Thursday, September 4, 2014


"Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond"
September 7th through October 26th, noon to 6:00 p.m.

An exhibition in Green-Wood Cemetery's Historic Chapel on amusement park rides and games of the 1900s and the genius mechanic who designed them: William F. Mangels (1866-1958). Mangel's great-granddaughter loaned unique items from the family's collection.

Green-wood credits Mangels for designing The Whip and the wave pool, among many other rides. In 1901, Mangels patented a device that gave carousel horses a galloping, up and down motion. Two of his rides, the Pony Carts and the Fire Engines, are still in operation at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. They date back to about 1950.

Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. 

The chapel is close to the Green-wood Cemetery entrance at 500 25th Street at 5th Avenue, the main entrance.

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