Coney Island History Project

Coney Island History Project The Coney Island History Project, founded in 2004, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that aims to increase awareness of Coney Island's legendary and colorful past and to encourage appreciation of the Coney Island neighborhood of today.
For information about programs and activities, or to become a member or volunteer email [email protected] In 2011, the History Project moved to a new exhibition center on W 12th Street in the heart of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park. Since the Coney Island History Project's inception in 2004 with a portable recording booth on the Boardwalk, followed by the opening of the Coney Island Hall of Fame in 2005 and the inaugural season of our exhibition center under the Cyclone in 2007, we have proudly offered "Free Admission for One and All!" at our exhibits and events. We are grateful to the Vourderis family for inviting us to set up history exhibits in locations around their park, and to the Albert family for their ongoing support as the History Project continues its mission of recording oral histories with people who lived, worked, and played in Coney Island. Come visit us at the Wonder Wheel in 2011! Open from 1pm-7pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, and by appointment, the center presents a series of exhibits, events and performances, and displays historic artifacts from Coney Island's colorful past. The Coney Island History Project's award-winning website features a free downloadable audio tour of Coney Island, an Oral History Audio Archive and a searchable online archive containing more than 1,000 images and items from our collection. Visitors to our blog "Ask Mr. Coney Island" can ask questions about the area's past, present, and future. If you would like to receive a monthly e-newsletter "What's New in Coney?" featuring news and upcoming events in Coney Island please sign up on our website http://www.coneyislandhistory.org Emphasizing community involvement, the Coney Island History Project teaches young people the techniques of oral history and develops programs in conjunction with local schools, museums, and other organizations. The History Project’s executive director Charles Denson is a Coney Island native, a noted historian, and the author of the award-winning Coney Island: Lost and Found & Wild Ride: A Coney Island Roller Coaster Family. Coney Island History Project, 3059 West 12 St near Boardwalk, Brooklyn NY 11224 [email protected] twitter: http://twitter.com/ConeyHistory Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coneyislandhistory/
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Our exhibition center and recording studio are located on West 12th Street at the entrance to Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, just a few steps off the Boardwalk. View historic artifacts, photographs, maps, ephemera and films of Coney Island's colorful past. We offer year-round weekend walking tours which begin with a private tour of the exhibit center including a talk about the objects on display. Tours are based on History Project director Charles Denson's award-winning book Coney Island: Lost and Found, the interviews from CIHP’s Oral History Archive, and other primary sources. Visit our online reservation site (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/coney-island-history-project-1132126799) to see the walking tour schedule and purchase advance tickets online. If you have a question or to arrange a private visit or group tour, please e-mail [email protected]. The Coney Island History Project's free exhibition center season is Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1-7pm.) We will also be open on Palm Sunday (March 25, 2018) which is Coney Island's opening weekend of the season, and Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018) from 1-6pm. Admission is free of charge.

Mission: The Coney Island History Project’s mission is to create an oral history of the area; organize exhibitions, lectures and performances; and honor community leaders and amusement pioneers through the Coney Island Hall of Fame.

The 100-year-old Wonder Wheel, past and present, and Charles Denson's new book  “Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel Park” in NY...
08/07/2020
Coronavirus Silences the Wonder Wheel

The 100-year-old Wonder Wheel, past and present, and Charles Denson's new book “Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel Park” in NY Times Streetscapes column. Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park remains closed due to NYS executive order but the park has a souvenir stand on the boardwalk where you can buy 100th anniversary T-shirts, pins, and the new book. Open Saturdays-Sundays, 12-7pm. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/realestate/coronavirus-coney-island-wonder-wheel.html

A 100th anniversary celebration was planned for this star attraction on the Coney Island boardwalk this year. The owners are determined that it will spin again.

