On Sunday, Coney Island enjoyed the busiest Easter in memory! Thanks to the perfect weather– sunny and in the 70s– the New York tradition of the masses coming out to Coney to celebrate springtime is alive and well in 2010. Tweeps were saying “its poppin out here. Just like old times.” We kept an eye out for “Easter fresh” outfits.
Bunny headgear won bonus points. The kids walked away with the prizes. More pix in our flickr set Easter in Coney Island 2010.
Astroland closed in 2008, but your kid can still ride the USS Astroland on the kiddie boat ride in Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. Coney Island currently has 40 rides including the Cyclone roller coaster, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (22 rides), McCullough’s Kiddie Park (a dozen rides), the Polar Express and 12th Street Amusements (5 rides) and the Eldorado Bumper Cars.
The Boardwalk was a People’s Parade on Easter Sunday. Lines were long at ticket booths and rides were jam packed from noon till nearly midnight!
Coney Island USA staged their first freak show of the season and Lola Star reopened her boutique on the Boardwalk. “Yes, We’re Open!” a defiant sign planted on Jones Walk proclaimed. Never mind that several stands on the Walk including Thor Equities’ property on the west side remain shuttered. Joe Sitt, the Grinch who stole Coney Island with the Christmas Eve Lockout of 2008, did not steal Easter 2010.
Rest assured Good ol’ Coney Island is on the verge of an historic rebirth. On May 29th, Central Amusement International’s Luna Park is scheduled to open on the former Astroland site with 19 exciting rides including the Air Race and a Wild Mouse roller coaster from Zamperla. A banner on the Boardwalk gate of the new park exclaims “Thrill is nothing without speed!”
The Beach officially “opens” for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend, though of course it’s open year round…
Related posts on ATZ…
November 21, 2010: Goodbye (Or Maybe Not?) to My Coney Island Equivalent of Proust’s Madeleine
November 18, 2010: Good News from Coney Island! Eldorado “Bump Your Ass Off” Bumper Cars To Reopen
April 23, 2010: Photo Album: Coney Island Boardwalk Businesses Open for 2010
January 2, 2010: Photo Album: Coney Island Boardwalk, New Year’s Day 2010