Development plans may change look and feel of Coney Island

September 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Air National Guard Maj. John Klatt takes in the view as he flies over Coney Island in his Extra-300L aerobatic airplane.

That view will certainly change in the coming years, and as the summer season comes to a close, Coney Island faces an uncertain future.

After 46 years, the owner of the famed Astroland amusement park says that the Pirate Ship, Water Flume and other thrill rides have closed for good, casualties of a lease dispute with developer Thor Equities.

Residents, workers and thrill-seekers wait on the city’s ambitious plans to rezone and redevelop the area, plans that promise to dramatically change the sometimes-seedy but much-loved carnival atmosphere New Yorkers have known for decades.

The surf and sand, at least, aren’t going anywhere. Coney Island’s popular public beaches will wait out the winter and be ready for the crowds when warm temperatures return.

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