The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Zamperla and the Parachute Jump lighting

Brooklyn Daily -

The company that brought Luna Park and the Scream Zone to Coney Island is close to penning a deal that will allow it to fulfull a longtime dream of Borough President Markowitz’s — stringing up the Parachute Jump with millions of lights so it could be seen from Mars, insiders say.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation, which will oversee the Parachute Jump’s bling-over that Markowitz has invested $2 million in taxpayer dollars towards, would not confirm that Central Amusements has won the bid to light up the landmarked spire, but Coney Island civic leaders say the company has been parading around a video of what the iconic ride would look like if they were given the contract.

“It looked like you really could see it from space,” said Mermaid Parade founder Dick Zigun, who said he viewed the video where the ride is re-illuminated complete with dancing, LED lights synchronized with the brilliant beams of the Scream Zone. “I was completely blown away by it.”
An insider at Central Amusements confirmed that a deal for the Parachute Jump is close to being struck, although no contracts have been finalized.

“We will be doing the lighting,” he said.