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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #210 on: May 21, 2020, 04:53:35 AM »
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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #211 on: May 22, 2020, 07:24:40 AM »
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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #212 on: May 23, 2020, 07:59:18 AM »
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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #213 on: May 24, 2020, 12:17:19 PM »
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This was obviously inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV which had just been released a couple of weeks earlier.  GTA IV had been a big topic on one of the message boards I was a lurker on. This was around the time developer Joe Sitt was threatening to destroy half of Coney Island ( Bloomberg having already passed rezoning and removal of park designation  guidelines that destroyed the other half. ) One of the Coney Island message forums was active with activists trying to save the storied amusement area from being turned into a row of condos and upscale retail stores designed to draw upscale tourists to the beach, and drive off the poor and middle class tourists who were considered by the city to be riffraff. ( sorry to go off on a tangent about Coney Island, but I just saw a movie yesterday that was filmed there while this was all going on,  and it reminded me about those years. ) One of the hot topics on the forum was GTA IV because Firefly Island was molded after Coney Island, and it had a lot of the same buildings and rides that still existed. So there was a lot of interest in seeing GTA IV and comparing Firefly Island to the real thing. Also, my friend with the PlayStation bought the game, and it immediately became one of my favorites. And if that didn't put the game on my radar, it became a recurring bit on Late Night with Conan Obrien ( see below ). This was just about the best resolution screen cap I could find at the time. Not really suitable for a Where Is Ronald game, but I was determined to do one with a GTA IV theme.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/zOlIXFlIfcw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/zOlIXFlIfcw</a>


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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #214 on: May 25, 2020, 08:22:33 AM »
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Re: Where is Ronald?
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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #216 on: May 27, 2020, 05:47:32 AM »
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Re: Where is Ronald?
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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #218 on: May 29, 2020, 06:07:32 AM »
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This is the Mermaid Parade, an annual event at Coney Island which is postponed this year, but CIUSA has vowed it will happen some time this year.  The Mermaid Parade was a revival of the Mardi Gras  parade, which ended in the 1950s. The Mardi Gras parade was held months after Mardi Gras ended, on Labor Day weekend, due to the fact it is still winter in the Northeast during the actual Mardi Gras. The Mermaid Parade began in 1983 by the  organization CIUSA as a revival of the Mardi Gras parade, but moved to the opening of the season, and given the name change because by the 80s the Mardi Gras parade was associated with women flashing their breasts for beads, so the city council would not allow the same thing to happen in NYC. Ironically, many women participating in the Mermaid Parade wear topless mermaid costumes. I cant remember if this was the actual 2008 Mermaid Parade, but the picture was taken during the years developer Joe Sitt was actively destroying the amusement district in order to pressure Bloomberg into allowing him to replace the ruins with condos. The building with the red roof is the historic Grasshorn Building, which was Coney Island's oldest surviving building dating back to the early 1880s. You can see billboards for Thor Equities, Joe Sitt's company, on the building claiming they are "For Lease".  Actually, the entire block had active businesses that leased the ground floors year round, and there was a hotel on the top floor, all which Sitt evicted once he bought up the block. Reporters tried calling the number pretending to be potential leases and found out none of the storefronts on that block were for lease. This after he did an interview claiming Coney Island was so run down he couldn't find anyone wanting to lease property there. About a year earlier he did a televised interview with WNBC where he brought them to a block that had a lot filled with school busses and complained that there were school buses where rides use to be. It turned out Sitt owned the block, had an amusement park on it evicted, demolished it's mini golf course, then contacted the school bus company and offered them a cheap lot to lease. Currently the Grashorn Building is in the process of being demolished, put on hold only because of COVID-19.



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Re: Where is Ronald?
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« Reply #220 on: May 31, 2020, 07:36:12 AM »
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Re: Where is Ronald?
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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #222 on: June 02, 2020, 05:17:14 AM »
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This is Yankee Stadium. The original Yankee Stadium. Before he left office, Mayor Giuliani made good on another back door deal with millionaires George Stienbrenner and Fred Wilpon for donating to his mayoral campaigns. Both were promised brand new stadiums which would mostly be paid for by the city. When Bloomberg took office he attempted to void the agreement, but discovered Giuliani had changed the lease with both teams giving them a nuclear option that allowed them out of their respective multi year leases should the new stadiums not be built so they could make good on threats to remove the Yankees and Mets from New York City, as well as some further clauses in the deal making it impossible to void. This was the second back door deal with both team owners, the other for the city to provide the land and pay for the construction of two minor league stadiums, one on Staten Island for the Yankees, and the other in Coney Island for the Mets. The original Yankee Stadium was a historic landmark that dated back to 1923, and was known as the house that Babe Ruth built. It was also the stadium that Lou Gehring, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Marris, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson had played, as well as the core team of the 1996-2007 seasons where the Yankees won four world series championships,  and where Don Larson pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. It was also where several motion pictures were shot, beginning with Buster Keaton's The Cameraman ( 1928 ), and including Big ( 1988 ). Of course, Yankee fans wanted the old stadium preserved as a landmark, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission under Giuliani denied landmark status for both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, allowing for the demolition of both. 2008 was the final season both teams played in their stadiums. About the time I made this photoshop, it became official that neither the original Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium would be preserved, and were both marked for demolition after the season ended.



