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Here’s a sneak peak of the new Luna Park’s magnificent entrance on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. The pinwheel and crescent moon design pays homage to the gate of the original 1903 Luna Park. Photographer and Coney Island native Barry Yanowitz happened to be there last night when technicians were testing the lights.

Luna Park! Photo © Barry Yanowitz via flickr

Luna Park! Photo © Barry Yanowitz via flickr

ATZ announces with great pleasure that we’ll be reporting today and all weekend on the grand opening of the new Luna Park, Coney Island’s first new amusement park in four decades. It’s an historic event for Coney Island and we hope zillions of New Yorkers will come out to Coney Island to welcome the newest addition to the People’s Playground.

Media coverage started at 6 am with the CBS morning show reporting live from the Boardwalk. Luna Park’s ribbon cutting ceremony and press event is scheduled for 9:30 am, followed by an invitation-only community event from 4 – 7 pm. The new park opens to the public on Saturday, May 29th at 11 am. See you there!

Invitation to May 28th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Luna Park. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Invitation to May 28th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Luna Park. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

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Under construction: New Luna Park, Coney Island’s soon-to-be famous gate.  May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Under construction: New Luna Park, Coney Island’s soon-to-be famous gate. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Construction crews in Coney Island’s new Luna Park continue to work round the clock this weekend. On Saturday, the most exciting photo opportunity was on Surf Avenue at the park’s magnificent gate. Workers from Zamperla and Paul Signs were putting four giant pinwheel and crescent moons into place. Shouts in Italian and Brooklynese rang in the air!

New Luna Park, Coney Island: Pinwheel # 4 being put into place on gate. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

New Luna Park, Coney Island: Pinwheel # 4 being put into place on gate. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

It was an all day job. As each pinwheel was hoisted aloft by crane, word would spread of the photo op. Photographers flocked. We ran out from our booth to witness this historic occasion. At 6:30 pm, when the fourth pinwheel was in place, we stood with two other photographers in the middle of Surf Avenue getting shots of the entire gate. The rest of the gate is expected to go up today!

New Luna Park, Coney Island: Pinwheel # 4 being put into place on gate. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

New Luna Park, Coney Island: Pinwheel # 4 being put into place on gate. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

Here is Zamperla’s rendering of the new park’s Surf Avenue entrance. The design pays homage to the original Luna Park’s 1903 gate...

Rendering of Gate for the New Luna Park

Rendering of Gate for the New Luna Park

Coney Island’s new Luna Park is set to open Memorial Day Weekend. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday morning in advance of the grand opening on May 29th. In the photo below, the globes are ready to be set atop the pillars.

New Luna Park, Coney Island: Crescent & Globes. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

New Luna Park, Coney Island: Crescent & Globes. May 22, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i

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April 28, 2010: New Coney Island Coaster Pays Homage to Luna Park’s 1906 Tickler

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Would you like to win free tickets for the Coney Island circus’s opening weekend show? Skip down to the next graf! First off, we’re thrilled that Ringling Bros. Circus is coming back to Coney Island this summer after last year’s successful run of their Coney Island Boom-A-Ring, which entertained over 160,000 visitors and employed over 300 local residents. In 2009, the Coney Island circus made history by bringing “The Greatest Show On Earth” back under “The Big Top” for the first time since 1954.

The Big Top will be back at the Boardwalk and 15th Street from June 17 through September 6 with an exciting new show. Coney Island Illuscination stars master illusionist David DaVinci, the Kung Fu Kings from China, a trio of Italian clowns and more. ATZ is giving away two Family Four Paks –that’s 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks– donated by the Ringling Circus. The tickets are VIP floor seats (!) good for all ages and are for Sunday, June 20. The winners can choose between the 1 pm or 5 pm performances.

Kung Fu King, Sun Junjie diving through hoops of razor-sharp sabers -- blindfolded! Photo courtesy of Ringling Coney Island

Kung Fu King, Sun Junjie diving through hoops of razor-sharp sabers -- blindfolded! Photo courtesy of Ringling Coney Island

Instead of just picking a couple of names out of a hat, ATZ wanted to make it more interesting for our readers, so we’ve created a Coney Island history trivia contest. All you have to do to be eligible for the drawing for the circus tickets is send us one correct answer to one of the questions. The more correct answers you submit, the more chances you have to win. We’ll post the answers along with source links when the contest is over.

The deadline for submissions is either Thursday, May 27, or when we’re up to our eyeballs in hundreds of correct answers, whichever comes first! We’ll post an update here if it begins to look like the contest will conclude before the 27th. This is our first contest, so we’re winging it. Send your answers via email to hello[AT]triciavita[DOT]com.

Now for the questions….

1. Boyton’s Sea Lion Park, Steeplechase Park, Luna Park, Dreamland, and Astroland are the most famous of Coney Island’s historic amusement parks. Can you tell us the names of any other Coney Island parks from the past and their approximate dates of operation?

2. Tell us the name of a Coney Island attraction that was named after a member of the inventor’s family! Name of inventor and relationship to family member also required!

UPDATE June 5, 2010:

Congrats to our two winners –Bill F. of Old Bethpage, NY, and Jim A. of Smithtown, NY. Enjoy the show! Bill and Jim were among several people who correctly answered question # 2. The answers are revealed in “Ringling Circus Back in Coney Island, Congrats to Trivia Contest Winners!”

Ringling Bros. Big Top in Coney Island, August 15, 2009. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Ringling Bros. Big Top in Coney Island, August 15, 2009. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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