More than 640,000 people came to two new amusement parks — up from 450,000 last year Crowds at Coney Island surged this summer despite the soggy weather.
More than 640,000 people came to two new amusement parks, city officials said — up from 450,000 last year and the most since Steeplechase Park closed in 1964.
“With another season of record attendance in the books, the city’s efforts to revitalize Coney Island continue to gain momentum,” said Seth Pinsky, the president of the city’s Economic Development Corp., in a statement.
“The steady increase in visitors, drawn by dramatic new amusements, is helping to bring more people back to the ‘People’s Playground’ ” he said.
Italian amusement company Zamperla opened Luna Park last year with 19 family rides. This year, it added Scream Zone, with two new roller coasters and two other thrill rides on the city-owned land. Visitors took more than 2 million rides at the parks this year.
The number of visitors spiked despite the rainiest month ever in New York this August and a total weekend washout for Hurricane Irene.
But the season ended on a sour note for five Boardwalk businesses evicted by the amusement giant, who had to leave for good this weekend.
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