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Brooklyn Back in the Day: A Spectacular Shot of Coney Island

January 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

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A very, very kind GL reader sent us this photo of Coney Island in its prime that he purchased years ago. It shows the Steeplechase Pavilion that was murdered by Fred Trump and to its right the Thunderbolt roller coaster, which was slaughtered by Rudolph Giuliani. The date of the photo is unclear, but we would place it in the 40s or 50s. Steeplechase was demolished in 1964, and Keyspan Park and a parking lot now stands in its place. The Thunderbolt lot is a huge vacant city block over run with weeds.

Tags: Brooklyn Back in the Day · coney island

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan // Jan 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Is anything visible in that photo still standing?

  • 2 Tystarr // Jan 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Not that I can see..

  • 3 anon // Jan 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    If that is the Thunderbolt in the middle, what is the name of the other roller coaster shown in the left of the photo? I thought the middle coaster was the Cyclone. Could it be the Tower, but I can’t find any good photos of it to be sure.