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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #223 on: June 03, 2020, 05:50:04 AM »
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This is Shea Stadium. It wasn't around as long as Yankee Stadium, opening in 1964, but was every bit as historic. The powerful bureaucrat Robert Moses had wanted a stadium built at Willets Point as far back as the late 1940s. He had dreamed of building his own signature park in New York City that would be comparable to Central Park and Prospect Park, and chose the Flushing River Basin, a tidal river which ran through a valley that stretched from Flushing to Jamaica. The shores of the river were mostly polluted swampland, having been what all the towns along it been using for their dumps and area where their untreated sewage emptied into. In addition, the city had turned the upper swamp into a massive city dump where the sanitation department brought the city's trash, burned it, and dumped it into massive piles of ash. Beginning in the late 1800s, factories had been built along the river in Flushing, who dumped their waste directly into the river. Robert Moses planned to close all the dumps and sewage outlets, dump fill on all the swamps turning them into fields, and  fill in the river, preserving two sections that would become lakes. This took place throughout the 1930s, but because of the Great Depression, the city didn't have the money to build Moses' dream park on the site. In the late 30s he took the fundraising into his own hands by organizing the 1939 Worlds Fair in the Corona section of the park.  The fairgrounds and pavilions cost the city billions to build, which the revenues from ticket sales to the fair were suppose to pay for, and eventually generate extra revenue for the building of the park. But then World War Two broke out an the fair was forced to close a year early, with the city still millions of dollars in the hole for building the fair grounds. Trying to find a new way of generating money for the park, Moses proposed building a sports arena in the undeveloped Willet's Point section of the park, and use the revenues generated by the sports teams to pay for the park. However, none of New York's professional teams would agree to relocate to the heavily polluted area, especially since Moses had built both LaGuardia and Flushing Airport nearby and even the pre-jet age planes of the 1940s caused a lot of noise. In the late 50s both the Giants and Dodgers were looking for bigger stadiums. The owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Walter O'Malley, wanted the new Dodgers Stadium built in Brooklyn, and had even leased a site from the Long Island Railroad to build his new stadium. ( which is the exact site where Barclays Center is today. ) Determined to build an arena in Flushing Meadows Park, Moses blocked O'Malley from building his stadium, and told both he and the owners of the Giants and Yankees they would have to play at the city owned Flushing arena if they wanted a bigger venue, because he would allow no other stadiums to be built in the city. Both the Dodgers and Giants decided to move their teams to California instead.

After the loss of both the Giants and Dodgers, a new baseball team was created to replace them, The New York Metropolitans, a.k.a. The Mets. Initially playing at the vacated Gian Stadium, the Mets were given little choice but to move to the arena Moses wanted built in Flushing. In addition, the football team The Titans were also pressured to move to the new arena. With two professional teams agreeing to play in Flushing, Shea Stadium was built. After moving there, the Titans changed their name to The Jets, both to sound similar to The Mets, and because of the overwhelming sound of low flying jet planes taking off from LaGuardia every five minutes that plagued the stadium during games. In addition to revenues from ticket sales, Moses also organized a second Worlds Fair in 1964. However, the 1964 Worlds Fair managed to loose even more money than the 1939 fair, and Moses never got to turn Flushing Meadow Park into his dream park. To this day the second lake remains an undeveloped swamp.

 The Mets hosted two of the most memorable World Series  games at the stadium, including the 1969 miracle  season, and the 1986 championship where the Mets stayed alive to win the 7th game after Bill Buckner allowed what should have been the game ending ball to bounce between his legs in game 6.  Aside from being the home stadium of both the Mets and Jets, Shea was the site of the historic Beatles concert of 1965, and was the site of several historic concerts to follow, including one of the final concerts in what was then The Who's farewell tour. Just as with Yankee Stadium, efforts were made to preserve Shea Stadium as a designated landmark, which Giuliani blocked. The final decision not to save both Yankee and Shea stadiums came in the summer of 2008.




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Re: Where is Ronald?
« Reply #224 on: June 04, 2020, 05:02:28 AM »
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