Historic Coney Island "B&B Carousell" Sign Destroyed
[Bottom photo courtesy of Captain Nemo, Coney Island Message Board]
While the B&B Carousell itself was saved and will someday reappear as part of the city's planned Steeplechase Plaza, the sign for it that has been on Surf Avenue since the days of Luna Park is now gone. It fell victim to a paint job that was photographed by the Coney Island Message Board's Captain Nemo, who calls the destruction of the sign "a crime." The sign was painted on metal that was bolted to the building and, apparently, couldn't be removed without causing a lot of damage and the subject of saving it had come up in the past. Saving it is no longer an issue, however, as this small yet significant piece of Coney history has been obliterated via paint roller. While one can appreciate that it might have been difficult or impossible to remove from the building, you certainly have to wonder if there was a way to restore the sign and make it part of the new building and whatever ends up there. No matter. It's now another bit of Brooklyn's past that is just a photograph.
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