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Coney Island Parachute Jump

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Posted by Harris on Tuesday, July 11th 2017:

If there is one thing I miss about the Brooklyn of the past, it is the Coney Island Parachute Jump. I remember walking on the boardwalk, and seeing that marvelous ride in operation. I would watch in awe as members of the public would slowly ascend to the top of that device, while strapped in. They undoubtedly had a marvelous view of Coney Island, from that height. I don't know how high it was, but I would estimate that it was more than two hundred feet or so, in height. As soon as the riders came to the top (there were always two riders on the gondola chute, or possibly three), the parachute would quickly open, and the device would descend very rapidly. I remember hearing the screaming coming from the passengers, while they were coming down . All of a sudden, the gondola would safely stop at the bottom. It would sway a little in the wind, once it stopped. I must admit that I never had the guts to go on that ride; however, I was very envious of those who did. I really miss seeing that ride. Over the years, I've heard rumors that it might reopen. I believe that it has been closed since 1968; did any of you ever ride the parachute jump?

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