Apr 27, 2007

Top Rides at Astroland, Coney Island


originally uploaded by dubsyuhs.

As many people already know Astroland Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn will close at the end of this year. Astroland originally was a 'space-age' theme park. Today it is a magically journey back to the past. Our memories of childhood fairs are fulfilled among unsafe rides that injure our necks, all in the name of fun. Astroland turned 45 this April Fools day and on November 28, 2006 was sold to Thor Equities for $1.5 billion. According to the article in Newsday, they will continue to operate the Cyclone, the famous wooden roller coaster. People in the neighborhood welcome the change, while people that visit the park each summer are saddened.
Coney Island
Park
will replace Astroland beginning 2011.

One of my favorite video sites Rocketboom shows us a beautiful tribute.

Here is a list of the Top Rides at Astroland. What is your favorite?


2 comments:

Erica said...

DEFINITELY the Cyclone. Been on it about 20 times. Gets better and better every time.

Anonymous said...

$1.5 billion is a gross overstatement fyi. The number is somewhere around $30 million according to several papers which apparently checked the property records.