Above is the Coney Island Cyclone, New York's iconic old roller coaster. It opened in 1927 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Perhaps because it has been featured in many movies, the Cyclone remains popular. It is one of those tourist spots frequented by visitors to the city.
Recently Last some riders got more excitement than they expected. The coaster stopped mid-ride, and the passengers had to inch their way back down the wooden infrastructure. This was the second such event this season.
Here is a video taken of the Cyclone experience, in case you are curious.
Newer Roller Coasters
As roller coasters go, the Cyclone is a tame experience. Its maximum speed is 60 mph, its "drop" is a scant 85 feet, and its angle of descent is less than sixty degrees.
For years now, amusement parks all over the world have been involved in what seems to be a roller coaster arms race.
The chains that pull cars up the initial ascent have been replaced by accelerator engines; at least one can move from a starting stop to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. Another coaster, the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has a top speed of 149 mph.
The heights are higher. Currently the tallest climb is on a New Jersey ride call Kingda Ka, which ascends 456 feet at a 90-degree angle and then goes right back down. See it here.
There is continuing talk of newer, taller and faster roller coasters with updated models released in theme parks every year.
For them, I'm guessing, the Coney Island Cyclone is about interesting as a merry-go-round.