14. Fairyland Park (1949-1968)

On Horace Harding Blvd in Elmhurst, Queens was Fairyland Park, opened in 1949 as a restaurant and kiddie park. Just a year after opening, however, the park was relocated to Woodhaven Blvd and Queens Blvd to widen Horace Harding Blvd and turn it into the Long Island Expressway.

After relocating, Fairyland opened an indoor amusement spa, a steel roller coaster, and a number of other rides; five rides cost 25 cents. A favorite amusement spot among locals, the park suffered its second period of bad luck when the city forced Fairyland Park to close to give a property to a developer for the new Queens Center Mall.