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Aerial of Coney Island, 1950

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Aerial view of the crowded beach and pier at Coney Island, including the Parachute Jump amusement park ride (the tall structure at left), Brooklyn, 1951

Photo of Coney Island as seen from the parachute jump. The parachute jump was built for the 1939 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, and moved to its current site, then part of the Steeplechase Park amusement park, in 1941. It is the only portion of Steeplechase Park still standing today. The ride ceased operations in 1968.

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Cyclone Roller Coaster, Coney Island, New York

First Roller Coaster - June 16 in the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. It traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. I rode it for the first time 102 summers later, in