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: Actor Emmanuel Elpenord shares his memories of growing up...
08/06/2020

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: Actor Emmanuel Elpenord shares his memories of growing up in Coney Island's Sea Rise apartments, working at Luna Park's Nights of Horror Halloween event, and a souvenir of the Wonder Wheel. Recorded for the History Project by Ali Lemer. https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/emmanuel-elpenord

#ThrowbackThursday Coney Island History Project director Charles Denson's film 'Climbing the #ParachuteJump.' He first a...
08/06/2020

#ThrowbackThursday Coney Island History Project director Charles Denson's film 'Climbing the #ParachuteJump.' He first attempted to climb the Jump in 1973, when it was a rusting, abandoned ruin. In 2002 he finally realized his childhood dream and got to climb to the top of the tower, legally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIR0jxqfl4c&t=3s

While NY's #amusementparks including ours in Coney Island remain closed, those in neighboring states are up and running....
08/04/2020

While NY's #amusementparks including ours in Coney Island remain closed, those in neighboring states are up and running. PA's #LeapTheDips, the world's oldest operating roller coaster, opened in July. Built in 1902, it's North America’s last surviving side friction #rollercoaster and an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark. NY amusement parks have filed operational safety plans to reopen with NYS but outdoor amusement parks and some indoor venues were among the businesses removed from Phase 4 in late June. In neighboring CT and NJ, amusement parks are open at 25% and 50% capacity.

THE WORLD'S OLDEST ROLLER COASTER HAS REOPENED!
After sitting dormant for three years and now amidst a global pandemic, Leap The Dips, the world's oldest roller coaster an an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark unceremoniously rolled back to life last week -- and that's the kind of good news we need these days! When your travels take you to coaster-rich Pennsylvania (they have more than twice as many wood coasters as any other state), make it a point to swing by Lakemont Park and ride Leap The Dips and Skyliner. Admission and parking are both free. You can pay by the ride or buy an all-day pass. The rides are open Thursdays through Sundays in the 2020 season, from 12 noon - 9 p.m.

Photo by Chase Fiore

Today, August 3rd, is the long awaited publication date of Charles Denson's book Coney Island's Wonder Wheel Park, origi...
08/03/2020

Today, August 3rd, is the long awaited publication date of Charles Denson's book Coney Island's Wonder Wheel Park, originally scheduled for May! Buy the book and enjoy reading stories about the landmark Wheel and its origins that were previously lost to history and seeing never-before-seen photographs, plans and ephemera. Now available from Arcadia Publishing, online retailers, and independent retailers.
https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467104838

Listen to 'Beyond the Boardwalk,' our new podcast series produced from oral histories in the Coney Island History Projec...
07/30/2020

Listen to 'Beyond the Boardwalk,' our new podcast series produced from oral histories in the Coney Island History Project archive: https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/podcast. Episodes 1 and 2 are immigrant stories about Coney's past and present restaurants and food stands as told by their mom-and-pop owners and family members. 'Beyond the Boardwalk' will soon be available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast listening apps, with 4 episodes being released initially.

August E-News from the Coney Island History Project: #August3 Pub Date for New Book on #WonderWheel, New Podcast 'Beyond...
07/30/2020

August E-News from the Coney Island History Project: #August3 Pub Date for New Book on #WonderWheel, New Podcast 'Beyond the Boardwalk,' Update on Virtual Content https://conta.cc/2DhFIQ1

“We’re seeing rent as an almost universal challenge,” said Randy Peers, President of the Chamber. “Whether it is Coney I...
07/27/2020
More than half of Brooklyn small businesses are struggling to stay open, survey finds • Brooklyn Paper

“We’re seeing rent as an almost universal challenge,” said Randy Peers, President of the Chamber. “Whether it is Coney Island businesses suffering from a closed amusement park or Brooklyn Heights businesses whose customers have fled the city, it’s clear that rent relief is urgently needed.” More than half of Brooklyn businesses are struggling to stay open through the summer, according to a recent survey conducted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. NYCEDC Mayor Bill de Blasio Mark Treyger

More than half of Brooklyn’s businesses are struggling to stay open through the summer, a recent survey found.

