Summer in New York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Coney Island and its famed, Luna Park. The amusement park opened (in 2010) at the former site of Astroland, which had been in operation for 46 years. Interestingly enough, Luna Park was the original name of the first amusement park which existed from 1903-1944, just north of the current park’s 1000 Surf Avenue location.
The Luna Park’s entrance is patterned after the entrance to the original 1903 Luna Park. The new park also includes 19 new attractions and games. However, you can still find some of the historic rides too. Coney Island is home to 3 rides protected as New York City landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Wonder Wheel (1918), now part of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster (1927), owned by the City and operated by Luna Park and the towering Parachute Jump (1938), no longer in action since 1968 but still standing strong since its rousing debut at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
This was actually one of the most fun shoots I did all summer. I mean who wouldn’t want to jump on a roller coaster in between breaks, right?! Since it’s summer in New York and I was going to be outside for a while, I knew I needed to keep my eyes protected fully. As you’ve seen in my posts here and here, Maui Jim sunglasses are all I’m wearing this summer. For this shoot, I chose the Honomanu aviators. I really like them because of the versatility and comfort they provide. You can literally wear these with a suit to meetings or shorts and a tee for a stroll in the park. Also, the lens material, called MauiPure is the lightest of all in the Maui Jim arsenal, making it a great choice for long days in the sun.
Photography by James Creel
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