Coney Island's Rocket ride saved for new NYC park

Posted Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:16 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A 71-foot-long piece of Coney Island history will be part of a new entertainment complex in development for a boardwalk in New York City, officials announced Wednesday. Carol Hill Albert and Jerry Albert, whose family owned and operated the dismantled Astroland amusement park, donated the Rocket to the city. The 14,000-pound virtual-reality ride to the moon will be in storage until it can be displayed again at the planned 27-acre, year-round park by the boardwalk in Brooklyn.

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Monday, February 2, 2009 10:22 AM

The rocket in question is an ancient Wisdom Astro-Liner.

Was it actually in operating condition? Did it actually operate as a ride? I thought it was just sitting on top of a building, serving as a sign for the park...

(which is, in all honesty, one of the best uses for those things...)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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