Astroland closes, perhaps for the last time

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007 9:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Astroland completed another season yesterday, but its flashy neon lights may never again brighten the boardwalk. Last November, Carol and Jerome Albert, whose family has owned Astroland since it opened in 1962, sold the property for an undisclosed price to a developer, Thor Equities. The developer plans to erect a new park, hotel, restaurants and time-share units on 10 acres of land between West 10th and West 15th Streets and south of Surf Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood; Astroland occupies about one-third of that area. The Cyclone, the wooden roller coaster, which is part of Astroland, has been an official city landmark since 1988 and therefore is not in danger of being destroyed for the project.

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Monday, September 10, 2007 2:23 PM

The Cyclone, the wooden roller coaster, which is part of Astroland, has been an official city landmark since 1988 and therefore is not in danger of being destroyed for the project.

I wouldn't want to bet. Where developers, money, and local politics are involved, ANYTHING is possible.

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Monday, September 10, 2007 2:47 PM
I would not mind seeing Cyclone stay SBNO as a landmark. She is great to look at, and I am all about preservation. But let me tell you, Cyclone is a killer to ride, I will never, ever, ride that coaster again. It was the only coaster I ever have been on that gave me a mild concussion.
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Monday, September 10, 2007 3:07 PM
I rode it a few years ago and had no problems with it being too rough.

-Tambo

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Monday, September 10, 2007 4:34 PM
James, you must have caught it on a bad day; my wife and I rode it about a month back and she proclaimed it one her favorite rides. It was one of my favorites as well. And my wife despises rough rides.
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Monday, September 10, 2007 5:52 PM
crazy horse's avatar Just rode it a week ago, and had no problems with it.
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