Inventors, performers, impressarios, and community leaders - these are among the many pioneers and visionaries whose creativity and ingenuity helped shape and define Coney Island over the past century. Each year, the Coney Island Hall of Fame pays tribute to a selected group of honorees. Their contributions are highlighted in an exhibit of colorful banners accompanied by illustrated text panels detailing their fascinating lives.
The induction ceremony and related festivities are an annual event, and the public is invited to participate by nominating future inductees through this website.
The Hall of Fame was inaugurated on Saturday, June 11, 2005 on West Tenth Street, opposite the Cyclone roller coaster in a location nearby our Exhibition space. With major changes in ownership and land use coming to Coney Island for the 2008 season, the future of the Hall at this location is uncertain. Our ultimate goal is to establish a permanent facility combining both the Hall of Fame and the Coney Island Voices oral history archive. Until then, this web site and our Exhibition space will serve as the Hall's home.
The following pages pay tribute to the inductees of 2005 and 2006. No class was inducted in 2007. A new class was inducted in the summer of 2008. Visit our Flickr page to see pictures from the induction ceremony. If you would like to submit nomination please send it by e-mail to

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