A Thrilling Conversation on the History and Future of the Amusement Park -

Featuring author “Amusement Park” author Stephen M. Silverman and New York Post restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo


Join The Amusement Park author Stephen M. Silverman and New York Post restaurant critic and real-estate columnist Steve Cuozzo as they explore the fun and games—and dirty dealings—that make up the 900-year story of the leisure industry, from its roots in the England of Henry I to the modern-day Worlds of Disney and other elaborate playgrounds in such outposts as Shanghai and Dubai.

Although 17th-century British and Parisian pleasure gardens were imported to Colonial America, the business of having fun took hold with the Midway of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which introduced the Ferris Wheel and a scandalous belly dancer named Little Egypt. Coney Island soon followed, and the success of its amusement parks led to 2,000 imitations across America. And that was only the beginning.

About the The Amusement Park:
Step right up! The Amusement Park by Stephen Silverman is a rich, anecdotal history that begins nine centuries ago with the "pleasure gardens" of Europe and England and ends with the rise and fall and rise again of some of the most elaborate parks in the world. It's a history told largely through the stories of the colorful, sometimes hedonistic characters who built them and features, among many, showmen like Joseph and Nicholas Schenck and Marcus Loew, railroad barons such as Andrew Mellon and Henry E. Huntington, and the men who ultimately destroyed the parks including Robert Moses and Fred Trump.

The many gifted artisans and craftspeople who brought these parks to life are also featured, along with an amazing cast of supporting players from Al Capone to Annie Oakley. And, of course, there are the rides, whose marvels of engineering and heart-stopping thrills are celebrated at full throttle. The parks and fairs featured include the 1893 Chicago

World's Fair, Coney Island, Steeplechase Park, Dreamland, Euclid Beach Park, Cedar Point, Palisades Park, Ferrari World, Dollywood, Sea World, Six Flags Great Adventure, Universal Studios, Disney World and Disneyland, and many more.

About Stephen M. Silverman:
Stephen M. Silverman is the author of thirteen books, including The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America, as well as the critically acclaimed biographies of filmmakers David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) and Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). A 20-year veteran of Time Inc., he was founding editor of People Magazine's website. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. His first job was selling ice cream in Disneyland.

About Steve Cuozzo:
Steve Cuozzo is restaurant critic, real estate columnist, and op-ed contributor at the New York Post. A lifetime resident of New York, Cuozzo spent his career at the Post, working his way up from entry-level copy boy in 1972, through positions, including copy editor in the newsroom, entertainment editor, assistant managing editor in charge of features, and executive editor. In 1996, he summarized his experiences in his book, It's Alive! How America's Oldest Newspaper Cheated Death and Why It Matters. He lives with his wife Jane on the Upper East Side.