Coney Island (Thunderbolt)
On View: 5th floor H-wing Elevator Lobby
The Thunderbolt was one of three classic wooden roller coasters constructed at Coney Island in the 1920s. Built on the Bowery in 1925 above the late nineteenth-century Kensington Hotel, the Thunderbolt was featured in Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall, in which the character Alvy Singer lived in the former hotel under the roller coaster. The Thunderbolt was closed in 1983 and demolished in 2000 together with the house, which was occupied until the end. The site remains empty today, next to the new KeySpan Park. The Tornado, the second of the signature roller coasters, also on the Bowery, burned in 1977, while the third, the Cyclone, has been a New York City Historic Landmark since 1991. KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team, opened on the site of Steeplechase Park in 2001 and was part of longtime efforts to rejuvenate Coney Island.
Gelatin silver photograph
sheet: 5 13/16 x 7 3/8 in. (14.8 x 18.7 cm)
image: 3 15/16 x 4 7/8 in. (10 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed in pencil in lower right corner of recto: "Anita Chernewski"
Inscribed in pencil in lower left corner of recto: "Coney Island 1987"
Gift of the artist
© Anita Chernewski
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Anita Chernewski (American, born 1946). Coney Island (Thunderbolt), 1987. Gelatin silver photograph, sheet: 5 13/16 x 7 3/8 in. (14.8 x 18.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 87.200.2. © Anita Chernewski
overall, 87.200.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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