They Did What on Coney Island!?

Join Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman and Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein for an illustrated conversation about Brooklyn’s Coney Island, its connections to Green-Wood, and the astounding amusements that made it an international super-attraction for decades. At Coney Island in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, you could break taboos about social distance with attractions such as the Human Roulette Wheel, the Blowhole Theatre, and the Barrel of Love; delight in new inventions including galloping carousel horses, the Whip ride, and infant incubators; visit exotic “native villages;” and enjoy a dizzying assortment of death and disaster themed immersive amusements in which you could choose being buried alive, experiencing the San Francisco earthquake, or living through the biblical apocalypse.

$5/Free for members. This conversation is part of our new series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.











When: Wed., May 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th St., Brooklyn
718-210-3080
Price: $5
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Join Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman and Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein for an illustrated conversation about Brooklyn’s Coney Island, its connections to Green-Wood, and the astounding amusements that made it an international super-attraction for decades. At Coney Island in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, you could break taboos about social distance with attractions such as the Human Roulette Wheel, the Blowhole Theatre, and the Barrel of Love; delight in new inventions including galloping carousel horses, the Whip ride, and infant incubators; visit exotic “native villages;” and enjoy a dizzying assortment of death and disaster themed immersive amusements in which you could choose being buried alive, experiencing the San Francisco earthquake, or living through the biblical apocalypse.

$5/Free for members. This conversation is part of our new series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.

Buy tickets/get more info now