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Travel America U.S.A. The fabulous Coney Island

The fabulous Coney Island

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Coney Island is a small island in Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York. It had long time been the function of a large amusement park and to escape from stress in Manhattan. The site is fascinating described by Rem Koolhaas in his manifesto Delirious New York in 1978.

Coney Island was discovered one day in Manhattan in 1609 by Hudson. The island was named Coney Island from the Dutch word for rabbit, the large number of rabbits that could be found here. Quickly, by the arrival of people became one, in the words of Koolhaas, miniature Manhattan: a kind of platform where experiments could be tested before they were executed in Manhattan.

From the late nineteenth century, more and more bridges and other transportation options to Coney Island from Manhattan to reach were made, such as the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Then, more and more structures set up, one more than the other unbelievable. The island became increasingly the function of a large amusement park, and the seeds of various entertainment functions was made (like the roller coaster and the hot dog in 1871 was invented on the island).

The Centennial Tower in 1876 was one of the first structures that arose on the island: a tower of about 100 meters high. One of the first rides, the Loop-the-Loop in 1883, a train that rolls over, but not so much that everyone had a safe ride survived. A year later, rose the Roller Coaster, followed by the Shoot-the Chutes in 1895, a sort of long water roller coaster. Then followed other types of attractions, such as Barrels of Love, where men and women were brought together, and the Steeplechase, an auto race track, not much later would become the Steeplechase Park. The second park was Luna Park, by Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundy, one of the first amusement parks and can be called a mini city in itself. Another park comes from William H. Reynolds and called Dreamland: a Marine Park with the imaginative elements as Lilliputia, "a city full of Lilliputians", and "Fall of Pompeii", where the eruption of Vesuvius over Pompeii is acted out. Yet could not all structures appear on the island: The Globe Tower shows an impossible task. The building would face a relatively small area, but in the middle of erupting into a spherical shape (in the words of Koolhaas: an exploded exterior) and has about 50,000 people should be able to accommodate both. Although the building would never come, by Koolhaas is considered an important source of inspiration for the idea of a skyscraper.

In 1911 a barrel part of the lighting system in a facade of Dreamland fired up. The fire that would result fueled by a strong sea breeze and clear trouble extinguishing the fire extinguishing an impossible mission: Dreamland burns within three hours down to the ground. In 1914, Luna Park is also in flames and Dreamland and a parking place Steeplechase Park will remain, but there are fewer visitors come to this park too close, in 1964.

After the island in 1938 was assigned to Parks Department by Robert Moses , touches the old function of Coney Island is permanently lost. In 1957, Dreamland was the place occupied by the modern structure of the New York Aquarium, by Koolhaas considered a Modernist victory of the conscious to the unconscious. When Moses finished Coney Island, there is a fifty percent parks. Later devised various plans for Coney Island were as a casino park, a stadium, parking, residences and the location for the 2012 Olympics, but each one had a reason to put a stop.

Although the island in the original capacity is no longer exists, via the Internet an attempt to experience the atmosphere even with the help of numerous photos and even its own radio station. Coney Island that still appeals to the imagination, according to the activities organized around the theme, such as the Coney Island Film Festival, the Coney Island History Project, and countless web pages.

Coney Island may not get back to its original state to visit, but the influence still find in many amusement parks, skyscrapers, and hot dog stalls. In addition, with the advent of Astroland, a park since 1962 even at Coney Island was found, an attempt to revive Coney Island literally as NYC's largest amusement park.