coney girl
Saturday, June 7, 2008 2:31:48 AM


Originally posted by shopdude

well all i can say was time well wasted on the beach in coney island glad i get a pay check each week! off to the next spot

hey shopdude, I'm glad you got to see Coney from the top of the Wonder Wheel before they put up a high rise next to it and block the view or move it away!
Amusing the Zillion
A former carny kid casts an insider’s eye on the amusement business, Coney Island, and fun places in between 
coney girl
Saturday, June 7, 2008 2:35:50 AM
here is the text of a flyer being distributed in Coney this weekend by the Save Coney Island Coalition. If anyone wants to repost it in their blog or reprint it for distribution, it's all yours....
It was written because those of us who work in the amusement district are constantly asked by visitors who feel passionately about saving the historic, authentic, one-of-a-kind Coney...Is Thor's plan a done deal? what can we do?

The flyer can be viewed in HTML format here: 

What can I do to help
The Save Coney Island Coalition says yes to revitalizing Coney’s world famous amusement zone!
NO to 26 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 preserving Amusement Zoning in the Amusement District!!
YES to keeping Coney Island the People's Playground- providing accessible Amusements for ALL to enjoy!! 
Learn the truth! Don’t be fooled by the city’s spin on their revised rezoning plan!

Email to join the mailing list for news of upcoming protests, petitions and more! 

Speak out at the public scoping meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 6pm, at Lincoln High School, 2800 Ocean Parkway. Written comments accepted through 5:00 P.M. on Friday July 11, 2008 and may be submitted at the public scoping meeting or sent to Rachel Belsky, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, New York 10038. Attention: Rachel Belsky, Vice-President,, Telephone: (212) 312–3718, Fax: (212) 312–3989

If you are a resident of New York City, write, email, or phone Mayor Bloomberg, City Council President Christine Quinn, and your City Council Member. 

If you are a visitor to Coney Island from outside the city, another state or country, when you get home, send a postcard to Mayor Bloomberg, telling him what you enjoyed about your visit, and why you won’t come back to visit a Coney Island where amusements and authenticity have been zoned out of existence and replaced by generic retail stores, formula restaurants and so-called “entertainment retail.”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Hall, New York, NY 10007
Phone 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
Fax (212) 788-2460, E-MAIL:

Amusing the Zillion
A former carny kid casts an insider’s eye on the amusement business, Coney Island, and fun places in between 
Saturday, June 7, 2008 3:36:12 AM
It is ashame what is happening there. I have been reading about Thor and how he is pushing to redevelop the area. It just amazes me how a company can come in with all kinds of money and start buying properties like crazy. It also is amazing how people fall for it hook, line, and sinker. If there wasn't a big push by the city and public outcry, this company could have easily taken over the entire area. I often question, why did places like Astroland sell to Thor? I think I know the answer but thought I would ask anyway.

Anyway, I guess I may try to head up there this summer. I have never been there but think it would be an interesting place to explore. Anyone know if all the amusements and stuff is open everyday? What about times? Is it open through the week during the day?

Also, if I were to take Amtrak into the city, is there an easy and safe way to get to coney island?

I hope this isn't the last season. I hate to see it go down in history with the other beach resort amusements like the the ones that used to exist there, the Myrtle Beach Pavilion and the Asbury Park Palace. The thing is Coney Island isn't the only beach amusement park in trouble and I am sure it won't be the last.
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