Coney Island will have 23 new rides

Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 23 new rides are part of a plan to revive Brooklyn's historic but mostly dormant Coney Island amusement park.

Read more from AP via Crain's New York.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:55 AM

Year-round? Was Astroland year-round?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:24 PM

No, it was not. But if I recall correctly the year-round portion is planned to be indoors.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:32 PM

Like Steeplechase? Cool!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:34 PM

One can hope. And with these new rides going into an area called Luna Park maybe resurrecting the old Steeplechase name isn't far-fetched!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:41 PM

Ooohhh...hopefully with LOTS of LED lights too. :)

Edit: Nice avatar!

Last edited by janfrederick, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:41 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:26 PM

Thanks Eric. Gonch made it for me after I admired his. Avatar, I mean...on another site. matter how I say it that sounds dirty, lol.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 5:12 PM

Betty White loved me first!

And I wish that was as dirty as it sounds. :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:41 PM

As do do I.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:47 PM

Hi all,

FYI, for those who haven't found them yet, the press release and renderings are here, with considerably more detail than the linked article:

I found the renderings a little confusing, but it gives you a sense of the rides, anyway. Cool looking gate that obviously recalls the original Luna.

Also, the press release refers to Deno's Wonder Wheel being on city-owned property - I had thought it was privately owned and the street map implies as such.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:54 PM

Deno's owns the lower portion of their property (where the Wonder Wheel, Spookarama, Thunderbolt, and drop tower are) - they have a lease on the upper deck (formerly Ward's Kiddyland) for another 10 year with a renewal clause built in. The city bought the land from the Ward's trust early last year after Sitt was threatening to take it.

For all the continued hype about a year-round Coney - I don't buy it - it's simply too far away for the tourists in the winter and too harsh weather-wise. I can hope for an extended season going through to Halloween, but Coney in January is brutal (been out twice last month and once this month).

Last edited by jimvid, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:55 PM

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