Must-See Coney Island
by nycgo.com staff, 05/28/2013
Steeplechase Plaza. Photo: Julienne Schaer
While Coney Island has been New York City's amusement district since the late 19th century, it's always changing—and there are a few new attractions on the way in the near future. The Parachute Jump—originally built for the 1939 New York World's Fair and transported to Brooklyn two years later—has received a $1.5 million renovation, giving it a set of LED lights that are so bright they'll reportedly be visible from space. The new, improved attraction will debut on June 21, the official first day of summer. Though it still won't carry riders, the light show should make it a draw. In the longer term, Steeplechase Plaza—currently under construction near the Parachute Jump and MCU Park—will eventually host performances and shops (the refurbished B&B Carousell recently opened there). The plaza's name comes from the old Steeplechase Park, which stood on the site from 1897 through 1964 and was home to the Parachute Jump when it was a functioning ride.