Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Coney Island's Astroland

Gone but not forgotten, Astroland was one of the iconic businesses (and theme parks) on Coney's boardwalk. With only a few of its historic structures remaining, Coney Island hangs in the balance. Most likely Thor Equities gutting will continue as the nation's first adventure park (1876) is rebuilt to resemble Anywhere USA, with no respect to its heritage as the location of the first Harpo Marx performance, Nathan's Hot Dogs, weird Vaudeville stage shows and much American history.


Tricia said...

Thanks for the lovely photo and the link. I miss the Rocket, which although it was "saved," is in long term storage. In photos of the lunch stand, now called Paul's daughter, the rooftop always looks empty to me.

altadenahiker said...

I'm enchanted.

Jean Spitzer said...

Wonderful photo.

Anonymous said...

Sad in a funny sort of way.
So interesting to see the change in America.

Birdman said...

The rain provides the perfect atmospheric conditions for the shot and depressing tale.

Rob said...

Those were the days of creative and artful advertising; using props. We don't see that much anymore.

Eleonora said...

I agree with Rob, this was so clever, so darkly romantic in its way.

I've never been to Coney Island, but from the iconic images it looks like the perfect place for wonderful photo ops (despite the shutting down)


bARE-eYED sUN said...

hey mac,

with you on the sentiment.

next its gonna be the People
that will be gutted.

on the bright side though,
as the People get priced out farther
and farther away . . .

the day will come when,
the City, having lost its soul

(AND the Coney Island Soul Dancers)

will be THE Perfect Theme Park:
safe, sensible and sterile.

yowza! are we havin' fun yet?


as always, enjoyed the visit,
keep'em coming. :-)


Biana said...

I really love the angle here!

steviewren said...

It's so sad to see these old places go. Change isn't good when we lose our identity because of it.

Louis la Vache said...

Ah, yes...all in the name of "progress"...

ascu75 aka Don said...

No one gives a fig about the lost heritage until its all gone. I am in the UK. and its the same here. Don

ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 08.28
ugg boots, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike air max, uggs on sale, louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike free, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, nike outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, burberry, ugg boots, ugg boots, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp, prada outlet, prada handbags, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, replica watches, gucci outlet, louboutin shoes, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin outlet, replica watches, jordan shoes, louis vuitton, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike air max, tiffany jewelry, michael kors

ninest123 Ninest said...

north face, longchamp pas cher, vanessa bruno, hogan, sac longchamp, sac guess, lacoste pas cher, kate spade handbags, true religion jeans, air jordan pas cher, lululemon, converse pas cher, michael kors, air max, chanel handbags, louboutin pas cher, new balance pas cher, hollister, tn pas cher, true religion outlet, true religion jeans, vans pas cher, north face, coach purses, kate spade outlet, air force, ralph lauren pas cher, hollister pas cher, ray ban pas cher, burberry, coach outlet, true religion jeans, coach factory outlet, oakley pas cher, michael kors, coach outlet, ray ban uk, nike blazer, nike free, nike roshe run, hermes, mulberry, timberland, michael kors, nike air max

ninest123 Ninest said...

mcm handbags, abercrombie and fitch, nike trainers, celine handbags, birkin bag, ferragamo shoes, chi flat iron, baseball bats, nike huarache, ralph lauren uk, mont blanc, new balance, north face outlet, nike air max, soccer jerseys, babyliss, valentino shoes, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max, mac cosmetics, p90x workout, nike free run uk, hollister, lululemon, instyler, nike air max, jimmy choo shoes, reebok shoes, nike roshe, nike roshe, asics running shoes, longchamp, herve leger, ghd, hollister, giuseppe zanotti, insanity workout, beats by dre, vans shoes, bottega veneta, soccer shoes, nfl jerseys, wedding dresses, north face outlet, iphone 6 cases

ninest123 Ninest said...

bottes ugg, marc jacobs, ugg pas cher, pandora charms, vans, montre pas cher, thomas sabo, swarovski, toms shoes, michael kors handbags, michael kors outlet online, doke gabbana outlet, timberland boots, lancel, louboutin, supra shoes, ugg boots uk, michael kors outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton, links of london, swarovski crystal, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, coach outlet, louis vuitton, oakley, ralph lauren, nike air max, pandora jewelry, ray ban, gucci, pandora charms, sac louis vuitton pas cher, converse, wedding dresses, juicy couture outlet, karen millen, hollister, louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, converse outlet, hollister, juicy couture outlet
ninest123 08.28