Parachute Jump Gets Lighter

An innovative new installation shines light on the infamous Parachute Jump in Coney Island

If the Parachute Jump, the famed thrill ride that operated at Coney Island between 1941 and 1964, was once compared to a flower, the 277-foot structure had become a spent dandelion by the late ’90s—so much so that planners of a new minor league baseball stadium feared the Jump might topple onto it. In July, the Brooklyn icon bloomed once again, with the launch of a new integral lighting installation designed by Leni Schwendinger Light Projects.

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