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Capturing Eerie Coney Island at the Nadir of its 1970s Decline

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[All photo via The Wall Breakers.]

This summer we bid farewell to the Astrotower, one remnant of Coney Island's past. But online arts collective The Wall Breakers looked even further back, to the 1970s, when Steeplechase Park had closed, and Donald Trump's fight to rezone the property for residential after winning an auction to buy it was ongoing. It was in limbo, and photographers captured the eerie shuttered rides, desolate boardwalk, and closed concessions. Bensonhurst Bean first spotted the photographic walk down memory lane, aptly noting the stark contrast between the now-rezoned and corporate-ly revitalized Coney of today and the failed condo-ification of four decades ago.

· A Rare Look At Coney Island, Brooklyn in the 1970s with Photographs [Wall Breakers via Bensonhurst Bean]
· Sepia Tones archive [Curbed]
· All Coney Island coverage [Curbed]