Location: Brooklyn, NY
In 1955, a vision was started to build a futuristic park somewhere in New York City and with all the talk about going to the moon, Dewey Albert and his friends Nathan Handwerker, Herman Rapps, Sidney Robbins and Paul Yampo created a corporation that would eventually build Astroland. In 1957, the park was built on Coney Island and over the course of the first 25 years added rides like the gyro tower and the Cape Canaveral Satellite Jet that simulated a trip to the moon. The park also built a Mercury Capsule Skyride that allowed patrons to fly across the park in bubbles to get astonishing views.
In 1975, the park became the operator of the famous Cyclone roller coaster that had originally been sitting on Parks Department land. In July of the same year, the park was completely destroyed by a fire but the park was determined to rebuild and rebuild they did. The park was rebuilt over the next several years and remained open until a decision had to be made in 2006.
In 2006, Astroland was sold by the Albert family for US $30 million to Thor Equities who wanted to redevelop the land into a billion dollar resort and move some of the attractions to other areas. The plan did not work out in the end. Under the agreement, the Alberts were still in charge of operating Cyclone. The park celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2007. After agreements fell through on reopening the park in 2008, the park officially closed in 2000. It was replaced in 2009 by a park called Dreamland and then eventually Luna Park in 2010 which the park is still called today. The park has multiple thrill rides and family rides for the whole family and includes four roller coasters.
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