As some have been saying all winter, this is the swan song for Astroland. If you have never been there, get your trip plans together. There is no fear of losing the Cyclone credit, Mom isn't going anywhere, neither is the Parachute Jump or Denos Wheel.
If you have never done a Breakdance on steroids or a Top Spin over the top or any ride worth its weight in gold, you need to get to Coney this summer before it is gone. A new Coney is being built and Astroland and many other properties are not invited to the dance. What the new Coney will be like is anyones guess,but we know what Coney was like. We can only hope we don't long for the old days.
This is how the local ABC Station reminded everyone that now is the end and we should get out there or lose the chance to say good bye in a very sentimental way.
Actually, your better off going to Hoboken and catching the train or even PATH from Harrison or Hoboken. All good. You can even catch a Bus from any of the cities across the Hudson from the City and just go downstairs at the Port Authority and catch a subway.
Just make sure you find a parking lot because most spaces in these towns have parking meters, but the NY Subway is extremely easy to get and the closer your car is to the city, the faster you can get out.
Although, I still feel the best way in and out is by car.
Acoustic Viscosity said: I used to be reluctant to considering drving to Coney, but after going with Ed and Kyle last year, I don't think it's that bad at all.
It's not. My girfriend and I managed to make it there blindly. We were in Manhattan (took a bus from Jersey) and just went to the nearest subway station. It looked like the Q train ran to Coney Island, so we got on. It did.
I'm pretty sure that NYC public transit is mostly idiot-proof.
It's funny how everyone is going on about how Astroland is closing, but that plot of land that makes up the 'Coney Island' amusement park has changed so much since it was first developed into the hotels along the beach in the 1860s and then into Luna, Steeplechase, and Dreamland. I wish some of those were still around today, that was the original Coney Island.
The new plans for the amusement park look interesting (with the possibility of them adding two new coasters). Plus it looks like it could continue the big, overextravagent look of the area which started which which was what Dreamland pretty much was. What Coney Island is now is a different slice of life that you'd be hardpressed to find elsewhere, but I guess it will maintain some of that feeling, since the Nathan's isn't going anywhere. :)
You guys and your Nathans, the place sucks. You can get a Nathans at any mall or along the highway, it just isn't what it was. The places to go are the small stands like Gregory and Pauls right across from the entrance to the Cyclone. Those are the true Coney Food stands. Yes we will lose those little places.
Sorry about the misunderstanding, there are free restroom facilities on the beach, I didn't mean use the beach :)
Will anything but Condos appear in the future? Depends on how much money passes hands, I personally don't trust any developer.
Taking the subway to Coney is easy. I think it took me about 50 minutes from Penn Station in '99. I was saying I was reluctant to drive there, feeling the subway was the way to go, but driving there isn't bad. *** Edited 6/4/2007 2:20:18 AM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***