Coney Island-All of the rides appeared new and the grounds featured intricate, lush landscaping. In fact, the park had such a stellar reputation in the industry, that a gentleman by the name of Walt Disney visited Coney Island in the early 1950's to get ideas for Disneyland. He presented the park a check for $1.00; signed by Disney, for consulting services that remains in the park's archives.
For 150 years, artists and photographers have worked to capture Coney Island’s life as a wealthy retreat and a gritty resort, its urban decline and its recent revival. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland 1861-2008 is on at the Brooklyn Museum until 13 March