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Coney Island’s iconic Cyclone roller coaster celebrates its 90th birthday

Happy birthday to the Cyclone!

Flickr/Chris Martino

This weekend marks the 90th anniversary to New York City’s most famous roller coaster, the Cyclone. Though technically, the roller coaster’s birthday is June 26, which is on Monday, Coney Island’s beloved attraction is celebrating its big day all day long today with performances from the Harlem Globetrotters, Brooklyn hip hop artist Fabolous, along with face painting, temporary tattoos, giveaways, and more.

The Cyclone has truly withstood the test of time. It made its debut on June 26, 1927 but it wasn’t until July 12, 1988 that it became a New York City landmark. On its 64th birthday in 1991, the Cyclone was designated a National Register designation.

In the spirit of celebration, we revisit a few photos of the Cyclone from both the past and the present. And if you’re in the area, head on down to celebrate the Cyclone’s 90th birthday. While you are there, check out the colorful Coney Art Walls on display.

circa 1928.
Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York Digital Collection.
circa 1935.
Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York Digital Collection.

Don't ride it. #thecyclone #ConeyIsland #brooklyn #theworst #nyc

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circa 1955.
Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York Digital Collection.

#coneyisland #coney #cyclone #lunapark #lunaparknyc #brooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity #newyork

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It's not a trip to #ConeyIsland without risking our lives on the #Cyclone! #NYC #Brooklyn

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