13. South Beach Amusement Park (1941-2006)

South Beach Amusement Park, also known as Beechland Amusements, was the successor of Happyland in Staten Island’s South Beach, in operation from 1941 through 2006. The amusement park first opened up on the newly built Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, yet it soon after moved after the city banned commercial businesses from operating on the boardwalk. Supposedly, commercial establishments could not operate within 400 feet of the boardwalk, so South Beach Amusement Park’s owners relocated to Sand Lane approximately 401 feet inland.

The park included a Ferris wheel, a fun house, bumper cars, and an arcade. The park was the last amusement attraction on by the boardwalk, and now a series of houses occupy the land.