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, and for … » 8/07/08 11:15am 8/07/08 11:15am

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 get … » 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