R.I.P. Albert G. Mangels
Born and raised in Coney Island, he was the last member of the family to oversee the manufacture of amusement rides and shooting galleries at the W.F. Mangels Company, and later, the A.G. Mangels Company.
Established by his grandfather in 1892, the company was an integral part of the historic success of Coney Island and the creation of the modern outdoor amusement industry. At their factory on West 8th Street, and in Bay Shore, N.Y., four generations of Mangels produced such popular attractions as the Whip, the Tickler, and the Wave Pool, as well as shooting galleries, children's rides, and the signature Mangels carousels.
Known for their reliability as well as their artisanship, Mangels rides can still be found in service in Coney Island, at Rye Playland, and across the country. These include the beloved B&B Carousell, recently restored and reopened on the boardwalk, and the shooting gallery currently on exhibit at Coney Island USA.
Even after moving the business to Long Island, Mr. Mangels never forgot his roots. His love for Coney Island was reflected in the stories and reminisces he shared with his children, grandchildren, and anyone else with "sand in their shoes." As a father and a friend, he will always be remembered not only for the amusements that he built, but also for the amusement he shared through his sharp wit and dry humor. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and his children and grandchildren. Loved by all, he will be truly missed.