Friday, September 19, 2008
Requiem for an Amusement Park
America loses two run-down New York City treasures this week--Yankee Stadium and Coney Island's Astroland. My most recent pics of Yankee Stadium are on film, so you're not going to see those today. But I did recently travel to Coney Island. Above is the 1918 Wonder Wheel. Yes, we rode it.
GTA IV players will recognize 100 percent of these locations...
Since this is a nostalgia blog entry, I'm using cheesy vignetting effect here, and generally screwing around with the colors. I would not do this to you unless you asked.
Fortunately, the Cyclone sits outside the main Astroland area, and it's supposed to survive. The Wonder Wheel park is also separate and is continuing for the time being. Coney Island is in the center of a really ugly battle to gentrify the area and force out all the low-rent entertainment for which it's been known since World War II. Coney Island's heydey was around 1917. I highly recommend the Wikipedia entry.
Jared Leto fans will get this reference.
Here we're simulating a faded 1970s print. Some people like that.
And this was just some random moment I got later in the subway.