Must-See Coney Island
by nycgo.com staff, 05/14/2014
Steeplechase Plaza. Photo: Julienne Schaer
What's New and What's Ahead
While Coney Island has been New York City's amusement district since the late 19th century, it's always changing—and keeping with the times has paid off. The 2013 summer saw a record number of visitors (3 million) come to the new Luna Park. Last year also saw the unveiling of Steeplechase Plaza, which holds the renovated (though not rideable) Parachute Jump—originally built for the 1939 New York World's Fair and transported to Brooklyn two years later—and the restored B&B Carousell. And this spring, of course, there’s the Thunderbolt roller coaster. Next up for revival: the famed Astroland Park rocket, which was a symbol of the Astroland theme park from its inception in 1962 until its demise in 2008. The rocket initially served as a ride and then just as a beacon before being taken away, but it's now been acquired by the Coney Island History Project. It will be returning to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, with an accompanying exhibition, sometime in the very near future.