February 2nd, 2009
They tore down Astroland this weekend. The lease was up on Saturday, and the owners were tasked with removing everything off the property.
The Cyclone will ride on, protected as it is by its Historic Landmark status. It will just operate next to an empty lot. Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, Astroland's next-door neighbor, will open this season, as will Ruby's, the restaurant on the boardwalk. That's the good news.
The Astroland Tower remains standing and probably will until someone ponies up the money to either restore or demolish it. It is unlikely that Thor Equities, which owns the Astroland site and forced the park out, will demolish the tower any time due to the costs involved. That's one of the reasons why the old Thunderbolt roller coaster stayed around for as long as it did, mind you. It was just too expensive to demolish unless you're Rudy Guiliani.
The Astroland Rocket was removed intact and is going to a new location. The Flume still stands, but you can bet that'll go too.
Everything else in Astroland, though, is gone. Thor Equities is the new Robert Moses, and I don't mean that in any positive way at all. There's nothing positive I can say about Thor, except that I'm positive they're a bunch of crooks. To hell with them all and may Joe Sitt lead the way.
I think that there has never been a better name for an amusement park than Astroland. What a shame.
|Date:||February 2nd, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Calling Thor the new Robert Moses is far too flattering -- at least Moses got stuff built. Thor hasn't made anything except a bunch of empty lots.
You've got a point. Robert Moses never would have made vacant lots out of any neighborhood just to sit back and dub them "the future." But when it comes to ideologically stomping all over Coney Island, Thor Equities and Moses are marching arm-in-arm in front of the bulldozers.
Edited at 2009-02-02 07:51 pm (UTC)
So, Thor Equities isn't going to be making much money sitting on empty lots. Are there any reasonable conjectures as to their actual plans?
my brother is the spokesman for Thor :\
There's no way this ain't awkward right now.
I think the best thing I can say right now is I'm sorry if I have trod on toes and hurt your feelings. I think the other best thing I can say is that I hope your brother and those he represents approach this whole redevelopment issue with as much passion and conviction as those who are on the dissenting side. Cause the worst possible thing in my mind would be to see Coney Island being redeveloped by people who in the end just didn't give a fuck.
haha turns out he actually doesn't represent them anymore. he stopped working for them a year and a half ago, i just don't take a vested interest in my family members' lives. whoops :P