Monday, January 20, 2014

The Parachute Jump

Location:   Coney Island (Brooklyn), New York
Year:   1939

The Parachute Jump, also known as "The Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn" stands sentinel over the neighborhood of Coney Island. Built in 1939 for the World's Fair in Flushing Meadow, it was moved to Coney Island in 1941. It was a controlled-drop skydiving system in which the riders were hauled aloft in canvas body slings, and then released from a height of 250 feet. Riders described the experience alternately as "thrilling" or "terrifying." 

The ride closed in 1964, when Coney Island went into decline as an amusement center. When Coney Island began a resurgence in the 2000s, the tower was refurbished, and it is now illuminated nightly. Though there are no plans to re-open the ride, it is left standing as an iconic landmark.   

MCU Park, the home of the Minor League Brooklyn Cyclones, stands in the shadow of the Parachute Jump.

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