Are you ready for a time warp tour of Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue before Joe Sitt bought the property in 2006 and promptly turned it into “Thor Equities Corridors of Blight”? Welcome back to Coney Island Batting Range and Go Kart City! The other day ATZ discovered that the website of this popular and much missed Stillwell Avenue attraction lives on!
Largest Batting Range in NYC (9 Cages)
$2.00 for 14 Pitches
Open 11 am 7 days
Discount for Leagues
Gloves and Bats Sold at Discount Prices
See Your Balls Hit out into the Open Field
Speeds from Underhand to 95mph
Voted #1 by New York Magazine
Never mind that Thor Equities evicted amusement operator Norman Kaufman and bulldozed the property to make way for “redevelopment” years ahead of the City’s rezoning. You can view photos of the batting range, go karts, bumper boats, mini golf course and climbing wall on the web and see what we’ve been missing! You’ll catch a glimpse of the Jumbo Jet, which was sold to China, and can print out discount coupons as a souvenir.
We want to stress that the ghostly Coney Island Batting Cage and Go Kart City website was not reached via the wayback machine. It is a live site despite the poignant farewell message: “Sad to announce we will not be open for the 2007 season!! Please look for us in the near future.Thank you for your support and business.”
This attractive mini-golf course was located on the west side of Stillwell behind the Grill House.
Challenging and fun for all ages.
2 Courses in 1.
The course design is very creative – with lots of mounding and varying elevations accented by rippling streams, waterfalls and colorful landscaping.
Sand traps and water hazards come into play on many of the holes to add a whole new element of excitement.
Bump your butt off in the water!
Boats Hold up to 3 People
Each Boat Has an Automatic Water Gun so You Can Wet Your Friends on Hot Days And Explosions Just Make This Ride More Fun
No Age Limit
When the International Speedway Go-Kart track was bulldozed by Sitt in March 2007, it was widely viewed as a tactic to pressure the City to rezone for high rise condos in the amusement area. The New York Times said it “harked back to the bad old days of empty lots,” the Brooklyn Paper said “Coney Island looks like a bomb hit it,” and Amos Wengler wrote his protest anthem “Save Coney Island.”
Largest Go-Kart Track in NYC.
Represent different countries as you race around NY’s largest Go-Kart track.
54″ to ride. Too small? The speedway has 2 seaters for those young-ins’.
$6.00 for 10 laps
Race Each Other Around Turns and Bends
Age Limit 12 and up
2-Seat Passenger – 6 and up
Fastest Karts in NYC.
Race on a Circular Track at High Speed and
Slide Around the Turns.
Age Limit – 15 and up.
On Stillwell Avenue, where the Tornado Roller coaster (1927-1977), the Bobsled (1941-1974), and Stauch’s Baths and Dance Hall (1930-1998) once stood, where Norman Kaufman’s Batting Range and Go Kart City amused the zillion until Joe Sitt emptied out the amusements, a question mark remains. As ATZ wrote last month, Sitt appears to be playing a high stakes game with amusement operators to lease what’s left of his Stillwell lots to the highest bidder. But sources say several carnival and amusement park operators have balked at Thor’s initial asking price, a cool $2 million for the two 50,000 square foot parcels. (“Thor’s Coney Island: Amusement Operators Balk, Money Talks at Stillwell,” Feb 10,2010)
The great news is the rest of Coney Island–more than 40 rides including the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, plus 19 new rides from Zamperla in the brand-new Luna Park–will open this season on March 28 and May 29, respectively. CAI will bring Go-Karts, roller coasters and thrill rides to a new Scream Zone on the City’s recently purchased Stillwell parcels in 2011. This is cause for celebration.But what’s left of Sitt’s sandbox on Stillwell Avenue is a desecration of the amusement district. After four years of ownership, Thor Equities has erased all trace of amusements from the landscape with the exception of the Batting Range mural on the back wall of a Boardwalk building sold to the City. With Coney Island’s opening day just 27 days away, Thor Equities has yet to reveal plans for the 2010 season. ATZ recommends that Joey Coney Island get with the new program of “interim amusements” and bring in some rides including a Zipper ride to replace the one he evicted back in 2007!
Related posts on ATZ…
February 11, 2010: Photo of the Day: NYCEDC Signs Herald New Coney Island Amusement Park
February 10, 2010: Thor’s Coney Island: Amusement Operators Balk, Money Talks at Stillwell
October 30, 2009: Video: Joe Sitt Talks Sharing his Coney Island Sandbox, Hotels & Brazil