We presume that part of the reason you live, and chose to raise your family in New York City is this town’s history and character. And while we at Red Tri NYC HQ don’t think all change is bad, some of our favorite spots around the city are feeling more and more like endangered species. Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (in stores July 25), has been chronicling the demise of classic NYC spots for years. We asked him to round up some top “Vanishing New York” spots for kids and families. Click through to see some of his picks—and catch them while you can!

Coney Island Sideshow

A modern take on the classic 10-in-1 circus sideshow of old, the Coney Island Sideshow is filled with thrills and chills, from fire eaters and snake dancers to bearded ladies and human blockheads. As the old carnival grind tapes would say, “Bring Mommy, bring Daddy, bring the kids.” (Although kids with an appreciation for the bizarre and weird will be the ones who really appreciate this. Gentler souls should stay at home.)

1208 Surf Ave.
Coney Island
Online: coneyisland.com

photo: JonnyPrimeC C. via Yelp


What old New York spot do you hope never goes away? Tell us in the comments!

— Jeremiah Moss and Mimi O’Connor