Stillwell Avenue

Years ago, the subway station was vibrant with concession stands and a long ramp to the street.  It fell into disrepair.  It became dark, the concessions closed and was not a pleasant or safe place to use (Photo:  A. Sandy (c))

Approxmately 45 years ago, there was a souvenir shop on this street, owned by my friend’s father.  He owned it for over 20 years.  It later became a liquor shop.

Before the Newport sign was the Coppertone Baby, who welcomed visitors.  Times have changed and so eventually did the subway station.

New construction of the old station with a bit of Coney charm.

Surf Avenue (Photo:  Jimvid (c))

Coney Island Souvenir T-Shirt Shop.

Denny’s Ice Cream Shop.

Williams’ Candy Shop, the only remaining candy store in Coney.

The famous Eldorado “Bump Your Ass Off” the music never stops! (Photo:  A. Sandy (c))

The Shore Theater, home to vaudville shows and many other transformations over the years.  The theater has been closed for years..  Murry Zaret’s Animal Nursery was next door.  The nursery had exotic animals as well as house pets.  I adopted a Maine Coon Kitten there.  (Photo:  C. Denson, “Coney Island Lost and Found” (c))

Hone of the minor league Mets.

For those who are really hungry…

Nathan’s Famous

You haven’t eaten a hot dog until you’ve had one at Nathan’s Coney Island, the Original.

The snap of the frank, the toasted bun, mustard, kraut, onions, the long lines, and of course the embiance of eating the best frank and food.  As “they” say… it always tastes better at the beach!

Of course, Stillwell Avenue was home to Philip’s Candy Shop from the 1930’s until the train station closed for renovation.  The shop is currently located on Staten Island.

Another icon, B&B Carousell which closed in July 2001.

Mike operated the Carousell for many years.  He passed away on July 4, 2001.

Magic Bowling now replaces the Carousell (Photo: D. Matlack (c))

Stillwell Avenue & Henderson Walk.

The Coney Island Museum was once located on the Boardwalk and relocated to a store front on Mermaid Avenue.  Dick Zigun and colleagues gave worked hard to turn Sideshows by the Seashore into a beautiful store front on the corner.

The new location of the Coney Island Museum and Freak Bar.

Stillwell Avenue view (Photo:  Jimvid (c))

Of course, there have been additional changes on Stillwell Avenue, be sure to come back for more photos.



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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.

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