Photo of the Week: Coney Island Boardwalk

[View of boardwalk at Coney Island.], 1958, V1974.4.526; John D. Morrell photographs, ARC.005; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[View of boardwalk at Coney Island.], 1958, V1974.4.526; John D. Morrell photographs, ARC.005; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Coney Island boardwalk is fun for visitors all year long, but there’s nothing quite like Coney Island in the summer! Last week, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Brooklyn boardwalk a Scenic Landmark in recognition of its historic significance and as an effort to preserve the site for future generations. This weekend is the perfect time to celebrate Coney Island and its boardwalk because the beach is officially open for the season. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am-6pm on Saturday across nearly three miles of beaches along the Coney Island coastline.

The photo of the week depicts the Coney Island boardwalk during the summer of 1958. This photograph comes from the John D. Morrell photographs collection comprised of over 2,000 photographs taken between 1958 and 1963. The photographs are documentary in nature and focus primarily on buildings and street scenes throughout Brooklyn. John D. Morrell was an assistant librarian at Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society) and donated the photographs to BHS.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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One Response to Photo of the Week: Coney Island Boardwalk

  1. The Coney Island Boardwalk is fantastic.
    Hope to grow even more!

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