Coney Island’s Astroland will have its last day this Sunday. Then it’s over for the iconic amusement park, according to reports out this afternoon. A deal couldn’t be reached by 1 p.m. today between Astroland’s operator and its landlord Joseph Sitt, who has big plans for the area (if the city doesn’t get its way first).
Here’s the Post‘s take. Here’s an emailed statement from Lynn Kelly, president of the Bloomberg administration’s Coney Island Development Corporation:
Today’s announcement that Astroland will close after 46 years should be a serious wake-up call to those who have stood back and watched as the fate of Coney Island has been left in limbo without any safeguards for its future. This further underscores the need for the City’s comprehensive rezoning plan as the only hope for preserving the amusement area and bringing the necessary jobs, infrastructure and affordable housing to the neighborhood.