Day 1260

Towering over the boardwalk

June 12th, 2015

Coney Island's long-defunct Parachute Jump was originally built for the 1939-40 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, where, in addition to serving as an amusement ride, it was put to use as a monumental flagpole, securing the United States a victory over the Soviet Union in the battle for altitudinal supremacy at the fairgrounds.

The things that look like ropes or cables running vertically up the structure are actually strips of programmable LEDs, part of the Parachute Jump's $2 million lighting system.

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