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(New York Daily News)   Coney Island Cyclone, NYC's very first rollercoaster, turns 85. Still the same scary, rickety ride as in 1927   (nydailynews.com) divider line 40
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2012-07-02 12:45:12 AM
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"Go Whitefish !"
 
2012-07-02 01:54:54 AM
The Giant Dipper kindly requests the Cyclone get off its lawn.
 
2012-07-02 03:28:17 AM
I love the Cyclone.

It is so deceptive looking.

Like an old grandfather. It won't do anything to upset you.

But you climb that first hill and the rickety tick-tack becomes less comforting. And that steep drop and the old corners become something you had not anticipated.

And by the time the ride ends, much later than you had expected - because it is so damned small - well, you are glad it is over and a tad embarrassed that you got that anxious.
 
2012-07-02 03:46:02 AM

haemaker: The Giant Dipper kindly requests the Cyclone get off its lawn.


The Giant Dipper in San Diego waves to it's slightly older brother and also requests the Cyclone to get off it's lawn.
 
2012-07-02 04:00:29 AM
I am fairly certain my father went on that ride as a kid, since he's got some kind of soft spot in his heart for both Cony Island and some roller-coaster there...
 
2012-07-02 04:04:14 AM
That Cyclone roller coaster is truly an iconic landmark in Coney Island. I wonder why Marty Markowitz still lobbies to put up casinos over there.
 
2012-07-02 04:24:01 AM
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2012-07-02 04:43:04 AM
Core values impress me.
 
2012-07-02 05:00:43 AM
Awesome coaster, haven't been on it in a while, but one thing I miss from volunteering at the Aquarium in HS: we used to get on the cyclone free with our Aquarium IDs. On occasion they'd let us stay on for 3, 4 rides in a row. I've heard they don't allow that anymore though for current docents.

/yeah yeah, csb
 
2012-07-02 06:19:24 AM
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2012-07-02 07:26:38 AM
saw a documentary on the rides & attractions that once were at Coney. 'safety first' was not a priority. some rides were scary just to watch. oddly enough people then also stayed well protected from the sun. we're getting stupider and smarter.
 
2012-07-02 07:40:41 AM
Wooden coasters are best coasters.
 
2012-07-02 07:57:03 AM
nineteen dickety-seven?
 
2012-07-02 08:00:11 AM
Went on that ride when I was 6 back in 1971. Have not been on another rollercoaster since (unless you count the Nordschleife). Scary thing, that.
 
2012-07-02 08:15:57 AM
During WWII Dad rode both the Cyclone and the Giant Dipper before hitting the
Pacific battles. I had seen pics of him at both but sadly enough they are lost to time.Would be neat to see them now,he was a hell raising player those days.
 
2012-07-02 08:52:26 AM
Leap-The-Dips tells everyone else to get off its lawn.

www.ridezone.com

It may be tame in comparison.....but...1902.
 
2012-07-02 08:57:16 AM
My son rode the Cyclone as soon as he met the height requirement. We still have the photo-keychain with his hilariously terrified expression.

My daughter is in NYC this week and just met the height requirement; we should haev another photo-keychain by Friday.

Wonder Wheel's moving cars are still scarier to both kids; go figure

/I miss Coney Island
 
2012-07-02 09:00:17 AM
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Rode your grandmother in 1927.
 
2012-07-02 09:01:24 AM
There had been roller-coasters on Coney Island for 43 years when the Cyclone was built. It's the oldest remaining, but far from the first.
 
2012-07-02 09:22:45 AM
$8 to feel the close caress of death. I highly recommend it.
 
2012-07-02 10:10:29 AM
Awesome coaster, so much scarier than it looks. Genuinely thought my petite gf was going to fly out of it on the downhills. So did she... still says she'll never ride it again!
 
2012-07-02 10:36:13 AM

KrispyKritter: saw a documentary on the rides & attractions that once were at Coney. 'safety first' was not a priority. some rides were scary just to watch. oddly enough people then also stayed well protected from the sun. we're getting stupider and smarter.


I think I saw that too. Some of those "rides" could be considered torture devices. I did like the one with the spinning disks on the floor that just shot people all around.
 
