Does anybody know more about the third ride Luna Park was supposed to get? I remember reading that there would be three new rides this year, and I can't imagine that the "reborn" Thunderbolt would count given it's coming in 2014 and technically isn't in Luna Park proper anyway.
Generational wrote:Oh how I love Coney Island. I did the Shoot the Freak a few times a while back, and it was hilarious fun. Do they still have those fairground-esque rides such as Ring of Fire, etc?
Directly west of Deno's there are still 5-6 rides run by independent operators. Saturn 6 a dark ride bumper cars
I think the Ring of Fire, Zipper and other fairground type flats used to be where Scream Zone now stands.
Damn, that's a shame, actually. The fairground flats gave it a little more character from my point of view. My brother and I went on the Ring of Fire once and the Ride OP held us upside down for at least 15-20 seconds. I thought, for a split second, that calamity would strike. Good times.
A great video popped up on YouTube that really helps put the removal of the Astrotower into perspective. The video summary also provides some great information about the history of the Astrotower and how Coney Island might not exist the way it is today if it weren't for the Astrotower being built.
Coney Island's Astrotower was much more than an amusement ride. It served as a symbol of hope. To those of us living in Coney Island in the early 1960s, the tower represented the future of Coney Island, a sign that the neighborhood would survive the city's urban renewal schemes.
At that time, most of the neighborhood was slated for demolition, and former amusement sites were being converted to housing. Venerable Steeplechase Park closed down the same year that the tower went up. The Albert family took a huge personal risk when they built Astroland and the Astrotower. When the tower was completed in 1964, Coney Island had a bright new landmark proclaiming that the amusement zone would not be wiped away.
The tower was never a thrill ride. It provided an overview, an aerial perspective on Coney Island. The Astrotower was not an ornate or baroque tower like the ones at Dreamland and the old Luna. It was a utilitarian structure, much like Coney's first tall attraction, the 300-foot Iron Tower, built in the 1870s to resemble a giant oil rig. The Astrotower had idiosyncrasies: it liked to sing and dance, to sway in the wind as the cables hummed a mournful tune. This proved to be its undoing.
Back in the 1970s, when the iconic Parachute Jump was a rusting abandoned relic, there were constant calls for its demolition. But it survived its critics and is now restored as the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn. The Astrotower would not be so lucky.
When the Coney Island History Project exhibit center opened below the Cyclone in 2007, I got to know the Astrotower's longtime caretaker, Frank Pugliesi. On Sunday mornings I'd accompany him to the top while he did the weekly maintenance. Frank was an elevator mechanic, and he kept the tower in top shape. The motor room atop the tower looked like new, always clean and freshly painted in bright colors.
Toward the end, some saw the Astrotower as a relic, a leftover that did not belong in the "new" Coney Island. But the truth is that there might not have been a Coney Island for latest regime to "rescue" if not for the enormous personal investment made by the Albert family in the early 1960s. The tower was a lasting reminder of the optimism that investment represented.
There was a recent plan to decorate the tower with pinwheels and lights, in sync with the new lighting on the Parachute Jump. It would have been beautifully repurposed. But it was not to be, and the Astrotower joins Coney's towers of the past, a page in history. The tower went out in a dramatic fashion on the Fourth of July weekend 2013 in a fog of hysteria, false rumors, and conflicting reports. It was condemned and cut into pieces and unceremoniously hauled off to a junkyard. Was Hurricane Sandy to blame, or the removal of the observation car and counterweights that always kept it balanced? Or was the tower just trying to escape, its mission accomplished?
The Astrotower will be hard to replace, but another symbol of optimism is waiting in the wings. Now is the time to bring back the Astroland Rocket!
Not as tragic as what happened at SFoT, but it appears a child wiggled his way under the lap bar on the Sea Serpent and Deno's Wonderland and jumped out of the car. Sounds like it was only a minor injury, but reminiscent of the tragic accidents that happened at Rye Playland a few years back.
Boy Hurt While Trying to Crawl Out of Kiddie Roller Coaster at Coney Island
A child was injured when he tried to get out of a kiddie roller coaster before it came to stop at Coney Island Wednesday, authorities say.
The 5-year-old boy was on the Serpent coaster at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, amusement park officials said. He crawled underneath the lap-retaining bar and jumped off the ride before it stopped.
The boy, who met the height requirement for the ride, was treated for a large cut to his left leg.
"The ride is an inspected approved ride and there has never been an incident before in its15-year history here at Coney," said Dennis Vourderis, Deno's vice president. "We are checking the lap bar of the car the young man rode tonight as well."
Deno's is a small amusement park at West 12th Street and the boardwalk featuring mostly children's and family rides.
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Some articles make it sound even worse saying he had bad cuts on his head and was unconscious for awhile.
I believe this is a standard Miler which makes me wonder how he climbed under as it has the bar and belt attached to the bar. If he was so scared why did they put him on alone!?!? Parents are allowed to ride with their children on this ride. Ugh, it just annoys me!
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