Coney Island Astroland
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If Stillwell Avenue is the heart of Coney Island, then Astroland is the adrenaline, filling the body of visitors with thrills, excitement, and long-term memories. Astroland is first and foremost, fun. It is a collection of unique amusements, selected and designed exclusively for this place. Like Stillwell, this won’t be a recreation of the old Astroland, Luna Park or Dreamland. This is a new park with an old soul. Everything will be new, shiny, and safe, but also slightly familiar like a good friend’s child who bears a striking resemblance to the old man, but burns with youthful energy and just can’t seem to keep still.
The collection of rides will appeal to a broad audience, from the thrills of a coaster, to the huddle-up chills of a dark ride, to the safe, make-believe flat rides for the little ones. Some of these rides will be totally unique to Coney Island, designed
exclusively for this location. Others will be the next generation of Coney Classics, using state-of-the-art technologies and safety features. What makes this Astroland special, is the sum of its parts and the rich environment in which they are set. The rides will be integrated into a single design vision. This won’t be a gaudy, rag-tag state fair midway comprised of generic, off-the-shelf rides. These rides will belong here and only here.
There are other aspirations to consider for Astroland. There are greenery and water features throughout the location (this is after all, a park). There will be a retractable cover over most of it to extend its operation throughout the year. The cover is in place during the winter and in inclement weather, but Astroland yearns to be outside, so the roof slides away whenever possible. A permanent circus just next door on Surf Avenue exudes its escapist personality throughout the park and provides a visual anchor on the north. The Boardwalk and the beckoning beach are accessible from the opposite side, where Astroland’s rocket shines anew. Hotels, retail, and residential spaces are a necessity that may intersect the area, but this is the amusement center first and foremost, but more importantly, it’s Coney Island’s amusement center, and it takes its responsibility seriously.
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