Pictures of Coney Island – 2011 and 2012, the last years during which Astroland ran the rides. It was, of course, the last time I was able to take pictures. Sandy came in 2012 and a lot of Coney Island went underwater. Surprisingly little damage was done. The pictures right after the super-storm made it look worse than it turned out to be.

Astroland’s commission to run the rides had run out by 2012. New York hired a different company who installed new rides for adults and children … and there was a major restoration of the Cyclone. I have not ridden it since the fix up, but I have heard the first drop is not quite as steep.

It has all been redone since then and we haven’t been back. I don’t know if we’ll be down there again, but I’m grateful for the time we spent. At least my granddaughter will grow up and remember Coney Island.

There’s a lot of information about Coney Island. It was the place where roller coasters and carousels were invented, for example. If you’re interested, check out this LINK.

5 thoughts on “CONEY ISLAND BACK THEN – 2011 & 2012”

    1. Yes, it isn’t on most European traveler’s vacation schedule. More a local thing, but it is a very cool place. Old and nothing like Disney or other theme parks. It was built in the 1880s and has had several revamps over the years, the most recent one just a couple of years ago. I was afraid they would tear it down, but there were a lot of petitions and stuff. Eventually, they decided they didn’t need more luxury condos and it stayed up.


    1. It is. I’ve heard the recent revamp came out really well. Aside from the big Ferris wheel and the Cyclone, all the other rides are new and boardwalk has been restored. The beach is also really nice, though the water — North Atlantic — is pretty cold.


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