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One of the strangest exhibits I hope to ever see, in the Brooklyn Museum at the end of 2009. It's called "Reception" by Vadis Turner, and attempts to turn the notion of a wedding reception on its head using inappropriate found art. Look it up, and prepare to be over 18 if you do. I'll mention two items in the exhibit - Bibles and birth control pills.


The new Barclays Center takes shape by Atlantic Terminal in 2011. The Nets moved in a year later.


One of the sights of Coney Island is the original Nathan's at Surf and Stillwell Avenues, home of the annual hot dog eating contest that Kobayashi made famous (and vice versa) after doubling the record set the prior year upon his 2011 arrival. The seafood aspect has been largely forgotten. (Also forgotten, despite being current history, is that Joey Chestnut's reign is both longer than Kobayashi's and involves much higher hot dog totals, despite the time limit being reduced from 12 to 10 minutes.)


Switching to Queens, this house is on the northwest corner of 36th (once Lamartine) Avenue and Bell Boulevard (once Avenue).


The 7 line 46th Street station, seen heading east on Queens Boulevard.


The TWA terminal (Terminal 5) at JFK International Airport, one of the most famous terminals in the world for its Eero Saarinen-designed architecture (he is known at my alma mater for designing the MIT Chapel). Although it has sat unused since TWA died in 2001, it will soon be part of a new combined Terminal 5-6 and once again get to be seen from the inside as well as the outside.


The Jacob Riis Bathhouse can be found in the eponymous park at the western dead-end of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Constructed in 1932 at the height of the Art Deco movement, it was renovated during the 2000s but the restoration was not completed.

Shea Stadium and World's Fair Pavilion
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