2012-07-02 10:57:15 AM

sweet-daddy-2: During WWII Dad rode both the Cyclone and the Giant Dipper before hitting the
Pacific battles. I had seen pics of him at both but sadly enough they are lost to time.Would be neat to see them now,he was a hell raising player those days.


Sounds like my Dad & his brothers. 8-D

My grandfather ran a Boys' Club for troubled kids in NYC. My Dad was given the task of taking a bunch of them to Coney Island every month. He'd go with plenty of cash to cover their expenses. These were NYC street kids. He never had to buy anything--they stole everything they wanted, from rides to lunch to prizes. He'd herd them on to Cyclone and watch to see which ones dropped their loot first.
 
2012-07-02 11:02:09 AM
we had a cyclone but it was called a cotton gin. It'd pull your hair out if you weren't careful. take one small step wrong, lose a limb. cost us 5 cents to get in and we had to lift 50 lb bails of cotton just to get out. awww but it was fun.
 
2012-07-02 11:16:22 AM
Riding that thing was like riding a really scary piece of furniture.
 
2012-07-02 11:25:18 AM
My first ever roller coaster experience was on a rickety wooden coaster like that at Six Flags. Lets just say it took me a long time before I rode one again.
 
2012-07-02 11:31:31 AM
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Yep, i am that old. My lawn, off it !!! I keep your frisbees and baseballs.
 
2012-07-02 11:41:07 AM

SPLAMM: [www.80stees.com image 145x145]
Yep, i am that old. My lawn, off it !!! I keep your frisbees and baseballs.


did someone say my favorite team (i'm not sure what game they play) but hell it probably involves inhalation of paint???

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2012-07-02 11:41:56 AM
Same age as my Dad. Dad doesn't have near the number of maintenance technicians, tho'.
 
2012-07-02 11:55:37 AM
Makes me think of the Ship of Theseus Paradox: Is it still the same coaster if every part has been replaced? Not that I know every part has been replaced, just seems like there can't be that much original on that thing. I'm just blue skying because I'm too sleepy to work on a Monday morning. Also, wooden coasters are AWESOME! I'd so much rather ride them than those lamo smooth metal coasters.
 
2012-07-02 11:56:36 AM
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2012-07-02 12:03:05 PM
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Coney island was named after the rabbits found there.
 
2012-07-02 12:57:21 PM
I came for Coney 2012, I was not disappointed. Thank you, Fark.
 
2012-07-02 01:21:15 PM
Rode on that when I was 13, and way skinnier. I too, felt the chilly hand of death as I started to come out of the safety bar. The feeling of dread as you try to determine the extent of the dry rot and popped nails...Front car. Only one on there. Awesome, but shall not repeat that.
 
2012-07-02 01:27:49 PM

haemaker: The Giant Dipper kindly requests the Cyclone get off its lawn.


I've rode the Giant Dipper. Lots of fun. Long Beach used to have The Cyclone Racer, which was a double track (two cars racing side by side) that went out over the ocean. My dad and his fellow Marine Corps buddy took their wives (over their protestations) on this roller coaster. After the ride, the ladies opted to ride again, while the gentlemen chose to... not.
 
2012-07-02 02:01:07 PM

eyehate: I love the Cyclone.

It is so deceptive looking.

Like an old grandfather. It won't do anything to upset you.

But you climb that first hill and the rickety tick-tack becomes less comforting. And that steep drop and the old corners become something you had not anticipated.

And by the time the ride ends, much later than you had expected - because it is so damned small - well, you are glad it is over and a tad embarrassed that you got that anxious.


^^This^^

I've been on a lot of roller-coasters, but nothing beats the Cyclone. That rickety sound while climbing the first rise gets me nervous, but then I'm calmed for a split second as the ocean comes into view. Then, BLAM!
 
2012-07-02 03:54:38 PM
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/"Riiiide the Ferris Wheel!"
 
2012-07-02 10:40:47 PM
Aww.... the old guy on the roller coaster getting married was Carl "Oldy" Olson from Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
 
2012-07-03 03:40:46 AM
The Cyclone is the scariest thing I have ever ridden. First time on it I smashed the fark out of my nose on the seat in front of me coming out of the first drop. The whole experience was terrifying in a way no modern coaster can ever be.
 
2012-07-03 08:59:21 AM
I'll bet Mercury Rev is really excited about this.
 
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