Friday, February 6, 2009

Looking At The Sky On Friday: Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower

These are not the best shots of the Parachute Jump at the now deserted Steeplechase Park on Coney Island. The landmark, known by many as Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower, deserves better shots but it was freezing cold and the boardwalk was icy. I promise to go back.

The sky was loving the tower that day. I found the texture of the clouds fascinating.

You can read more about The Parachute Jump HERE

Just like everything else in Brooklyn it has a rich story full of ups and downs - no pun intended.

I have loved this work of art since I was a child and I'm so glad that she's still there.





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31 comments:

napaboaniya said...

The dramatic white clouds in the last picture is fabulous :)

WillThink4Wine said...

Brrr. That does look freezing! I'm still amazed Coney Island is still there! :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It LOOKS cold. It's very hard to take decent photos when you feel like your fingers are in danger of frost bite. I like the way you've caught the towers against the clouds as a backdrop. It all looks so futuristic, like on another planet.

bobbie said...

Hadn't realized the Jump was built for the World's Fair. I always looked for it on the horizon when I'd go up to LI.

Star8278 said...

Cool!

Cherie said...

This goes on my list of "you learn something new every day" for today. :) After watching the movie Men in Black, I thought this was in Queens. Then, I read the write up by the NY Park Service, and I realize that I may have misunderstood. Neat! :)

Dianne said...

napaboaniya - that is my favorite of the 3 :)

willthink4wine - so is Coney Island!

EG - the ice on the ground was making me nervous, it was clear everywhere except the paths leading to where I could have gotten better shots

bobbie - I didn't know that either
I always wait for it to appear when I'm headed east on the Belt

star - thanks :)

cherie - the World's Fair was in Queens so maybe that's where the misunderstanding came from

Cathy said...

lovely!

ellen b. said...

What a very interesting structure. I do love the clouds in all the shots! Have a great weekend Dianne!

Jackie said...

so people used to jump off that thing? Brrrrr!

I love your clouds.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I've never been to Coney Island. To me it's mythical. I always think of Woody Allen's movie Radio Days, where the family lived under the roller coaster on Coney Island! :D

I love the texture of the sky too.

carol g said...

So nostalgic. Amazing clouds - they even look like they are shivering in the cold.

Sue said...

Cool. I've never even been to NY. Those are really beautiful photos. I was over reading about the Parachute Jump, very interesting. Thanks for sharing. :)

Patti said...

I love the cloud formations you captured as a background for Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower.

I learned something new today - never heard of your tower!

Rich story full of ups and downs..tee hee.

Michelle O'Neil said...

I see what you mean about the clouds in these photos. I love pictures of the sky.

Cool!

Mamapippa said...

Beautiful clouds !

Dianne said...

cathy - thanks :)

ellen - you have a nice weekend too! It's supposed to finally get warmer here - maybe into the 40s!!

jackie - yep! there were seats and you were strapped in and hoisted up and then dropped onto giant shock absorbers so that you'd bounce a bit
it was all done manually - I read it took 3 men for each person riding - no wonder they lost money

pagan - it's being preserved better although too many of the old structures are being knocked down for luxury apts
thankfully the parachute jump has been given landmark status

carol - what a great way to see the clouds - shivering - I love it!

sue - I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and trivia - thanks :)
NY has a million stories

patti - I love learning new stuff and passing it on :)
these clouds were like a carpet

michelle - it's amazing to me how many people don't look up
glad you like my clouds :)

mamapippa - thanks :)

Daryl said...

Wonderful ...

Can you email me your snailmail address please ...

maryt/theteach said...

Great shots, Dianne! I was down there relatively recently with my nephew and grand-nephew! :)

Ralph said...

These structures offer a stylish utility you will not see these days, where function trumps style...not like the old days where great style was demanded in steel structures...

I've not been to Coney Island, but when I do, the Summer would be nice. And should I, it will be Nathan's for a delicious dog with mustard and a side of onion rings!

Sandra Carvalho said...

Great captures!It looks like something out of Spielberg movie!I could almost swear that I was seeing Jodie Foster near by one of those towers!LOL!
Nice job!
~Sandra~

Raven said...

I'm so ready for Spring! Cool shots. I especially like that first one.

Bob-kat said...

I really like the perspective on the second shot and the bleaching from the sun :)

Tere | Blessings in Life said...

I love how the cloud looks in your photos! Thanks for dropping by my entry! Have a great weekend!

Tink *~*~* said...

It does have sort of a "space age" feel to it, doesn't it? Like a 1960s person's concept of "mod". I remember it well, used to pass by there on the way to my cousin's house, long ago.

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~* Presents: Six Mile Cypress Sky

Vixen/Apron Frenzy said...

Very cool structures

Shoshana said...

Love your over Brooklyn skies. I've never been there, but it's lovely.

bermudabluez said...

Since I live in NY, you'd think I would have been to Coney Island, but I haven't.....I love your pictures and hope to get there one day!

pink dogwood said...

love the pictures

Looking At The Sky On Friday said...

I've never been here. It looks very cool. I'm going to go over and read the story now. :)

Thanks so much for playing along,
Tisha

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