In this episode of the City Between podcast we go in search of a lost medieval Moorish tower on Coney Island. The Beacon Tower was once the center piece of the Dreamland amusement park (opened 1904) and it was based on a millennium-old tower in Seville Spain.
There is no better resource for more information about Dreamland than Jeffery Stanton’s site which you can find here. This beautiful image of the Beacon Tower can be found there as well:
Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra can still be found everywhere (including in the Alhambra gift shop!) and is available for a free ebook download here.
Check out the trailer for the Sean Connery film “The Wind and the Lion” based on the Moroccan “Robin Hood” Raisuli. For purposes of moviemaking the elderly Greek-American man who was kidnapped in real life was transformed into a pretty young woman.
This is what the former Dreamland site (beside today’s NY Aquarium) looks like in 2018:
There is two small mentions of the former Dreamland park in this recent mural on the boardwalk:
Here are closeups of the two mentions: