7. Ulmer Park (1899-unknown)

Ulmer ParkUlmer Park postcard circa 1907

Ulmer Park in Bensonhurst is often ignored due to the success of nearby Coney Island, yet it was a prominent Brooklyn beer hall and amusement park from 1893 to around 1915, although some sources claim Ulmer Park closed as early as 1899. The park was opened by William Ulmer, one of Brooklyn’s most successful brewers of the time.

In addition to a beer garden, the park featured carousels and swings, rifle ranges, and a dancing pavilion. Supposedly 100,000 people gathered at the park at a “Saengerfest” festival. Yet, Ulmer Park shut just a few years after opening as Coney Island’s three competing amusement parks began to open.