Here’s a thing you guys may not know about Deno’s Wonder Wheel: Some of the baskets are stationary, and some swing freely with the motion of the wheel. You’re allowed to choose what you want to go up in, and the view from the stationary ones is lovely, but there’s something really special about the swinging of the inner baskets. Its like riding the (wooden) cyclone. Its safe, except when it isn’t, and that’s the fun. Its the magic of Brooklyn and the real magic of Coney Island. Oh, they can take away Shoot The Freak (a game where you shoot paint balls at a man for money) and replace it with snazzy new rides, but they will never scrape the dirt out of our hearts.