to see everything, we surely can't tell where 
and when we will end. Conspicuous is the Obser- 
vatory, towering high towards the sky, from the 
top of which a broad view of sea and land can 
be had. If you have come to Coney Island for a 
"high time," and mean to get "elevated," ascend 
this tower, and from its summit drink in the 
beauties of Nature; your spree will be moderate and 
so will be the expense. The height of this tower is 
300 feet above the level of the sea. 

Nigh to the observatory will be seen the Great 
Natural Curiosity, "a live cow stufiEed with straw," — 



22 GUIDE TO COKEY ISLAND. 

as we once heard a "jokist" call it— that yields one 
hundred gallons of ice cold milk per daj'', and more 
if necessity demands it; milk pure and sweet, like 
the pretty dairy maids that serve it to customers at 
a nickle per glass. 

They that choose to ignore the lacteal fluid for 
something of more pungent taste, will find the 
dairy flanked on the left by a mill, where sweet 
cider, "fresh from the press," is sold by the glass; 
while at a pagoda on the right, a glass of ' ' spark- 
ling champagne, on draught" is drawn for a dime. 
Close by, they fizz of soda water at popular prices 
for the extremely temperate; lemonade, mead and 
other temperate beverages are also vended. Pie, 
cake and bon-bon merchants are numerous, and 
at booths laden with confections the "sweet tooth" 
is provided for. Under a shed near the observatory 
a pan of succulent clams await your order for roast- 
ing; and the fried Frankfurt sausage man is at all 
times ready with his savory dish. 

That machine, like an antiquated air pump in 
appearance, will tell your pulling strength ; and the 
one beside it, your striking force. The man with 
rueful visage, owns the blowing machine, such 
wonderful phenoraa in this line has ho met since 
he came to the Island, that ho mourns the inca- 
pacity of his machine to test their jDowers— for 
ordinary mortals his apparatus is adequate to the 
fiercest blast. You silver-haired Mentor, with pol- 
ished scales and dignified mien, tells your weight to 
the exact notch, for 5 cents. 

Would you please the children? then there are 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 



23 



swings in which they delight to sway to and fro, or 
the merry -go-round whirling around to the din of a 
hand organ; the boys can straddle make-believe 
horses, and the girls can sit in the carioles and 
have a jolly ride. 

The box-like building opposite the swings, pla- 
carded with grotesque figures, is a museum, filled 
with animate and inanimate wonders. The camera 
obscura by the road-side, reflects a condensed view 
of the surrounding territory. Many other kindred 
attractions take transient quarters in this versatile 
place, and the cries of the pop-corn and pea nut 
men, and itinerants of that ilk, add to the general 
hubbub. 

The Brighton Pier and Navigation Co. owns 
and controls the long pier at this point, which pre- 
sents so imposing a frontage. The ponderous 
looking building by the easterly side of the pier is 
a Bathing Esta:?:.ishment, Bar and Restaurant; the 
convcuicnccs provided for the comfort of bathers, 
and the natural adaptation of the beach, makes it a 
favorite bathing ground. On the west side of the 
approach to the pier is situated a large basket 
pavilion for picnic parties, where such fare as 
families and excursionists may require, can be 
obtained. The old Cable Hotel, once the pride of 
its class, and the first of the "palace hotels" now 
HO plentiful on the Island, is conducted mainly as 
a sea-side boarding house, yet transient customers 
are well attended at the bar and r'^staurant. 

Contiguous to Cable's, is the new depot of the 
Pkospect Park and Coney Island R. R., constructed 
4 



24: GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 

cliiufly for tbo use of passengers by this route, and 
certainly tlioy are well cared fen-, as the appoint- 
ments are all of a superior order. On the ground 
floor there is an eleguntly furnished ladies parlor, 
toilet, etc., ample waiting rooms; the second floor is 
used by the company for offices. Adjoining Cable's 
east is the W. B. depot of the Elevated R. R. 

West Brighton Beach Hotel. On the left of the 
boulevard, across the broad plaza, is Baueu's hotel, 
pavilion, restaurant, terrace, billiard saloon, shoot- 
ing gallery and bath houses. The hotel has 100 
well furnished sleeping apartments, the restaurant 
and pavilion can accommodate many thousands, 
and in the turrets that adorn the building there 
are elegantly furnished rooms where retired parties 
can escape the throng below. In the interior of the 
main building a female orchestra discourses 
"sweet music;" at the pavilion — encroaching upon 
the sea, — a military band give day and evening 
concerts. Bauer's is the popular rendezvous of our 
German citizens, wine, lager, switzerkase, bologna 
and bretzels, are served as gracefully as is the 
'• table d'hote " he prepares. Beyond the pavilion 
there are ample bathing facilities, and tlie best 
voucher for their excellence is the constant demand 
for their use. Several noted singing societies have 
their masquerades here, during the season, when 
the buil'.iing, interior and exterior, is most fan- 
tastically decorated with bunting, garlands and 
grotesque figures, and the \Anza is illuminated 
with many-liued lamps; on these gala nights, 20,000 
people assemble in and around the hotel, the ma- 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 25 

jority dressed in every conccivaLlo garb, from a 
king to a monkey, " trijjping the light fantastic toe 
till day light doth appear." The excitement and 
tumult of these carnivals, are things never to bo 
forgotten by those who have participated in these 
festivities. 

