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Coney Island's Astroland Takes Its Final Shot at the Freak

Coney Island's Astroland Takes Its Final Shot at the Freak

A New York establishment, Astroland Amusement Park on Coney Island's boardwalk, closed its doors Sunday, after 46-years of amusing visitors. Since landowner Thor Equities decided not to renew the lease with the park owner, 300 park workers will be out of work after they dismantle the rides.

Not all is lost — the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel rides have been spared, thanks to their independent ownership and landmark status. And Thor Equities has plans to bring new rides by next summer.

Since we all know the children matter most, it's a shame to hear that the news of the closure on Coney upset the local kids, as well as nostalgic adults. A seventh-grade teacher at a Brooklyn school explained that the kids greeted the news with disappointed curiosity. Ms. Simonson said:

They were upset and confused that the rides they'd spent childhood summers on would no longer exist. I reassured them that some elements of Astroland would still remain, but I also understood their disillusionment. They don't get all of the politics and profits behind the changes — to them, it just seems like strange people are going to march into the park and knock things down.

Are cities losing their character to progress and profit, or is it time for modern and financially sustainable institutions of fun?


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pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
I'm soo sad :'( I grew up on Coney Island. It sucks if I can't bring my future family there.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I always wanted to go there :( This is a bummer.
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
I love New York too, and I've never been there. But for someone like me when most of the stories you hear are bad, and the movies and TV programs you see about it portray it as bad, it doesn't give it a good rep. LOL Change that would ya? Sex and the City was a good change, it showed the fun of New York. I think that's when I started loving New York myself. My husband and I want to spend Christmas there one year.
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
o okwell I did grow up around violence which isnt helping the case lol but I love my New York
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
o ok well I did grow up around violence which isnt helping the case lol but I love my New York
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
o ok well I did grow up around violence which isnt helping the case lol but I love my New York
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
No one's talking crap Marni, I said I hadn't been there and that was my "impression" which I hope will change when I get there.
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
hey stop talking crap about my hometownthankssssssssssss
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
hey stop talking crap about my hometown thankssssssssssss
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
hey stop talking crap about my hometown thankssssssssssss
Gluu Gluu 7 years
I've seen CSI kits for kids in toy stores. Maybe they can maybe searching for bodies an attraction?
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
raci, isn't THAT New York too? LMAO Sorry, that was mean. I don't live there, have never been there, but the impression I get is that while it's fun and full of Culture, New York is a dirty, seedy city full of murder and mayhem. I hope I'm wrong, and one day I will go and see for myself.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
The last time I was there in 2006, and I'm not kidding, the police were looking for a body off the beach. Boats, SCUBA divers, and a helicopter.
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
THIS is the sort of thing Donald Trump should put his money into. I mean, he claims to love NY right? Well Coney Island IS New York. I know that and I've NEVER been to NY. He should buy the property, appoint a committee and then leave it alone for the committee to run in New Yorks best interest. This is one of the Icons of New York that should never go away. It's like the Space Needle in Seattle. It's not seattle without it!
melizzle melizzle 7 years
Nooooo!!!! :(
melizzle melizzle 7 years
Nooooo!!!! :(
fantome14 fantome14 7 years
The Wonder Wheel is in a separate amusement park, which I believe is not closing.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I grew up going to Cedar Point. I think it's a pretty safe bet that that won't be closing any time soon.A lot of parks have been closing down for quite some time now, though. There were several parks in NE Ohio that closed between the time my parents were teenagers and the time I was born.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I grew up going to Cedar Point. I think it's a pretty safe bet that that won't be closing any time soon. A lot of parks have been closing down for quite some time now, though. There were several parks in NE Ohio that closed between the time my parents were teenagers and the time I was born.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
in a time when money and sustainability is the bottom line, you can't say that you didn't see this coming. i think that we're all into nostalgia to some extent and we want things from our childhood to be around for us to share with our kids -but remember that the next generation of kids are a bit more savvy and they want to see new/shiny/techonologically advanced things and unfortunately some of the old rides suffer. it's like the town 'SOUTH OF THE BORDER' as you're driving on 95 up or down the coast. back when it opened it was the greatest thing and now it's a ghost town - same for Michael Jackson's place. it's a sign of the times that kids now want different things. i do think that the age of franchise and things of that nature is taking over -but i guess if the revenue is there - then that's what the park/property owners want.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
in a time when money and sustainability is the bottom line, you can't say that you didn't see this coming. i think that we're all into nostalgia to some extent and we want things from our childhood to be around for us to share with our kids -but remember that the next generation of kids are a bit more savvy and they want to see new/shiny/techonologically advanced things and unfortunately some of the old rides suffer. it's like the town 'SOUTH OF THE BORDER' as you're driving on 95 up or down the coast. back when it opened it was the greatest thing and now it's a ghost town - same for Michael Jackson's place. it's a sign of the times that kids now want different things. i do think that the age of franchise and things of that nature is taking over -but i guess if the revenue is there - then that's what the park/property owners want.
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
OMG I read about this yesterday and wanted to cry!!!It was the last stop on my D Train :(my grandpa always used to say.."next stop coney island" :(this seriously sucks
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
OMG I read about this yesterday and wanted to cry!!! It was the last stop on my D Train :( my grandpa always used to say.."next stop coney island" :( this seriously sucks
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
My mom grew up going to coney island, and used to show us boxes of pictures of all the rides, It's definitely a landmark and I am glad they are saving some of it. Why are they closing? No business?
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