Astroland will likely give its last rides this week

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 10:34 AM | Contributed by Jeff

It's been a roller-coaster year for the owner of Coney Island's Astroland amusement park. Carol Albert sold the venerable attraction last November to a developer and braced for a long, difficult goodbye. But then talks started to bring the park and its 370 employees back for one more year. Hopes were raised, then dashed. Now, with Astroland possibly wrapping up its last Labor Day weekend after 45 years on the boardwalk — the season ends Sept. 9 — Albert is hoping for a last-minute deal to resurrect its bumper cars and the 275-foot Astrotower for 2008.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 11:18 AM
I do not know Carol personally, but in my opinion, she wants someone to put the bullet in the gun. They are tired. They want out. Now they have to buck up to play with the new landlords.

The property's price inflated when the developement talks started. The sale alledgedly went through, and of course, new owners need to recoup their mortgage payments, and $180,000 will not equate to interest on $100,000,000. I wish I could stretch a buck like that.

Out with THOR, then only the Cyclone and Bowery for a few seasons, then in with Tivoli. Maybe.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 12:49 PM
If she didn't want to close the park, then why did she sell the land...?
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 1:58 PM
Good thing I visited Coney Island on a whim during my NYC trip last week.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 2:01 PM
Was very lucky to get my first visit in a couple weeks ago. I'll be sad to see it go.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 2:53 PM
Isn't the Coney Island Cyclone on the national register of Historic Places?
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 4:01 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coney_Island_Cyclone

06/13/1991 it was named an NYC Historic Landmark
06/25/1991 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 5:10 PM
The Cyclone site is a separate deeded plot of land. Its not affected.
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