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Fabulous Coney Island!

By Dan Brenner

Posted on July 31, 2019

[Fabulous Coney Island], circa 1950, Photographic postcard, v1973.4.1511; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Summertime in August means it’s time to beat the heat. New York of course has its fair share of beaches but one of its more well-known spots to go for a swim is Brooklyn’s own Coney Island.

Pictured above is “Fabulous Coney Island” as captured from the 1950s! The Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone, attractions that both received landmark status in the late 1980s, are represented here as well as the historic Steeplechase Park. All but Steeplechase Park remain today. The park closed in 1964 and succumbed to the wrecking ball in 1966 at the hands of a greedy realtor, much to the dismay of the entire neighborhood.

This image comes from our Postcard collections. For more photographs from this collection please visit our image gallery here.

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. [email protected].

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