Dreamland

If Steeplechase represented fun and sexuality and Luna was the juxtaposition of art and youth, Dreamland was the Bible brought to Brooklyn with hints of showmanship. The park was the brainchild of a crooked businessman, William H. Reynolds. He had many connections in the Tammany politics of New York. Reynolds was the poster boy for crooked politics and seemed to have his fingers in most every pie- he even sold Chrysler the plot of land where his art-deco urban masterpiece would grow. Author Richard Snow said that Reynold’s underhanded activities were brought to Coney and that Dreamland was built so fast that many islanders felt the park grew over many of the area’s fire hydrants, ensuring the park free city water for its short life. Dreamland only operated from 1904-1911, but during that time the park helped turn the island into a city unlike anything the modern world had seen.

“Tall towers that had grown dim suddenly broke forth in electric outlines and gay rosettes of color, as the living spark of light travel hither and thither, until the place was transformed into an electric garden, of such a sort as Aladdin never dreamed.” Albert Bigelowe Paine

Visitors coming to the island from New York by boat saw Coney first by disembarking on the Dreamland Pier. What a sight the island must have been as people walked down the gangplank and saw this wonderland unfurl before them. This used to be known as the Old Iron Pier.

Dreamland’s Creation attraction doubled as the entrance off Surf Avenue. It took visitors on a journey through Genesis and the creation of the world.