At the time that Steeplechase closed in 1964—a victim of rising crime, neighborhood decline, and competing entertainment—a new amusement park, Astroland, had already been established for a few years between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk west of West Tenth Street. This park carried on the Coney tradition during the following decades. In 1983, the not-for-profit corporation Coney Island USA was created to assist in rejuvenating Coney Island’s amusement life. It developed many of the programs that later generations of visitors recognize, such as the Mermaid Parade, Sideshows by the Seashore, and concerts on the boardwalk. Lynn Butler’s dynamic take on the site in her Coney Island Kaleidoscope series documents a gritty and still spectacular Coney Island.
- Artist: Lynn Hyman Butler, American, born 1953
- Medium: Cibachrome color print
- Dates: 1988
- Dimensions: sheet: 11 x 14 in. image: 9 x 13 1/2 in. (show scale)
- Signature: Signed bottom right verso: "Lynn Hyman Butler 4/25"
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1991.59.7
- Credit Line: Gift of Ilford Photo Corporation
- Rights Statement: © Lynn Hyman Butler
- Caption: Lynn Hyman Butler (American, born 1953). The Punks, 1988. Cibachrome color print, sheet: 11 x 14 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ilford Photo Corporation, 1991.59.7. © Lynn Hyman Butler
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)