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Coney Island and Its Effects On Leisure As the industrial revolution came to a close in the late 1800s and early 1900s Americans began to search for a more leisurely lifestyle away from the factories that consumed much of their lives Coney Island in Brooklyn was the perfect answer to their search It offered a convenient place for the masses rich and poor to enjoy their time off and relax In time Coney Island would transform itself from a quaint island with a beach and a casino to a glamorous glowing amusement park In Coneys Early years the Island was all but divided by a wall The Eastern end was home to a rich casino where the more well to due people spent much time And the western end was home to a beach where the less wealthy masses gathered The Owner of Coney Island was a man named John McKane who would soon transform this divided Island into the recreation center of the universe The change began at the eastern end of the island where McKane built the first ever roller coaster called the Switchback Railway where four people could sit in a car that traveled along a course This among other attractions including the old beach casinos and new hotels and machinery marked the beginning of the New Coney Island Coney became the glitzy theme park that it was to be remembered when its second owner George Tilyou opened Sea Lion Park in 1897 There people could see a Sea Lion show ride mechanical horses and visit a comedy cricus called Blowhole theater Tilyou soon became very prosperous and seeing this brought the first competition to Coney as Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundee created the famous Luna Park in 1903 Luna was lit up by over 250 000 light bulbs and was a specticle for Coneys visitors Millions of visitors a day came to Luna Park to catch a glimpse
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