Astroland reluctantly prepares for its last season

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Workers at Coney Island's Astroland did over the weekend what they do every spring: clean up the ticket booths and prepare the rides for the April 1 opening. This year was different in that the opening will be the last of the annual rituals at Coney Island's only remaining true amusement park. A developer, Thor Equities, founded by Joseph Sitt, intends to shut it down in the fall to make room for a total overhaul of the area. The owner of Astroland, Carol Hill Albert, who also owns the Cyclone roller coaster, sold the site to Thor in the fall for $30 million, property records indicate, a deal she said she was reluctant to make. "I couldn't risk going out of business," she said, contending that years of anticipated construction on Thor's property presented a large obstacle.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007 4:52 PM
OK, whats the deal with CYCLONE ownership? I thought the City owned it and leased it to a operator?


Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:16 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar I'm guessing that's just an error in the article.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 12:59 AM
Does anyone know what will happen to this park? Will it ever reopen, or is it just under new ownership?
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:18 AM
Jeff's avatar Click the Astroland link for more stories.

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