Come one, come all to the McKane Family Circus, a place of mystery, excitement, and (mostly) death-defying acts! It’s 1890, and Steeplechase's wide grin is stilling smiling down on Coney Island, home to the largest amusement park in America. The beachfront den of debauchery is home to three competing major amusement parks—Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park. It’s the great equalizer, drawing in millions of hapless thrill seekers from all social classes looking to escape the summer heat. However, crime and corruption abound, and violence from underground prizefighting rings has started to spillover into the rest of the park.

Things are getting sticky, and it’s not just the cotton candy.

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Photos courtesy Omar Radwan.