UPDATE: Proof That Peter Pan Playland Was No Fantasy

Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots

In the hustle and bustle of running Sheepshead Bites and our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean, we forget to remind the readers how wonderful we think you all are [Ed. – No, not all of you.]. Well, the actions of reader Vinnie Boombots, who we can only assume was Rodney Dangerfield’s doctor, has reminded us how fantastic our readers are [Ed. – No, not all of you.].

Earlier in the month we wrote a story on nearly forgotten Peter Pan Playland (2609 Emmons Avenue). We had scant knowledge on the kiddie park, other than some zoning history and a vague mention of Johnny Jellybean. We also had little photographic evidence of its operation. Thanks to Boombots, we have some gorgeous full color photography of the park that date to the late 1950s. Here is the message from Boombots as well as the rest of his stunning photos from a bygone era in Sheepshead Bay’s history:

I have attached some old photos from 1956 or 1957 at Peter Pan Playland. These are from slides that I just recently converted to digital.
I know I have more of the Bay, I just can’t find them.
I believe that the character signing autographs is Pinky Lee (Pincus Leff). I could be wrong. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinky_Lee I have no recollection of the Jelly Bean guy.
Note the felt hats with the Playland name inscribed.

We hope you find do find those photos, Mr. Boombots, and we encourage all our readers to send whatever interesting historical photographs or videos you have of the Sheepshead Bay area. Here are the other great images provided.

Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
Photo courtesy of Vinnie Boombots
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