9. The Coney Island Velodrome

If you read our piece on the Kissena Velodrome, you’d know that it is the only remaining bicycle racing track in New York. However, there used to be another on Coney Island, next to the BMT rail terminal at Neptune Avenue & West 12th Street. It was oval shaped,  just 1/8th of a mile and had seating for 10,000 spectators. But it wasn’t just a site for bicycle racing; the venue hosted a wide array of sporting games and matches, like football, boxing and motorcycling. In 1930, yet another Coney Island fire destroyed the velodrome, but it was rebuilt. Its last event took place in 1950, when it was demolished to make way for housing.