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Derek Costello: Hard-Working Master of Wax

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

You may not know Derek Costello, but if you’ve been to Niagara Falls you probably know his work. His prehistoric beasts are at Dinosaur Park Mini Golf. His wax celebrities are at Movieland. His historical figures are at the Niagara Wax Museum of History.

McKinley’s Gun: A Curatorial Conundrum

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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).

Room With Askew: NYC Gravity Shack

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Mystery Spots are not generally an urban phenomenon. Nor are they a common meeting place for the culturally highbrow.

Valley Of The Giants: Empire State Big

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Two visionary women want to transform a sleepy region of upstate New York into a tourist destination known as “The Valley of the Giants.”

Signing Up: Creating Small Town Landmarks

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

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.

Coney Bye-Land

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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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