City says Astrotower will be entirely demolished at Coney Island

Posted Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:43 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Luna Park has reopened after a morning of construction sparked by the swaying Astrotower observation tower. City officials said Thursday that the entire Astrotower will eventually be demolished — not just part of the iconic structure, as originally thought by some.

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Friday, July 5, 2013 12:08 AM

At first I thought this was referring to the Parachute Drop tower. Since it isn't, I don't care that much.

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Friday, July 5, 2013 8:45 AM

Yeah, its a rusty mess. Taer it down!!!!!11sin^2(x)+cos^2(x)

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Friday, July 5, 2013 10:33 AM

Well they took the cabin off it, so yeah it's going to sway more. It was designed that way. The cabin, even when it was on the bottom kept the elevator cables taught, which kept the tower itself in check.

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Monday, July 8, 2013 10:07 AM

I agree with bjames. Since it wasn't the parachute tower, tear it down. Letting the rusty tower to an old and out of service - never to be run again observation tower like that stand just makes the park look "junky" (and cheap as in "not wanting to spend the money to take it down properly").

No big or historic loss.

Last edited by SLFAKE, Monday, July 8, 2013 10:08 AM
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Monday, July 8, 2013 10:13 AM

The tower is completely gone now - they finished removal on Saturday morning. All that is left is the foundation.

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Monday, July 8, 2013 10:15 AM

Can someone please get a petition going to at least save the foundation! ;-)

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Monday, July 8, 2013 10:19 AM

OT in a way, but this reminds me of Hersheypark's Kissing tower. Seeing how the Kissing tower is coming up on its 40th year (built in 1975 I think), it makes me wonder... what is the useful life of a steel towers such as these?

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Monday, July 8, 2013 3:27 PM

Ask the people who run the Eiffel Tower :)

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Monday, July 8, 2013 10:20 PM

(RE: Eiffel Tower)

True

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:49 AM

Isn't the Eiffel Tower is totally different kind of structure?

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:49 AM

Properly maintained, a steel structure will outlast all of us. Lack of maintenance is when corrosion begins to take over. Time is the enemy from that point on. Assuming the corrosion hasn't gone to far, most things can still be brought back to life. But, I just don't see the point in this case.

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