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: Monica Ghee is a Coney Island native who has operated gam...
07/25/2020
Monica Ghee

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: Monica Ghee is a Coney Island native who has operated games, which she says is her "true calling," in the amusement district on and off for the past 52 years. She recalls some of the games she has worked in the past, including the dime pitch, glass pitch, goldfish bowl, and her signature game - the high striker. Recorded for the History Project by Kaara Baptiste. https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/monica-ghee

Monica Ghee is a Coney Island native who has operated games at various locations in the amusement district on and off for the past 52 years. She recalls some of the games she has worked in the past, including the dime pitch, glass pitch, goldfish bowl, and her signature game - the high striker. Curr...

Happy National Hot Dog Day! #HotDog #Art in Coney Island's Stillwell Terminal by Robert Wilson for MTA Arts & Design (My...
07/22/2020

Happy National Hot Dog Day! #HotDog #Art in Coney Island's Stillwell Terminal by Robert Wilson for MTA Arts & Design (My Coney Island Baby, 2004). Today, our neighbor Nathan's Famous is celebrating by offering Nathan's franks for their original 1916 price of 5 cents! From 12-5PM. #July22 #NationalHotDogDay

One of our fave New Yorker summer beach covers was published today in 2014. Mark Ulriksen Art & Illustration returns Ast...
07/21/2020

One of our fave New Yorker summer beach covers was published today in 2014. Mark Ulriksen Art & Illustration returns Astroland's #Astrotower to its place in the #ConeyIsland skyline with the #Wonder Wheel and the #Cyclone. #OTDH #TodayinHistory #ArtOfTheDay

07/19/2020
The Spook-a-Rama Chipmunks Restoration

This short film by Charles Denson will make you smile: Steve Vourderis of Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park brings the 1950's Spook-A-Rama Chipmunks back to life! These robotic chipmunks once sang their songs at the Bowery entrance to Spook-a-Rama until a 1980's fire on Jones Walk forced the closure of that section of the ride and the chipmunks were placed in storage. https://youtu.be/0ZCswLWrUWs

These robotic chipmunks once sang their songs at the Bowery entrance to Spook-a-Rama until a 1980s fire on Jones Walk forced the closure of that section of t...

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: From the 1950s-1970s, bus trips to Coney Island were so p...
07/18/2020

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: From the 1950s-1970s, bus trips to Coney Island were so popular that concessionaires recall 50 to 100 buses arriving on Saturday mornings. Alonzo Kittrels, 80, shares memories of annual bus outings to Coney Island from Philadelphia sponsored by the Good Will Family Club organized by his grandmother, mother and aunts. Recorded for us by Ali Lemer https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/alonzo-kittrels

In this Ask Mr Coney Island blog post, Charles Denson remembers Coney's colorful, striped, floating wooden barrels. "The...
07/16/2020

In this Ask Mr Coney Island blog post, Charles Denson remembers Coney's colorful, striped, floating wooden barrels. "The rope was buried far up the beach and then attached to an anchor in the ocean located about halfway the length of the rock jetties. Every bay in the West End had them! You could cling to the rope or wrap yourself around the barrel. They were a lot of fun and you could prove yourself by swimming out to the last one." In these 1950's photos from the Coney Island History Project Collection, swimmers cling to the rope and a sign on the lifeguard chair refers to them as 'life lines,' and tells swimmers not to 'bathe' past the last one. 'Sitting on paper' was also prohibited on the beach! https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/ask-mr-coney/barrels-and-lifelines-ocean #ThrowbackThursday #ConeyIslandBeach

If you haven't seen it, we highly recommend Paul Mazursky's Enemies, A Love Story (1989). One of our favorite films set ...
07/13/2020

If you haven't seen it, we highly recommend Paul Mazursky's Enemies, A Love Story (1989). One of our favorite films set in Coney Island, it is based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

