In a few months, you all in New York will have a newly refurbished, freshly painted Volare! In other words, removal of Flying Coaster has now begun and is coming down very fast. The cars were shipped out last month. Shouldn't be long now until we see this rise up at the new park!
A few years ago, city planning commissioner Amanda Burden assured New York that both she and Mayor Bloomberg "love" "Shoot the Freak," that slightly sick carnival game out on Coney Island where visitors shot paintballs at an actual human being. The "freak" himself wasn't really a freak, in the way that the stars of Coney Island's freak shows of yore were truly bizarre — it was really just a guy wearing some pads and, in a move some would complain lessened the thrill of the game, carrying a metal shield. But it took the old target-practice fairground games to a new level: You really were shooting at a person, one who couldn't shoot back. As Brian Moylan at Gawker observes, "New York City is not always an easy place to live, and Shoot the Freak was one of the things that was cruel on the surface ... For a change you were the hunter rather than the hunted." It was also something that was truly ugly — and that was the problem.
It wasn't just that you were shooting a weapon at a human being — it was that the whole setup was really ragged. The "Freak" sometimes gave you a run for your money, weaving and diving, but other times he just waddled out and took it, more pathetic than provocative. The "booth" was actually just a vacant lot filled with various piles of detritus behind which the freak could duck and cover. And the whole thing was covered with messy paint splotches — the colors were of the rainbow, but the effect was of mud.
Now Shoot the Freak is one of nine Coney Island institutions — also including Ruby's Bar and Grill, Cha Cha's Bar, Gregory & Paul's, Grill House, Coney Island Souvenirs, and Gyro Corner — whose leases were not renewed under the new management. Less gritty icons like Nathan's, of course, will stay, as will the Beach Shop. "I'm devastated," Ruby's owner Melody Sarrel told the Post. "[New management Zamperla Rides] wants everything new, but that's not what Coney Island's about — it's about nostalgia. People in the summer love to come in for a drink in their bikinis and bathing suits. It won't be the same when they're told to dress up because it's a 'high-class place.'"
It's probably a stretch to imagine Coney Island will ever be a "high-class place." But the charm of it was that it was so purposefully low-class. With this not-so-subtle whitewashing, that era of freakdom has obviously passed.
Last edited by larrygator on Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:09 pm.
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Carnage wrote:I found the one at Canada's Wonderland to be bad, but bearable.
To me it's just as bad as the SLC Flight Deck/Top Gun. I was so looking forward to the new flying coaster when it was announced but then it ended up being the painful Zamperla Volare. Just the way the "restraint system" is designed I guess. You have no padding and move like crazy especially going into the banked curves. It's definitely not a fun experience. I got the credit, but it ain't on my list to ride again.
^^^Gees, really too bad. Thank God they stopped short at Nathan's though.
Meet “The Coney Island Eight,” a defiant group of longtime business owners who won’t be shoved off the boardwalk without a fight.
The shops, along with a ninth that isn’t fighting, were given a Nov. 15 deadline to vanish by Central Amusement International, the developer overhauling the storied boardwalk.
But the Coney stalwarts have other plans.
“I’ll tell you right, now they’ll be there for a while, longer than they expect,” Marc Aronson, lawyer for the Coney Island Eight, told amNewYork. He plans to meet with the businesses this weekend to form a strategy.
Aronson expects to be in court in December, saying the businesses will stay at least until then unless a deal is reached, which he doesn’t expect. He didn’t say whether they planned to sue then.
Last February the city gave CAI, which operates Luna Park, permission to develop on Coney Island as part of a revitalization plan.
The company didn’t return calls for comment.
Anthony Berlingieri, who owns booted summer favorites Shoot the Freak and Beer Island, has said that CAI asked them to come up with business plans to justify renewals, “even though [parent company] Zamperla already decided to kick them out,” he told the Post.
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