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What do Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan have in common? All were either shot or nearly shot with a gun (Ford was nearly shot twice with two different guns).
Mystery Spots are not generally an urban phenomenon. Nor are they a common meeting place for the culturally highbrow.
Two visionary women want to transform a sleepy region of upstate New York into a tourist destination known as “The Valley of the Giants.”
The Upstate New York village of East Aurora is well on its way to becoming an epicenter of eccentric signage. The small burg of 6,700 residents already hosts a number of over-sized sculptures that do double duty as smile-inducing landmarks and advertisements for local businesses.
As the pace of Coney Island’s much touted “revitalization” has accelerated in recent months, many beloved landmarks, historic buildings and mom-and-pop businesses have become casualties of plans to modernize the “amusement core” and transform it into a year-round (and far more mainstream) tourist destination.
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