Coney Island officially opened for the season this past weekend and they don’t call it “America’s Playground” for nothing. People are drawn to it, and for good reason! A great place for family fun, Coney Island has also attracted a wide variety of artists, creatives and celebrities. Check out these awesome throwback photos of some of your favorite celebrities in Coney Island!
Grace Kelly and Jean Pierre Aumont
June 12, 1955
This 1970’s picture of Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry and Punk journalist Lester Bangs in a now unrecognizable Coney Island.
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
Buster Keaton, Alice Lake and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
Milton Berle, George Hale and Miss Grayce Reilly
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe
September 1, 1969
Outtakes from Cyndi Lauper’s She So Unusual album cover.
“When I explained my vision to Janet Perr, who was the art director, she suggested Coney Island,” Janet and I went together to location scout with Annie Leibowitz who was the photographer — I was so lucky to work with Annie on my first album cover — and we came upon the Roberto Clemente building and we knew it would be the perfect backdrop. I wanted it to be a study of midday light. It’s my favorite time of day as far as lighting goes.” – Cyndi Lauper
Which photo is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!