LostParksOfNewYorkCity[Book: Barbara & Wesley Gottlock – 2013 – 16x23cm – 124 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turn-of-the-century New York, but many other amusement parks provided thrills; however, as real estate value increased, these parks disappeared. Rediscover the lost amusement parks of New York City. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Fort George (Manhattan); South Beach (Staten Island); Midland Beach (Staten Island); Golden City (Brooklyn); North Beach (Queens); Rockaways’ Playland (Queens); Starlight Park (Bronx); Clason Point (Bronx); Freedomland (Bronx); Index; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

  • Derek Sailors

    This book it top notch when it comes to information. I enjoyed reading about a few parks in the greater NYC area that I was not familiar with. I also like that it was a smaller book and rather easy to read. It is not a book for those who are wanting photos. The photos that you find in the book are mostly small and average in quality at best. In most cases you find photos that line up with the reading in a book. This is the case in some areas of this book but then they throw a good deal of photos together about two thirds of the way into the book that are a collection of all of the parks that are being talked about in the book. Would have made more more sense to me to place the photos right beside the reading. Still I did enjoy the book and I do recommend it. I give it a 7/10.

    • Wes Gottlock

      Thanks for your review Derek. Case in point, it was the publisher’s decision to group all of the color photos together in one section…something to do with keeping production costs down. Aside from that, I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

      • Derek Sailors

        I did enjoy the book and I realized there was more to that area than I thought. I submitted the parks that I learned about from the book to Duane of rcdb in order for him to add to the database. He is slow at adding defunct parks so it may take him a while. Thanks for clearing up about the photos but I did not like the photos that way at all. I want to see the photos when I am reading about a certain park or ride. In future book endeavors I would insist this is changed or switch publishers. Thanks.