Adam, I'm so glad that you had a chance to finish up your Grand Adventure with a visit to NYC - AND CONEY ISLAND! (And, yes, I too have lived to tell the tale of the scary fun of eating Nathan's raw seafood.)
So much is gone of the 'old' Steeplechase, but at least the "Horse Race" is still running...albeit a little less "wild." Before it was redesigned, it was actually not easy to hold on to - it was so fast and curvy! (You may enjoy this old clip I found of the Steeplechase ride from the '20s. Before my time!!
but it gives an inkling of the thrills that baby boomers could still experience!)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRiwXzgCaVQ
Thanks for all your stories and photos. I totally enjoyed your "Grand European Adventure!"