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Coinciding with wave of warm weather to hit New York City in recent weeks, we’ve reintroduced our tour of The Secrets of Coney Island, which takes place this Saturday, June 24th at 2PM. Titled America’s first playground, Coney Island was a small strip of sand on Brooklyn’s south coast that became synonymous with the burlesque, the bizarre, the outlandish and the corrupt.
On our upcoming tour, we’ll delve into the past, present and future of the vastly popular entertainment destination — once the largest amusement area in the United States between 1880 and World War II. You’ll unearth old secrets of long-gone amusement parks and learn about what’s in store for the hotly contested future development of the island. Join, author, playwright and Untapped Cities tour guide, Justin Rivers, for the event, and see what Coney Island was like at the height of its mid-century popularity.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes
What to know: The tour is approximately 2 hours long; please note that the MTA is unpredictable and detours due to construction could arise.