Coney Island's Dreamland Pier Bell 1885
This set of photos was taken on Sept. 5, the first day of the Bell's display at the History Project. and its second day on land in 98 years! Photos taken on Sept 7 and the next weekend were added to the set.. Photo credit: © Tricia Vita/Coney Island History Project. Photos of Bell arriving at History Project on Friday night © Norman Blake (aka NB Photo Flash).

The historic Coney Island Bell from the old Dreamland Park was raised from the ocean floor by diver Gene Ritter on Sept. 3 after nearly 100 years underwater. The Bell once welcomed visitors arriving at the iron pier of Coney Island’s original Dreamland Park, which was on the site of the New York Aquarium. The park and the pier were destroyed by fire in 1911. The Bell fell into the ocean and survived!

The Dreamland Pier Bell will be on special exhibition Labor Day weekend (Sat-Mon), 1-6 pm and next weekend (Sept 12-13) 2-6 pm at the History Project on Surf Ave under the Cyclone roller coaster. Also on view will be period photos of Dreamland and the Bell. For more info visit

A hose system was set up to keep the Bell constantly wet since it has been underwater for 98 years!. The Bell has its original ringer and people are invited to "Be a Part of History...Ring the Bell!" ($1 donation toward preservation efforts)
Gene Ritter, the diver who found and raised the Bell, is its owner. He brought it to the History Project to be displayed for the next two weekends. Gene is a Coney Island native and diver whose group "Cultural Research Divers" puts on educational programs for school kids at schools, the pier etc.

Beginning today (Sunday), Gene will also have other artifacts found at the Dreamland pier dive site such as bottles, china, lamps etc. on display. Diving equipment will also be on view for people to see or try on.
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