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Coney Island

Coney Island and Its Effects On Leisure
As the industrial revolution came to a close in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Americans began to search for a more leisurely lifestyle away from thefactories that consumed much of their lives. Coney Island in Brooklyn was the perfect answer to their search. It offered a convenient place for the masses, rich and poor, to enjoy their time off and relax. In time Coney Island would transform itself from a quaint island with a beach and a casino, to a glamorous glowing amusement park.
In Coney’s Early years, the Island was all but divided by a wall. The Eastern end was home to a rich casino, where the more well to due people spent much time. And the western end was home to a beach where the less wealthy masses gathered. The Owner of Coney Island was a man named John McKane, who would soon transform this divided Island into the recreation center of the universe.
The change began at the eastern end of the island where McKane built thefirst ever roller coaster, called the “Switchback Railway”, where four people could sit in a car that traveled along a course.This among other attractions, including the old beach, casinos, and new hotels and machinery marked the beginning of the “New” Coney Island. Coney became the glitzy theme park that it was to be remembered when its second owner George Tilyou opened Sea Lion Park in 1897.There people could see a Sea Lion show, ride mechanical horses, and visit a comedy cricus called “Blowhole theater”.
Tilyou soon became very prosperous and seeing this brought thefirst competition to Coney, as Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundee created the famous “Luna Park” in 1903. Luna was lit up by over 250, 000 light bulbs, and was a specticle for Coneys visitors.Millions of visitors a day came to Luna Park to catch a glimpse of the tall lit buildings and attractions it had to offer.But despite Lunas popularity still more competition was to enter Con…

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