New Audio Tour Of Coney Island Available
A new audio walking tour of Coney Island is now available through the Coney Island History Project. Archival and contemporary photos, historical facts, anecdotes, and guided observation are included in the exploration of the famous neighborhood. The free tours are downloadable at www.coneyislandhistory.org.
The tour script is written and narrated by Charles Denson, CIHP executive director, Coney Island native and author of the award-winning book Coney Island Lost & Found.
The first tour covers the “Amusement Area: Past & Present.” Highlights include Coney Island’s four New York City landmarks: the 1920 Wonder Wheel and 1927 Cyclone Roller Coaster, which are operating rides; the 1939 Parachute Jump, refurbished by the city and celebrated as “Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower” and the 1924 Childs Restaurant building on the Boardwalk, which is currently Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink.
The audio tour program is funded in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, State Assembly-man Alec Brook Krasny, and the Johanna Favrot Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.