#MovieMonday #Flashback to Enemies, A Love Story (1989), Paul Mazursky's funny, poignant drama about a Holocaust survivor in New York married to three women at the same time. One of his apartments is in Coney Island across the street from the Wonder Wheel! This "soulful adaptation of the Isaac Bashevis Singer novel, has a spirit that's nearly impossible to describe -- a kind of robust, almost lusty fatalism." - Washington Post. Starring Ron Silver; Anjelica Huston; Lena Olin; Margaret Sophie Stein, Alan King🎡 #DenosWonderWheel Celebrating #100Years in 2020 🎡

#BeachDay! Listen via the Coney Island History Project's online #oralhistory archive to Steve Larkin's vivid memories of...
07/12/2020
Steve Larkin

#BeachDay! Listen via the Coney Island History Project's online #oralhistory archive to Steve Larkin's vivid memories of a summer job with #ConeyIsland's beach chair & umbrella rental co. as a teen in the 1970s. For Larkin and his friends, getting working papers when they turned 14 and working their way up from "schlepping chairs" to being cashiers was a rite of passage. https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/steve-larkin

Steve Larkin's family lived in Coney Island and Brighton Beach from the time his Latvian-born grandfather David Latzkin immigrated here in 1903 until they moved in 1978. The family resided at 55 Railroad Avenue and later on Brighton 7th Street. Larkin shares vivid memories of his summer job as a tee...

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: Alisa Minyukova, a Brooklyn artist who emigrated from Rus...
07/11/2020

NEW in the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive: Alisa Minyukova, a Brooklyn artist who emigrated from Russia as a child, recalls childhood memories of St. Petersburg and Coney Island, and the common visceral memory of the Soviet Union in Brighton Beach, where she lived for three years. Interview conducted by Tricia Vita. https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/alisa-minyukova. Photo of the artist by Isak Tiner.

Young people ages 14-21 may apply for the NYC SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program) thru July 15.  The program promises...
07/10/2020
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) - DYCD

Young people ages 14-21 may apply for the NYC SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program) thru July 15. The program promises career exploration, skill-building activities, connections to professionals, and community building, and pays a stipend. Thanks to Coney Island Councilman Mark Treyger for supporting full reinstatement of SYEP. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dycd/services/jobs-internships/summer-youth-employment-program-syep.page

 *** Internet access is required to participate in SYEP Bridge. Please let your provider know if you do not have an internet connected device including a smart phone, iPad, or computer***

On Surf Ave in front of Nathan's Famous, street sign honoring Nathan and Ida Handwerker Way is so popular it's missing a...
07/10/2020

On Surf Ave in front of Nathan's Famous, street sign honoring Nathan and Ida Handwerker Way is so popular it's missing again! We reported it to NYC DOT for replacement as we did in 2017, 2018 and 2019, when it was also broken off at the bracket. Having been stolen 4 times in 4 years, Nathan & Ida's sign could be the most sought after street sign in NYC. In 2010, the Joey Ramone Place sign, which went missing 4 times in 7 years, was called the most frequently stolen of the city's more than 250K street signs by Gothamist. Thank you to Coney Island resident Bruce Sherman for the alert and photo (on the left). Our 2016 photo shows the sign in its inaugural year.

One of the new additions to the Coney Island History Project Collection: 1950's photo of entrance to Steeplechase Pavili...
07/09/2020

One of the new additions to the Coney Island History Project Collection: 1950's photo of entrance to Steeplechase Pavilion. Steeplechase, the Funny Place, Where 10,000 People Laugh at One Time! Browse our online collection at http://coneyislandhistory.org/collection
#ThrowbackThursday #ConeyIsland #1950s

In Mary Trump's new book about her family, she writes "For background on Steeplechase Park, I thank the Coney Island His...
07/08/2020

In Mary Trump's new book about her family, she writes "For background on Steeplechase Park, I thank the Coney Island History Project website..." Read about our 2016 exhibition "The 50th Anniversary of Fred Trump's Demolition of the Steeplechase Pavilion" here: https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/tags/fred-trump.

