The big Diane Furstenberg sunglasses tell me it was the 80's.
I was camera-in-hand (as usual) at Belmont Park.
The city had just decided they were going to save the Giant Dipper--a wooden roller coaster built in 1925.
The Plunge was also saved--the indoor swimming pool that had been the show piece of the park.
Initially it was part of a gym but open to the public.
They used to host "Dive-in" movies, where you could float around on an inner tube and watch an old B horror movie like Creature of the Black Lagoon.
Now it's in an athletic club, but I don't hear about it anymore, so I assume it's members only.
I had been writing letters to the City Council, and was excited they weren't going to add a hotel or condos.
Ironically, I don't really like what that area has become.
Shops and restaurants have failed, so it's just a big arcade now.
But I still love the roller coaster, all outlined in white lights.
In 2002, the lease was purchased by a private citizen who....plans to build a hotel on the property.
At least the coaster was saved.