Look Who’s Turning 90!

When you hear the name Brooklyn many things come to mind; whether its things like real estate, food, festivals, or landmarks, the borough has an abundance to offer that will not disappoint.

Nathan's Hotdog

At the top of that list is the Cyclone at Luna Park (formerly the grounds of Astroland) in Coney Island, an iconic attraction that cannot be missed. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist visiting New York, the cyclone is a part of Brooklyn’s history and an attraction not to be missed.

“As a New Yorker, the cyclone is one of the top things you have to do,” says Angie Morris, Luna Park’s brand manager. “It’s amazing to hear guests from all over the world add the Cyclone to their “must do” list.”

Cyclone

In just a few short weeks, the historic wooden roller coaster will turn 90 years old! Since it’s opening on June 26th, 1927, it has been giving thrill seekers a ride to remember. It’s not been without its hiccups; in the 1970’s due to economic turmoil the coaster was almost torn down but then mayor, Ed Koch, fought to save it, saying he wasn’t sure Coney Island could survive without it. “Brooklyn is the Cyclone,” says Morris. “It is a generational ride that is shared with all Brooklynites.”

In 1988, it was declared a landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

It also holds a bit of history; famous celebrities have ridden it and aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, reportedly said a ride on this roller coaster was greater than flying a plane at top speed.

It’s also been featured in such action thriller movies such as, “The Warriors,” and “Shakedown” with actor Sam Elliot while stars like Diana Ross and Michael Jackson danced under it in the hit film “The Wiz.”

The Warriors

Soaring above Coney Island’s boardwalk at the corner of Surf Avenue and West 10th Street, the impressive coaster reaches an 85 foot peak before a roaring 60 mph plunge brings only the bravest to the bottom.  Overall, there are 12 drops throughout the 2,640 feet of swirling track and 27 elevation changes. For a minute and 50 seconds, passengers aboard the cyclone experience a thrill on the all wooden piece of machinery that’s like no other. It’s definitely not a ride for the faint of heart!

Rollercoaster Picture

To commemorate this milestone birthday, Luna Park will be celebrating the cyclone’s 90th on Saturday, June 25th with the biggest block party in Brooklyn. Rain or shine the party starts at 2pm and is free for all ages. The fun-filled day will include such activities as face painting, a photo booth, and appearances by the Harlem Globetrotters and a musical performance from Brooklyn’s own Fabolous.

Globetotters

Along with the rest of the rides, games and food, the famous Feltman’s of Coney Island which closed its doors in 1954 is returning this summer to the original spot where it first began.

“We celebrate milestones for the Cyclone because it is a NYC landmark,” says Morris. “As we’ve done in the past with the 75th, 85th, and now 90th; it’s our way of honoring an icon and as we gear up for the 100th!”

But don’t be deceived; while this coaster might be turning 90 there is nothing old about her. Fully refurbished last year, it has been repaired and restored throughout the years and is inspected daily for the safety of its riders.

Luna Park first opened in 2010 on the former grounds of Astroland and this summer they’ve removed their 4 hour wristband to introduce the All Day wristband which gives guests the opportunity to ride all of the rides unlimited times all day long. So if you’re brave enough you can conquer the Cyclone more than once in a day!

Luna Park

Scary Sessions in Brooklyn this Halloween

Here are our freaky treats that’ll bring the fun, fear and feasts this Halloween.

Frightening Family Festival

151012 - Bk bridgeBrooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6
10/24/15 – 10:30 am to 1:00 pm – free

Pier in and take a look at what the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has to offer for a terrifying time (kid-friendly of course!). The Harvest Festival perched on Pier 6 will offer arts, crafts, storytelling, volleyball and musical performances.
Other Fearbies include a pumpkin patch, photo-booth, and obstacle course.

Haunted BK walking tour

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
10/21/15 – 6:30pm – $10

The Walking Dead and American Horror story are reminders that there are scary stories to be told around every corner. Boroughs of the Dead owner and founder Andrea Janes will be your ghastly guide through Brooklyn’s web of historic haunts.
Masked by development, cafes and parks, will you be able to keep up with the secret stories of wealth, gore and mysterious deaths?

Fort Greene Halloween Festival

151012 - Fort GreeneFort Greene Park
10/31/15 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm – free

A pumpkin-flavored Fort Greene brings around one of the neighborhood’s biggest events year on year. Attractions include a horse-drawn hay ride, pumpkin patch, costume parade and the super cute Fort Greene PUPs Costume Contest, The Great PUPkin. Dressing up your pup is no walk on the bark!

Deadly Crawl to Monster Ball

Milk River 960 Atlantic Ave (between St James Pl & Classon Ave)
10/31/15 – doors open 8:00pm – free

Milk River will host a “Vampires in Brooklyn” party, marking the return of the Block Association to Brooklyn. With beastly beats by Block Boys Dj’s Frei Speech and DJ Trauma, plus NO COVER, there are many reasons not to ghost out on this night of devilish dancing.
It’s as clear as blood why the largest ‘no cover’ Halloween party in Brooklyn should be the only one in your planner. RSVPs are mandatory so get in quick. Guests must be in Halloween costume or fashionably black.