CONEY ISLAND AND ASTROLAND.

Coney-AstrolandIoA[Book: Charles Denson – 2011 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. New York’s Coney Island is where the roller coaster and the hot dog were introduced to the world. The glow of a million bare light bulbs at Luna Park dazzled early visitors, and rocket ships at Astroland fuelled intergalactic fantasies. Astroland Park, created at the dawn of the space age, was the vision of Dewey and Jerome Albert. They transformed the three-acre Feltman’s Restaurant property, one of Coney Island’s oldest attractions, into a futuristic amusement park that would anchor the amusement zone for the next half century. The park’s ambitious opening in 1962 helped Coney Island survive the closure of the venerable Steeplechase Park. Chapter Points: Introduction; Coney Island Streetscapes; Feltman’s and Wonderland; Building Astroland; Astroland’s Journey to the 21st Century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.