Coney Island, NYC

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Monday, September 11, 2000 10:34 AM
I heard from a friend (Coastin Steve) that Astroland was having a wristband special good for all the rides including unlimited rides on the Cyclone.

We were going to meet Steve in Jersey since I was scared to drive in the famed NYC traffic. Unfortunately our meeting place was messed up and I had to drive into the city myself with no direction or map with me. I drove into NYC on 278 and wasn't bad driving. About like I-95 in the DC area. We missed the turn we should have takes but after picking up a map at a gas station we found our way to Coney Island.

The first thing we saw as we neared the parks was the old Parachute tower. As we got closer we noticed the first coaster the Thunderbolt. At first I thoght it was the Cyclone but after taking a closer look at the trees and vines surounding it I knew it was the defunct Thunderbolt. We drove down Surf Avenue a bit more then saw the Wonder Wheel. Then lo and behold we aproched Surf Avenue and 10th. There it was the Cyclone! We then went and parked at the Aquarium parking lot next to the Cyclone. $15.75 parking! It did include one admission to the aquaruim but we weren't there to see fish. We made our way to the street. Most of the shops weren't open yet they all had the pull down gates with grafiti closed. I was actually amazed that the queues were grafiti free. It's nothing compared to the grafiti at the average park.

We made our way to the ticket boot and got our wristbands $8.50 each good from noon till 4pm with unlimited Cyclone rides. Normally the wristbands are good for 5 Cyclone rides but this was an unanounced coaster event open to everyone. Shortly the Cyclone opened and we took our first ride.

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It's amazing how tightly the rides are crammed together here. The rides are almost on top of one another and almost touching.

We strolled along thru the 3 parks and made our way to the Jumbo Jet. Once agian not in Astroland so we had to pay. This was $3.50 a ride. not bad similar to a Jet Star but the cars are self powered up the spiraling lift. It's actually a smooth ride even thru the sharp banked turns. Only did it once for the coaster count.

It was time for our friend to feed the parking meter and they parked near the Thunderbolt. It has a very similar layout to the Cyclone except the Tbolt has a hill with a double up. The entire ride is engulfed with weeds, vines and trees poking thru the track. It's just a sad site seing it sit there slowly falling apart. It looks like it would be a cool one to save.

On our way back to the Cyclone we walked along the boardwalk. People were swimming and laying on the beach. People riding bicycles and roller blades along the boardwalk having a good time.

Before the Cyclone we stopped and rode Dante's Inferno. Another dark ride but like I said before I'm spoiled from Knoebels Hanuted Mansion so it wasn't especially good to me. A few sick scenes inside though.

We rode the Cyclone more. It got a little fast since we didn't ride it for an hour or so. Our friends left around 3pm so we said our goodbyes and went back to finish out our time on the Cyclone.After our wristbands expired we made our way to the gift shop and bought a magnet, shirt and several post cards and dropped them off at the car.

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We still didn't eat yet and food is everywhere there. We asked Steve Urbanowicz ACER and GM of Astroland where to eat. He told us to check out the place next to the Cyclone. I got a hot sausage and my girlfriend grabbed a shish-kebob and knaish. All fo $9.00 not too bad. Then before I left I had to get an original hot dog at Nathens. I got one with everything chili and cheese. It was good but we have a hot dog place where I live and i'm used to the dog there so Nathens to me wasn't that good.

By this time it was around 10:30 and we had a long 2 1/2, 3 hour drive ahead of us. On the way out of the city we had to pay a $7.00 to cross the one bridge.

Everyone at Coney Island is laid back compared to other park where you get rude people and stares. It's a totally unique experience and is a must do if your in the area. It was a very fun time and can't wait to go again.

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Monday, September 11, 2000 12:26 PM
I haven't been to Coney Island in a few years. Reading this just confirms that I really need to get back...

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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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