Requiem for the Astrotower (2013), a beautifully filmed tribute including rare historical footage by Charles Denson. 7 y...
07/05/2020

Requiem for the Astrotower (2013), a beautifully filmed tribute including rare historical footage by Charles Denson. 7 years ago on #4thofjulyweekend, #ConeyIsland's singing, swaying tower was condemned, demolished and hauled off to a junkyard. https://youtu.be/Y5_qDt0FhiE

Jean Cocteau and Marcel Khill, Coney Island, 1936. The French poet, playwright & filmmaker and his companion were on a R...
07/05/2020

Jean Cocteau and Marcel Khill, Coney Island, 1936. The French poet, playwright & filmmaker and his companion were on a Round the World in 80 Days tour serialized in Paris-Soir, with photographs, and published as Mon Premier Voyage. #JeanCocteau born #OTD in 1889.

#TodayInHistory #125years ago today, July 4, 1895, Paul Boyton opened Coney Island's and North America's first enclosed ...
07/04/2020

#TodayInHistory #125years ago today, July 4, 1895, Paul Boyton opened Coney Island's and North America's first enclosed amusement park, Sea Lion Park. Sadly, this year for the first time ever Coney's world famous amusement parks are NOT open on #4thofJuly. Coney's historic parks, Steeplechase and the original Luna Park, remained open during World Wars I and II, as well as the 1918 flu pandemic. This year, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park and Luna Park, which traditionally open on Palm Sunday, are temporarily closed due to statewide regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/blog/news/first-time-125-years-coney-islands-amusement-parks-not-open-july-4th 📷 Coney Island History Project Collection.

#ThrowbackThursday: Gone fishing! Three fishermen on Coney Island's Steeplechase Pier were interviewed on a sunny day in...
07/02/2020

#ThrowbackThursday: Gone fishing! Three fishermen on Coney Island's Steeplechase Pier were interviewed on a sunny day in June in 2016 by Samira Tazari for the Coney Island History Project #OralHistory #Archive. Harry Delgado and "Stretch" live in Coney Island and frequently fish from the pier and other local spots. Larye Mcsheppard lives in Queens. Photo of Harry Delgado at the History Project by Charles Denson. https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/steeplechase-pier-fishermen

Welcome back, lifeguards! NYC beaches open for swimming starting today. Get in the mood by listening to our #oralhistory...
07/01/2020
Allen James

Welcome back, lifeguards! NYC beaches open for swimming starting today. Get in the mood by listening to our #oralhistory with Coney Islander Allen James, musician/songwriter in alt-rock band Newborn and a lifeguard on Coney Island beach for the past decade https://www.coneyislandhistory.org/oral-history-archive/allen-james

Allen James grew up on West 5th Street in Coney Island, which he describes as near the border of Brighton Beach and "the best of both worlds," noting that "it was the perfect place to grow up as a kid in Brooklyn." He still lives in the neighborhood and lyrics for his songs come to him while taking....

#TodayInHistory June 30, 1977 AP photo of #ConeyIsland's #Astrotower, #WonderWheel and #Cyclone. If you miss the song of...
06/30/2020

#TodayInHistory June 30, 1977 AP photo of #ConeyIsland's #Astrotower, #WonderWheel and #Cyclone. If you miss the song of the tower, check out Charles Denson's 2013 film 'Requiem for the Astrotower' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5_qDt0FhiE&t=9s

Yiddish Coney Island: Wonderful #weekendreading from the pages of the 121-year old Forward compiled by archivist Chana P...
06/27/2020
Yiddish Coney Island

Yiddish Coney Island: Wonderful #weekendreading from the pages of the 121-year old Forward compiled by archivist Chana Pollack and Virginia Jeffries.

Zamd un mentshn
mentshn un zamd.

Sand and people.
People and sand.
On the sand a world of people.
On the people a sea of sand.
There’s no room, you’ll have to stand”
https://forward.com/news/449621/yiddish-coney-island/

Coney Island’s beach, while refreshing for sure, was also where “ beauty and crudity go hand in hand and launch a united front.”

