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Ep 23 – Streets of Cairo in Coney Island

In this episode we go in search of the lost “Streets of Cairo” and the “Turks” of Coney Island. We meet a colorful band of performers huddled together in Coney Island’s off-season mourning the loss of a colleague, their camels, recent arrest for “immoral” dancing; and as they pass the time playing music and backgammon and waiting for summer to come. The year is 1897. Join us as we get to know this group and learn about their visit to Gravesend cemetery to bury a friend in an Islamic ceremony as confused villagers and reporters looked on.

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See: The Gravesend Cemetery

From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 1897
From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1897

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