Before reading today’s article about Boardwalk busineses auctioning off their wares, I thought it appropriate to add this song by Bob Dylan.  Read the NY Daily News article after the lyrics. 

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the
waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched
to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start
swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your
eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the
wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’
For the
loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the
doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who
has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake
your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t
criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are
beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the
new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will
later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they
are a-changin’

Going once, going twice…Iconic

Coney Island Memorabilia Goes to

 the Highest Bidder

Boardwalk businesses like Cha Cha’s Bar that lost their leases put items up for auction

BY Erin Durkin
New York Daily News, Wed. Nov. 4, 2011

The famous Cha Cha's Bar and Cafe on the Coney Island Boardwalk is being forced to auction off most of its property after failing to get a new lease. Todd Maisel, Photographer/New York Daily News

Todd Maisel/New York Daily News

The famous Cha Cha’s Bar and Cafe on the Coney Island Boardwalk is being forced to auction off most of its property after failing to get a new lease.

 Piece by piece, bits of the Coney Island Boardwalk’s storied past were put on the auction block this week and sold off to the highest bidder.

A white upright piano went up for sale, along with a Stuff-your-own-teddy bear machine, a disco ball, a fog-making machine and piña colada and funnel cake stands, as businesses slated to be evicted from their Boardwalk spots sold off their wares.

There were dusty speakers, weathered beer signs, bar stools, cigar boxes, and plates painted with images of Campbell’s soup cans.

“I’m selling these neon signs, one, two, three, four, five,” rattled off auctioneer Joe Benigno. “Can’t get these no more, guys.”

A small crowd of bargain hunters gathered to snap up the items. Among them were memorabilia dealers, business owners looking for supplies, and curiosity seekers looking to spend a few bucks on a beat-up artifact of the iconic Boardwalk.

“People want to get old-fashioned stuff for their bars, memorabilia that was part of Coney Island,” said Benigno, of Best Buy Auctioneers, who conducted the sale along with Vincent J. Casale & Co.

Two of the businesses initially hit with eviction notices by amusement company Zamperla – Ruby’s Bar and Paul’s Daughter – have since been offered eight-year leases to stay. But others are facing the end of the line – and are cleaning house.

Cha Cha’s Bar and Coney Island Souvenirs auctioned off whatever they could sell, while Ruby’s offered up some unneeded items.

“They outright turned me down,” bar owner John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia said of the landlord. “They’re not willing to discuss anything with me.”

So, a pair of blenders from behind the bar sold for a dollar a piece, and a six-foot-high Coors beer sign for $10.

“Glass racks, $25 apiece on these. You just need to clean them up – they’re gorgeous,” Benigno said.

Boardwalk fixture Johnny Corona, 55, took a break from sunning himself on a beach chair – beer in hand, ignoring the early November chill – to buy an illuminated cocktail sign. “We’re regulars…I go back here at least 11 years,” he said. “This is sad.”

Dave Berger, 43, of Ocean City, L.I., bought a guitar, a keyboard, and speakers.

“This is my first (auction),” he said. “It’s Coney Island (and) it’s about to be history.”

Benigno worked his way through Cha Cha’s, bidding out items at a rapid fire pace, until he reached the back of the bar.

“Anything else in here to sell?” he said.

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A walk on the Boardwalk (in no particular order)

The Atlantis Bar took on many forms.  Toward the end, it became a Western-oriented bar with a country guitarist playing and singing on the bar.  (c)

Before the City decided to fill under the boardwalk with sand, people used to hang out, have parties, and some called it “home”. (c)

After the sand replishment program, the City installed a Welcome sign. (c)

Ruby’s old Tyme Bar – through the years

Ruby sitting outside the bar early spring. (c)

Souvenir Shopping

Hanging out on a grandstand.

Child’s Restaurant Building Landmarked

Old Child’s Restaurant postcard

Child’s building in disrepair (before Landmarking)

Beautiful Terra Cotta work covers the building.

The 2008 Season brought a new look to the words beauty, fun and functionality at the old Child’s building.  Lola Staar’s Roller Rink opened to great applause.  Diana Carlin (aka Lola) worked hard to make her “Dreamland” a reality.

 That’s Lola outside her dream.

Dreamland becomes a reality.

Vacant storefront to become home to Lola’s Boutique.

Lola Staar’s Boutique

Lola outside her boutique.

Shoot the Freak (some how this game seems wrong…)

Cha Cha’s

 Gregory & Paul’s

“Dewey” sat a top of Gregory & Paul’s for many years.  Dewey has since been taken down.

Astroland operated for over 40 years until it was sold to a development company.

The original Astroland Spaceman (Photo: CI History Project/Astroland Archives, all rights reserved)

The Astro Tower revolved 365 degrees and provided a birds eye view of Coney Island and surrounding areas.

Astroland drew large crowds every season.

Plenty of rides and attractions on the boardwalk.

After the 2008 Season ended, Astroland was closed.  It was dismantled and became a wasteland.

The rides were dismantled and taken away. (Photo: Pablo57)

Astroland – Vanished (Photo: Pablo57)

After removal of the Rocket, from a top of Gregory & Pauls,  it sat for most of the winter before being put in storage. (Photo: B. Yankowitz)

   Astroland lot (Photo: Pablo57)

Astroland – Farewell (Photo: Jimvid)

Deno’s Wonderworld Park

The New York Aquarium

Shark Tank

Come back for more…