Rockaways' Playland

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Rockaways’ Playland was an amusement park that operated from 1902 to 1987 in Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York City, at Beach 98th Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the beachfront.

It was opened in 1902 by William Wainwright and originally extended to the beachfront boardwalk.[1] Playland’s area was greatly truncated in the late-1930s by the construction of the Shore Front Parkway at the behest of New York City parks commissioner Robert Moses. It was closed after insurance premiums increased eightfold, from $50,000 in 1985 to $408,000 in 1986.[1] A housing development now occupies Playland’s site.

Playland’s roller coaster, known as the “Atom Smasher”, was prominently featured in the movie This is Cinerama.[2]


  1. ^ a b Fried, Joseph P. (24 April 1987). "After 86 Years, Rockaways Playland to Be Razed for 300 Condominiums" – via
  2. ^ "Rockaways Playland, Queens NY". Defunct Parks. 26 September 2015.

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Coordinates: 40°35′02″N 73°49′07″W / 40.583934°N 73.818684°W / 40.583934; -73.818684