This year marks the construction of the first new roller coasters to be built at Coney Island in more than eight decades! The Soarin’ Eagle and the Steeplechase roller coasters are meant to reverse the decline of the famous theme park and draw more tourists to its Scream Zone this summer.
The new multimillion-dollar Scream Zone theme park has usurped some of the older and now shabbier attractions that despite their condition still had their loyal fans. Last summer in fact, was Coney Island’s biggest in almost fifty years, and Mayor Bloomberg is hopeful that this summer with the introduction of the first new roller coasters since the Cyclone was introduced in 1927 should be the best ever.
In 2009, Coney Island was rezoned and while new restaurants, retail stores and hotels were established, the traditional historic attractions were preserved as well. The revitalization of Coney Island, which gets its name from the colony of rabbits that once inhabited the island before it became a resort area in the late 19th century, will cost the city more than $150 million.
Mayor Bloomberg believes this hefty investment will generate at least 6,000 permanent jobs for New Yorkers and pump some $14 billion into the city’s economic coffers over the course of the next three decades.
For lovers of thrills and excitement, Coney Island’s Cyclone is an enduring icon. Edgy and perilous adventures have always attracted the more daring among us and a visit to the famed theme park can only be a positive experience.
Nearby Nathan’s deli and their incredible hot dogs and french fries are enough to drive anyone off a diet at least for the day.
Come and ride the wave of excitement.
Come to Coney Island.