Every New Yorker has a mental calendar when summer officially begins for them. In my world, once I take my first annual (and bumpy) ride on Brooklyn’s iconic roller-coaster on a hot day, I can finally start making my vacation plans and sprucing up my warm weather wardrobe. In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy devastated so many waterfront regions of New York, seeing the Cyclone roar back in all its glory put a smile on most New Yorkers hardened faces the next year. It’s a symbol of history, survival, and fun.
When I take visitors, I remind them this is not like your modern day roller-coasters you’ll find at fancy amusement parks. This is an old-school, wooden ride, so if you’re worried about your back, knees, or general sanity, think twice before jumping on. But if if you’re up for a real Brooklyn adventure, get on board and try to grab the front two seats. You’ll be screaming with delight during your first ride, but surviving this two-minute thrill is a rite of passage for any New Yorker.