Get a free ride in honor of the Cyclone’s 89th birthday this weekend

Cyclone: You don't look a day over 80. Via Luna Park.

Happy birthday, Cyclone:! You don’t look a day over 80. Via Luna Park.

Few beloved things in this city can turn 89 years old without fear of being replaced by a bank or turned into a condo. Luckily for us, the Coney Island Cyclone is protected from such a fate: The iconic wooden roller coaster has been a New York City landmark since 1988, meaning it’s not going to be replaced by a White Castle any time soon. The ride, one of the Truly Best Things in Brooklyn, turns 89 on Sunday. To celebrate, Luna Park is giving out free rides. 

On Sunday starting at noon, the first 89 people in line will get to ride free (usually $10). While you’re there, don’t forget to check out some of the new stuff that opened in Coney Island this year too.

Might we recommend, if you haven’t already, popping your Cycloneginity this summer as soon as possible? Nothing shakes the winter out of your bones and massages your insides into proper summer-absorption mode faster than a quick spin on the Cyclone. It’s old, it’s shaky, it gets stuck sometimes, but we couldn’t imagine summer in Brooklyn without it.

[h/t the Coney Island Blog]