The end of Astroland?!

Owner: Ride’s over at Coney Island amusement park
NEW YORK – When reports circulated over the weekend of a last-minute deal to keep Coney Island’s historic Astroland amusement park open for another year, owner Carol Hill Albert was not amused.
Indeed, her tone was bitter as she described plans to close the park Sunday night in lieu of an agreement with the city or with private developer Thor Equities, which have competing plans for the 3-acre Brooklyn site.
“Despite rumors to the contrary, there are absolutely no negotiations going on, and there never were,” said Albert, whose family has owned Astroland for more than four decades.
The park would close permanently, she said. Late Sunday night, visitors were herded out of the park and the lights were shut off for the last time.
The Cyclone, the famous Coney Island roller coaster, and the 150-foot-tall Wonder Wheel, a Ferris wheel, are separately owned and landmarked by the city so they are unaffected by the closing.
News that Sunday would be the last gasp for Dante’s Inferno fun house, 22 other rides and three arcades drew hundreds of nostalgia-minded visitors, including elderly residents of the beach area and families with children who had never ridden on the Tilt-A-Whirl or the Water Flume.
This makes me sad. Astroland is, was, old school amusement park goodness on Coney Island. Even if the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel are still open…the closing of Astroland is the end of an era.