The story behind six of the county’s kitschiest landmarks.
6 roadside attractions that makes us wonder: what were they thinking?
By Marisa LaScala
Forget Route 66. What about getting your kicks on Routes 9A, 100, or 172?
While other cities may lay claim to the world’s biggest ball of twine (
Ancient Chinese Secret
You’re undoubtedly aware that the hot dogs from Walter’s in
A Spin in a Good Yarn
Flying Fingers Yarn Shop’s famous Yarn Bus may ferry tight-knit
Built by the same guys who designed the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the $75,000 bus is as much an experience as it is a conveyance. “One customer in
Green (and yellow) Giant
Rhodes had its Colossus,
It turns out, our local Bunyan isn’t one-of-a-kind. He’s a seventy-tuplet—at least! Doug Kirby, publisher of roadsideamerica.com, notes that a California-based company made its fortune by peddling these fiberglass giants in the ’60s and ’70s. According to Kirby’s growing gallery of photos, there are seven other near-identical Paul Bunyan statues in
Think you’ll never see a cellphone tower as lovely as a tree? Not to worry—cellphone companies are working on it. Telecom corporations are developing what they call “stealth” antennae, artfully hidden in church steeples, water towers, lighthouses, and, of course, fake trees. According to www.fraudfrond.com, a site devoted to outing these imposters, about a quarter of cellphone antennae across the country are “stealth”—or “lying lumber.”
Of course, some of these trees are better at faking it than others. The cellphone pine located just south of exit 25 on the
—well, it ain’t foolin’ nobody. (For starters, rarely do our native conifers grow to 150 feet tall.) With its uniformly erect branches covering just the top third of the perfectly straight trunk, it inspired Landscape Architecture writer Anthony Flint to say that the tower “looks like a giant toilet brush.” No doubt, some
Open Wide in Astonishment
It’s a dairy barn! It’s a miniature golf range! No, it’s aâ€¦dentist’s office? Perhaps the most clever architectural bait-and-switch ever perpetrated on pre-literate children, the
in Hartsdale houses the offices of dentists Daniel and Jack Zonan. Daniel Zonan credits his mother, Marilyn, with the design for their signature Dutch Colonial farmhouse. “My mother thought that the sterile white of medical offices turned people off and made people hate coming to the dentist—which they did,” Zonan says. “She wanted to create a place that was non-threatening and comfortable.”Apparently, her idea works. “We have a lot of patients who came in for the first time out of curiosity,” Zonan says. Those brave enough to venture in on a whim know that Marilyn’s unusual decorating style continues throughout the interior—and the dentists aren’t half-bad, either.
No, this sculpture is not a leftover setpiece from This Is Spinal Tap or a meeting spot for local Druids. As it turns out, it’s not even a replication of
Of course, Hendricks is aware of his piece’s resemblance to the famous English landmark. It’s even intentional. “It’s an homage to the great builders of the past,” he says. “I want my work to look like it had been there forever.” Each of the vertical pieces are six tons of native glacial stone, and the crosspiece weighs another two tons. The whole thing is anchored in subterranean cement.
Those who want to worship at Hendricks’s altar need to get moving. “Cupid’s Arrow” will be transported to a new home by the end of the fall.