18. You Once Had To Pay To Use Coney Island’s Beaches and Changing Rooms

Before 1923, almost all of Coney Island’s shoreline was privately owned and protected by barb wire. Visitors had to pay fees to use the beaches and to change in private bathhouses. But soon, public bathhouses were built and the 1923 opening of the boardwalk to the public brought more crowds to Coney Island’s beaches.