W. 10 St. between Surf Ave. and Public Beach
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What was here before?
This site is named for the Cyclone roller coaster, one of Coney Island’s most famous attractions. Covering 2,640 feet of track in a minute and fifty seconds, the Cyclone carries 24 passengers and reaches speeds of 60 mph. Its biggest drop is 85 feet at a descent angle of 58.6 degrees.
The Cyclone was constructed in 1927 by Harry C. Baker and Vernon Keenan and is one of the country’s few surviving vintage wood-track rollercoasters, with modern building codes making it irreplaceable. The ride’s distinctive frame, sound, and speed were renowned, with famous aviator Charles Lindbergh commenting, “A ride on the Cyclone is a greater thrill than flying an airplane at top speed.”
How did this become a park?