Lost Amusement Parks of New York City: Beyond Coney Island

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Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turn-of-the-century New York, but many other amusement parks thrilled the residents of the five boroughs. Strategically placed at the end of trolley lines, railways, public beaches and waterways, these playgrounds for rich and poor alike first appeared in 1767. From humble beginnings, they developed into huge sites like Fort George, Manhattan’s massive amusement complex. Each park was influenced by the culture and eclectic tastes of its owners and patrons—from the wooden ...

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Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turn-of-the-century New York, but many other amusement parks thrilled the residents of the five boroughs. Strategically placed at the end of trolley lines, railways, public beaches and waterways, these playgrounds for rich and poor alike first appeared in 1767. From humble beginnings, they developed into huge sites like Fort George, Manhattan’s massive amusement complex. Each park was influenced by the culture and eclectic tastes of its owners and patrons—from the wooden coasters at Staten Island’s Midland Beach to beer gardens on Queens’ North Beach and fireworks blasting from the Bronx’s Starlight Park. However, as real estate became more valuable, these parks disappeared. Rediscover the thrills of the past from the lost amusement parks of New York City.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626191037
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Lost
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 625,248
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Wesley Gottlock is a retired educator with a passion for the history of New York City and the Hudson Valley. He and his wife lecture on local history and coordinate tours to Bannerman Island in the Hudson River. This is their fifth book on New York history. Visit GottlockBooks.com to learn more.

Barbara Gottlock is a retired educator who now lectures on New York history and coordinates tours to Bannerman Island in the Hudson River with her husband. This is her fifth book authored with her husband devoted to capturing New York's past. Visit their website at GottlockBooks.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Being an aficionado of NYC history, I felt that this book filled

    Being an aficionado of NYC history, I felt that this book filled a real void in a relatively bygone and almost forgotten industry. While Coney Island lingers on as a ghost of its former role as the supreme amusement park in the world, the authors hark back to a time when each borough had its own "Coney Island". It's really a brilliant job of research. Some of the anecdotes are incredibly revealing and amusing. It's hard to believe that all of this took place since the turn of the twentieth century. Gone are Rockaways' Playland and North Beach in Queens, Golden City Park in Canarsie, Fort George in Manhattan of all places, South Beach and Midland Beach in Staten Island, Starlight Park, Clason Point and Freedomland in the Bronx. Amusement parks were different back then but they seemed to provide what all New Yorkers were looking for...entertainment coupled with relief from the heat and doldrums of city life during the city's summers.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Utterly fascinating tales of the rise and fall of amusement pa

    Utterly fascinating tales of the rise and fall of amusement parks in New York City. What particularly struck me was the entrepreneurial spirit of the parks' developers back then and the wild popularity of these parks in the shadow of the iconic Coney Island. At times sad and tragic (parks burning to the ground), funny (particularly tales told by legendary actress Lillian Gish about her childhood at Fort George amusement area in Manhattan) and historically revealing about life in general after the turn of the century. Great photos, many in color, help bring the joy of these parks back to life. Great job of research.

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