Thank you, Pomeroy Fund for NYS History 🙏 The Coney Island History Project is very grateful for a grant for general oper...
06/25/2020

Thank you, Pomeroy Fund for NYS History 🙏 The Coney Island History Project is very grateful for a grant for general operating support from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and Museum Association of New York during these difficult times. https://nysmuseums.org/Pomeroy-fund-for-nys-history/

The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History has awarded an additional $50,000 in grants to provide general operating assistance to 18 history organizations in New York State.

This is the 2nd round of grants disbursed through the Pomeroy Fund since we partnered with the Museum Association of New York in April to create the initiative. During the 1st round, a total of $50,808 was awarded to 31 organizations forced to close due to the pandemic.

In this 2nd round, applicants shared details regarding their public programming (onsite and virtual), identified a wide range of audiences served, and ways in which they engage their communities through unique and distinct partnerships. The Fund received 112 applications this round.

The 2nd round grant recipients are as follows (listed alphabetically): Beacon Historical Society, City Island Historical Society, Constable Hall Association, Inc., Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, Friends of City Reliquary, Inc., Friends of Mills Mansion, Greece Historical Society, Livingston County Historical Society, National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, Phelps Mansion Museum, Sodus Bay Historical Society, The Coney Island History Project Inc., The Historical Society of the Town of Chester, The Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, Waterville Historical Society, Webster Museum and Historical Society, and West Seneca Historical Society and Museum.

You can read today's full announcement about the Pomeroy Fund here: https://bit.ly/3fW9NSW

#museums #history #newyorkhistory

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3059 W 12th St
Brooklyn, NY
11224

Subway: D, F, N & Q to Coney Island - Stillwell Ave Terminal F & Q to W 8th St - NY Aquarium

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The Coney Island History Project exhibit center is open Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day (1-7PM). Also open Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (1-6PM). Admission is free of charge. In addition, the Coney Island History Project offers year-round weekend walking tours which begin with a private tour of the exhibit center including a talk about the objects on display. Tours are based on History Project director Charles Denson's award-winning book Coney Island: Lost and Found, the interviews from CIHP’s Oral History Archive, and other primary sources. Visit our online reservation site to see the walking tour schedule and purchase advance tickets online. If you have a question or to arrange a private visit or group tour, please e-mail events[AT]coneyislandhistory[DOT]org.

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Now more than ever we encourage you to browse the Coney Island History Project's website, which in addition to our Oral History Archive includes Ask Mr. Coney Island, selections from our Collection, and Coney News and Hall of Fame. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to learn about Coney Island's legendary and colorful past and the Coney Island community of today.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Coney Island History Project has postponed walking tours, group visits to our exhibition center, events at schools and senior centers, and in-person oral history interviews until further notice. In order to maintain appropriate social distancing while continuing to engage with our community, our staff is recording oral histories from home via phone and Skype and creating virtual exhibits. Please email [email protected] for information.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Coney Island History Project exhibition center again soon. In the meantime, please stay safe and take care.

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Hey Coney Island History Project. Has Henderson Walk been officially “de-mapped” from the grid? I reported the missing sign to 311 twice and it was never replaced. People over there say it’s private property. Any info? Also, while closed, it would also be nice to get the sign replaced at Kensington Walk as well. Thanks!!
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Where was Cooks Lane & Railroad Ave. ? These streets may have been renamed.
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Hi All! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I am a reporter with NYCityLens, working on a story about Coney Island during the age of coronavirus. If anyone has any particular vignettes about their experiences during this time OR any memories/photos they would like to share of Coney Island visitations in the past, please do share and feel free to direct message me if you're interested.
Any info/history on the Polar Bear Club? My dad told me his father was one of the original jumpers way back in they day. :)
Mom and Dad at Coney Island circa 1950
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gone, but not forgotten ...
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