From Tricia who works at Coney Island: "Coney's four NYC landmarks are the Cyclone Roller Coaster and wonder Wheel (both operating rides), the Parachute Jump, and the Childs Building on the Boardwalk (home of Lola Staar's Dreamland Roller Rink. Deno's Wonder Wheel Park has a long lease and will be back for the foreseeable future as will the CIUSA sideshow). More interim amusements will be brought in next year. Despite the passage of the flawed rezoning plan in the City Council, efforts to landmark historic structures and expand the area of outdoor amusements will continue. Groups like Save Coney Island,Coney Island USA and the Coney Island History Project need your support."
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Save Coney Island !
As Vanishing New York (and others) has reported with sadness and reflection, the Coney Island that was -- Astroland, the wooden rollercoaster, architectural glimpses of the 20s to the 50s that seem frozen in time -- will soon be gone as NYC's city council has approved a plan that will raze most of this country's original amusement park for "America's largest urban amusement park, about 4,500 new apartments and a bunch of major retail establishments (New York Post)." Ka-ching! So let's look back at the beautiful Coney that was ...probably for the last time. None of these structures are landmarked (save the parachute jump, I think), though they figure prominently in the dreams and memories of millions of New Yorkers.