Golden City: Canarsie's lost amusement park

A shopping center currently sits across from the Bayview Houses in Canarsie, but in the early 1900s, it was part of Golden City Amusement Park.



Brooklyn historian Ron Schweiger says the park featured a carousel, roller coaster, games of chance and excursion boat rides.



Brian Merlis, author of "Canarsie: Brooklyn's Last Village on Jamaica Bay," says Golden City was started by William T. Warner and opened on May 30, 1907. Until its closure in 1939, it passed through other owners.



It was located near the Canarsie waterfront along Rockaway Parkway and Skidmore Avenue.



According to experts, the park's closure was partially caused by the construction of the Belt Parkway, which went right through where the park was. That, along with other issues, led to the park's demise after 32 years.


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