Park in Rye, New York is a nostalgic gem, a treasure
administered by Westchester County that exudes the same
elysian charm that characterized its debut 80
Aficionados of classic
American amusement parks can
among much of the same glorious art-deco architecture
and many of the original rides that first graced the
shores of Long Island Sound in 1928. The park remains
a functioning tribute to the concept of Frank Darling
and the county's original mission to provide a place
of beauty and fun to which the local residents could
retreat after work-week's end.
brief appreciation will not attempt to document a comprehensive
history of the park. For that, we commend
the reader to Kathryn W. Burke's book "Playland",
which we reviewed here.
we focus on those early and lesser-known funhouse and
dark attractions unseen by recent generations
- with primary emphasis on Harry G. Traver's original
1934 Laff In The Dark installation which, albeit in
a more contemporary format, happily continues to operate
at its initial location today.