150 Years of Coney Island

New York City, New York, USA

Coney Island, the strip of land at the southernmost end of Brooklyn, is one of the most nostalgic places in New York City. The amusement park, which has been around in some form since the mid-1800’s, has been revitalized quite a bit in my lifetime. But it still has a run down old-timey quality to it that defies the modern steel rollercoasters and refurbished boardwalk.

Throughout the 20th century, the park has been threatened with demolition, re-zoning, and flagging attendance as beaches further out on Long Island became more accessible. But generations of Brooklyn residents have always come to its defense. On hot summer days in 2014 the boardwalk is as crowded as the old photographs from the 20’s.