Coney Island’s Cyclone turns 90

Coney Island was the scene of one of the largest block parties of the year on Sunday, June 25, as revelers at Luna Park celebrated the Cyclone’s 90th birthday.

The festivities kicked off at noon, with Grammy-nominated rapper and Brooklyn-native Fabolous headlining the event. The Harlem Globetrotters also made appearances, performing twice, signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

The celebration also featured face painting, giveaways and birthday cake.

“The Cyclone is an integral part of the Luna Park experience, and it is also a piece of New York history,” said Central Amusement International President Valerio Ferrari prior to the event. “We look forward to welcoming families, visitors and amusement enthusiasts to celebrate with us as we mark this very special milestone.”

Since its opening in 1927, the Cyclone has been experienced by nearly one million riders, all while being featured in an array of films, television shows and books. It was named a New York City Landmark in 1988 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

On Monday, June 26, the Cyclone was honored with a more formal ceremony, as local elected officials and stakeholders hosted an official speaking program and birthday ceremony for the roller coaster. From 12:00  to 1:30 p.m., attendees were able to ride the Cyclone for just $0.90.

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