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City inks $95.6M deal on Coney Island for new amusements, eyes May opening


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The city has struck a deal to buy 7 acres of Coney Island from a controversial developer, ending a ride that was bumpier than the Cyclone and paving the way for glittering new attractions.

 

Shooting for a Memorial Day opening, officials are heading to a Las Vegas convention to look for an operator to run a temporary amusement park.

 

Dick Zigun, unofficial "mayor" of Coney, hailed the deal - to be announced on Thursday - and suggested some new rides.

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/real_estate/2009/11/12/2009-11-12_funs_back_in_coney_city_inks_956m_deal_on_land_for_new_amusements_eyes_may_openi.html#ixzz0WeO6B9Oj

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I hope they keep the old style charm. The last thing this needs to become is another Six Flags with sterile politically correct entertainment and skyrocketing prices. I need somewhere to go to play old style classic games like Skee Ball, Shoot the Freak, shooting gallery, and where there's a carnival like atmosphere. Plus it's been one of my favorite places to take girls over the years because it's cool being able to win them a stuffed animal or something from one game, instead of one of those places where you have to collect an obscene number of tickets just to get the smallest prizes.

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Such good news! Coney Island has so much history and tradition and needs to be preserved. Coney Island feels so desolate there over the past five years, and that needs to be drastically changed to attract more people. Hopefully, this new deal will help revitalize the community.

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