Deno's Wonder Wheel has always been one of the best and brightest features of NYC's Coney Island. And the Vourderis family who purchased it in 1983 has kept up its worthy reputation of 'highlight of the Ferris Wheel World.' (It's worth the trip to Coney Island even you only have time to take a whirl on one of its 'swinging cars!' The sensation is hard to describe....let's just say, it takes your stomach places where it has rarely been before! (Admittedly, I no doubt looked a LOT LESS GREEN
when I rode it back in university years!!)
I'm really excited to see what Deno can do with that spooky dilapidated little plot. Wishing them soooo much luck at finding developers with imagination! Hope we see some progress (legit plans at least) for the 100th anniversary of the Wonder Wheel!
As for the ZAMPERLA situation (rent increases
), let's just say that NYC has the craziest, most confusing rent history. Local political offices have to fight for their neighborhoods to sustain the places that make each living area historically unique (and keep our Mom&Pop shops). Living prices go from Rent Controlled
(those apts could be crazily low rent homes..ie, as Elissa said, "the 600/mo units." Then comes Rent Stabilized
which allows prices to be raised at a "sorta reasonable amt" every one or two years. (If you've lived in that bldg much of your life tho, your rent can rise slowly but surely close to Market Price (not cheap!). And then there are rental buildings that rent ALL UNITS at Market Price (HIGH!). Commercial rent prices are fast dooming what makes the city "NY-ish!"
Anyway, would like to hear some Theme Park fans' thoughts on the choice of ZAMPERLA to rebuild Coney Island, and if you think they did a good job.....OR are there other companies that you suspect might have taken an even bolder direction. (Seeing some of the inspired, visionary rides offered at many theme parks around the U.S. & world, I sometimes wonder if Zamperla took its innovations far enough (in terms of exciting, imaginative rides - as opposed to The Thunderbolt dud
.) I AM taking into account the limited space they had to work with...but am still left yearning for just a bit more 'magic and ingenuity.'). Thanks for any thoughts you'd like to share!
Alice P.S. Anyone new to NY's Coney Island may be fascinated to see videos of this park over its many many many transitions! Some of the old rides looked amazing. And, of course, there was Steeplechase, the Funny Place (in a class all by itself!)