NYC negotiating to buy Astroland property

Posted Monday, November 24, 2008 11:30 AM | Contributed by beast7369

The Bloomberg administration is in serious negotiations to buy 10.5 acres of real estate in Coney Island, a move that would save both Astroland Park and the mayor's plans to revive the slumping seaside amusement district, The Post has learned. Developer Joe Sitt is ready to give up his controversial plan to build a $1.5 billion Vegas-style entertainment complex.

Read more from The New York Post and The New York Times.

Monday, November 24, 2008 3:09 PM

Well, if the city f NYC takes over, could we see a stock-market theamed drop tower?

Monday, November 24, 2008 3:55 PM

^ I think we've had enough excitement watching the real one drop.

Monday, November 24, 2008 4:03 PM

Now there's an idea, off-topic though it may be; for New Year's Eve, NYC can get the Wall St. Journal (published by Dow Jones & Co.) to sponsor the annual time-ball... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Monday, November 24, 2008 4:05 PM

^Every second from 10 to zero, they launch a CEO from a bailed-out company off the top of the apple-ball... :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 1:21 AM

^ Only if we strap fireworks to him.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:12 PM

Well I hope they keep it open. The wife and I plan on going to NY next summer and I so want to go there. Always have wanted to. Such history there. Would be a shame to see it go.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:36 PM

Well even if they don't, you can still go to Coney Island and you can still ride Cyclone. There are plenty of amusements there that weren't apart of Astroland.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:41 PM

Question is, how is the ride sale going, and would the City of New York consider buying the rides now for sale from Astroland?

Or would it make more sense to start over with the site?

If I am not mistaken, if this deal goes through, won't that make the Cyclone, Astroland, Wonder Wheel Park, and that big half-empty lot full of rides that ends down by the Saturn VI and the Parachute Tower all one big tract of City land except for the Wonder Wheel itself? That could be a pretty amazing opportunity to unify the amusement area into a single operation.

One of the annoying things about seaside amusement areas is that you don't just have to have the right number of tickets, you have to have tickets from the right operator.....

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 2:49 PM

I honestly wouldn't mind seeing Astroland give way to a more elaborate amusement park, something along the lines of what Coney Island used to be known for with places like Luna Park and Steeplechase. Keep the Cyclone and get rid of everything else in between ther coaster and Deno's. I enjoyed Astroland's Breakdance and Dante's Inferno rides but the park wasn't anything special. I reckon the only reason people loved it so much was because it was pretty much the only major park on Coney Island after the closing and demolition of Steeplechase.

How about a more elaborate version of Lost Kennywood? I'm thinking a courtyard area with classy architecture with bright lights that sits in the middle of a few major attractions and some smaller rides. There is so much Coney Island history to draw from while still creating something looking towards the future.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 4:27 PM

Damn socialist republican mayor! ;)


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