Coney Island, 1910s, as it looked in my great-grandparent's time.

Summer is almost here; soon it will be time for New Yorkers to get out their bathing suits and head over to Coney Island for some sunshine and corn dogs. Despite the brutal damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, our favorite spots on Coney Island–the Cyclone, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, the New York Aquarium, and more–have re-opened their doors, ready to feed and entertain New Yorkers all summer long. 

Coney Island has been a hub of entertainment since the mid 19th century, when hotels, resorts and attractions began to crop up on the island’s beaches. With its consortium of amusement parks, Coney Island remained the the largest amusement area in the country until the 1940s.

Get ready for summer and discover the history of Coney Island by flipping through our slideshow of vintage photos from the early 1900s, featuring Luna Park, Dreamland, Surf Avenue, the boardwalk, the “Pachyderm Promenade” of 1905 and more.

Photos courtesy of Detroit Publishing Company and George Grantham Bain Collection, via Share your own vintage photos by contacting us at!

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