Coney Island's Newest Roller Coaster Is Narrower Than Most Apartments

This week marks the opening of the Thunderbolt, a modern roller coaster looping and corkscrewing through historic Coney Island in Brooklyn. The coaster is a towering orange lasso with 2200 feet of track, squeezed into an unbelievably narrow space. Here's our up close and personal look at NYC's latest thrill ride. » 6/11/14 10:00am 6/11/14 10:00am

1914 Coney Island Diorama Is World's Largest Desktop-Printed Sculpture

Luna Park opened in Brooklyn in 1903, during the heyday of Coney Island attractions. This weekend, artist Fred Kahl pays tribute to the park's history with a 3D-printed model depicting it as it appeared 100 years ago. It's being billed as the largest art installation ever created on a desktop 3D printer, and building… » 5/24/14 4:00pm 5/24/14 4:00pm

Coney Island Is Resurrecting a Legendary Coaster--With a New Twist

Next summer Coney Island is getting back a little bit of its former glory with a familiar roller coaster. Some 14 years after it was demolished, the once famous Thunderbolt coaster is roaring back onto the boardwalk at 65 miles per hour. » 6/11/13 2:10pm 6/11/13 2:10pm

Why Roller Coasters Wouldn't Exist Without Coal Mining

Humans are strange, thrill-seeking creatures. We crave not just a thrill, but something so terrifying that we think, if only for a moment, that we might not actually survive. For those of us not ready for base jumping in wing suits, roller coasters can fulfill that excitement lust. And the amusement park fixtures may… » 3/01/12 1:00pm 3/01/12 1:00pm

Coney Island's Astroland Amusement Park Rides Now Available for Purchase

It's a sad day in New York City history: Astroland, the amusement park at Coney Island, is officially closed for business forever. But New Yorkers' loss is your gain: now you have an opportunity to buy the famed Astroland's rides to recreate the dirty, dirty magic in your own backyard. Yes, you can own the awesome… » 9/08/08 11:45am 9/08/08 11:45am

Robots Act Out Guantanamo Waterboarding Torture, Terrorists Win

There's a new exhibit at Coney Island that's fun for the whole family: the "Waterboard Thrill Ride." Greeted by Spongebob exuding "It don't Gitmo better!" you walk in to peer through bars at dude in dark sweats leaning over another guy in an orange suit, his face wrapped in a towel. Slip a dollar into the machine,… » 8/07/08 11:15am 8/07/08 11:15am

NYC Giz Meetup Was Successful, if a Bit Soggy

This past Saturday, a brave group of Giz readers braved 90 degree heat followed by raging thunderstorms to hang out in Coney Island, drink some beers and watch some totally inept minor league baseball. It was awesome. » 6/30/08 10:02am 6/30/08 10:02am

Live Photos From the Giz NYC Meetup

Couldn't make it out to the Coney Island meetup today? It's OK, it's really, really hot outside. Now you can enjoy photos taken from our trusty Nokia N95, continually updated as we take them tonight. So go ahead, enjoy our baseball and shenanigans from afar, you lazy bum. Thanks to the fine folks at Nokia for setting… » 6/28/08 6:00pm 6/28/08 6:00pm

The Giz NYC Meetup is Tomorrow!

In case you haven't heard, we're going to the Cyclones game on Coney Island tomorrow then going out for drinks. Come hang out! Come meet us at 5:30pm at the Statue on the west side of Keyspan Park. If you have GA tickets, everyone can go in together. If you don't, we'll figure out a place to meet afterwards. If you… » 6/27/08 6:41pm 6/27/08 6:41pm

Reminder: NYC Giz Meetup is This Saturday

Hey, New Yorkers! In case you forgot, the Gizmodo NYC meetup is this Saturday. We're going to the Coney Island Cyclones game and then out to drinks at Peggy O'Neill's. We've got some goodies to give away from companies such as Nerf, Razor and Steelseries, and Nokia will be helping us post a live gallery of pictures to… » 6/26/08 3:03pm 6/26/08 3:03pm

Giz Coney Island Meetup: The Details

OK guys, here's the deal with the meetup: if you want to come watch a sweet minor league ballgame with some Giz editors and your fellow readers, now's your chance. We're going to the Brooklyn Cyclones game on June 28th, which is a Saturday. We'll be getting field box tickets for ourselves, which are $15, so we… » 6/17/08 11:00am 6/17/08 11:00am

Get On Board with Giz's NYC Summer Meetup!

Hey guys! We're working on the plans for this summer's NYC Giz meetup at Coney Island, and it's looking awesome. But we need to know how many people to expect, so you need to sign up to be guaranteed your share of whatever we have organized to give you. » 5/02/08 11:29am 5/02/08 11:29am