Coney Island has been a popular gathering spot for over a century. In 1823 the first bridge connected Manhattan to Coney Island. It immediately became the ideal beach resort for the ever growing urban population of New York. In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge made the island even more accessible to those who flocked to the island’s beach, making it the most densely occupied place in the world.
Today, Coney Island is known for its boardwalk, its sandy beach, the birthplace of hot dogs and frozen custard, its old-fashioned amusement park, and the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster. The Cyclone opened in 1927 and is one of the oldest roller coasters still operating. It was built for $100,000 and a single ride was only 25-cents. It peaks at 85 feet high and has a top speed of 60 mph. In 1991, the Cyclone was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark.