9. Stella Park (1906-unknown)

Stella ParkStella Park postcard circa 1907

Stella Park was a relatively obscure amusement park around present-day Bowery Beach, then known as North Beach, near the Steinway area of Queens. Little is known about Stella Park, which opened in around 1906, although it was famous for its carousel which may have been operated by Frederick J. Droge. The carousel was mentioned in advertisements from 1907 to 1911.

A postcard from 1907 notes that Stella Park was “the only high class amusement park in greater New York with a picnic grove.” Attractions included a dog and monkey circus, a skating rink, a dancing pavilion, and a special attraction called “Man Against Bull,” in which a man named Shad Link would wrestle furious bulls.