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History Lessons

Grimaldi's in Coney Island is back, and to celebrate its recent post-Sandy reopening, it's put on display a battered little bit of neighborhood history: the Dreamland Bell. Built in 1885, the bronze bell was rung to welcome visitors who arrived by boat to visit erstwhile funland Dreamland Park. But after a 1911 fire, the bell was lost, only to be reclaimed from the ocean floor almost a century later. The Coney Island History Project is planning to install a plaque with information about the bell and archival photos. The overall message? This area was, and is, resilient. [AtZ]