New York Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

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Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Empire State has to offer!
 
• Visit the idyllic village whose residents “talk to dead people”; the town where monuments to its most
   famous daughter, Lucille Ball, abound; America’s ...
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Overview


Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Empire State has to offer!
 
• Visit the idyllic village whose residents “talk to dead people”; the town where monuments to its most
   famous daughter, Lucille Ball, abound; America’s one-and-only Kazoo factory and museum; and the
   National Buffalo Wing Festival with its “Running of The Chickens”—i.e., people dressed as chickens.

• Learn how abolitionist James Caleb Jackson invented granula, the first cold breakfast cereal; why one
  of Rochester’s favorite eateries is known as the Home of the Garbage Plate; and why the famous
  negative ions of Niagara Falls feel so good.

• Meet the Wonderful Wizard of Chittenango, L. Frank Baum; Panda the Seeing Eye Horse;
   Brooklyn’s “little green invaders”; and the night watchman at the Fallow Hollow Deer Farm—a 
   donkey!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762769841
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Curiosities Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 543,024
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Perman is a native New Yorker, a freelance humor writer and an experienced journalist, who wrote for the Wall Street Journal Online for nine years. She knows the state up, down, left and right, having grown up in Rochester, attended school in Syracuse, and lived in New York City, where she's made her home since 1994.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Western New York 1

Chapter 2 Central New York 67

Chapter 3 North Country & the Adirondacks 139

Chapter 4 Southeast, the Catskills & Hudson Valley 207

Chapter 5 New York City & Long Island 285

Index 366

About the Author 372

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