A Lost World: the Grand Hotels on the Ocean in Brooklyn

A trio of opulent Gilded Age Hotels existed parallel to Coney Island’s boom

The Oriental Hotel, on the Atlantic a mile from Coney Island’s parks

More than 100 years after Coney Island — offering to the public its competing amusement parks of Steeplechase, Juno, and Dreamland — earned the nickname of “America’s Playground,” it is still a famous place.