June 25, 2017
By APB Staff Writer
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June 2017: Brooklyn NY: The most famous roller coaster in New York City, and perhaps the world – the Coney Island Cyclone – celebrated its 90th birthday this weekend.
With the NYPD on hand to help the growing crowds, Known as the “Big Momma” and “The Mother of American Roller Coaster Culture,” the Cyclone, which is the second steepest roller coaster in the world, made its debut on June 26, 1927 and has thrilled millions of Luna Park visitors since then.
The Cyclone’s 2,640 feet of track features 12 drops and 27 elevation changes, along with an exhilarating 85-foot, 60-degree plunge. Located on Surf Avenue and West 10th Street, the ride’s top speed is 60 miles per hour and takes approximately one minute and fifty seconds from start to finish.
Given the recent terrorist attacks in London, Manchester, and Paris, police presence was heavy throughout Luna Park as revelers enjoyed such activities as face painting, temporary tattoos, the Luna Arcade, and the scores of eateries which make this one of New York City’s top tourist recreational destinations.
The Cyclone 90th birthday celebration also included an appearance from the Harlem Globetrotters who know all about longevity.
Luna Park spokeswoman Angie Morris says it an important stop for many tourists visit to NY and must when visiting Brooklyn.
In July of 1988, the Cyclone officially became a New York City landmark, and in 1991, on its 64th birthday, the Cyclone was added to the National Register of Historic Places.