Kudos to Julie who is the one who guessed without seeing the (accidental) preview! Some people were able to see this in their readers earlier. I’m going to post this slightly after midnight so that I am still at a photo a day 🙂
This is the famous Coney Island Cyclone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coney_Island_Cyclone). I recommend you only let people you really hate ride this thing. I have not and will not get on it – people get hurt all the time, and a guy died a few years ago from breaking his neck. They had a problem with the coaster going too fast down the first drop. To say it is “rickety” is an understatement. Besides, you can see how close I am to it – security around the ride is seriously lacking.
Anyway – it IS an institution and has NYC Landmark status. You will see some upcoming shots from Coney Island – I was there yesterday because it was finally nice and warm. It is run down and dirty, but that is the charm. Developers are coming and tearing down part of history and making it look like Disneyland. Store owners are fighting the change, people are signing petitions, but the developers almost always win.
It IS fun to look at, though.