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!
May 5th, 2005 - Coney Island Redevelopment Proposal - SEE BELOW!
July 20th, 2005 - Historic B&B Carousell up for auction
September 20th, 2005 - Joe Sitt's vision for Coney Island
November 29th, 2006 - Astroland to close after the 2007 season
November 8th, 2007 - NYC unveils their vision for Coney Island
November 18th, 2008 - Municipal Arts Society unveils their vision for Coney Island
December 31st, 2008 - Astroland rides rumored to be going to Sydney Australia
November 11th, 2009 - NYC to buy seven acres of Coney Island for $95.6 Million
Jan 21st, 2010 - Zamperla USA chosen as park operator
Feb 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-Karts
Feb 29th, 2010 - Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Coney Island
April 19th, 2010 - Coney Island Cyclone gets a Twitter account!
May 12th, 2010 - Judge sides with the city in redevelopment case
May 12th, 2010 - New construction photos
May 19th, 2010 - Complete list of rides released
June 23rd, 2010 - Water Slide Beach opening near Steeplechase Pier
September 21st, 2010 - Luna Park extends season to Halloween
November 2nd, 2010 - Zamperla decides which business' will stay or go
January 20th, 2011 - Names announced for Scream Zone coasters
January 21st, 2011 - Zamperla to take over operation of the Cyclone!
March 10th, 2011 - Deal reached with Coney Island 8 for lease extensions
April 16th, 2011 - Scream Zone construction
November 10th, 2011 - B&B Carousell restoration, record crowds & expansions
February 2nd, 2012 - GCI to reprofile Cyclone
February 15th, 2012 - Coney Island hiring for the 2012 Summer season
April 5th, 2012 - 280 feet of Cyclone's track replaced during offseason
September 17th, 2012 - Wonder Wheel boosters oppose new observation tower
November 11th, 2012 - Coney Island after Hurricane Sandy
November 29th, 2012 - Zamperla wins rights to light up the Parachute Jump
December 19th, 2012 - Coney Island businesses set speedy recovery plan
January 20th, 2013 - Water Mania attraction being added to Coney Island
May 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 removed
August 14th, 2013 - Boy escapes from and jumps from Sea Serpent coaster at Deno's
December 19th, 2013 - NYC extends Luna Park lease until 2027, Wonder Wheel Park leases also expected to be renewed
February 20th, 2014 - Coney Island Cyclone Retracking Construction Update!
February 25th, 2014 - Thunderbolt lift hill & trains are being assembled!
March 10th, 2014 - Thunderbolt ground breaking ceremony occurs
May 20th, 2014 - Thunderbolt track work completed
June 15th, 2014 - Thunderbolt opens
December 14, 2015: Thunderbolt, Wonder Wheel and B&B Carousell to be open free of charge New Year's Eve/Day
August 27th, 2016 - mini-golf course (and slick track) built next to ScreamZone
February 7th, 2016 - NYC opening up a few more parcels for amusements
August 23rd, 2018 - Log flume, zip-line, ropes course & more announced!
Here is a link to the article:
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/bro ... c-swapbox1
Shiny, new Coney Island coming soon
May 4, 2005
Coney Island will join the city's legions of all that glitters if draft plans for massive renovations get a final go ahead.
Officials from the Coney Island Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled plans to rejuvenate the iconic seaside destination by revamping its amusement park, boardwalk and aquarium and adding stores, restaurants, movie theaters and arcades.
Artist's renderings of Surf Avenue transform the crumbling roadway from a drab and dumpy highway to a bustling strip draped with flashing neon signs, polished pedestrian walkways and finely manicured landscaping.
The boardwalk is slated for a luxury spa, boutiques and open-air sidewalk cafes. The aquarium is in line for a makeover along with the Children's Restaurant. Plans for a multicultural center are also in the works.
Developers hope the renovation plan, which is still a work in progress slated to be finalized this summer, will help the area evolve from a summer recreation site to a hub of year-round entertainment.
Though some have aired concerns the widespread overhaul could erase the historic flavor of Coney Island, beloved for its grit, grease and oddities, developers say they are keeping neighborhood authenticity in mind.
Renovation plans cover the areas between Neptune Avenue and the ocean and span from W. 37th Street to W. Fifth.
The Coney Island Development Corporation is a 13-member board formed in 2003. The group is comprised of city officials, local and Brooklyn-wide and business and community leaders.
Members of the group, charged with spearheading plans to revitalize the neighborhood, serve two-year terms.
What I find interesting is some of the artists renderings: