Our new episode on legendary roller coasters has dropped! Listen and subscribe to Coney Island Stories on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Episode 5 of our Coney Island Stories podcast features the stories of a trio of roller coasters built in the Roaring 20’s and named after violent storms: the Thunderbolt, the Tornado and the Cyclone.
While the Cyclone is the only survivor from Coney's golden age, the Coney Island History Project has recorded and preserved memories of people who rode or worked at some of these legendary coasters. A few narrators had the unusual fortune to live beneath one of these thrill rides. The stories of Harold Kramer, Mae Timpano, Don Ferris, Andy Badalamenti, Mindy Gress, and John Hunt, among others, were recorded for the Coney Island History Project Oral History Archive between 2000 and 2020.
Built in 1926, #ConeyIsland's Tornado #rollercoaster had rides, concessions, and even an apartment beneath the tracks 🎢 Listen to Ep 5 of our #ConeyIslandStories #podcast https://t.co/XH42ikL18Z pic.twitter.com/Zo0VD1MT7S— Coney Island History (@ConeyHistory) February 11, 2021