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Easter Brunch at Paul's Daughter on the Boardwalk. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Easter Brunch at Paul's Daughter on the Boardwalk. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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.

Easter Sunday Best on the Boardwalk. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Easter Sunday Best on the Boardwalk. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Bunny headgear won bonus points. The kids walked away with the prizes. More pix in our flickr set Easter in Coney Island 2010.

Bunny Baby in Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Bunny Baby in Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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.

People's Parade: On the Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park on Easter Sunday 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

People's Parade: On the Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park on Easter Sunday 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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!

Deno's Wonder Wheel Park on Easter Sunday. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Jam Packed: Deno's Wonder Wheel Park on Easter Sunday. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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.

Jones Walk: Yes, We're Open. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Jones Walk: Yes, We're Open. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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!”

Children gather in front of banner for the new Luna Park. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Teens and children gather in front of banner depicting rides slated for the new Luna Park. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

The Beach officially “opens” for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend, though of course it’s open year round…

Coney Island Beach on Easter Sunday. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Coney Island Beach on Easter Sunday. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

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Its still summer...Coney Island is open! Fun for All. Image © brooklynnfoto via flickr

It's still summer...Coney Island is open! Fun for All. Image © brooklynnfoto via flickr

Thanks to graphic designer and Coney Island regular “brooklynnfoto” for creating this impromptu ad for Coney Island. I discovered it on flickr along with the caption “43 rides, a host of attractions…and Nathan’s cheese fries.”

Last week ATZ posted “Coney Island is Open, Only Dreamland is Closed” in response to media coverage of the closure of Dreamland Park that left many people with the impression all of Coney Island was shutdown. Since then, we’ve been barraged by search referrals asking “is Coney Island open?” and “is Coney Island closing?”

Thumbs down to the Brooklyn Paperthumbs down for doing three stories on the closing of Dreamland without even mentioning the fact that the rest of Coney Island is open for business and the attractions that remain. “Coney Island’s biggest amusement park will remain closed this weekend….” begins the Brooklyn Paper’s latest article about the closing of Dreamland. As someone who works in Coney Island I’m very concerned people will think it’s not worth a visit because “the biggest park” is closed. Notified that Dreamland (12 rides) was NOT Coney’s largest park– Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (22 rides) has that honor– BP has yet to run a correction.

The article’s quote from an outraged visitor contains an error, too. “It’s not right to close down in the middle of the season,” said Richard Vowers of Sheepshead Bay. “It’s going to disappoint a lot of kids. My girlfriend’s son likes the helicopter ride and the train ride.”We have good news for you, Mr. Vowers. The rides mentioned -–the helicopter and the kiddie train—were never in Dreamland. These rides are in Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park which is open through mid-October and will be here for years to come!

Kiddie Helicopter Ride at Denos Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Kiddie Helicopter Ride at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Thumbs Up to NY1 and the Daily News…
thumsb upNY1 made the same mistake of calling Dreamland “Coney Island’s largest amusement park,” but promptly ran a correction when informed of their error. The Daily News article about the closing of Dreamland quoted the park’s manager saying “Coney Island’s closed now.” But the reporter noted, “That’s not quite true: The Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, and other popular Coney attractions are still up and running.” Thank you!

For year round, up-to-date info on events and attractions, visit Coney Island Fun Guide.

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