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Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun May 26, 2013 11:36 am

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/city_extends_coney_island_lease_Zx0kFPOnQjp602SEgHgAFJ

The city is tacking on another seven years to its leasing agreement with Coney Island’s amusement operator, saying the seaside area was socked so hard by Superstorm Sandy that the firm deserves the break.

“[Zamperla USA] invested a lot of money after suffering damages from Sandy, so it’s fair to give them more time to recoup their money considering they hired so many people from the neighborhood,” said the area’s city councilman, Domenic Recchia Jr., today.

A City Council subcommittee today backed the plan, which was pitched by the city’s Economic Development Corp.

The full council is expected to ratify the extension at a later date, sources said.

The move will extend the 10-year lease given to Zamperla in 2010 through 2027.

The Italian-based company has opened Luna Park, Scream Zone and many other new attractions on the 6.2 acres of city-owned beachfront land since taking over.

Through the extension, the city will continue to collect $100,000 annually from Zamperla in base rent but will see an increase in its cut of the gross receipts over the added seven years, sources said. The city already collects several hundred thousand dollars annually in gross receipts through Zamperla.

Zamperla isn’t the only amusement operator in Coney Island set to get an extension.

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, which is run by the Vourderis family, sits partly on city-owned land and was also hit hard by Sandy. Under the EDC plan, Deno’s would also get a seven-year extension on its lease for the city-owned property it uses.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon May 27, 2013 5:25 pm

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/coney-island-luna-park-debuts-water-mania-saturday-article-1.1354389

Water Mania, a new ride at Luna Park in Coney Island, is scheduled to open Saturday, May 25, 2013. In this ride, passengers get spun around in circles while trying ti simultaneously fire their water cannons.

Water Mania starts spinning Saturday in Luna Park, giving People’s Playground visitors a chance to get soaked even if they never set foot in the surf.

“You are going to get wet,” said Alberto Zamperla, who runs Luna Park and designed the ride. The amusement is a riff on the famous teacups-style spinning rides — but it’s got a battle royal vibe fitting for the place that gave the world Shoot the Freak.

Four brave Boardwalkgoers will sit in each spinning barrel, each armed with a water cannon.

Rather than forcing riders to manually twirl their cars — a common feature on teacups rides — the spinning on Water Mania is totally automated. That leaves passengers free to focus on more important things: Like blasting other riders with their water guns.

But it’s not as simple as squeezing the trigger.

To prevent a full on monsoon, riders must crank a handle to open fire. With each crank comes a single blast — so accuracy is imperative.

However, aiming carefully is impossible with 48 spinning waterguns letting loose simultaneously.

Just in case there wasn’t enough water flying in air, the designers installed additional water cannons outside the ride for bystanders who want to join in the aquatic battle.
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Postby Jew » Mon May 27, 2013 9:44 pm

Seems like an awesome concept...unless your name is Dan and you are diabetic! :lol:
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:23 pm

Well, this is quite interesting news...

http://www.ny1.com/content/183571/ny1-exclusive--thunderbolt-roller-coaster-to-be-rebuilt-on-coney-island
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Coney Island is getting a jolt of excitement, as NY1 has exclusively learned the legendary Thunderbolt roller coaster is making a comeback.

The new version of the beloved roller coaster will stand 125-feet tall at its highest point and thrill riders at speeds reaching 65 mph.

The city awarded the contract to Central Amusement International, which currently operates Luna Park and Scream Zone.

Sources say the $10 million amusement ride will be built near the historic B-and-B Carousel and the new Steeplechase Plaza in a vacant lot on West 15th Street.

Thrill seekers will have to wait until next summer to ride the lightning.

The original Thunderbolt was a wooden roller coaster built in 1925.

It was immortalized in Woody Allen's 1977 film "Annie Hall," where Allen's character lived just below the coaster as a child.

The original Thunderbolt closed down in 1982 and was demolished in 2000.

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Postby carolinacaniac » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:39 pm

Too bad it is a little skimpy on details of what exactly it is going to be like. The picture makes it kind of seem like it might be a different type of coaster but using the name as a tribute, although that could be totally off base. If it is actually a recreation of the old coaster, that will be really neat to see.

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:40 pm

Yeah, I'm also getting that this will be some sort of steel coaster, just using the same, kind of like "Steeplechase."

Hey, if it brings another coaster to that park, and it's at least somewhat interesting, I'm all for it!

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Postby Koasterking48 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:43 pm

Hmmm, interesting... Question, was the original Thunderbolt a replica of the Cyclone?

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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby deathbydinn » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:45 pm

Well the article lists a height of 125 feet and according to RCDB the original Thunderbolt was only 86 feet, so that at least points to it not being an exact recreation.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby ECZenith » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:46 pm

This is definitely interesting news! It would be cool if it were a steel coaster that followed the same layout of the original.

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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:46 pm

Koasterking48 wrote:Hmmm, interesting... Question, was the original Thunderbolt a replica of the Cyclone?

No, it was a totally different ride.

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