Coney Island businesses lose leases

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Early on Monday, the owners of Shoot the Freak, Ruby’s bar, Coney Island Souvenirs, Gyro Corner, Beer Garden and four other boardwalk operators were informed that their leases would not be renewed. And the operator of the Cyclone roller coaster is also leaving Coney Island.

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delan's avatar

Sucks, but if this means change for the better, then.......

Jerry's avatar

Oh darn... I so wanted to play Shoot the Freak... <Cries>.

CoasterDemon's avatar

^^ Perhaps change for the better - for some. Maybe better for the mainstream - but look what messes the mainstream gets into.

The dollar usually wins out unfortunately (for now anyway).

Raven-Phile's avatar

Oh noes, businesses making money! The horror!

Rihard's avatar

I think the first line of the article sums up how I feel the best. "Sometimes it seems as if some of Coney Island must die so that the historic amusement district can be saved — even if it means the death of Shoot the Freak."

As long as Nathan's is safe, I can live with the change.

- R.A

Tekwardo's avatar

CoasterDemon said:
The dollar usually wins out unfortunately (for now anyway).

Yeah, I'd rather the dollar win out here than to lose Coney all together. It's not exactly been drawing in tons of people until they brought the mainstream operator in. I was there last year, and though I liked the seediness of Coney, it was dying a slow death.

Hate to see these business go, but in the end, I think Coney will be better off for it.

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janfrederick's avatar

They need to put in a "Warriors" dark ride. Yah!!!!

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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