More rides, attractions coming to Coney Island

More rides, attractions coming to Coney Island
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Hold on tight — more rides are coming to Coney Island!

The city is asking amusement-park operators to pitch rides and games for the empty lots between the Cyclone roller coaster and MCU Park — part of a long-running redevelopment plan to expand the amusement area.

It’s another step toward the new Coney Island envisioned under a 2009 rezoning, but officials say they will pick proposals that harken to the area’s glory days as a “publicly-accessible, affordable amusement park, a place for experimentation, innovation, whimsy and surprise.”

A stretch of W. 16th Street between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk could become a concessionaires’ row, while the empty lot between the ballpark and the Thunderbolt roller coaster may become a new thrill-ride hub, according to a request for proposals the city issued on Feb. 6.

Officials are also asking for more entertainment W. 12th Street, W. 15th Street, and Stillwell Avenue between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk.

The city plans to lease the sites for 10 years, and developers would be responsible for repairing roads and infrastructure, as well as operating the amusements, according to the proposal request.

The new attractions should be up and running by summer 2018, the document states.

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