Bauer's Club House, on the opposite side of 
Surf Avenue, is a sort of an addenda to the 
hotel. 

The Iron Pier. To the east of Bauer's, jutting 
into the sea for 1,400 feet, by 130 feet in width, is 
the pier of the Ocean Navigation and Pier Com- 
pany, established in 1879 as a landing place for 
visitors by steamboat. This pier has within itself 
all the adjuncts for a day's pleasure, viz: fine 
music, a good restaurant, bathing, etc. Many re- 
main within its limits, finding all that an excur- 
sionist may desire. The constantly prevailing 
breeze, that even the heated term cannot subdue, 
entice passengers by rail to enter and regale them- 
selves in the invigorating atmosphere. 

Feltman's. The large three-storied building with 
the conspicuous corridors that meets our view as wo 
leave the pier, is c^elebrated as Feltman's dancing 
pavilion. The second flocT is one immense danc- 
ing hall, w^here Terpsichore presides supreme, and 
the fiddle is never silent, or at least so it Jippcars to 
the writer's experience; when mo consider the 
dancing mania of the age, wo cease to wonder at 
the largo numbers of gay young people that seek 
the maze of tho niorry dance under Feltman's pro- 
tection; it is an animated sijdit to see hundreds of 



2^ WllIbM I'O COyEY jHUJ^ij, 

jauntily attircl lack and laa«GS jigr^inr., sliuitiin^y, 
balancing and pirouetting in the Lancers or whirl- 
ing and sliding in the Waltz-a daily scene here. 

Consistent with Coney Island ciiBtom, Feltman 
feeds, as well as fiddles, which fact will be readily 
recognized by a glimpse at the several departments 
on the first floor; the mammoth kitchen and victual- 
ing house being particularly noticeable, also the 
variety shoM'. 

Leaving Feltman's temple -of variety to the east, 
we may wander for a quarter of a mile through a 
succession of covered platforms, concert galleries 
and victualing houses, and make our selections from 
an "ollapodrida" that Mould eclipse the make-up 
of a country fair. Franconia automatons, punch- 
and-judy, jugglers, tumblers, minstrels, singing, 
dancing, eating, drinking and games of skilf and 
chance, greet you on every quarter to lighten your 
spirits and your purse, at the same time. The gay 
and giddy can revel in a thousand pleasurable ex- 
excitements, and the staid philosopher and stoic, 
cannot fail to be amused. 

The circumspect may be surprised at the appar- 
ent familiarity of those that consort here, but when 
they consider that these parties are in a great 
measure the sons and daughters of toil, out for a 
holiday, having for the nonce thrown off the bur- 
densome formalities of every day life to assume a 
garb of extreme sociabiUty, the better to enjoy all 
the occasion affords, they will pass upon their 
frivolity and levity, as the flow of exuberant spirits, 
freed from conventional restraint. 



guide to c'onky isi^and. 27 

Se.v Bkach. 
Tho pciint \\ here tlic Atlantic Ocean is nearest to 
New York both in distance and time. In point of 
fact Sea Beach and "West Brighton are one and the 
same. 

The Sea Beach Palace Hotel contains over 100 
rooms, and a complete restaurant, at popular New 
York prices. A Geniiine Bhode Island Clam Bake 
served daily on the grounds of this hotel. 

Silver Lake is a Venetian merry-go-roimd, with 
Italian boats on an artificial Lake directly adjoining 
Sea Beach Palace. 

The CoxEY Island Olympian Club Koller 
Skating and Bicycling Rink. This spacious iron 
andglass structure, is a relic of the Centennial 
Exhibition, transplanted from Philadelphia to its 
present position as a fitting attribute to the Island. 
The Rink is the largest and best appointed of its 
kind in the world, being lavishly suppHed with 
electric lights, Ante Rooms, Cloak Rooms, a large 
parlor, an immense seating capacity, and possess- 
ing splendid ventilation. The Floor, Skates and 
Music are in charge of competent persons. A first- 
class restaurant is connected with the Rink. 

