Digital composite: Larry Osterhoudt
The Cyclone Racer's image is from an actual archival 1930's photograph. Cyclone Racer expert Larry Osterhoudt (www.cycloneracer.com) says he captured the present-day composite background from a bridge spanning Shoreline Drive. He said the photo reproduces the placement angle of the ride with some precision and the sizing of the ride in the composite is basically to scale.
Mr. Osterhoudt says the ride should be rebuilt on a pier...which would (like the original pier) provide pedestrian access on both sides of the ride and provide pedestrian access across Shoreline Drive. (The original pier also had an observation patio at its southerly end).
Shoreline Drive traffic could travel under the pier structure, Mr. Osterhoudt says, noting that Knotts built its large wooden coaster directly over Grand Ave.
The installation wouldn't touch the Aquarium...and as LB Mayor Bob Foster (a Brooklyn native) probably knows, New York's Aquarium is in Brooklyn...virtually next to the tourist-drawing Coney Island Cyclone coaster.