Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1950

Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1950
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George C. Tilyou built Steeplechase Park on Coney Island in 1897. He built it again after it burned to the ground 1907. At the close of the 1939 World's Fair in Queens, Tilyou purchased the Parachute Jump ride, which you can see in this photo, taken during the winter of 1950, and brought it to Brooklyn. The ride, which had originally been constructed as a training device for paratroopers, outlived even the amusement park itself, which closed in 1964. The Parachute Jump tower was declared a landmark in 1977. It is the last remaining structure of Steeplechase Park, whose former site is now occupied by MCU Park, the stadium belonging to the minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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