The Colossol Elephant is a New Structure. It 
stands on a platform 350 feet square, in a feeding 
position. The height is is 123 feet to the top of 
the Howdah or Observatory, from which a mag- 
nificent view can be had of an area of 50 miles of 
ocean, tlie bay of New York, the cities, and all 
surrounding villages. Tho "Elephant" is illumi. 
natrd by electric light and 50 windows. 



28 guide to coney island. 

"West End 

Embraces all tliat portion of the Island from 
West Brighton, to the extreme western end, familiar 
as Norton's Point. The natural beauties of this 
locality are superior to any other part of the Is_ 
land; at the point an extended view can be had; 
Princess Bay, Statcn Island, the Narrows, Forts 
Hamilton and Wadsworth, the beautfnl shores of 
Gravesend Bay, with the village of Bath on its 
banks, the Jersey Highlands and Sandy Hook in 
the distance. Capital has not invaded this district 
in the same ratio as it has the eastern division, 
hence, its present aspect partakes more of the "Old 
Coney Island " before spoken of. Several quaint 
old-fashioned hotels exist in their pristine glory; 
and there are many Gothamites who so fondly cling 
to "auld lang syne" that no inducement could 
swerve their attachment to these ancient sands. 

Scattered over West End there are numbers of 
small enclosures and sheds, " ydeped pavilions," 
furnishing light refections and batliing facilitities, 
where parties that wish to avoid the commotion 
betake themselves. 

The Windsor Hotel. This house is a first-class 
family hotel, beautifully situated, and first class in 
every respect. It is under able management, and 
patrons will find here a delightful home by the sea. 
The EossMORE and West End Union Hotels stand 
close by the Windsor depot, of the C. I. P. E. E. ; 
towards W. B.,- Eavenuall's, Katen's, Eusher's 
and Strathmoke, are prominent. Towards the point 
Point Comfort House has stood the tempest many 



GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 29 

years, and still stands to tempt, the thirsty and 
biin<^ry, Avith its M-ell stocked cupboards. Doylk & 
Tanzey's fishing grounds, an isolated dock some 
200 feet off shore, Avhero you may fish until tired 
for 25 cents, and the old hotel and dock at the 
■3oint, completes the ensemble of West End. 

Ocean Park Way. 
This wide and splendid thoroughfare extends 
from Prospect Park to Surf Avenue, a distance of 
about four miles. It is reached by the several roiites 
to Prospect Park, viz. : from the Eastern District, 
through Bedford Avenue to Sackct Street Boulevard 
thence to Prospect Park Plaza, through the jiark to 
the Park Way; from the Western District, through 
Fulton or Atlantic Avenue to Flatbush Avenue, 
thence to plaza and through the park as above. 
Along this route there are several well kept road 
houses, at the junction with Surf Avenue stabling 
accommodations with proper care for beasts will 
be found. If, on reaching the Island, it is your 
intention to visit ]>righton Beach, take Surf Ave- 
nue to the left; if West Brighton or West End, go 
to the right there are horse sheds at both places. 

On summer afternoons, especially during the 
racing season, this road is thronged with the princely 
ecpiipages of the rich, and the high fiyers of turf- 
men; the hackinen claim a place in the rolling 
pageant, and their claims are allowed. 



30 GUIDE TO CONEY ISLAND. 

GENERAL INFORMATION, 

Season of 1884. 

— o — 

Music— Manhattan, Grand Orchestra, Gilmore, 
conductor, afternoon and evening concerts, Sundays 
sacred music. At the Oriental, a recherche pro- 
gramme arranged for string instruments, daily. 

Brighton — Dodworth's Military Band, (full reed 
band,) Harvey B. Dodworth, Director. Soloists: 
G. Yaletti, "Euphonium;" W. C. Bo wen. Cornet. 
Request Programme, Tuesday Brooklyn, Thursday 
New York; on these days, any person is invited to 
send a request to the leader to play a certain air; 
from these requests the programme will be made up. 

West Brighton— Bauer's, a female Vienna or- 
chestra in the main building. Madam Roller, con- 
ductress. Soloists: violin, Marie Roller; xylophone, 
Virginia Kronauer; cornet, William Rickel; at the 
pavilion stand, Arbuckle's Military Band. Soloist, 
Jules Levy, cornet. 

Feltman's — Peter Frank's Band, dancing music. 

Old Iron Pier— Continuous music by full band. 

Brighton Pier— Orchestral music in connection 
with other entertain in ents. 

^^* Afternoon concerts from 4 to 6 P. M., even- 
ing concerts from 8 to 10 P. M. 



At Manhattan, Brighton and Bauer's, the 
concerts are free to the public. 

Price of admission to Old Iron Pier, including 
music, 10 cents. 

