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To The Editor:

I was at Coney Island recently. It was a beautiful day, and the rides were all going strong. There was a big crowd at Astroland because people had heard that it was to be the last day for the rides.

It hurts me to think that wonderful Astroland must go. It’s a historic site, full of charm and happy memories. Building it up as a commercial space would be tragic for New Yorkers and Brooklynites who cherish this spot, as well as for our children, and our children’s children.

We of the Brooklyn community say:

Please see that Coney Island’s world famous Amusement District will be revitalized rather than totally destroyed.

No to new high-rises of up to 30 stories each in the current amusement district.

No to retail, malls or ‘Entertainm­ent Retail’ in the amusement district.

No to shrinkage of the Amusement District from 61 acres to 9 acres.

Yes to lucrative amusement jobs for our community.

Yes to keeping Coney Island the people’s playground, providing accessible amusements for all to enjoy.

We need your support. All of us will benefit by keeping this place of art and magic alive.

Mail your letters to the following three people: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; City Hall; New York, NY 10007; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; 224 West 30th Street, Suite 1206; New York, NY 10001; and Councilmember Dominic Recchia; 445 Neptune Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11224.

Ruth Campbell

Kensington

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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