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@Craftech posted:

I lived right near there on City Island.  Freedomland was right where Co-op City is now in Baychester.  It was shaped and set up like each of the states and ran into financial trouble right from the get go.  Plans to expand it never happened.

John

There have been some good books written on Freedomland, It closed when I was like a year old.  I have read several books about it, and I have heard different theories about why it didn't make it. The initial construction ran long and the pavement from what I hear was still soft on opening day,was one of the funnier stories.

.Part of the problem it had was for a city attraction, it was relatively hard to get to, you had to take a subway and then a bus to get there, unlike with the world's fair where the city built extensions to the site, there was no attempt to do this (whether it would have been practical, I leave to the experts, I don't think you could have expanded the number 6 there, and building a branch off of the 5 train would likely have been impossible to justify). Maybe a train station on what is now Amtrak and a shuttle bus would have worked, could ride from Penn Station to there.

The other thing I heard was that Moses used his clout to try and keep the park from getting financing and that caused problems with the construction of it, he didn't want a rival to the world's fair (sad how both of them ended up busts).

My guess is what did it in was changing demographics, the middle class were leaving NYC by then, the area around it (Baychester) was changing, and that likely took away a significant part of what could of been their audience.

Lot of Nostalgia here, many of the parks have been gone a long time. Coney Island kind of hung on as a shadow of itself, it still is nowhere near what it was in its heyday but is still fun, and as a train watcher it is fun to look at the subways and recall the history of how they were built, the hotel that was put too close to the sea and had to be dragged across the street and so forth. Palisades park was one of those ironies, it actually did well financially from what I hear but fell value to the land being worth a lot more than the business, which is what happened to Rockaway Park as well (ah, the Cinerama coaster, guaranteed headache!). Most of the amusement parks that fell ended up dying for that reason, the land just became too valuable. I believe Rye Playland is now a county park, so it isn't likely to fall to a developer.

By "quadrangle" I think he means the diamond - shaped linkage like on top of this boat:

FerryBoatArctic

That was part of the linkage driving the paddle wheels. But I don't think the Alexander Hamilton had that.

From the photos, I'm sure you are right about the Hamilton.  I wouldn't have noticed it when I was on the boat.  I did notice them on some boats and definitely recall wondering what they were.

@bigkid posted:

Lot of Nostalgia here, many of the parks have been gone a long time. Coney Island kind of hung on as a shadow of itself, it still is nowhere near what it was in its heyday but is still fun, and as a train watcher it is fun to look at the subways and recall the history of how they were built, the hotel that was put too close to the sea and had to be dragged across the street and so forth. Palisades park was one of those ironies, it actually did well financially from what I hear but fell value to the land being worth a lot more than the business, which is what happened to Rockaway Park as well (ah, the Cinerama coaster, guaranteed headache!). Most of the amusement parks that fell ended up dying for that reason, the land just became too valuable. I believe Rye Playland is now a county park, so it isn't likely to fall to a developer.

The coaster on Cinerama was one of the best that I've ridden.  Wikipedia says "The film includes POV scenes of the Atom Smasher roller coaster from Rockaways' Playland, "

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