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Coney Island Cyclone Rollercoaster celebrates 95th birthday

Coney Island’s famed Cyclone rollercoaster celebrated its 95th birthday on Sunday, as fans lined up in the sweltering heat for a free ride to mark the anniversary.

The first 95 guests took a free ride on Sunday to mark the coaster’s 95th anniversary.

Eric Knapp, who describes himself as “Mr. Cyclone” and has a tattoo of the ride on his arm, arrived at 6:15 a.m. to make sure he was first on the ride.

“I’ve been riding it since 1973,” he said. “I’m glad it’s still here. Everything else in New York has disappeared, so we have to continue with the little old New York we have.”

When the park opened at 11 a.m. on Sunday, there was already a crowd of about 50 people waiting for the free ride and a group of drummers played by rollercoasters.

Designed by Vernon Keenan, Cyclone first opened on June 26, 1927 and has been a Brooklyn landmark ever since. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, a few years after it became a NYC-designated landmark.

The Coney Island Cyclone rollercoaster turned 95 on Sunday.
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Coney Island Cyclone
The cyclone opened on June 26, 1927.
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Coney Island Cyclone Rollercoaster Celebrates 95Th Birthday
The cyclone was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
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Coney Island Cyclone
Cyclone is the second fastest rollercoaster in the world.
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The ride holds 24 passengers and reaches 60 miles per hour. Its popularity has spawned several replicas at Six Flags theme parks across the country and is said to be the second fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.

Riding the coaster, Knapp said, “Feels like my childhood.”

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