"Let's go to Coney Island, old sport. In my car"

A peninsula in southernmost Brooklyn, Coney Island was, between 1880 and World War II, the location of the most wildly popular amusement parks in America. Luna Park, Dreamland and Steeplechase Park were the three major players.

The only park currently in operation is Deno's Wonderwheel Amusement Park. Astroland, its major competitor, closed in 2008. Despite the millions who have had fun there over the years, the idea of Coney Island has been coloured in the public imagination by the decades-long neglect of the closed parks between the 1950s and the 1990s. Its image is one of things faded and forgotten – an echo of the past.