Welcome to Coney Island Playground of the World! (Updated 3/3/10)

January 23, 2009

HI!  Welcome to my Coney Island Blog.  This is the first entry.  Please be sure to check out the entries on the Blog, including Memorabilia, Steeplechase Park and more.  There’s a lot of interesting photos and history here.  If you have an image you would like to add, send me an e-mail at diane_howley@msn.com and I’ll include the photo with your name and caption.  NOTE:  Images with no copyright (c) were taken by me.  In addition, if you wish to purchase any of my images, please send me an email and I’ll give you further information.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy my Blog.


Original 1960’s Bumper Sticker

This Blog will capture the essence of Coney Island from its early days to present (not necessarily in chronological order) with captions, memories and expressions of what Coney Island means as a seaside attraction in Brooklyn, NY and the world.

From the 1930’s through the early 1960’s Rolling Chairs were the alternative to walking the Boardwalk.  Similarly, these chairs were used at Asbury Park and Atlantic City, NJ.

The Parachute Jump was moved from the 1939 World’s Fair (sponsored by Life Saver’s Candy) to it’s historic location on the Boardwalk.  (photographer unknown).  The following are other perspectives of this Icon.

Before renovation.

The Crown of the jump after being dismantled for restoration.

The Parachute Jump was lit for a very brief time before being switched off.

CHECK BACK FOR MORE IMAGES (current in preparation)…





10 Responses to “Welcome to Coney Island Playground of the World! (Updated 3/3/10)”

  1. […] out the great historic pics at this new Coney blog. via […]

  2. ken mac said

    wonderful, wannaful, wunerful. Just excellent.

  3. -e- said

    Wow, what a delight to see a big feature on the B&B carousel! My dad, who was a coney island lifeguard in the late 40’s and early fifties introduced me to it as a kid. I was always fascinated by the vintage artwork inside— the cameo’s of clowns, and the “shotgun wedding” scene on the back wall, with the gun toting hillbilly chasing the couple about to step on a tack. I even remember the red, round bottomed fire pail, which was always hanging on a nail on a back column, from the first time I rode it, ca. 1969, right thru to the last, when I brought my 5 year old son on a visit to mom’s hometown from Oregon, summer of 2000.

    I am bookmarking this page, and look forward to more!

  4. Howard A, Singer said

    I too was a Coney Island LifeGuard, 1944,1945,1946,1948 (Lt.)1949. I have pictures of the Bay 1 to Bay 11 guards. I only know where a few of them are today.
    My nick name in those days was ‘Rusty”.

  5. -e- said

    Hi “Rusty”,

    Not sure if you will check back at this site, but my dad was probably going by the name Bobby at the time… either Hurevitch or Revit, (which he changed it too when he got tired of spelling Hurevitch). Alas, he passed away in 1985, still a young man. He was about 6’1″, slender, with wavy strawberry blonde hair and a nose prone to sunburn. It would be amazing if you had a photo of him from those days… I will check back here periodically.

    • traci said

      this is funny cause my grandmothers name was selma hurevitch and she also used revit for work , weird?!

      • eve said

        Traci, what is really blowing my mind is that my mother changed her name from Selma to Shelly, so had no name changing happened, she would also have been Selma Hurevitch… I feel somehow related to you right now!

      • traci said


  6. Stu said

    I was born and raised in Coney. I lived on Scoville’s Walk a small enclave of bugalows and bathhouses between W.24St & W.25St. Surf Ave and the boardwalk. Went to P.S.80 and Mark Twain JHS then on the Brooklyn Tech

  7. Bob McHarlen said

    It was Coney Island, they called Coney Island the playground of the world.

    There was no place like it, in the whole world, like Coney Island when I was a youngster.

    No place in the world like it, and it was so fabulous. Now it’s shrunk down to almost nothing…you see.

    And, uh, I still remember in my mind how things used to be, and…uh, you know, I feel very bad.

    But people from all over the world came here…from all over the world…it was the playground they called it the playground of the world…over here.

    Anyways, you see, I…uh…you know…I even got, when I was very small, I even got lost at Coney Island, but they found me…on the…on the beach.

    And we used to sleep on the beach here, sleep overnight..they don’t do that anymore. Things changed…you see.

    They don’t sleep anymore on the beach.

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