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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  1. I remember it like it was yesterday! Waiting for the train to pass by so we can go in and ride on the Little Dipper, the Big Dipper and that train! My family grew up way down the End of Emmons Ave in Max’s bungalows so this was our “Disney.”
    Afterwards we would go to get a custard cone and walk home!

  2. Peter Pan sponsored a team in Kings Bay Little League: The Peter Pan Playland Pirates. How’s that for alliteration?

  3. I loved Peter Pan, it was a big part of my childhood growing up in Sheepshead Bay in the ’60’s. The picture of the gate & the seats on the train brought back immediate memories. I really hope more pictures of the park are posted. If anyone out there has more pictures of it, It would be great to see them, very much appreciated.

  4. Hey Bklyn Gal…. I also grew up in Maxs…wonder if we knew each other……I lived in Waldane court…..The Bay was the best place to grow up!!

  5. was the mgr in 1955/56. I was 18. There were 13 owners one was part of my family. During the winter I repaired the rides and in the spring painted them to get ready for summer.

  6. This was my favorite place when I was a kid!! I loved the ferris wheel; it looked so huge to me at age 5. I also loved the Little Dipper. I can’t understand why there is next to nothing online about this park. It was so much a part of life growing up in Sheepshead Bay.

  7. Was it the same when it was on Knapp? Did it have all the same rides as it did on Emmons?

  8. OMG!!! Dreams do come true with Rockaway, Coney Island, Pan Playland, and others. I salute you, my fellow baby boomers. We have arrived………………………………………………

  9. It is definitely NOT PINKY LEE! Pinky Lee was born in 1907…..The picture looks like the late 50’s or early 60’s……Pinky would have been in his late 50’s early 60’s not that very young looking guy.

  10. All the old amusement parks have been torn down to make way for apartments. Peter Pan in Brooklyn, Freedomland in the Bronx, and Palisades in New Jersey have been among the casualties. Is that what you call progress!?

  11. My father was one of the owners. I worked there along with many of the other owners sons. My big thrill was operating the train and Ferris wheel. I wish I had pictures to post, but all I have is movies.
    Look forward to hearing or seeing comments on Peter Pan Playland. Lots of fond memories.

  12. I recently purchased what’s left of the train and am looking for pictures video and any info on the train. Its in ruff shape but it will be restored. Thank you

  13. I lived on 28th St right around the corner from the playland. There was a miniature golf course at the end of my block that closed down around the same time. People in the neighborhood went into the empty park and took the wooden painted signs. It stood empty for many years. How did you manage to buy the train?

  14. I saw Tinker Tom there. My younger sister was a fan of his show. I loved the Ferris Wheel & the views. The roller coaster was small but creamy

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