New York

This Famous NYC Roller Coaster Is Giving Away Free Rides for Its 95th Birthday

The weekend will be packed with celebrations.

James Kirkikis/Shutterstock
James Kirkikis/Shutterstock
James Kirkikis/Shutterstock

New York City’s most iconic roller coaster is turning 95, and to celebrate the occasion, Luna Park in Coney Island is throwing a weekend of fun events and free rides.

The Coney Island Cyclone is hitting a milestone this Sunday, June 26, celebrating 95 years on the NYC boardwalk. New Yorkers looking to visit Luna Park can expect a weekend packed with events and celebrations, from balloon art and face painting to photo ops, music, stilt walkers, and much more.

On the day of the Cyclone’s actual birthday, the first 95 guests in line will be able to ride the attraction for free once Luna Park opens at 11 am. The free rides will also be accompanied by a toast and an eventful cake cutting ceremony, and the birthday celebrations will continue throughout the day.

Luna Park’s Cyclone originally opened on June 26, 1927 and it has since become a staple of both Luna Park and the Big Apple. In 1988, it was named a New York City Landmark, and it was added in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The Cyclone is the second-steepest wooden roller coaster in the world, and it features an adrenaline-filled 85-foot plunge at a 60-degree angle. It is definitely not an attraction suited for the faint of heart-it can reach a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour, and its total track length measures 2,640 feet.

For more information tickets, hours and more, you can visit the Luna Park website.

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New York

A New Waterfront Park with Incredible Views Just Opened in Williamsburg

It's a new section of Bushwick Inlet Park.

Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks

New Yorkers will now have a new spot to lounge and relax this summer.

Located at 50 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a new section of Bushwick Inlet Park opened by the water, offering incredible views and curated green spaces to residents and tourists alike. Equipped with bike paths and a sports field and adorned with flowers and new plants, the new space is set to become one of Williamsburg’s main public spaces.

Featuring benches and an elevated lawn on an artificial hill, the new two-acre park encourages visitors to sit down and take in the breathtaking waterfront views of NYC’s skyline. Originally, the new space opened in April, but it was only open on weekends as a pop-up. Now, it is finally open seven days a week, and it welcomes guests from 7 am–10 pm.

To celebrate the new opening, the park is going to host events all summer, from music concerts to movie screenings. For more information and to stay update with the programming, you can visit the park’s website. Take a look at some photos of the new space below:

Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks
Photo by Daniel Avila, courtesy of NYC Parks

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