Coney Island

December, 2008

Another Coney dream

Editorial: Our editorial board is skeptical of a Municipal Art Society scheme for Coney Island. Comments (3)

Abandoned ship

Coney Island: It’s a race against time to save two iconic structures from the recently closed Astroland park in Coney Island. Comments (6)

November, 2008

City opens checkbook for Coney

Coney Island: The city has budgeted $200 million in taxpayer money to buy privately held land and make other improvements in Coney Island as part of its turnaround plan for down-on-its-luck neighborhood. Comments (2)

Coney Sitt down: City moves to buy out Joe

Coney Island: The city is moving forward with a controversial plan to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to buy out Coney Island’s principal landowner and end a years-long standoff to control the amusement area’s destiny. Comments (4)

October, 2008

City buys a key Coney parcel

Coney Island: The city won a key battle in the block-by-block war for the future of Coney Island by buying a parcel of land once coveted by Mayor Bloomberg’s bitter rival. Comments (2)

Bloomy’s Coney baloney

Editorial: Our editorial board says that Mayor Bloomberg’s scheme to rezone Coney Island is actually an end run around the community. Comments (14)

September, 2008

Ride on!

Coney Island: Astroland owner Carol Albert is selling 20 rides on the Web site If you want to recreate the Space Age–themed playland, you can buy them all for $1.847 million, or, choose individual rides. Here’s some of what’s available. Comment

Goodbye Astroland — or maybe not?

Coney Island: Coney Island’s beloved Astroland amusement park closed on Sunday — apparently for good, despite a last-ditch city effort to eke out another year for the 46-year-old carnival. Comments (1)

Astroland is truly dead

Coney Island: Astroland will close for good on Sunday. Comments (9)

‘Red’ alert

Coney Island: Coney Island Sideshow star Insectavora to release a new DVD. And she’s singing? Comment

August, 2008

All about Coney

Coney Island: Filmmaker Joanna Lipper screens her remake of the classic Coney Island film “Little Fugitive” at the Coney Island Museum on Aug. 30. Comment

Astroland owner left to sit and spin

Coney Island: Coney Island’s historic Astroland will close up for the season in just over a month — and when it does, it may be closing for good. Comments (6)

‘Future’ fun

Coney Island: This weekend, more than 500 visitors came out for the opening of the Coney Island History Project’s latest show, “The Astroland Archives Photography Exhibit: Back to the Future.” Comment

July, 2008

Coney does Disney?

Coney Island: The state of Coney Island is not strong, one of its most vocal boosters said this week. Comments (10)

Summer of fizzle

Coney Island: Coney Island’s “Summer of Hope” has gone from sizzler to fizzler. Comments (3)

June, 2008

Freak show! City’s Coney plan is dissed by locals

Coney Island: The city’s controversial plan to redevelop Coney Island with new rides, attraction, hotels and housing got a dressing-down during a boisterous public meeting on Tuesday. Comment

February, 2008

Marty: Pimp my ride!

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz is so under-whelmed by the $1.45 million his office spent to light up Coney Island’s landmark Parachute Jump that he has convinced the mayor to toss in another in another $2 million toward “blinging up” the long-defunct amusement park ride. Comments (2)

May, 2008

Crony Island!

Coney Island: Residents and fans of Brooklyn’s beloved “People’s Playground” have a new name for their seaside amusement zone — Crony Island. Neighborhood groups and individuals say Mayor Bloomberg betrayed them when the city reduced the size of a planned city-owned amusement park in order to win over holdout local landowners, principally Joe Sitt of Thor Equities, who do not want to sell their land. Comments (1)

June, 2008

If you can’t beat ’em, quit ’em

Coney Island: The most outspoken critic of the city’s plan to transform Coney Island from a seasonal, independent amusement area into a corporate-run, year-round pleasure zone has resigned in protest from the city agency guiding the redevelopment process. Comment

February, 2008

Marty: Let us run the Aquarium

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz says it’s time for the beleaguered New York Aquarium to swim with the big fish — and that means allowing Brooklynites to control its board. Comment

June, 2008

Mermaids on parade!

Coney Island: Our photographer brings you all the color — and titillation — of this year’s Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Comment

May, 2008

At Coney, Sitt’s audacity of ‘Hope’

Coney Island: Developer Joe Sitt is bringing new rides and attractions to Coney Island and has rechristened the next three months the “Summer of Hope” for the beleaguered amusement district. Opponents, however, say Sitt represents a “Future of Nope” for the fabled “People’s Playground.” Comment

April, 2008

City to Thor: Take Coney plan or leave it

Coney Island: City officials say their revised vision for Coney Island, which includes new attractions, hotels and retail alongside a downsized amusement park, must win over skeptical elected officials and private landowners — or else. Comments (2)

A good Coney compromise

Editorial: The future of Coney Island looks brighter than ever, thanks to a deal between the city and Joe Sitt — an agreement that The Paper long advocated. Comment

June, 2008

Coney’s re-zonie baloney: Foes find common ground over city’s land grab plan

Coney Island: The fight for the soul of Coney Island begins for real next week when supporters of independent amusement operators and the neighborhood’s private developers battle a city plan to buy up land and create a new and expanded amusement area that the mayor believes will save the faded “People’s Playground.” Comments (1)

January, 2008

Kruger booed at Coney hearing

Coney Island: A principal opponent of the city’s plan to revitalize Coney Island was booed down at a public meeting on Monday night, prompting city officials to cut off the blustery politician mid-speech. Comments (3)

March, 2008

Coney Island opens!

Coney Island: The weather was still gloomy, but Coney Island’s Astroland and Wonder Wheel parks opened on Sunday. Here are our exclusive pictures. Comments (1)

Coney Island rides again!

Coney Island: Amusement operators will unleash the Cyclone and whirl the Wonder Wheel nearly a month early for what may well be the last summer on Coney Island as we know it. Comment

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