This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about all the news on Coney Island's Development, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion.
Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!
Nov 11th, 2009 - NYC to buy seven acres of Coney Island for $95.6(See Below)2010Jan 21st, 2010 - Zamperla USA chosen as park operatorFeb 1st, 2010 - New park to be called 'Luna park'Feb 16th, 2010 - Park to have 23 New Rides, Including New Roller Coasters, a Human Sling Shot and Go-KartsFeb 29th, 2010 - Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Coney IslandApril 19th, 2010 - Coney Island Cyclone gets a Twitter account!May 12th, 2010 - Judge sides with the city in redevelopment caseMay 12th, 2010 - New construction photosMay 19th - 2010 Complete list of rides releasedJune 23rd, 2010 - Water Slide Beach opening near Steeplechase PierSeptember 21st, 2010 - Luna Park extends season to HalloweenNovember 2nd, 2010 - Zamperla decides which business' will stay or go2011January 20th, 2011 - Names announced for Scream Zone coastersJanuary 21st, 2011 - Zamperla to take over operation of the Cyclone!March 10th, 2011 - Deal reached with Coney Island 8 for lease extensionsApril 16th, 2011 - Scream Zone constructionNovember 10th, 2011 - Carousel restoration, record crowds & expansions2012February 2nd, 2012 - GCI to reprofile CycloneFebruary 15th, 2012 - Coney Island hiring for the 2012 Summer seasonApril 5th, 2012 - 280 feet of Cyclone's track replaced during offseasonSeptember 17th, 2012 - Wonder Wheel boosters oppose new observation towerNovember 11th, 2012 - Coney Island after Hurricane SandyNovember 29th, 2012 - Zamperla wins rights to light up the Parachute JumpDecember 19th, 2012 - Coney Island businesses set speedy recovery plan2013January 20th, 2013 - Water Mania attraction being added to Coney IslandMay 26th, 2013 - Coney Island Zamperla lease extended thru 2027!May 27th, 2013 - Water Mania splash battle/teacups mashup ride added!June 10th, 2013 - Coney Island Thunderbolt to be "Reborn"June 17th, 2013 - New Coney Island Thunderbolt layout revealed!July 4th, 2013 - Parts of Iconic Astrotower are being removedAugust 14th, 2013 - Boy escapes from and jumps from Sea Serpent coaster at Deno's
After a year of ultimatums, threats and stop-and-go negotiations, the Bloomberg administration has agreed to pay $95.6 million to a developer for seven acres in the heart of Coney Island, in a crucial step forward for its vision of turning the faded and dormant seaside amusement district into a glittering destination reminiscent of its heyday, according to executives on both sides of the negotiations.
The city’s deal with the developer, Joseph J. Sitt, capped a long standoff between the two sides, with each claiming it had the best plan for the revival of the fabled playground, but neither able to bring those plans to fruition in a deadly real estate market.
The city will announce the deal on Thursday, but the reality of a revived Coney Island remains a long way off.
Mr. Sitt began buying land in Coney Island in 2005, promising a modern, Las Vegas-style resort with hotels and condominiums among the rides. Today, much of the land sits vacant. While the Cyclone roller coaster, the Wonder Wheel and Nathan’s hot dog stand remain, the Thunderbolt, Child’s restaurant and even the Astroland amusement park are gone — cleared away for new ventures that were never built.
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