Luna Park’s “boatloads of screaming humanity”

New Yorkers at the turn of the last century were dazzled by Coney Island’s Luna Park, a 22-acre amusement park fantasyland, with “babbling brooks, Japanese gardens, German villages, Irish villages, Eskimo villages, Hindu villages, a Chinese theatre, a monkey theatre, and scores of other attractions calculated to make the average visitor drain his purse before he leaves,” reported The New York Times in 1903.

The chutes were an especially popular attraction. As the Times story put it, “The Court of Honor, or main avenue, opens out finally on a broad esplanade, bordering on a lake, into which a ‘chute-a-chutes,’ brilliantly lighted, was precipitating its boatloads of screaming humanity.”

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2 Responses to “Luna Park’s “boatloads of screaming humanity””

  1. An elephant dies at Coney Island « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] resident of Luna Park, one of the spectacular Coney Island amusement parks of the early 1900s, the 28-year-old pachyderm […]

  2. Blakeneyd Says:

    “Boatloads of Screaming Humanity” is a good name for just about any crowded place nowadays…also a potentially good rock band name.

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