The Park was well known for its attractions and even had its own transit line right to the gates, as Coney Island did to its own park. It was lit up by over 50,000 lights and also featured a vaudeville theater, an attraction called the Carnival of Venice, complete with Gondola rides, hotels and resorts that lined the streets, as well as a Japanese tea garden and a shooting range.The park had got very good reviews by the New York Times and was a major attraction of the island. With the roof top restaurants and sprawling boardwalk its no wonder Staten Islanders had no desire to travel to Coney Island. Sadly despite good earnings and reviews, the park had to claim bankruptcy in 1910, though it still operated. Only up till 1917, when a devastating fire broke out. The fire wasnt the only thing that effected the island, pollution in the water also played a big part in the decline of admissions. After closing, the train stopped stopping in South Beach in 1953, and the tracks where ripped out in the 1980's.
|The ball room at Happy Land park|
|People lining the boardwalk|
|South Beach 1980's|
|South Beach in the present day|