We found this historic aerial photo of Rye Playland from 1950 on eBay (yours for only $9.50).
The write-up says:
"America's first planned amusement park was PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK in Rye, NY. This photo of the busy amusement park was taken in 1950. Two roller coasters can be clearly seen in this classic photo. The coaster on the left is the DRAGON coaster which was built in 1929 and still thrills riders to this day. The coaster on the right is the legendary AEROPLANE coaster. It was built in 1928 and featured many tight spiraling turns. Many enthusiasts would love to see this coaster rebuilt. It was sadly torn down in 1957."
Also, check out the ferry service (upper right by the dock) that used to run from Playland.
Do you know more about the ferry service that used to run from Playland? Did you ride the Aeroplane coaster before it was torn down? Leave a comment below and share your memories.
Playland opens for the 2009 season on May 2nd.