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Coney Island elephant hotel, and later, brothel

Coney Island elephant hotel, and later, brothel

Steeplechase Amusement Park Fire, Coney Island  1939.  This was once the coolest, most popular ride in the whole park.  It has never since been duplicated.

Steeplechase Amusement Park Fire, Coney Island 1939. This was once the coolest, most popular ride in the whole park. It has never since been duplicated.

The Elephantine Colossus, otherwise known as the Colossal Elephant or the Elephant Colossus, or by its function as the Elephant Hotel, was a tourist attraction located on Coney Island that was built in the shape of an elephant. 150 feet-tall, Coney Island Elephant was over twice the size of Lucy the Elephant. An example of novelty architecture, the seven-story tall structure designed by James V. Lafferty.  The 31 room elephant acted as a hotel, concert hall/amusement bazaar from 1885-1896.

The Elephantine Colossus, otherwise known as the Colossal Elephant or the Elephant Colossus, or by its function as the Elephant Hotel, was a tourist attraction located on Coney Island that was built in the shape of an elephant. 150 feet-tall, Coney Island Elephant was over twice the size of Lucy the Elephant. An example of novelty architecture, the seven-story tall structure designed by James V. Lafferty. The 31 room elephant acted as a hotel, concert hall/amusement bazaar from 1885-1896.

Old Coney Island

Old Coney Island

New York circa 1905. Coney Island - Luna Park promenade....wow Coney was ALOT…

New York circa 1905. Coney Island - Luna Park promenade....wow Coney was ALOT…

Yeah boi!  Come along, Miller.

Yeah boi! Come along, Miller.

Coney Island, 1947. By Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Coney Island, 1947. By Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Coney Island, 1900

Coney Island, 1900

1 July 1962: The view from the Parachute Jump at Steeplechase Park shows crowds on the beach, the boardwalk and amusement area at Coney Island

1 July 1962: The view from the Parachute Jump at Steeplechase Park shows crowds on the beach, the boardwalk and amusement area at Coney Island

Coney Island, New York, 1944    By Marie Hansen

Coney Island, New York, 1944 By Marie Hansen

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