Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Coney Island, Capital of Long Island

The Brooklyn Eagle bashes another paper.

City Intelligence.
...The Sun presumes that Coney Island is to be the capital of the new State of Long Island ! It appears not to know--though we could hardly have thought it so ignorant of its country's history--that Coney is already a distinct empire, the head and front of which is Governor Gil. Davis. Guess again, neighbor?

--Brooklyn Eagle, Thursday, December 11, 1845

Some background came later.

The Sun thinks it a good joke that meetings should continue to be held at Prospect Hill in favor of making Long Island a State, and Brooklyn a port of entry. We hope it will not deprive the joke of its relish, for the Sun, when we inform it, that we understand, from the individual upon whom the choice of the Longislanders will undoubtedly rest as their first governor, that all shinplasters are to be banished from the State, and the manufacturers and venders of them sent to Davy Jones's locker.

N.B. In answer to several applications we may state, that there are to be two capitals--for winter in Brooklyn, and for summer at Coney Island.

--Brooklyn Eagle, Thursday, January 15, 1846

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