Photographer's Note

Summer is almost over, and last week I took a walk on the famed boardwalk of Coney Island in Brooklyn. Coney Island is known for many things: an aquarium, Luna Park amusement park and arcade, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone roller coaster. There is also the landmarked Parachute Jump, and, of course, the beach. You can see both of those in this photo. :-)

The Parachute Jump is an amusement ride that no longer functions, but it is a New York City landmark, and is also on the list of National Historic Places. It’s an icon of the boardwalk that was built in 1939, and is 250 feet (76 m) tall. When the ride was still in use, riders were belted into a two-person canvas seat and dropped from the top. A parachute and shock absorbers at the bottom slowed their descent.

The ride stopped operating in the 1960s, and debates went on about whether to demolish it, or try to restore it to working condition. Neither option happened. Since the 1990s, the Parachute Jump has been renovated several times for stability and cosmetic reasons, and in 2013 the frame was outfitted with an upgraded lighting system. It now has 8,000 LED lights that change colors.

Since 2014 there has been an annual New Year’s Eve ball drop at the Parachute Jump, and it also began lighting up for various causes throughout the year.

Standing on the sand, I liked the combination of the palm tree water fountain, and the iconic, red tower.

In the WS are two additional views.

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Additional Photos by Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 289 N: 3532] (13082)
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