Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vicintini per Coney Island

Coney Island's amusement park is getting revamped thanks to an agreement between Central Amusement International in New Jersey, New York City and the Zamperla Group, out of Vicenza!

The Italian company signed the international agreement in February and $15 million have been spent so far by Central Amusement and the City on what will debut as 22 new rides for the historic attraction, scheduled for the end of May.

The Vicentino company located in Altavilla, ranked number 5 in its category, has been racing to get everything ready for the discerning US public.

To read the full New York Times article, click here.

Coney Island has been a destination for Americans and foreigners alike as a place to see silent decay while standing in an ocean breeze. The rusty rides which recalled old glory days for the boardwalk and park had made way to a somewhat seedy area in Brooklyn. It was also well-known as a cat walk for June's Mermaid Parade, where arts and eccentrics show off their elaborate mermaid costumes. For more Gettyimages Mermaid photos, click here.

It will be strange to go back and visit and see the typical bustle of families and visitors, enjoying brand-new rides developed by Italians. I guess Coney Island will no longer be a sadly decadent destination. I believe that some may be unhappy about this renewal, especially those who enjoyed the solitude of reaching the end of the line on New York's F train and taking a walk on the abandoned boardwalk.

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