Wednesday, February 17, 2010

'Save Coney Island' Likes Coney Plan Announced by City

Yesterday Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and officials unveiled plans for a new amusement park in Coney Island scheduled to open by Memorial Day.

Central Amusement International will lease three City-owned parcels (6.2 acres) for ten years and invest nearly $30 million to build and operate the parks, with rides from Italy-based ride designer and manufacturer, Zamperla.

McBrooklyn received a statement Tuesday from activist group Save Coney Island that praised Zamperla USA for its "exciting vision."

“We congratulate the City for bringing this world-class amusement operator to Coney Island,” said Save Coney Island spokesman Juan Rivero. “We hope the City will build on this success by purchasing additional land to create space for more amusement operators to participate in Coney Island's rebirth.”

This summer, CAI will open “Luna Park at Coney Island,” which will feature 19 rides, and by summer 2011, the “Scream Zone at Coney Island” will provide additional attractions, including two custom roller coasters, a human slingshot ride, and go-karts.

“This is a fantastic first step” Rivero said. “We hope that this exciting vision will challenge the City and everyone to dream bigger dreams of a larger and even more spectacular Coney Island amusement district.”

Photo 1, rendering of Luna Park entrance supplied by NYCEDC.
Photo 2: BP Markowitz, surrounded by (left to right): Mayor Michael Bloomberg, State Senator Diane Savino, Council Member Domenic Recchia and Congressman Jerrold Nadler. Photo by Mark Zustovich

1 comment:

Beyond The Skyline said...

This is such exciting news!!! Hey, just a heads-up that Coney Island Craft Lagers(R) (handcrafted by Shmaltz Brewing Company) is putting out a special summer release called Coney Island Luna Lager(TM).

Luna Lager(TM) commemorates the launch of the new Luna Park 2010, and brings to life a delicious newcomer to their award-winning craft lager lineup for the community to enjoy this summer at America's Playground.

Proceeds from Coney Island Craft Lagers(R) also continue to help Coney Island USA, a 501(c)(3) Arts Non-Profit fulfill its mission to defend the honor of lost forms of American popular culture in Brooklyn's historic Coney Island neighborhood. Coney Island Luna Lager(TM) will be available this summer throughout New York City in 22 oz. bottles and a very limited supply of kegs at specialty shops and select bars.