A Coney Island icon is celebrating nine decades as a centerpiece of Brooklyn’s famous playground.
Built in 1927, the Cyclone reaches speeds of 60 miles per hour and is both a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite many changes to Coney Island over the years, the Cyclone is an icon that has stood the test of time.
This 1984 photo shows a view of the cyclone and a few other surrounding rides. The Cyclone has remained operational even during periods when the amusement parks and surrounding areas have experienced economic decline.
This photo of Coney Island looks back to its heyday as a beachfront resort. Here, a group of firemen take part in a ladder race as the Cyclone looms in the background.
The lights of the Coney Island Boardwalk have glittered even during the lean years. The Cyclone’s iconic sign shines prominently in this boardwalk scene from 1968.
The coaster still thrills.
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