Sacrod music at Sunday concerts by Arbnckle's 
and Gilmore's Bands. 



OXJXDB 10 CONF-V IKTAND. ^^ 

lisliiuents. 

CoNVEYANXES-Marine Railway from Manhattan to 

^^^^;a Zi^s^f Jem Brighton to West Brighton, 

''^StaVeslrom Brighton to West Brighton, fare 5 

"""c^uriages for special trips, to Norton's Point, etc 
can hT engaged at reasonable rates according to 
Ln.'t of t?p and size of P'^^ty Make yom- bax 
giliu before starting, and thns avoid disagreement at 
end of trip. 

ENTEnTAii.MENTS.-Brighton Pier C'-^^i^^^-, .f f^". 
nees and evening perform^ances daily, tickets, m 
fludin" admission to pi^'V, 50 cts. . 

Feltiuun's Variety Show, general admission, 

^ VeUman's Dancing Hall, admission for gentlemen, 

25 cts; for ladies, 5 cts. , . . rn m^- arand 

Brighton llace Course, admission, 50 cts, grand 

stand, Sl.OO; Liidies, r.Octs. 

Museum ul West BnghU.u, admission, 10 cts. 



S^ GUIDE TO CONETf ISLAND. 

MuRCTim at Brighton, admission adults, 15 cts; 
children 10 cts. 

Observatory, West Bri;.;liton, adults, 10 cts; child- 
ren, 5 cts. Sunday prices, b cts. in addition to 
above. 

Olympian Club Skatin<]j Ptink, Sea Beach, general 
admission, 25 cts; use of skates, 15 cts. 

Silver Lake and other merry-go-rounds, 5 cts. 

Camera Obscura, 10 cts. 

Shooting Gallery, Ball Tossing, Blowing Machine, 
Weighing Apparatus, Striking Machine, etc., etc., 
5 cts. for one or more trials. 

Refreshments. — A very good table d'hote dinner 
(with wine) may be obtained on the Iron Pier, or at 
Paul Bauer's, West Brighton, for $1.00; at Felton's 
(without wine) GO cts. Tea, coffee, liquors, cigars, 
etc., 10 cts. Milk, beer, etc., 5 cts. Pie, sand- 
wiches, Frankfurt sausages, etc., 10 cts. At the 
Brighton and Manhattan hotels the "menu " is of 
a superior order, with prices in proportion, though 
not excessive. 

Miscellaneous. — Telegraph stations are located 
at Brighton and Manhattan hotels, and at depot of 
Prospect Park and Coney Island R. R. 

A jDharmacy is located at Brighton, West Brighton 
and Manhattan Beach. 

Family board at reasonable rates can be had at 
the Windsor hotel, which is patronized by the first 
families of New York. 

Fireworks at ]\Ianhattan (Alexandria enclosure; 
25 cts. ; Brighton Hotel, on the open beach, and at 
Paul Bauer's, free. 

The extreme western end of the island is called 
Point Breeze. 

Prolong your visit till evening. Under the 
myriads of gas jets and electric lights the island 
presents a brilliant spectacle. 

Preserve our Guide to Coney Island as a souvenir 
of the season. 



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Highly recommended for toilet. Bath : it chocks acrid porspi" 
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and is of special advantage to persons having a tendency to 
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recommended to Speakers, Orators, and vocal Artists as anun- 
8uri)assed tonic and vigorous soother of the vocal chords. The 
same dilution is used as an ANTISKPTIC nKNTIFUICE or 
MOl'TH-WASH in prcft^rence to any so-called preparations, and 
corrects the taste as well as the odors resulting from the use of 
tobacco. 

Mixed in equal parts with sweet oil or yolk of eggs and ap- 
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promptly the most acute piins of intlammatory Kheuniatism 
and Gout. The same mixture spread over Bl!KX8 and SCALDS 
prevents suppuration and soreness. 

Two tablespomfuls of <lLY('<>-IMiEM(^rE in a pint of water 
make a superior cheap disinfectant, acting as a preventive for 
croup, Hcarlet fever, small pox, and any contagious 

EMANATOR OR INHALER. 

A vessel containinf; crystals of lODIM/KI) PHEMC ACID. 

Used in inhalation several times a day for the treatment of 
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Evory's Diamond Catarrh Kemedy 50c. per bottle. 

Evory's Diamond Blood Kenewer $1.00 per bottle. 

Evory's Diamond Invigorator 50c. per box. 

Evory's Diamond Liver Pills 25c. per bottle. 

Evory's Diamond Salve 25c. per box. 

Evory's Diamond Oil 25c. per bottle. 

Evory's Diamond Hair Tonic & Dresser. ..50c. per bottle. 



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