Side Show by the Seashore: A Survival Tale Coney Island's Side Show by the Seashore is a throwback to the days when circuses and carnivals flourished. A proposed Las Vegas-style entertainment complex is a real threat, but the Side Show attraction remains, with its nostalgic charms.
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Side Show by the Seashore: A Survival Tale

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Side Show by the Seashore: A Survival Tale

Side Show by the Seashore: A Survival Tale

Side Show by the Seashore: A Survival Tale

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Back in the days when circus caravans wound their way across the country with clown acts, trapeze artists and lion tamers, crowds flocking to the Big Top could also be drawn in by sideshow performers... teasers, of a sort, who worked the periphery, enticing audiences with promises of death-defying feats.

Today, the sideshows and barkers of the carney tradition have largely been lost. But on Coney Island, Side Show by the Seashore remains... a relic full of nostalgic charms.

Jesse Baker produced this story.

A Hawker beckons from one of Coney Island's few lasting amusements: the Side Show by the Shore. hide caption

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